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3 Benefits of Using a Non-Toxic Deodorizer

Bad smells in your home can come from many things—bad food, spills, or dirty laundry —so having home odors is a common problem. A lot of people think that chemicals are the best way to cover undesirable odors. They try to chemically remove the odor, or try to cover up the stink with a different smell.

But chemicals are not the answer in this situation, as they don’t remove the smell and are bad for you, your home, and the environment. The good news is that you can remove these odors naturally, benefiting you in countless ways. Here are just a few.

1. You Aren’t Putting Chemicals into Your Living Spaces

Many of the chemical solutions for odor use chemicals like formaldehyde and phthalates.  These chemicals are bad for you and bad for your home, as these chemicals and their fumes are toxic and cancer causing. It is common knowledge that formaldehyde is used in the embalming process and to prevent biological matter from rotting. So formaldehyde is not something to want in your home. Phthalates are just as bad. They are known to make babies and children extremely sick with just a small amount of exposure.

By using non-toxic green products, you keep these chemicals out of your home and away from you. In removing these, you can keep yourself and your family safe from the effects of these terrible ingredients, ultimately making you healthier.

2. You Are Using a Sustainable Product

Chemical odor removers are manufactured with artificial ingredients made through laboratory chemical synthesis. This means that these odor removers are dependent on man made processes. These processes turn the product into something unnatural, which can render the original components un-reusable at best and pollutants at worst.

In contrast, green and non-toxic deodorizing products use ingredients like salt, water, and essential oils to remove odors.  So as well as being made from natural ingredients that will not harm you or the environment, these products are made from ingredients that are sustainable.  After use, their ingredients are easily broken down to be used again.

3. You are Using a Product That Actually Works

As previously discussed, the chemical products people try to use to remove odors don’t actually remove the odor. They merely mask the odors with chemical scents, relying on polymers to cover but not actually get rid of the smell.

Non-toxic deodorizers work differently. The natural ingredients bond to the odor-causing particles and actually remove the smell by neutralizing it through a natural reaction. This natural reaction between odor particles and the salt or essential oils causes the smell to vanish and stay gone.

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Are you looking for an effective all natural non-toxic deodorizer? Our non-toxic deodorizing spray by Lil’ Green Girl’s World will keep your home odor-free and chemical free. By using it, you keep yourself, your family, and the earth safe from harsh chemicals and potential harm. You will find that it actually removes the odors and keeps them from returning, making your house a more pleasant environment.

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Going Green in the Kitchen

If you’re not conscious, your kitchen is one place in your home where a lot can go to waste: water, food, energy, and more. However, if you are intentional about it, your kitchen has tons of potential for being eco friendly. Just follow a few easy tips, and you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint in no time.

1. Buy for life… or at least for awhile.

Whenever you can, it’s best to purchase kitchen tools and appliances that you can use long term rather than less expensive items that will wear out and end up in landfills when you replace them. When given the choice between a cheaper, less sturdy option and a more expensive, higher quality item, spend the money for the better item. Not only will you be helping the environment, but you’ll likely cook more, reducing eating habits that are taxing on the environment, such as fast food.

2. Get energy-efficient appliances.

If you’re upgrading kitchen appliances, go for the most energy efficient models. Doing so can have a much greater impact than little things you can do here and there in the kitchen to go green. An energy efficient refrigerator will run 24/7 for years. Think of how much energy you’d save over time!

3. Avoid pre-packaged foods.

One of the best ways to reduce waste in your kitchen is to avoid foods that are pre-packaged or overly packaged. Look for alternatives to your favorite pre-packaged products and eat fresh instead.

4. Buy in bulk, but don’t waste.

If you are able to consume all of the product before it goes to waste, purchase items in bulk. It uses less packaging, requires less energy for transporting by the manufacturer, and saves you trips to the grocery store in your vehicle. 

5. Invest in a water filter.

Making the switch from water bottles to an in-sink or external water filter can reduce your waste by hundreds of water bottles each year. As a bonus, it can often produce water that tastes even better than bottled water!

6. Use a low-flow aerator.

Most kitchen faucets expel water at a much quicker rate than needed. By getting a low-flow aerator to slow the flow of your kitchen faucet, you can reduce the amount of water you use with almost no noticeable difference in your kitchen routine.

7. Optimize your dishwasher settings.

Studies have found that using a dishwasher utilizes less water than hand washing dishes. Make it even more efficient by changing any settings that use too much energy or perform functions that aren’t necessary. For example, you can let your dishes air dry instead of using a drying cycle, and you can wash on the low cycle. It might also be possible to skip hand washing before dishwashing for some of your items.

8. Compost your organic waste.

Those egg shells and banana peels can have lots of other purposes, so be sure not to throw them in the garbage where they will go in landfills instead. Use your compost to nourish your house plants or garden.

With just a few changes, your kitchen can transform from one of the biggest energy drains in your home to one of the most energy efficient areas of your home.

 

Sources: 

http://www.treehugger.com/htgg/how-to-go-green-in-the-kitchen.html

http://www.bhg.com/recipes/how-to/cooking-techniques/ways-to-go-green-in-the-kitchen/#page=5

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