Our homes are choc-a-block with chemicals, from our bedrooms to our bathrooms, and sometimes it can all seem like it’s a bit too much to deal with. What do we do when we discover that so many of our home comforts are causing serious damage to not only ours but our loved one’s health and well-being?
Fortunately, with so many natural solutions out there and more and more organic alternatives coming onto the market each year, the ability to detox our home is becoming more and more accessible. Our power as consumers is greater than we think – the more that we choose to buy natural, organic products the more of it we will see in the mainstream.
Here’s just a few of the many reasons it is so important to detox your home:
- Over 150 chemicals found in the home have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological abnormalities
- According to the National Cancer Institute, there has been a 28% rise in childhood cancers since the introduction of pesticides into household products.
- 884 of the chemicals found in cosmetics and personal care products are toxic
- More than 72,000 synthetic chemicals have been produced and used in household products since WWII
Ditch the Chemical Cleaners
Going chemical free doesn’t mean that you have to live in an unclean house – you can do all of your regular household chores when you detox your home without running the risk of poisoning yourself!
If you fancy yourself as a bit of a DIY pro, you can easily make your own cleaning products using simple ingredients such as baking soda, vinegar, soap and lemon peel. Need some disinfectant action? Tea tea, lime and cinnamon do a great job without the added formaldehyde. Need a replacement for bleach? Try clove oil instead.
No More Air Fresheners
Synthetic air fresheners are about as bad as it gets for polluting you home – just think, if you can smell it, you’re absorbing it. When you come to detox your home, you can say goodbye to air fresheners and replace them with natural essential oils or natural wax aromatherapy scented candles instead. Much nicer and much better for you!
Keep House Plants
Keeping house plants in each room isn’t just pretty and great for the soul, they will actually help detox your home too.
The soil bacteria can reduce volatile organic compounds, such as formaldehyde, present in the air. As the air within our home is generally 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air (and that’s with all the traffic fumes!) and most of us tend to spend 90% of our time inside, it’s a good idea to try and clean it up as much as possible.
Avoid Non-stick Cookware
Yes, Teflon can make life easier when cooking and washing up, but it’s really not worth the risk – switch to stainless steel, copper or iron instead.
Studies have shown that the Teflon chemical PFOA is so readily absorbed into our bodies that it will even pollute an unborn child. In a study released by the Environmental Working Group, testing the blood from 10 umbilical cords of new-born babies, the results showed that all subjects were highly contaminated with an average of 287 household chemicals, Teflon being one of the most prevalent.