Indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air, simply because of conventional common household fragrance and cleaning products, skin care, hair care and body care products. These are being found to have negative health effects on nervous, immune, reproductive, endocrine and respiratory systems.
Many conventional cleaning products are full of synthetic chemicals that aren’t even listed on the ingredients label, same with personal care products.
Here’s a few things you can do to reduce toxin exposure in your home
- Open windows and doors when you can and allow the fresh air in.
- No shoes in the house.
- Ditch conventional chemical cleaners, same with skin care, perfumes, body care, make-up and personal care. We recommend using high quality, rapidly 100% biodegradable, Sonett for household and laundry cleaning, Dr. Hauschka, NATRUE certified natural and organic (biodynamic and wild harvested) for premium skin care and make-up, SPEICK Men Care and Cosmos certified SPEICK MEN ACTIVE for superb natural shaving, skin, hair and body care, Less is More for organic haircare, and for babies and kids, Organic Babies.
- No conventional air fresheners, they’re just home pollutants, as are many fragrant candles, use natural beeswax candles and pure essential oils instead. Baking Soda neutralises odours. Place a small dish with a couple of teaspoons Baking Soda anywhere around the home, fridge, car, a sprinkle in the rubbish bin.
- Always use a moist cloth for dusting that you can put in the laundry afterwards. Dry dusting just moves dust particles around in the air.
- Be really stringent about cleaning where mould has a tendency to grow.
- Think about getting a shower filter and a tap filter.
- Use natural wool carpets instead of synthetic, and cotton rugs
- VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are chemicals that have a high vapour pressure at ordinary room temperature. Typical indoor VOC sources include paint, cleaning products, sofas, beds, glues, permanent markers and printing equipment. Levels can be particularly high when there is limited ventilation. Use low VOC, low odour latex water based paint, think about latex and organic cotton mattresses, and check out alternatives for sofas.
- Be wary of plastics and avoid BPA plastics all together and microwaving food in plastic containers. Choose glass or BPA free plastic for baby bottles.
- Avoid non-stick cookware, use stainless steel or cast iron instead. Lodge, America’s oldest family-owned cookware manufacturer, refers to its cookware as ‘natural non-stick’. Cast iron is extremely durable and can be pre-heated to temperatures, on oven top or in the oven, well above what is considered safe for non-stick pans. Both are also extremely long lasting, as opposed to ending up in landfill very quickly.
12. Use plants to help detox your home. According to the NASA Clean Air Study some of the very best plants for air filtering are:
- Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’) filters benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene & toluene, ammonia.
- Mother-in-law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’) filters benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene & toluene.
- English Ivy (Headera helix) filters benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene.
- Florist’s chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium) filters benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene & toluene, ammonia.
- Red-edged dracaena (Dracaena marginata) filters benzene, formaldehyde, xylene & toluene.
All of the above are toxic to dogs and cats.
- Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea seifrizii) filters formaldehyde, xylene & toluene.
- Dwarf Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii) filters formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.
- Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens) filters formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.
The above are non-toxic to dogs and cats.
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