Our bodies are exposed to more than 80,000 chemicals, many of which haven’t been tested for safety and probably aren’t safe for your health. Now, more than ever, you must reduce the chemicals from around you, which means paying attention to your home and making a few purchasing decision changes.
You can’t take these concerns lightly. Some chemicals can have lots of unexpected problems. For example, flame retardants can cause fertility problems.
Are you ready to live a toxic-free life in a toxin-free home? Here are a few simple steps that can make a big difference in your health and the toxicity of your home.
Beware of the Laundry Room
The laundry room can be a toxic haven, despite being one of the cleanest rooms of the house. One of the first things you need to do is look at the products you buy. Many detergents and cleaning products have harsh chemicals that the body can absorb. This has led places like Medical News Today to report that the laundry room can be an unhealthy place to spend time.
For instance, you need to ditch the dryer sheets. These products are full of toxins, and recent studies show that they can have more than ten chemicals that affect your endocrine glands.
While you are at it, get rid of the fabric softener too. While this product may make your clothes softer, these products often have benzyl acetate, a chemical known to trigger pancreas cancer. These products also contain ethanol which causes nervous system disorders and even reproductive system problems.
Check the Bathroom
Hand soap can have several toxic ingredients like fragrance, which are absorbed in the skin and causes many other issues like heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.
Bathroom cleaners are another no-no. These products have harsh chemicals and, when used in this small area with little ventilation, can have a dangerous impact on our health.
In the Kitchen
Head over to the kitchen and look through the cupboards. Remove processed foods, chemicals, and the regular dish soap you use. Yes, dish soap is filled with artificial fragrance, toxins, and dye. Instead, look for non-toxic dish soaps at your local supermarket.
You must tailor your kitchen to your health goals. This doesn’t just mean changing the foods that you store, but also sources of toxins. Remove those sanitizers as well. New research shows that these items are minimizing our body’s ability to produce antibodies, and worse, they don’t work like they advertise.
Change Your Pots and Pans
It may seem convenient to use non-stick pots and pans for cooking, but toxic chemicals can flake into your food from the cookware. The chemical this cookware contains is called poly and perfluoroalkyl. Both of these substances are linked to many health problems.
Seal Your Doors
Use proper doors and seals to prevent pollutants from coming into your home. If you use glass doors, be sure to use the proper sliding door hardware so the door seals correctly when closed. Keeping your doors maintained so they open and close properly can help you save on your energy costs, but more importantly, they can prevent pollutants from the outdoors. Remember, traffic, factories, and other outdoor areas are filled with air pollutants.
Tap water is polluted and becoming even more so as the years pass. It probably contains heavy metals, fluoride, pesticides, chlorine, and more, no matter where you live.
You must install a good water filter in your home to prevent your family from being exposed to harmful bacteria and chemicals in the tap water.
Avoid Fragranced Candles
Strong scented candles and fragrances have many chemicals that can be harmful to breathe. To get a fragrant home, you can instead use essential oils, which will add fragrance without chemicals.
Remove Your Shoes
When you come into the home, take off your shoes. When you leave your home, your shoes pick up pollutants, pesticides, and chemicals. Take them off in the garage before you go into the house. By doing this, you can keep the indoor air cleaner and make cleaning the house easier.
Clean Indoor Air
Sometimes, the indoor air can contain more toxins than outdoor air. Use beeswax candles or bamboo charcoal to filter the air and create toxin-free indoor air.
Use Natural Cleaning Products
Cleaning products have huge amounts of toxic chemicals, and it can be hard to find all-natural products on the market. Find ways to make your cleaning products. White vinegar and baking soda can do so many things and in some cases, may be all you need.