Use Natural Cleaners to remove the Toxic Risk from your home

Written by Chris Western

Maybe you live in a nice house smelling of alpine meadows with a sparkling bathroom, lovely clean and polished surfaces.

What if someone were to come into your lovely shining home and mix up a cocktail of unknown chemicals for you and your family to distribute aroundrepparttar house. Would you allow it? Of course not. You wouldn’t want potentially poisonous chemicals around your house to pose a risk of contamination torepparttar 110086 air you breath or to what your family eat & drink.

Disturbingly however, they may already be there.

Brought into your home as unseen and unlabelled additives in many ofrepparttar 110087 cleaning products that are commonly available to keep your house sparkling clean.

You may think thatrepparttar 110088 ingredients in household products are safe having been tested byrepparttar 110089 authorities and cleared for use because they are known to pose no threat. Sadly, nothing could be further fromrepparttar 110090 truth.

In reality many hazardous chemicals are added to consumer goods. Some of these are known to be hazardous, but current legislation allows for their continued use. This is becauserepparttar 110091 regulations work on ‘safe limits’ of exposure for individual products. The weaknesses of this approach are that they do not add up accumulated doses from multiple sources of exposure, and neither do they take into accountrepparttar 110092 effect on children and unborn infants,repparttar 110093 dosages allowed being based on adult tolerance levels.

A study byrepparttar 110094 European Environment Agency carried out in 1998 noted that ”widespread exposures to low levels of chemicals may be causing harm, possibly irreversibly, particularly to sensitive groups such as children and pregnant women…”

Consider some of these common types of household cleaning product and what threat they may carry.

Air Fresheners

Many of these products contain formaldehyde and phenol. The former is a known carcinogen andrepparttar 110095 later can cause skin irritation.

Antibacterial Cleaners

May contain triclosan, which has been connected to liver damage and is readily absorbed throughrepparttar 110096 skin

Carpet and upholstery shampoo

Many contain perchlorethane, which is a carcinogen which damagesrepparttar 110097 liver, kidneys and central nervous system. Ammonium hydroxide may also be present which is a corrosive compound, extremely irritating torepparttar 110098 eyes, skin and respiratory system.

Dishwasher detergents

Studies have shown these to berepparttar 110099 foremost cause of home poisoning incidents. Most products containrepparttar 110100 dry form of chlorine. Scientists and engineers do not handle chlorine without protective clothing. It is extremely dangerous and can very easily be lethal. Indeed, it wasrepparttar 110101 first agent to be used in World War One as a chemical warfare agent.

Dishwashing liquids are labelled ‘harmful if swallowed’ yet it is used to wash your dishes. Can we be certain that no residues are left on your crockery to be picked up by your food?

Furniture polish

Commonly contain nitrobenzene, which is highly toxic and easily absorbed throughrepparttar 110102 skin. Petroleum distillates may also be present, which are highly flammable and have been linked to skin & lung cancer.

Laundry products.

These present a veritable cocktail of chemicals, including ammonia, phosphourous, naphthalene & phenol along with numerous others. They can all cause irritation torepparttar 110103 skin, allergies and sinus problems. Any residue left in your clothes can be absorbed into your body throughrepparttar 110104 skin.

Oven cleaner

These arerepparttar 110105 most powerful toxic products that you can introduce into your home. They contain ammonia and other chemicals which can irritaterepparttar 110106 skin, and produce fumes which can attackrepparttar 110107 respiratory system. Any residue left in your oven may be intensified when you next use it.

Toilet cleaner

These usually contain hydrochloric acid which is highly corrosive,repparttar 110108 eyes and skin being particularly vulnerable to attack, and known to be harmful torepparttar 110109 liver and kidneys. If mixed with other chemical products, chlorine can be produced which can be fatal in high concentrations.

The above is a brief overview ofrepparttar 110110 possible risks, and it must be stressed thatrepparttar 110111 effects noted forrepparttar 110112 individual chemicals are for high levels of exposure. However,repparttar 110113 point being made by many agencies such as Greenpeace is thatrepparttar 110114 level of exposure inrepparttar 110115 home is unknown and unmonitored.

What can you do as a householder to minimiserepparttar 110116 risk to yourself and your family? Well, if you are able, you may want to try talking to your grandmother, as past generations have had to undertake most modern cleaning tasks withoutrepparttar 110117 intervention ofrepparttar 110118 chemical industry. For instance, she may have used common salt and baking soda to cleanrepparttar 110119 oven and not risk poisoning anyone.

The easiest way to avoidrepparttar 110120 risk is to avoidrepparttar 110121 products. Governments are not going to outlawrepparttar 110122 chemicals, andrepparttar 110123 manufacturers are not going to replace them unless they are forced to do so, either by regulation or by consumer pressure.

There are a growing number of manufacturers who are producing safe products based on natural ingredients that do not presentrepparttar 110124 same threats asrepparttar 110125 more established and heavily promoted products.

Web Conferencing is a friend of the environment

Written by Adi Gaskell

Video conferencing is a friend ofrepparttar environment. It helps reducerepparttar 110085 volume of CO2 emissions from cars and reduces traffic congestion on our roads (as well as improving company productivity and reducing costs!). As governments throughoutrepparttar 110086 world look to cut their CO2 emissions to meet global treaties, such as Kyoto, companies can use video conferencing as an easy means of achieving just that. Many leading companies now use video conferencing both as a key component of their business strategy and a vital cog in their environmental plans as well. Lex Vehicle Leasing, part ofrepparttar 110087 RAC group, has been using video conferencing between its Manchester, Marlow and Stirling offices and sincerepparttar 110088 beginning of 2004 estimates that it has saved over 80 tonnes of CO2 from being emitted intorepparttar 110089 atmosphere. In addition to this environmental benefitrepparttar 110090 company also reported time savings of almost 6,000 hours from employees not travelling to meetings and getting bogged down in congestion. To put this into perspective this figure equates to over 150 working weeks when Lex employees were at their desks helping customers and not stuck in their cars travelling too and fro.

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