How to Reduce Indoor Toxins For A Sustainable Living Lifestyle
It might sound frightening but your home might be awash in dangerous toxins that you introduce into your home. 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 bug spray, pollens, dust and even fleas.
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.
* 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.
* Keep Humidity at the Right Level –
Depending upon where you live, you might need to either dehumidify or humidify your home.
The perfect level is between 30 to 50 percent humidity. You can get a humidity tester inexpensively:
* Don’t Smoke –
Smoking or allowing others to smoke in your home puts out over 3000 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 –
Nowadays you can get a good smoke detector that includes a radon and carbon monoxide detector.
It’s very important to do this. Carbon monoxide can kill you in your sleep and radon can cause cancer.
Both are undetectable without a device and both are very dangerous.
* Use Only Natural Cleaners and Scents –
Believe it or not, even cleaning supplies and air fresheners can introduce dangerous toxins into your environment.
You can replace all your candles, air fresheners and cleaning supplies with natural versions. Using lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, baking soda or just plain water can work very well.
* Improve Ventilation –
If you cook in your home, which most people do, ensure that you have good ventilation for cooking.
The same goes for fireplaces or wood stoves.
All of these activities can cause a build-up of toxic chemicals that can cause reactions from sensitive individuals.
It’s amazing what we do in our own homes that can ruin the air quality and make our environment toxic.
By cleaning up your environment 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.
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Cheers, Helene Malmsio
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