How Dangerous Are the Cleaning Chemicals in Your London Home, Part 3

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The last part of our series reveals further which detergents we should pick when cleaning our London homes. Our expert will also reveal what are the safety rules regarding the utilisation of strong chemicals around the house and what precautions you can take to protect yourself and your family. We will explore more DIY, eco-friendly alternatives and explain why they are a good option.

Abrasive Cleaners in Every London Home

Scouring powders and creams are common chemicals used in the household. They have many uses from removing soap scum to cleaning greasy residues. However, you should be aware of the following:

  • Some products contain silica as an abrasive agent. This ingredient can be quite harmful if accidentally inhaled.
  • Be aware that bleach is also frequently present in scouring powders, so make sure to always read the labels on the bottles.

Cleaning powders have a popular alternative in the face of baking soda. Our experts propose a simple recipe that will eliminate the chemical hazard in your house:

  • 2 tbsp of baking soda;
  • 2 tbs of white vinegar;
  • ½ teaspoon of liquid soap;
  • 2 cups of hot water;

Be Careful with Your Furniture Polish

Many homeowners have expensive leather furniture that needs special attention. In addition, you also have to regularly clean the wooden handles or ornaments, so there is no way of avoiding the furniture polish. Nevertheless, keep in mind the next few facts:

  • Many companies still use as an ingredient nerve-damaging petroleum distillates. They are flammable, can cause skin irritation and are poisonous if ingested.
  • You can also spot the alleged carcinogen formaldehyde in some brands’ formulas.
  • Avoid purchasing spray polish as it can contain aerosols which can damage your respiratory system.

A common green alternative to all these chemicals can be accomplished by simply mixing olive oil and vinegar. This solution will both disinfect and polish your wood surfaces.
Another good idea is to check for solvent-free products containing different types of plant oils.

Don’t Forget about Your Metal Surfaces

Metal polishes can be used for many things from cleaning your silverware to your car. However, London cleaning companies often advise their customers to watch out since:

  • Some polishes contain ammonia or petroleum distillates. Both can cause serious respiratory and neurological problems.
  • The chemicals in most brands are too strong, and they often cause rashes and skin irritations.

There are a lot of old-fashion cleaning methods you can use that won’t damage your health:

  • Silver jewellery can be cleaned with toothpaste;
  • Use baking soda for tarnished items;
  • If you need to wash copper items rub them with a cloth dampened in a mixture of salt and lemon juice;
  • Unlacquered brass can be scrubbed with a paste made from vinegar, salt and flour;

How to Pick The Perfect Dish Soap

This is one of the housecleaning products your skin has the most contact with, and you need to be extremely careful when choosing the correct brand. Keep in mind, if you have a sensitive or very dry skin you have to apply hand cream after each time you washed the dishes.

  • Since most brands offer petroleum-based products you need to remember to always read the labels on the bottles.
  • In some dish soaps, they can be found traces of heavy metals like arsenic and lead, so avoid the brightly coloured liquids.
  • If you have a dishwasher remember some powders can contain phosphates.
  • The best alternative is a chemical-free solution based on natural ingredients.

Refresh the Air in Your London Home

In many homes all across the UK can find all sorts of air fresheners, however, they might not be the best solutions for your health. Not only strong fragrances can trigger allergic reactions, but they can also cause asthma attacks.

  • Aerosol sprays produce miniature droplets of chemicals that can be easily inhaled, ingested or absorbed by your skin. There is nothing natural in the content of these synthetic products so you can be sure you are poisoning your body.
  • Air fresheners contain propellants, usually, butane and propane, all of them are extremely flammable and represent a serious fire hazard if handled the wrong way.
  • Researchers at Bristol University have found out that when air fresheners have a negative effect on pregnant women and children. 25% more mothers suffer from migraines and the chance for developing depression increases by 19 %. On the other hand babies under 6 months tend to develop 30% more ear infections.
  • Children often ingest air fresheners as their fragrance temps the kids. This could lead to serious internal bleeding and poisoning.

If you want to have a healthy family and an odour-free home, here are some completely safe tips that you can try:

  • If you have carpets, mattresses or furniture that smells bad, pour baking soda on them and let it absorb all nasty odours.
  • Use lemon or orange peels as natural air fresheners.
  • Dried herbs and flowers like roses, lavender or lemongrass can help not only by refreshing your home but repelling most house bugs as well.

Are Disinfectants Safe?

The simple answer is no. Altho they are made to wipe all bacteria and fungi, they still pose a serious threat to your health and should be heald with caution.

  • Disinfectants can only temporally kill germs on different surfaces but are unable to actually purify the air from them. Therefore, they are not a long-term solution.
  • The same goes for antibacterial soaps. Altho eliminating the danger of some devices like E.coli and Salmonella, these products contain lots of dangerous chemicals that can be easily absorbed in our skin.
  • A frightening fact about antibacterial soaps is that in the long run they actually help the development of extra resistant and aggressive viruses. The more germ-killing products we use, the more antibiotic-resistant bacteria become.

In conclusion, if you are not someone suffering from an immune deficiency or other serious medical condition, avoid using antibacterial soap in your home.

Professional Safety Advice

Based on the big variety of cleaning services, our experts have performed and their vast knowledge here a the most important safety rules you must follow in your London home:

  • Always read the labels;
  • Never trust fancy advertising campaigns and over the top ads. Do your own research.
  • When you start cleaning, make sure to open at least two windows assuring the stream of fresh air in the rooms.
  • Use rubber gloves as your skin is the most absorbent part of your body.
  • If you are handling strong chemicals always use a face mask. It will protect you from inhaling hazardous fumes.
  • All cleaning chemicals must be locked at all times at a place that can’t be reached by children or pets.

If you liked this article and want to learn more about the dangers lurking in your home, check out part 1 and part 2 of our series.

2019-04-29T11:20:37+00:00 May 6th, 2019|