Your home should be a safe place to live, but if you’re using the wrong household products to decorate or clean, you could be exposed to dangerous toxins. These toxins can lead to allergic reactions or long-term health conditions. By making a few simple changes, you can protect your family and make your home healthier and happier. Let’s talk about 5 Surprising Sources of Toxins in Your Home.
5 Surprising Sources of Toxins in Your Home
1. Carpets and Rugs
Rugs and carpets can emit toxins into a home. Manufacturers often use synthetic fibers and apply chemicals to the surface to keep dyes from fading. Not to mention, carpet can harbor dust and dust mites, which are both allergy triggers. So, instead of buying regular carpet, consider choosing a more eco-friendly option like hard wood or stone. If you can’t afford to replace or remove your carpet, give it a deep clean with a strong non-toxic cleaner. Another option is to remove your old carpet and paint the floor with a non-toxic, Eco-friendly paint like Silacote.
2. Shower Curtains
Did you know plastic shower curtains may pose a health threat? If you’ve ever bought a new plastic shower curtain, you probably noticed a strong chemical smell. Plastics are typically made from petroleum by-products or synthetic materials. The odor is a clear indication that these products may cause respiratory issues. While the odor from the new shower curtain may dissipate over a few days, it continues to emit toxins that cause allergic responses. Instead of buying a plastic shower curtain, consider choosing one made from organic cotton or eco-friendly fabric. This will allow you to clean it regularly to prevent mold and fungus growth.
3. A Dirty Furnace or Air Conditioner
Dirty furnaces and air conditioners can create toxins that filter into your home. Experts from FAS Windows and Doors warn that toxins brought from the outside and those produced inside the home can constantly recirculate in your house. To avoid toxins such as mold, pollen or pet dander, remove covers from air conditioners and furnaces and clean the internal components. When you’re cleaning the inside of your heating/cooling unit, it’s also a good time to change filters. Breathe clean air and feel good. 🙂
4. Sanitizing Store-Bought Cleansers
Cleaning your home with sanitizng wipes is a good thing, right? Maybe not! Detergent, floor polish and sanitizing wipes can create a toxic environment. Using room deodorizers like plug-ins and candles also add toxins to the air. When you touch a surface or walk on a floor in bare feet, your skin can absorb chemicals that cause health problems. Not to mention the soot from candles and chemicals from synthetic fragrances you’re breathing in! 🙁
Consider switching from synthetic fragrances to essential oils and make your home smell fresh. Check out our post with Essential Oil Diffuser Blend suggestions. You can also make your own cleaning products using natural ingredients and essential oil. See below for easy DIY suggestions.
Mix these simple solutions to have a sparkling clean, green home in no time.
- Soft Scrub Alternative – Works great for glass cook tops, sinks and wood cutting boards.
- 2 Tbsp baking soda, 5-10 drops Lemon Essential Oil (or the juice of half a lemon) and 1/4 cup water
- Wood Cleaner – Works great for wood coffee tables, dining room tables and furniture. See Wood Cleaner Recipe for full instructions.
- 1 Cup Water
- 1/4 Cup Isopropyl Alcohol (70%)
- 1/2 tsp. Jojoba Oil
- 1/2 tsp. Natural Dish Soap (I used Ology)
- 75 drops of citrus essential oil (any citrus will work, I used Orange and Lemon)
- 12 oz. Spray Bottle
- Glass Cleaning – Believe it or not, you don’t need a lot of cleaning supplies to get glass sparkling clean. Simply invest in a high quality microfiber cleaning cloth designed for glass. Zabada Clean makes a variety of kitchen and bathroom cleaning cloths. They make your glass crystal clean.
5. Wall Paint
A fresh coat of paint can make any room look new and attractive, but be sure to consider the paint you choose. Look for products that are non-toxic with low fumes. Don’t use old buckets of paint that might contain lead or paint that is designed for the exterior siding of a home. Several companies are manufacturing paint products that do not cause allergic symptoms or asthma attacks. Learn more about Eco-friendly paints and stains to help you determine which one is right for you.
Improve Your Health with Natural Products
By thinking about the types of cleansers, paints, shower curtains and floor covers you choose for your home, you’re also supporting your health and wellness. Moving towards making your home more green and Eco-friendly is not only good for your soul, it’s also good for your body. By understanding the toxins in your home, you can make good decisions to make a change. With these simple tips you’re going to have a home with less toxicity while creating a healthier environment for everyday living. When in doubt, live naturally and chemical free. 😀
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