Monday, 15 October 2007

Homemade cleaners make housework less hazardous to your health

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A recent study found that household cleaners may raise the risk of adult asthma, possibly accounting for as many as one in seven cases. The study followed 3,500 people over a nine year period, and found that those at the highest risk were women. Surprisingly, only 1 in 10 of those women stayed home full time. In addition, just one cleaning a week was enough to raise a person's risk. Air fresheners, furniture cleaners, and glass cleaners seemed to be the biggest culprits, though scientists have yet to pin down why.

You don't have to give up your dream of a clean home when you give up household cleaners. Homemade, non-toxic cleaners are inexpensive and easy to make with a few essentials like baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice. And by adding in your own essential oils, you get to choose what your home smells like when you're done cleaning. Another option is to buy earth-friendly cleaning products at the store. Beware of greenwashing, however, where a label makes claims that the product is green when it really isn't. Consumer reports recently did a review of popular green cleaning products, so take a minute to check out their results before you buy.

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