Maintaining a Toxin-Free Home
Our home should be a place of safety and comfort. It is where we eat, sleep, laugh and love. When we walk through the front door of our homes, there is a certain expectation that we can let our guard down. The truth, however, is that our sanctum is not usually the safe environment that we imagine it to be. In fact, recent scientific studies show that the average home has airborne substances that are dangerous and even carcinogenic. With that in mind, here are tips that will ensure a much healthier home:
Plastic is so prevalent in our lives that we often take it for granted with very little concern for how dangerous it can be to our family’s health. BPA is an organic compound that has been linked to cancer and other diseases, and plastic is one of the most common sources of BPAs in our lives. There are BPAs in our soda bottles, food containers, shower curtains and even water bottles. Avoid plastics as much as possible by choosing the glass alternative whenever present. If you carry drinking water around, do so in a BPA-free, stainless steel bottle.
Breathe Fresh Air
Most people do not realize that they’re contaminating their own living space when they spray air fresheners and light up fragranced candles. Opt for natural air freshening instead, which can be achieved with ventilation, air filtration and removal of indoor pollution sources. If you prefer to have a scent present, then use a natural source, such as lavender, cinnamon or citrus. You can also use houseplants, which will add natural fragrance and help to filter the indoor air; however, be careful not to overwater, which can lead to mold growth and unpleasant smells.
Most of the toxicity in our living environments exists because we do not clean properly or often enough. Perform a thorough cleaning each week. Try to dust everyday using a slightly damp cloth or a microfiber cloth to avoid the toxicity caused by dust. Vacuum immediately after dusting, and use a cleaner fitted with a HEPA filter. Once a month, perform an extensive cleaning that includes moving heavy furniture and appliances. Avoid using commercial cleaners that contain chemicals. Instead, opt for natural alternatives and use commercial cleaners that are labeled green and all natural. Substances as simple and common as baking soda and white vinegar are effective enough to tackle most household cleaning jobs.
Prevent Toxic Fumes
Avoid anything that emits a toxic fume, including candles, oils, potpourri, incense, and fuel-burning appliances. The health danger from these types of toxic fumes is significant, and even small amounts can accumulate to dangerous levels quickly due to a lack of ventilation and other factors. Most modern appliances are available in a version that uses a clean energy source, and as mentioned earlier, there are many ways to add pleasant smells without increasing the toxicity of the area. Empty trash cans from kitchens and bathrooms each night. Do not allow trash to sit for long periods in the house.
Pass on Non-Stick
Non-stick surfaces imply promises that simply aren’t true. Non-stick isn’t easier to use or to clean, and as the cookware ages, it presents health risks that traditional cooking surfaces do not. Teflon, the most common material used to create non-stick surfaces, is a known carcinogen. It will often break apart at high temperatures, and then it can mix with the food being prepared. The better options are stainless steel and cast iron. Ceramic coating is a good alternative to nonstick, but high-quality multi-ply stainless steel cookware provides similar performance.
There is much debate over how the human body is affected by electromagnetic radiation (EMR). EMR sources include active microwaves, cell phones and Wi-Fi devices. Although there is no definitive proof one way or the other precautionary measures should be taken by keeping these devices out of the bedrooms and primary living areas. If a device will not be used for an extended period, unplug it so that it emits no EMR at all.
Leave it at the Door
A great deal of the pollution in our homes is tracked into it on the bottom of our shoes. Avoid this by keeping welcome mats inside and outside all entrances and have everyone remove their footwear. Doing so will avoid pesticides and other chemicals as well as a wide range of disgusting grime. Be sure to clean welcome mats and area rugs on a regular basis by shaking them clean outdoors. Replace doormats every six months or have them professionally cleaned.
Use a HEPA Air Purifier
No matter how diligent we are, we can’t avoid indoor air pollution by cleaning alone. Outdoor air pollution will make its way inside our homes where it will become even more concentrated and dangerous. Cleanliness is an important step, but ventilation and air filtration are equally important. Opt for a portable air purifier that has both a true HEPA filter, to trap particles and allergens, and an activated carbon filter, to trap VOC's like chemicals, gases and odors. A true HEPA filter effectively captures 99.97 percent of all airborne particles down to 0.3 microns in size. The benefit of a HEPA air purifier is optimal air quality, and it can result in easier breathing and reduced symptoms for those who suffer from asthma and allergies.
When choosing an air purifier, never settle for anything less than the best. There is a good reason why Clean Air Plus only sells HEPA air purifiers that meet the highest standards in quality. You and your family deserve a home that is free from toxins and other health dangers.
- Administration Staff