Natural Cleaners Improve Indoor Air Quality


How we stayed warm

How we stayed warm

Indoor air quality is two to five times more polluted than outside air, and we spend 90% of our time indoors. That’s why indoor air quality is one of the EPA’s top five environmental public risks.

Really? But why? Our forefathers did not have these issues, did they? I grew up in a home that had a rather large pot belly stove in the kitchen. Every morning my dad would fill the stove with firewood, stoke the embers and began the gradual warming process. He would briefly sit in the kitchen, enjoying his morning cup of coffee while smoking a cigarette. Somewhere in that process he would rouse me, shouting up the stairwell to wake me up; but truthfully, the aroma that floated enticingly up the stairs was the real trigger to get out of my cozy bed. The scent of the burning firewood, the coffee and yes, even his cigarette were telltale signs that there was work to be done. I guess in looking back at those fond days, this combination wasn’t so good for me, was it?

In today’s world we do not smoke inside most homes, and there usually isn’t a wood burning stove, which would leave me with only the coffee aroma. The “however” to the story is that we have introduced into our homes many other sources of pollutants. I place national brand (meaning synthetic) cleaning products high on that list of sources polluting our air. Hazardous cleaning products are potentially dangerous to your health.

In my free Lunch-n-Learn workshops, we discuss extensively about cleaning products and air fresheners. These items should be considered continuous sources for pollution that need to be eliminated. We explain what makes these products dangerous and how to enjoy a healthier life through organic living.

Why, you might ask, do I offer complimentary workshops? Is it enough to say that I’m passionate about your health? In itself, this fact is most likely not enough to convince you to make a change. But I hope you’ll think about the following. In the grocery store, most brands of cleaning, dish and laundry products use harsh chemicals like chlorine bleach, ammonia, phosphates and phthalates. Each and every one of them is considered to be hazardous to your health. These everyday cleaners can create unhealthy air through a process known as “out-gassing,” meaning that dangerous vapors escape the products. For example, most dish-washing detergents emit toxic fumes during use. That “clean” scent coming from the dishwasher isn’t really a “clean” scent. It’s toxic.

Conversely, with natural-based cleaners you don’t have to be concerned that the vapor coming from your dishwasher contains harsh fumes like chlorine gas. (Really . . . chlorine gas! Gasp!) The good news is that you can still get your home, laundry and dishes clean, while maintaining peace of mind. Today, living an organic lifestyle is easy. You can avoid polluting your home’s air by removing harsh chemicals and the fumes that come with them. You don’t have to sacrifice clean for safety. Would you like to make your home clean and safe for your family, visitors and pets?

I’d like to help you get started.

Hoping you’re breathing easy and living life to the fullest,

Gene Wood, Life’s Pure Balance