written by: DeeBishop•edited by: BStone•updated: 9/28/2010
The benefits of organic cotton balls include better health for your family, less irritation on your skin, and improved protection for the environment compared to standard, non-organic cotton balls.
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When buying personal hygiene, first aid and beauty products, choosing 100 percent organic cotton balls is a smart move. Not only are organic products better for your skin, your health and your family's well-being, but they're better for the earth as well because of their chemical-free composition.
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Chemicals and compounds, perfumes and scents, synthetics and even plastics are added to standard cotton balls. This causes them to irritate skin, cause rashes and allergic reactions, while also filling the home with unwanted substances.
Organic cotton balls, on the other hand, are pesticide free. And because they're disinfected with hydrogen peroxide rather than chlorine, there are no dioxin leftovers in the fibers. Choosing organic serves to eliminate a number of harsh and unhealthy chemicals from your home and create a more eco-friendly living environment.
Most people don't realize that standard, non-organic, industrial cotton farms are responsible for using one-fourth, a full 25 percent, of pesticides worldwide. Not only are pesticides harmful to the atmosphere, but they're harmful to our bodies as well. Buying organic helps to ensure your family is not exposed to these harmful, sometimes deadly, pesticides or other chemicals—nor is the earth.
Viscose, commonly known as rayon, is another ingredient often found in standard, non-organic cotton balls. One of the side effects of viscose production is the creation of carbon disulfide which is extremely harmful to the environment and air quality. In fact, some viscose producing plants are being forced to close because of the pollutants they release into the atmosphere. Using regular cotton balls brings those same harmful chemicals into your home and in touch with your family's skin.
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Organic cotton balls are also hypoallergenic, which means they won't aggravate common allergies that so many people must deal with daily. And they're kinder to skin, which is an added plus. They're softer and more comfortable to use.
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Being biodegradable, they also compost more quickly and won't leave plastic residue in the landfills. With the thousands of tons of trash added to the nation's landfills daily, every ounce of biodegradable material used is a benefit to the environment.
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Now that you understand the benefits of organic cotton balls, keep these tips in mind when it's time to buy them. Search for those that are 100 percent certified organic. This ensures that your family won't be exposed to unnecessary chemicals used on standard cotton. And as you would with anything else, shop around for the best price.
Prices vary, but you should be able to find an 80 to 100-count bag of organic triple size cotton balls for less than $3.00 at most stores such as Walgreens or CVS, as well as dozens of online shops that offer them such as Drugstore.com.
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Organic cotton balls may seem like a small matter, but choosing them over chemically-treated and processed cotton balls is just one more move toward the improved health and comfort of your family, and the earth.