Trust Me I'm a Doctor this week, had a section that looked at the higher levels of chemicals in our homes in winter. These come from cleaning products, air freshners, scented candles, plug in freshners, spray deoderant, anti-perspirant etc. If you would like to read about it, you can do so here.
We hardly burn candles except in an emergency and very rarely, to lift a smell such as having cooked with fish! Nor do we use bought in cleaning products except a glass cleaning liquid for the wood burner glass in its door. It isn't a necessity as other things can be used but we have some so use it. I use a roll on deoderant, as I used to find the aerosol kind made me cough.
If there are any smells that we think might be eminating from the carpets, we sprinkle them with bicarbonate of soda which is sprinkled on via a flour shaker or small sieve, left for several hours (or overnight), then hoovered up.
If we think smells may be air borne we use our home made spray, the recipe for which can be found here. It seems to take away most smells, indeed DDiL and DS used it to clean up toilet mess from their dogs when they were puppies.
They found that house hold plants are very good at neutralizing some of these chemicals lurking in the house. Plants are so useful but we don't have any at the moment. Anyway, is it fair to leave plants to sort it out? Are we as a cleaning mad nation not just adding to the overall pollution? Should we be using all these products if they are causing damage to us and our environment?
Who knows but as a household, we make as many cleaning/washing products as we can. We believe it is better for us and our environments. It is also a lot cheaper. If you want to make some more beneficial products, check out the Tutorials tab above.
Have a lovely weekend everyone!