Healthy living is something we all strive to promote in our households. We cook nutritious meals, discourage alcohol and drug use, and we try to get out for some exercise each day. It’s not easy to do all this without appearing to nag at times! However, these things can become the least of our problems. Lurking within the homes in which we live are hazards that can be even more harmful.
Chemicals in your personal hygiene products
Shower gels, bath foams, and even your baby’s shampoo can be full of weird chemical ingredients. Some of them have such complicated to pronounce names that we tend to ignore them. This could be a mistake. If you have sensitive skin, many of these ingredients can actually aggravate your condition. But if you found out some of them have the potential to be carcinogenic, wouldn’t you throw them out?
Chemicals in your cleaning products
This isn’t the first time I’ve written about the many alternatives to bleaches and other corrosive cleaning fluids. Steam will always be the best choice because it’s just water. Sure, it won’t always smell great, and a jet of steam pointed the wrong way can scald. But there are no harmful ingredients in there. Just be sure to thoroughly dry out your steamer fabrics and open the windows. Mildew and mold from excess moisture definitely can be harmful!
Chemicals in your food
We’re not daft. We know that fresh is best. After all, any processed food is going to have lots more ingredients (with those hard-to-pronounce names) than a banana. Or is it? When you’re in a rush at the grocery store or supermarket, it can be tempted to grab your produce quick and head to the till. Always try to check where the produce was grown. If it isn’t organic and home-grown, it may have pesticides, cleansers, and traffic fumes all over it from extended transport. Yes, meat can also have chemicals as the livestock are fed medication and growth enhancers.
What on earth is radon? Asbestos? Lead? Are these things really in my home? If so, how harmful can they be? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, it could be worth booking a home check so you can find out if your family is at risk. When you find evidence of mouse droppings you get the specialists in to check your home is rodent free. It’s always a good idea to have a full survey when you first move into a property too. Regulations and standards change from time to time as well. If you’re not sure, call in someone who knows.
From pests to harmful chemicals – you never know what might be lurking in your home! No matter how careful you are to keep your home clean and family safe, problems can arise. It can be difficult to check every little ingredient and tackle each nook and cranny. Getting obsessive about it won’t do your stress levels any good either. Still, a little attention to detail can go a long way. You’ll soon find the most caring brands for your family.