The average home contains 500-1,000 chemicals, most of which you can’t see, smell or taste. Many common household and cosmetic or body products are linked to negative health, affecting our immune systems, as well as our endocrine, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. It’s time to detox your home!
Try some or all of these tips for a healthier home:
- Change your furnace filter regularly to prevent buildup and help ensure irritants like dust, mold spores, and pollen are removed from the air in your home. A clean filter also improves furnace efficiency, reducing heating bills.
- Keep windows and doors open as much as possible to ventilate. Use green plants as natural air detoxifiers.
- Avoid non stick pans, pots, bakeware and utensils. Teflon contains perfluorinated chemicals which are linked to cancer and other health problems.
- Detox your lawn. Choose organic products to deter weeds and fertilize your lawn and flower beds.
- Check Radon levels. Radon is an odorless gas that forms as uranium in rocks and as soil breaks down and it’s linked to lung cancer.
- Switch to cleaner and greener cleaning products.
- Buy (or grow) your own organic produce.
- Painting? Use low VOC, low odor water-based paint. Open all windows to ventilate your home when painting indoors.
- Avoid excess moisture as it encourages the growth of mold and mildew. Check areas for moisture accumulation and regularly clean surfaces where mold has a tendency to grow. Bathrooms and basements are common sites.
- Replace skin care and personal products with less hazardous options. You’ll find healthier options in most drugstores.