There has been a major shift in how much the public knows about toxins in the environment, both indoors and outdoors. More individuals now are very concerned about the dangers of multiple toxins present in their everyday home environments and the increased risks to their family’s health as a result of these dangerous substances.
Every day, our homes surround us with the things with which we have created our personal home spaces. Every time a family member bathes, cooks a meal, watches a television program, cleans the house, does laundry, or uses skincare and other personal hygiene products, they are exposed to more exposure risk from harmful toxins typically found in our everyday household products.
This year, let’s determine to lower our exposure risks from indoor toxins and dangerous chemicals by living greener. There are some easy things that we can do to thoroughly detoxify our toxic home environments that really won’t take a lot of time, effort, or money. Like detoxing our bodies following a season of unhealthy eating, we can do the same for our cherished homes in a similar fashion.
We can lower the chances of our beloved family members being continuously exposed to environmentally harmful chemicals determined by healthcare experts to be dangerous to human health. We can eliminate certain toxins and limit contact with many commonly used household items known to be bad for us just by implementing some simple home detoxifying steps and strategies into our family’s everyday living routines.
Here are some simple steps for lowering our indoor toxins and living greener:
- Leave Outdoor Shoes at the Door – This Can Limit Harmful Environmental Toxins & Chemicals from Entering Our Personal Living Spaces. Wear Indoor Slippers Inside Instead.
- Open the Windows Daily When Able to Circulate Unhealthy Built-Up Air Toxins
- Drastically Limit Use of Plastics Wherever Possible
- Replace Harmful Non-Stick Cookware with Safer Options like Newer Cast Iron or Stainless Steel Clad Versions
- Switch to Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products, or Make Your Own from Safe & Non-Toxic Materials
- Add Filters to Faucets & Shower Heads to Trap Dangerous Chemicals In our Water Supplies like Chlorine & Other Toxins
- Use Natural Essential Oils Instead of Harmful Air Fresheners & Common Sprays
- After Drying Clothes, Air Dry Outside to Eliminate Toxins Caused by Heated Materials & to Air Out Undesirable Odors or Irritants
- Opt for Organic Fabrics from Clothing to Bedding
- Grow Indoor Plants Good for Keeping the Indoor Air Healthier & Cleaner
- Keep Furnace & AC Filters Changed to Lower Dangerous Germs, Chemicals & Other Unwanted Substances. This Can Keep Toxins From Air Ducts
- Consider an Organic Based Mattress or Cover Old Mattress with Organic Bed Covering
- Use Natural Fabrics for Furniture
- Install Natural Bamboo or Other Authentic Flooring
Whenever and wherever possible, switch to non-toxic and chemical-free products. This includes using natural remedies to rid your house and property of unwanted pests. There are easy recipes found online that list detailed instructions for making your own natural-based cleaning, personal, baby, and lawn/garden products free from hazardous chemicals.
Some suggestions include:
- Make Your Own Skincare & Beauty Products or Buy Natural Organic Ones
- Use Essential Oils, Spices & Herbs for Natural Fragrances, As Pest Deterrents, Bath Products & Cleaning Supplies
- Eat Healthier & Purchase Fresh Foods Locally from Farms or Farmer’s Markets & Buy What’s In Season
- Keep Your Home & Property Clean, Dusted & Frequently Vacuumed to Lower Dust Mites that Cause Allergies & Health Problems
- Clean AC & Furnace Regularly or Hire a Heating/Air Contractor to Perform Regular Maintenance Tasks Plus Clean Ducts to Decrease Accrued Debris, Germs & Dust Mites
- Eliminate Clutter Throughout the Home, Inside Garages, In Attics & Elsewhere
- Choose Green Products as Much as Possible & Hire Green Companies When Needed
Additional Tips for Decreasing Home Toxins & Dangerous Substances
Mold and mildew can do a tremendous amount of damage to the surfaces where the mold spores attach and grow. It is crucial to inspect your home often and thoroughly on a regular basis to spot any potential problems either early, when repairs are less invasive and expensive, or to prevent them from ever happening in the first place. Many cleaning companies, such as the environmentally friendly Eco Bear, offer mold inspections free of charge.
Other measures to prevent mold buildup include running a dehumidifier to lower humidity inside the home and keeping attics, roofs, basements, and crawlspaces free from moisture and in good repair. If moisture or a lack of proper air circulation is found somewhere inside the home, repairs should be done promptly to avoid major problems and possible health consequences if dangerous mold growth does occur.
Benefits of Upgrading Major Household Fixtures & Appliances
Upgrading your major household appliances can also save on energy use and costs. Some of these appliances include HVAC systems, kitchen appliances, washers, dryers, hot water systems, and more. Consider installing new plumbing, faucets, and other water-conservation fixtures inside the home and outside as water-conserving sprinkler systems or irrigation equipment if necessary. Installing authentic hardwood doors and new windows are other methods of keeping high energy bills lower throughout the entire year.
People today have many more options for cleaner and greener home technologies, supplies, and products. Keeping our indoor spaces clean, free from unnecessary toxins, and green can improve everyone’s health and emotional well-being. Once individuals begin to put these simple home detoxifying measures into practice, leading greener and thereby healthier lifestyles becomes much easier to maintain and continue.