The Hidden Dangers in Your Home
You’ve embraced the sustainable and healthy lifestyle. You buy organic produce. You bike to work. You try to make choices that improve your personal health and are easy on the environment. Despite all your efforts, you still encounter some health risks in unexpected places around your home.
These are the places where many of you work on your equipment or do some cleaning. And this work frequently requires using products that are harmful to you, and to Mother Earth. Just look under the sink, in storage closets or way back in the garage. Do you have cleaners, cans of paint for other products with an abundance of warning labels?
How to Recognize Potentially Hazardous Chemicals in Your HomeIn an otherwise healthy home, it can be alarming to read words and phrases like “harmful” along with “dangerous to aquatic life” or the lovely “may cause lung damage” on the warning labels of so many different products. We’ve captured a few of the baddies to look out for:
- Some products such as paint, fertilizers, and gasoline can emit volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. These VOCs can slowly leech out of their containers, impact air quality, and mess up your nervous systems (some can even cause cancer).
- Stay away from heavy duty cleaners like muriatic acid. The fumes can scar your lungs and cause long-term damage.
- Check your basic household cleaners, oils, and lubricants for ingredients like petroleum and polytetrafluoroethylene (also known as PTFE). No surprise these are harmful chemicals that can cause a host of health problems and harm the environment.
How to Find Non-Toxic Alternatives to Reduce Your RiskIf you’re looking to increase your veggie intake across the board—from enjoying “meatless Mondays'' to bio-hacking your go-to garage lubricant—it’s time to swap out your Grandpa’s grease gun for a greener one. Instead of a formulation of hard-to-pronounced harmful chemicals, try a product that is derived from sustainable plants.
For example, our Gear Hugger formula is plant-based, non-toxic and biodegradable, so you don’t have to worry exposure to dangerous fumes or harm to the environment. That’s right, no more of that metallic awful smell that comes with WD-40 and other similar lubricants.
We created Gear Hugger to be safe around pets and kids and safe store in your home or garage, so you can use it for hundreds of different tasks. Just see for yourself.