5 Steps to A Less Toxic HomeSep 27
Most of us would like to see our home as a personal sanctuary, a place to decompress and escape from the hustle and bustle of life. Unfortunately, however, there are aspects of our homes that can make us physically sick.
Perhaps you’re familiar with this dubious maxim: “what you don’t know won’t hurt you.” That really doesn’t hold true when we’re talking about the air quality and general cleanliness of one’s home. The truth is, many homes have toxins and harmful chemicals in every single room.
If you want your home to be a healthier environment for you and your family, here are five ways to make your home a less toxic space.
1 – Reduce Your Plastic
Plastic is everywhere; it’s in our food containers, drinking straws, and countless items throughout our lives. Unfortunately, many plastics contain health disrupting chemicals, such as BPAs (Bisphenol A), a chemical that has been linked to cancer. Most are also not very sustainable. There are ways to lower our use of plastic. For example, consider swapping your plastic containers for glass containers. Also, consider replacing your drinking straws with reusable, stainless steel straws. Often, these more eco-friendly items cost a bit more, but they last much longer.
2 – Opt for Safer Paint
The paint on your walls could be releasing dangerous contaminants into the air, namely VOCs (Volatile Compounds), which contain known carcinogens. In addition, many paints also contain methylene chloride, benzene, and other chemicals that have been shown to cause asthma and trigger allergies. Consider using a VOC-free paint when you’re ready to repaint your home.
3 – Switch Cleaning Products
Many cleaning products are made with harsh ingredients—many of us have experienced headaches and breathing troubles after contact with these chemicals. Thankfully, safer options are becoming easier to find. You can also make your own cleaning products with non toxic ingredients like vinegar, lemon juice, and herbs. Using microfiber cleaning cloths is another great step; you can clean with less product and in a shorter time.
4 – Improve Indoor Air Quality
Indoor plants are beautiful and can also serve as a natural air purifier for your home. Peace lilies and spider plants are two plants that do well indoors and are very easy to care for. If you have pets, be sure to make sure any plants you bring in aren’t toxic to them or that you have an out-of-reach area to hang them. You can also improve the air quality of your home with electric air purifiers, which filter air through to remove allergens and other particles.
5 – Green Your Grooming Routine
Some of the ingredients in our personal care products like shampoo and perfumes can actually permeate the skin and enter our bloodstream. Unfortunately, a lot of those ingredients are linked to health problems like hormone imbalance and other issues. Choosing non-toxic personal care items is another way to have a cleaner lifestyle at home. Consider swapping your deodorant, hair care products, and other essentials for cleaner, greener alternatives.
Reducing your toxic load in the home can have a significant impact on your well-being. Make these changes and notice how your quality of life improves.