Seven ways to make your home chemical free

green blog chemical free homeToxic chemicals can be harmful to your family and the environment.

Drifting through the air, they reduce your indoor air quality and can even lead to physical illness.

Chemicals enter your home through cleaning agents, pesticides and even new furniture.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to eliminate the chemicals in your home and enjoy a healthier, safer environment .

Here are seven ways to make your home chemical free.


Houseplants remove pollutants and improve indoor air quality by naturally filtering the air.

They take the harsh chemicals out and provide you with an attractive means to clean the air.

The top choices include philodendron, Boston fern, English ivy and peace lily.


Borax is a natural laundry booster that is safer than bleach. It does not produce vapours, and it won’t harm the surfaces around your home.

However, it is dangerous if swallowed, so keep out of the reach of children and protect your skin by wearing rubber gloves when you use it.

Borax will whiten your clothes and help you with other chores around the house.

Ultrasonic Pest Repellent

Leave the poisonous chemicals at the store and look for ultrasonic pest repellents.

These clever devices plug into the wall and emit a high-pitched noise that humans cannot detect.

Other creatures, including mice and ants, will scatter and leave your happy home in peace.

Bicarbonate of Soda and Vinegar

These two magical cleaning agents have been around for years, and they will clean practically anything.

Use vinegar in your carpet shampooer to disinfect carpets, and turn to baking soda when you need to clean a greasy surface.

If you decide to use a professional company for cleaning, find one that has a strong environmental policy, such as Ambassador ChemDry


When buying plastic products like baby bottles and food storage containers, look for plastic that is BPA-free.

The industrial chemical bisphenol A, found in thousands of commercial products, has been linked with reproductive problems, brain impairments, cancer, obesity and more.

A better solution is stainless steel or glass.

Eco-friendly Furniture

When you are looking for new furniture, look for manufacturers who are using eco-friendly materials and VOC-free finishes and sealers.

This will help prevent the off-gassing that introduces so many chemicals into the home.

Better still, help the environment by purchasing second hand; that way all the gassing off has been done for you!


People love chemical wood polishes because they chase the dust away and leave wood shining.

However, you can accomplish the same thing with plain microfiber cloths.

They capture the dust so it won’t drift through your home, and there is no need to use any chemicals.


There are many benefits to avoiding harmful chemicals in the home.

Some of the chemicals found in cleaning agents are linked to cancer, and people with asthma can find the fumes from conventional products make it hard to breathe.

Protect your family and make the house a safer place by investing in a chemical-free home.

About the Author

Jonathan Dunn runs a UK based carpet cleaning company called Ambassador ChemDry.

As far as possible they use eco friendly techniques to get the best possible results – something that they’re always trying to improve upon.


  1. Small Footprints on May 17, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Great tips. I’m particularly fascinated with the Ultrasonic Pest Repellent (love that it repels rather than kills). My parents had a problem with ants. They bought several of these repellents and haven’t been troubled since. 🙂

  2. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking on May 22, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Oh I am so for getting chemicals out of our homes! It is really not as hard as some people think. Really great tips!!