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Healthy Abode: Use These Steps To Detox Your Home For Fall

Fall is arriving, and many of us are revising our lifestyles to eat right and getting plenty of rest and exercise. However, when it comes to maintaining a healthy home environment, it’s not always as easy to track. Studies show that the average house may contain as many as 400 chemicals, some of them toxic.

Here are some ways to detox your home just in time for the fall season.

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Minimize Plastic

Removing plastics, which can leach potential carcinogens and other dangerous chemicals that can damage your endocrine system is a good place to start. Simply turn over the plastic container and check to see the number listed on the bottom. Plastics with the number three are polyvinyl chloride (V or PVC) also known as toxic plastic 3, which cannot be recycled and instead sits in landfills and emits carcinogens into our air, water and soil. Despite it’s known toxicity the FDA continues to approve it for use in the packaging of our food, our health care products, and medicines. Other common offenders are polystyrene (PS, aka Styrofoam, when extruded) and polycarbonate (PC). You should NEVER microwave food in plastic containers.

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Clean Chemical-Free

A clean home is nice but only if you can breathe easy knowing your health is not at risk.

By using chemical-based cleaners you are exposing yourself to unnecessary poisons. Products containing chlorine or ammonia (drain, oven and toilet bowl cleaners) are by far the worst choices. Go the natural route instead. You can get even better results with none of the negative health risks by using 100% natural cleaners like white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, castile soap, baking soda, lemon juice, and even plain water.

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Replace Your Cookware

Sure, non-stick cookware sounds great but convenience sometimes comes at a price. The chemicals manufacturers use to prevent food from sticking to your pan can damage your liver, thyroid and immune system. Why eat a healthy diet only to add toxic chemicals during the cooking process? A good rule is to avoid Teflon and other cookware made with fluoropolymers and fluorinated telomers. Instead, select cookware that is iron, porcelain-coated, stainless steel or glass.

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New Rules = No New Germs

Many cultures promote taking off shoes before going inside the home. As it turns out, it is also a great idea for your health. There are many different types of bacteria that enter your house on the soles of your shoes. Studies have shown that public restroom floors may contain around 2 million bacteria per square inch. In addition to bacteria, you can also track in germs, chemicals and oil or petroleum by-products. Even if you take off your shoes once you’re inside, you will not only bring in chemicals and pathogens but then put yourself at risk by walking barefoot. This is especially important if you have young children who crawl on the floor all day. Once inside, slippers, socks or barefoot are your best.

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Deodorize Naturally

Everyone appreciates a home that smells fresh when you enter through the door. However, if you use artificial room deodorizers you are releasing toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air you breathe. Exposure to VOCs, organic (containing carbon) chemicals that can easily evaporate into the air, can cause irritation to your skin, eyes and throat in addition to other health hazards. Instead of using a chemical air deodorizer, simply keep your home clean and well ventilated. Use a trash can with a lid or sprinkle baking soda on carpet and vacuum regularly.

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Get Purified

Did you know indoor air can be up to 100 times more polluted than the air outside? In addition to the above risks, wall-to-wall carpeting can also add toxins to your air.  VOC emissions are at their highest when carpeting is first installed and will continue to be released at low levels for years to come, adding to those already released from paints, varnishes, furniture, and other sources. Carpeting also traps dirt, fleas, dust, dust mites and lead. In addition to regular vacuuming and natural cleaning products, the right air purifier can capture 99.97% of pollutants in the air we breathe.

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Meet the Author:

Detox Your HomeSarah Ghesquière is the Senior Content Writer for Blueair North America.

Sarah believes don’t just eat healthy, live healthy. Remember to think about your entire home environment to prevent potential toxins in your indoor air.

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Blueair purifiers combine the highest Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) with the lowest noise levels for measurable results. Using HEPASilent® technology, dust, mold, pollen, pet dander, cigarette smoke and more are silently and effectively removed from the indoor air you breathe. www.blueair.com

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Makeba Giles is a Digital Content Producer and Founder of Faith Health and Home, a digital space with information and resources for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being to help families live an inspired lifestyle.

faithhealthandhome@yahoo.com

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