It might sound frightening but your home might be awash in dangerous toxins that can have a negative impact on your health and the health of your family. Thankfully, with just a few changes you can make a huge difference in the quality of your environment.
Use a Door Mat – At each entrance, place a door mat on the outside and on the inside. This will help eliminate all the toxins that might be tracked into the rest of the house such as pesticides, pollen, microplastic particles, and even lead dust! You’ll also cut down on the need to vacuum the remainder of the home if you take care of the door mats regularly.
Clean the Floors – Vacuum, sweep and mop regularly to cut down on dirt, dust and mites that get into the air. You don’t need to use chemicals to clean. Just a quick sweep, vacuum and a wet mop can do wonders.
Keep Humidity at the Right Level – Depending on the season and where you live, you might need to either dehumidify or humidify your home. The perfect level is between 30 to 50 percent humidity. With an inexpensive indoor digital hygrometer (humidity tester) you can monitor the amount of humidity in the air, and adjust your humidifier and dehumidifier in order to prevent growth of mold that can cause asthma and other health problems, as well as reduce dry skin, colds and coughs in the winter months.
Wipe Down Surfaces – Dust that consists of dead skin and dirt among other things collects on surfaces in your home. Cleaning all surfaces regularly will help to cut down on the toxins. You don’t need anything special, just a dust cloth or wet cloth and a quick wipe will do the job if you do it on a regular basis.
Don’t Smoke – Smoking or allowing others to smoke in your home puts out over 3,000 toxic chemicals into the air and onto surfaces. Just don’t allow it. Even if you set up a smoking area, the toxins will still travel throughout the home.
Get a Radon and Carbon Monoxide Detector – Radon and carbon monoxide are colorless, odorless gases that can collect in your home, and both can be deadly. Nowadays you can get a good carbon monoxide detector that plugs into a standard wall socket. It’s very important to do this – carbon monoxide can kill you in your sleep. Radon is a leading cause of lung cancer, and radon levels fluctuate over time. With a home radon detector, you can check the average long-term levels in different areas of the home, to determine if you need a radon mitigation system.
Use Only Natural Cleaners and Scents – Believe it or not, even cleaning supplies and air fresheners can introduce dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into your environment. You can replace all your candles, air fresheners and cleaning supplies with natural versions. Lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, baking soda or just plain water can work very well, while essential oils can add the perfect scent.
Improve Ventilation – Ensure that you have good ventilation when cooking on the stove. The same goes for fireplaces or wood stoves. All of these activities can cause a build-up of VOCs and other toxic chemicals that can cause reactions in environmentally sensitive individuals.
It’s amazing how everyday living in our own homes can ruin the air quality and make our environment toxic. By cleaning up these these toxins, you can improve your health exponentially. Thankfully, it’s not that hard to do and is very effective in reducing indoor toxins if you know what to do and stick to the plan.