5 More Ways to Detox your Home

Posted on November 14, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

household plants help keep home's air cleanMore easy ways to make your home healthier:

  1. Get a water filter.  More than 700 chemicals have been identified in drinking water.
  2. No shoes in the house!  Most of the dirt, pesticides and lead come into the home on your shoes.  Go barefoot or wear slippers, and place good floor mats at the entrances to wipe your shoes.
  3. Keep the air clean.  Use green plants as natural air detoxifiers.  Keep windows open as much as possible to ventilate.  Have your air ducts and vents cleaned with non-toxic cleaners.  Remove odors with baking soda.  Put out fresh flowers or vases of fresh mint, basil or sage to add a pleasant fragrance.
  4. Switch from the standard household cleaning products to cleaner and greener ones (or just call an Atlanta maid service like Sponge & Sparkle that uses green cleaners!).  These do not damage your health or the environment and work as well as their toxic cousins.  You can also use basic ingredients you have around the house – vinegar or tea tree oil  in place of bleach, baking soda instead of Comet, and hydrogen peroxide to remove stains.
  5. Use plastics wisely.  Many plastics contain Bisheno L A (BPA) which has been linked to cancer and endocrine//developmental problems.
  • Avoid plastic food packaging whenever you can.
  • Don’t wrap food in plastic.
  • Don’t microwave food in plastic containers.
  • Choose baby bottles made from glass or BPA-free plastic and avoid vinyl teethers for your baby.

Source: Dr. Frank Lippman in Care2makeadifference 9/22/2010

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