Safe and Natural Pest Control Remedies [Visual]

Pesticides are some of the most toxic chemicals to be found around the home — and unfortunately, they are found around the home all too often. Consider the risks. According to the National Cancer Institute, childhood cancer has increased nearly 30 percent since pesticides became commonly used household products. In addition to the cancer link, chemicals found in pesticides have been associated with allergies, birth defects, and even psychological disorders.

High concentrations of toxic pesticides are especially dangerous for not only children, but also infants, toddlers, the chronically ill and the elderly. These groups tend to spend a lot of time in the home, have limited mobility and in some cases, have compromised immune systems.

Adding all of this up, it becomes clear that commercial pesticides are simply too dangerous to be used in and around the home.

Stay healthy at home with these natural pesticide solutions:

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Natural Bug Repellent Solutions [Infographic]

Though summer is the best time of the year for many people, summer is also a favorite time of year for many household bugs. Dealing with pests inside the home can definitely take the fun out of this season!

Though it can be tempting to resort to chemical pesticides in these situations, these materials are actually harmful to humans and pets as well as to bugs. Instead, you can take advantage of natural materials found around the home to make bug traps and repellents. Take a look at the DIY tips from TurboTenant below:

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How to find cleaner, non-toxic Perfumes [Infographic]

According to the Environmental Working Group, the average fragrance has 14 chemicals that are not featured on the label. Rather than listing out the specific chemicals, companies can simply include “fragrance” as an ingredient, thanks to an FDA loophole that makes it legal.

It’s tough to know exactly which chemicals are hidden in each formula, but any scented product likely includes phthalates. The petroleum-based chemical keeps all the elements in a perfume evenly distributed, but the troubling concern is that one in particular, diethyl phthalate, has been shown to disrupt certain hormones.

Other studies have linked phthalates to liver and breast cancer. It’s unclear how much is too much, but rubbing perfume onto skin daily allows these chemicals to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Other troubling chemicals include octoxynols and nonoxynols. These can also result in hormonal problems. In addition to perfumes, these chemicals can be found in facial cleansers, aftershave, astringents, hair color, and acne treatment.

The European Union plus several countries, including Canada and Japan, have banned phthalates, yet the chemical remains legal in the U.S.

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Natural Car Cleaning Hacks [Infographic]

The Zebra created this amazing guide for car owners who want to keep their cars clean and tidy while still being environmentally friendly. The guide lists different interior and exterior cleaning mixtures for every type of gunk and grime your car will run into. It also lists different tips and tricks for saving water and minimizing waste.

Using eco-friendly products when cleaning your car is important to not harming the environment. Phosphorous, nitrogen, ammonia and chemicals known as “Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)” are the worst environmental hazards in household cleaners. VOCs and many of the aforementioned chemicals are found in some of the most popular car cleaning products.

Not only do using natural household products help save the environment, but also helps save you money. Check out the infographic below to learn the best green cleaning mixtures for your car.

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Benefits of Natural Skincare and Makeup

As soon as we hear the word natural, a warm and fuzzy feeling wakes up inside us. Natural is always better, there is simply no room for debate about it, but most people aren’t exactly sure as to why, and even when they have a vague idea, they ask themselves in which ways and to which extent turning right and landing in the Natural Skincare Lane and Natural Makeupville is really beneficial for them. If you need any convincing, steering in that right direction, read on, because the list of benefits will be enough to persuade you.

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