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Defuse your home chemical arsenal


In every house there is a real one chemical arsenal made of products for cleaning the environment, insecticides, products for DIY and personal hygiene. An attacker with good knowledge of chemistry could pack an explosive device by simply mixing the bottles we keep under the sink, yet we handle those substances with ease and pour them down the drain. Too often we forget that they are the same toxic and dangerous substances which in companies are subject to strict regulations and controls.

Our health and the environment are threatened by household chemical arsenals. And from wrong behaviors due to the lack of information, often difficult to find on labels of products. So it happens to mix laundry detergents with bleach to increase their effectiveness, without knowing that in this way dangerous chlorine vapors are released.

Always the theme of laundry, detergents may contain bleaching products which are not always in favor of true cleanliness. Often, in fact, these are optical brighteners that give the laundry a whiter color not because the fabric is better washed, but because of the ability to reflect the light of the additives that adhere to the fibers. As a result, the white is whiter, even if the fabric is less clean, and the washing operation involves a higher environmental cost.

Descalers and gushers for exhausts they are a real chemical bomb. It is therefore useful to know that the sink can also be gushed by throwing plenty of boiling water into it after putting half a kilo of coarse salt down the drain. For limestone, on the other hand, you can very well usevinegar, with the only care to leave the objects to be scrapped immersed in it at least for one night or to use it in a soaked rag with which to cover the objects themselves.

Many composite products can easily be replaced with a few simple products. Washes with vinegar, common bicarbonate, water and ammonia, detergentslactic and citric acid they make up for the disinfectant, polishing and anti-scale action of any type of glass cleaner very well. Cleaners for windows, floors and tiles can be replaced very well by water containing little ammonia.

It is essential to learn to read the labels: the products should be chosen if possible biodegradable to 98% (90% is not enough). Except for some primary and essential products, such as ammonia and bleach, products that carry the “irritating” signal (the black x on the label) should be discarded in favor of less aggressive ones.

Garments should be washed on as little dry as possible. When we bring them back from the dry cleaners, they must be aired as much as possible before being worn, so that they disperse the perchlorethylene (carcinogenic substance) that they have retained and which otherwise risks being absorbed or remaining in the environment.

An important chapter is that of the fight against insects and insecticides. The first thing to keep in mind is that the suffix "cida" means "that kills" and that this is true for germs and insects, to some extent it also applies to more complex organisms. Contrary to what the labels claim, these products are by no means harmless to men.

If you find a row of ants in your house, it is helpful to look for the entry point and sprinkle it with talcum powder. If the house is old and infested with cockroaches, in addition to the maximum cleaning of the kitchen and sinks, it may be useful to sprinkle the corners with dust of borax. In the event that it is not possible to do without a disinfestation with chemicals, it is useful to know that it will be effective only if done in the right period (usually the reproduction of the larvae) and that repeated and frequent disinfestations are useless.


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