7 Ways to Detox Your Home to Reduce Toxicity and Lower Your Risk of Disease
Your home should be one of the safest places for you to be but in reality for many unsuspecting people, the home is filled with toxins that can make you sick and increase your susceptibility to disease. If your mission is to find ways to detox your home to reduce toxicity and lower your chance of disease, we’ve listed seven simple actions you can take below:
Natural Cleaning Solutions
Use All Natural Cleaning Solutions instead of chemical cleaners when cleaning your home. Switching to all natural cleaners greatly reduces the chemicals in your home, in groundwater, and in drinking water.
Vacuum Any Remaining Carpet Regularly
Using a Vacuum with a HEPA filter and strong suction will help to ensure you get more dust and dirt from the carpet without spitting it back into the air.
Wash Bedding, Curtains, and Rugs in Hot Water Frequently to remove pet hair, dander, dust mites, and other hidden things that can aggravate allergies. If you find your allergy symptoms increase in severity, even when indoors, frequent washing of these items with hot water and soap will greatly reduce allergy irritants.
Test Your Environment for lead, radon, bacteria, asbestos, pesticides, and other chemicals. It’s important to test air quality, possible soil contamination, water contaminants as well as test for things such as mold, lead, and asbestos. Once you identify a contaminant, it’s important to take proper steps to remove these toxins as safely as possible.
Use Stainless Stains
Replace Teflon Pans, which can contain carcinogens, with stainless steel, cast iron, copper coated, or aluminum pans instead. Teflon and other non-stick cookware may contain PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), aka C8, which has been shown to increase the chance of liver tumors, breast tumors, testicular tumors, and pancreatic tumors in animals who were exposed to PFOA. This man made chemical could also be present in products such as stain resistant carpet treatments, fabric protectors, ski wax, or as a contaminant in your water.
Filter tap water to remove more of the chemicals and other contaminants that can be harmful if allowed to accumulate in the body. According to a 3 yearlong investigation executed by EWG (Environmental Working Group), up to 85% of the country’s drinking water contains more than 300 contaminants!
More than half of those contaminants are not under regulation from the EPA. Some of the most dangerous contaminants in tap water are lead, mercury, chlorine, pharmaceuticals, cancer causing chloramines, pesticides, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and herbicides.
Clean Up Quickly
Clean up spills and other messes quickly to reduce the attraction for insects, rodents, and other pests to visit your home. Insects and rodents can carry bacteria and other diseases that can get into your food and make you sick.
No one is perfect and exposure to a few germs and other irritants in your home can help build your immune system over time. But if you suspect your home may be making you ill, try some of the above 7 ways to detox your home to reduce toxicity and lower your risk of disease.
Today’s post was from Anita Edwards – professional writer and editor. She works as blog editor at Spekless.com, where she shares her own and her colleagues’ tips for cleaning. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and going on day trips with her children.