10 ways to detox your home ;
Dr. Sarah Cimperman, ND
Opening the windows is one of my favorite things spring, especially after a long winter of record snowfall and low temperatures. Enjoying warmer temperatures and the sun and the exchange and circulation of air inside our homes is so good for our bodies as it is for our spirits. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air can be “seriously polluted” than outdoor air, even in the largest and most industrialized cities. 1 Opening the windows helps reduce exposure to environmental toxins in the air, it’s just a start. There are plenty of other ways to minimize exposure to toxic inside our homes and here are some tips to start ten.
One of the easiest ways to prevent outdoor chemicals become toxins inside is leave your shoes at the door. Insist that everyone else does too.
activated carbon filters can remove chlorine, lead, mercury, copper, pesticides, solvents, radon, parasites, some volatile organic compounds, and bad tastes and odors tap water. Reverse osmosis also removes fluoride, cadmium, asbestos, bacteria, arsenic, barium, nitrates, nitrites, and perchlorate. reverse osmosis filters use thin membranes to remove 99.97 percent of pollutants 0.3 microns or larger, while ulta-HEPA reportedly filter 99.99 percent. Before buying, check out the Water Filter Buying Guide in the Environmental Working Group. 2 After purchasing, change filters regularly.
Replace nonstick cookware cast iron (enameled or not), stainless steel, copper, glass or ceramic cookware. If nonstick pans are your only option, follow these four rules: Never preheat when empty. Use only on low heat. Never put them in the oven. And discard as soon as the surface is scratched.
Replace plastic storage containers for food, beverage bottles and travel mugs with glass, stainless steel or ceramic varieties. Avoid foods and drinks that have been packaged in plastic containers, cans and cartons, unless “BPA” and “phthalate-free” specified (look for Vital Choice and Eden Organics). Avoid foods packaged in styrofoam) (materials such as disposable cups, food containers out and buy cartons of eggs (egg cartons). Replace the plastic wrap with aluminum foil or parchment paper and remove your need for plastic bags by taking a reusable organic cotton with you to the grocery store and farmer’s market
Replace cleaning chemicals with essential oils, baking soda and vinegar. pure essential oils are natural antibacterial essential oil and tea tree is especially effective in removing mold and mildew. bicarbonate acts sodium as an abrasive to remove debris and stains from glass, ceramic, stainless steel and silver agent. Add a few drops of water to make a paste of baking soda to clean the stove, sink, counter, toilet and bathtub. Use white vinegar to polish mirrors and wash windows and floors. Uncarpeted surfaces using a steam mop, which uses only water and steam to clean. Furniture Polish wood with a mixture of three parts olive oil to one part juice freshly squeezed lemon, applied with a soft cloth and vigorously rubbed, and allowed to air dry (test a small area before applying it to all a piece of furniture).
to make your own non-toxic all-purpose cleaner, add the following ingredients to a spray bottle of glass cleaner: 1 cup white vinegar, 5 drops of essential oil tree pure tea, 5 drops of pure lavender or orange essential oil (avoid synthetic oils and perfume), and a half cup of water. Label the bottle with the ingredients and date. Shake gently to distribute essential oils, then spray the cleaner onto soiled surfaces and wipe with a clean, damp cloth or sponge. For stubborn stains, skip the water and allow the solution to sit for a few minutes before cleaning. This cleaner can be used on countertops, sinks, stove tops, appliances and tiles, but do not use on surfaces made of wood, natural stone or other sensitive materials.
Manufacturers are not required to disclose additives considered “fragrance” and one fragrance can contain several hundred ingredients. Moreover, “unscented” does not necessarily mean free of fragrance because chemicals can be added to cover odors. Get rid of all air fresheners and household products with fragrances. As an alternative to air fresheners, diffusers using pure essential oils. In the laundry room, replace the liquid fabric softener with a half cup of white vinegar (mixed with 5 drops of pure lavender essential oil if desired for perfuming linen) and balls drying of organic wool substitutes leaves for the dryer with fragrance.
According to the Environmental Working Group, the average woman utilizes twelve products containing 168 unique ingredients every day, while the average man uses six products daily with 85 unique ingredients, and most of them have not been tested for safety. 3 Use the Skin Deep cosmetic safety database to learn what you are putting on your skin. 4 Search by product, ingredient, or the security company to read reviews and make good choices when selecting items such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, bubble bath, moisturizing creams, hair, makeup, sunscreen and baby products.
Finding a cleaning product using wet cleaning, an alternative water-based solvent-based dry cleaning. Wet cleaning uses biodegradable detergents and drying environment with controlled humidity to preserve “dry-clean” clothes. If you can not avoid clothes dry cleaning, store in a well-ventilated area away from your home (like the garage) and each time they are treated, let air out for several days before use.
A houseplant six inches per 100 square feet of living area can greatly improve indoor air quality. Several species have been shown to filter harmful chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde, trichlorethylene, xylene and toluene. These include snake plant 5 spider plant 5 English ivy, 6 ivy grape 6 peace lily 6 golden pothos 5 and weeping fig. 7
Sarah Cimperman, ND is the author of the new book, The Detox prediabetes: A program for the whole body to balance your blood sugar , increase energy and reduce sugar cravings. He graduated from the NCNM in 2002 and has a private practice in New York City. His experience has been presented in Fox News and The Huffington Post and in the journal Natural Health The entire magazine area, and welfare Journal, among other publications. Dr. Cimperman also writes two blogs, a different type of Naturopathic Doctor and the Gourmet.
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