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Formaldehyde and Avoiding It In Your Custom Home

by Fabio Cuffaro on Thursday, December 31, 2015

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Many want their home to be as chemical free as possible. If you have the opportunity to build your own home you can ensure that your home will be healthy and devoid of chemicals that could harm you or make you and your family sick. By choosing an Ecological contractor, making your own updates, and following recipes for all-natural cleaning products you can ensure your new home will be safe and healthy for years to come.

Use an Ecological Carpenter

To avoid creating a home where you do not know where the raw materials came from or how they were finished you can hire an ecological contractor to ensure they will create your home with your ethics and needs in mind.

If you decide an environmentally responsible contractor is right for you, please be aware that it will cost a bit more but the initial money spent will help you save money in the long run. It may also help you stay healthier. Since your cabinets, flooring, and other parts of your home do not contain formaldehyde and other harmful chemicals you will be less likely to have malice reactions to your new home or any of the furniture within it.


If you want to be absolutely sure you know what goes into your home, construct and create it on your own. While many of us cannot construct a home from top to bottom, there are aspects (cabinetry, furniture, flooring, etc.) that you can control. You can use all natural finishing products and carpentry to make sure the interior of your home does not contain chemicals. You can also only use raw, natural materials (wood, metal, glass) to create a natural living space. From there you can also work with builders who are experienced using all-natural building materials so you can keep as many chemicals out of your home.

Create Your Own Products

To continue having a healthy home, you will want to create your own cleaning products. Luckily this is easy and fun to do. To create all-purpose cleaner put orange peels into white distilled vinegar. Let it sit for two weeks and then strain the liquid and put it in a new, clean bottle. Then you can use it to wipe up messes, scrub out stains and keep everything smelling wonderful. Using Castile soap for washing your dishes will also help you keep chemicals away. Use can also mix Castile soap, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda to make a mild soft scrub that won’t leave your hands dry or your bathroom smelling like bleach.