Guest Post by: Laurie Larson
There could be thousands of toxic chemicals lingering in your home right now and you don’t even know.
Toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, flame retardants, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), and BPA can be found in a ton of common household items. That’s right. Your paint, cleaners, water bottles, and paper products could all be toxic.
We spend a lot of time in our homes, so we want it to be a place where we can feel safe and protected, not somewhere where we are exposed to unsafe products.
It’s time for a detox. Here are the five steps you need to take to remove toxic chemicals from your home:
- Clear out the dust
Dust is a large home for many toxins. One study found that as many as 90 percent of dust samples reported containing 45 various chemicals, some of which include flame retardants, environmental phenols, and phthalates.
This is why your weekly cleaning routine is so important. If you aren’t eliminating dust on a weekly basis by wiping off countertops, cleaning fan blades, vacuuming, and digging into the nooks and crannies of your home, you’ll leave yourself vulnerable to the host of chemicals that lie around. Do yourself a favor and start getting in the habit of cleaning dusty areas regularly instead of letting it build up.
- Up your greenery game
Plants are a great decor piece for your home. They’re both stylish and functional. Filling your home with greenery can help to purify your indoor air quality. Plants actively help eliminate toxins in your air. The best part? You hardly have to do anything. Put in the leg work to pick out the best plants for purifying your air, place them around your home, water them as needed and you’re ready to go!
- Out with the toxic products infiltrating your home
Like we said, there are tons of products sitting around your home that could be exposing you to toxic chemicals. Do an evaluation and throw out what needs to go. If you don’t know where to start, here are some items you’ll need to let go of:
- Water bottles
- Cleaning supplies
- Plastic food containers
- Store receipts
- Your mattress
Learn how to replace these items in a safer, cleaner way:
Water. Filter your tap water to avoid toxins in your drinking, cooking, and bathing water.
Cleaning supplies. Go natural. Avoid bleach, ammonia, and synthetic fragrances/dyes. You can even DIY your own cleaning supplies so you know exactly what you’re getting.
Food containers. Away with the plastic. Use glass instead.
Store receipts. These can contain BPA. Tell store clerks you don’t need a receipt and ditch them all together.
Your mattress. It harbors dust mites and dead skin cells. Replace it. Do research to find organic brands that manufacture mattresses with natural materials.
- Develop a better system for the products you bring into your home
For the future, you’ll want to be sure you know what you’re bringing into your home. Be more intentional about the products you’re buying and no what to look out for as a red flag. A label that reads “natural” or “organic” can’t always be blindly trusted. Here are some more misleading terms you shouldn’t blindly accept:
- Dermatologist tested
- Certified green
Get more educated on what’s in your products and what it actually means.
- Equip your home with proper protection
You won’t always be able to monitor everything that’s going on in your home, especially when it’s on a molecular level. Take action to equip your home with protection by installing CO detectors that will notify you if the harmful gas is in your home. For additional measures, you can have your water tested for lead, get a shower filter to eliminate toxins in your water that turn to gas at room temperature, and always be sure to ventilate your home while painting. You can never be too cautious when it comes to the safety of your home.
Author’s bio: Laurie Larson is a freelance writer based out of NC who writes on home, health, and lifestyle topics.