The smell of chemicals can do more than just give you a headache, it can cause damage to your body that you may not even be aware of. Every time we parents wash our cars and then drive around with our kids, we expose them to chemicals that have the potential to affect their health. For this reason, it’s really important that all of us work hard to utilize cleaning products that are safe. Luckily, the growing green industry has begun providing a variety of safe cleaning products that we can feel comfortable using around our children. Eco Touch manufactures car care supplies that are both environmentally friendly and safe to use around kids, allowing us parents to get through our daily list of chores without worrying whether the products we use to clean our vehicles will harm our little ones. Not only are the products released by Eco Touch safe, they are green. Thanks to these products, us parents can help defend the environment, protect our kids, and drive shiny, clean cars!
Stay Healthy in Your Car
Do you ever find yourself working in your car? It could be paperwork, making phone calls, or using a laptop. It may be for a few minutes here and there while waiting for your child or maybe a regular habit on the road between seeing customers or clients.
But if you spend any amount of time using your car as a workspace, it’s important to do so as ergonomically as possible, both for comfort and to prevent repetitive-use injuries. And that’s not always easy because a vehicle is not designed to be an office space.
So here are some tips from Driving Ergonomics to help you get more done with less risk for musculoskeletal discomfort or pain.
Periodically we see articles about the hazards of materials used in manufacturing our cars. Recently researchers at the Ecology Center sampled 11 components on more than 200 new vehicles, testing for the presence of harmful chemicals. They then tallied the 12 best and 12 worst picks of the 2011 and 2012 model years. No measurements are given that would let us know how much of these chemicals we would be in contact with, but certain circumstances are more likely to increase our exposure. These include “when a car is new, when the windows are closed and on hot, sunny days.”
I’ll admit that I love the new car smell as much as the next person, but after reading this article I may reconsider strapping my kids into the backseat of a new car. Apparently, the new car smell is created by chemicals that are used to manufacture the interiors of vehicles. Three chemicals in particular, bromine, chlorine, and lead, can cause big health problems for people that inhale too much of them.