There is nothing more refreshing than breathing in fresh air while on a hike, sitting outdoors, taking in the cool evening temps under the stars. However, when winter rolls around and we spend more time indoors, it is vital we detox our dwellings and clear the air.
Get Rid of Harsh Cleaners
One of the biggest culprits of hidden toxins in the home are household cleaners. The stuff we use everyday from wipes and sprays, to solutions and detergents contain toxic chemicals that can be harmful. In fact, according to the NRDC, (Natural Resources Defense Council) the average American household uses 25 gallons of toxic chemical products annually.
Choose Natural Cleaning Options
When choosing your cleaning products, look for brands that do not contain phosphates, chlorine, or additional artificial fragrances. If you want scented products, choose those that come from essential oils. Look for the EPA’s “Safer Choice” seal on products, which have been evaluated for their effects on human health and the environment. Keep your home toxin free.
Stock Up On the Basics
Before you start cleaning, make sure you have some basic supplies on hand. Microfiber cloths are reusable and collect dust with ease. If you use paper towels, make sure they are free of chlorine.
Clear the Air
The air inside our homes is pretty bad, and the best defense against the toxins that linger there is to increase the ventilation. Crack open a window or use an exhaust fan while cleaning. Also, consider investing in a portable air purifier and regularly change your HVAC filters. Get a mop and a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to keep chemical particles from swirling into the air.
Look Under the Kitchen Sink
Get rid of old bottles of cleaning products that have collected under the kitchen sink and personal care products in your bathroom. Properly dispose of any items that are not safe by your standards. Do not dump them down the drain. Throw them out with your household garbage or check for hazardous waste collection days in your community.
Replace With Nontoxic Products
Read the product labels when you shop for your new toxin free products. Look for versions that are phosphate free, chlorine free, and not petroleum based. Biodegradable products are also a plus. Avoid products made with fragrance.
Do It Yourself
Do you have some vinegar, baking soda and borax in your house? These household staples are great for cleaning. Castile soap can be used to wash dishes, floors and the tub. Want to make your own nontoxic air freshener? Fill a spray bottle with water, then add several drops of your favorite essential oils and a dash of vodka or rubbing alcohol.
Kick Off Your Shoes
Get your family into the habit of taking off their shoes when they step inside the house. This practice will keep street dirt, fertilizer and toxic lawn care chemicals off the floors.
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