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Everyday Products That Cause More Pollution Than You Think
Did you know your home can also be a source of toxins and pollution? Pollution is caused just as much by our lifestyles as it is by automobiles and industries. Ditch these everyday products and you'll find going green is easier than you think.
Pollution is caused just as much by our lifestyles as it is by automobiles and industries. Ditch these everyday products and you'll find going green is easier than you think.
Antibacterial Cleansers: Triclosan, found in antibacterial soaps and cleansers, can impair muscle function. Instead, make your own by mixing one tablespoon each of sandalwood powder, fuller's earth and fresh rose petals, one teaspoon each of honey and almond oil, two drops each of orange and Ylang Ylang essential oil, one drop jasmine essential oil and a little milk.
Regular Sanitary Napkins: Experts claim that single-use pads are 90 per cent non-biodegradable plastic and contain dioxins--toxic compounds that damage the immune system and interfere with hormones. Try resuable cloth pads that are 100 per cent organic cotton, washable and leak-proof, or menstrual cups, which are skin-friendly and long-lasting.
Commercial Surface Cleaners: It is well known that surface cleaners used at home are full of chemicals. Home-made cleaners make a quick, safe and effective alternative. A mix of vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda can help you clean everything--from a stainless steel sink to bathroom tiles.
Mothballs: Naphthalene--found in mothballs--is a known carcinogen. Doctors warn that wearing clothes kept among mothballs can cause allergic reactions and lung problems. Switch to natural alternatives, such as dried neem leaves or cedar blocks to repel bugs in your wardrobe.
Aerosol Air Fresheners: Most air fresheners contain phthalates that are known to cause reproductive disorders and birth defects. Instead, use essential oils to keep odours at bay. Whip up a DIY room freshener at home by mixing eight to 10 drops of any essential oil, such as lavender, orange, lemon or mint, with one cup of water into a spray bottle and use.
ADAPTED FROM PREVENTION INDIA. © SEPTEMBER 2015 LIVING MEDIA INDIA LIMITED