Toxins can be found in many unexpected areas throughout your home. Some are harmless, others less so and can affect your health. Thankfully, there are some easy ways to reduce the number of toxins and allergens in your home.
Open your windows
Having a continuous supply of fresh air throughout your home is great getting rid of any built-up odours and airborne allergens.
Household dust can exacerbate a number of respiratory conditions such as asthma. Though it seems like a never-ending task, ensure that you dust regularly, with a wet duster to prevent the dust being thrown back into the air. Make it easy on yourself by not having too many surfaces or nooks and crannies to dust. If you have too many possessions cluttering up your home either look at secure storage or store them away in cupboards or the up in the loft.
Vacuum often too. Even though your carpet may look clean, it catches all of the dust from the air. It will extend the life of your carpet too.
Mix your own cleaning products
By design, cleaning products are absolutely full of chemicals, which we then use all over our home. It’s healthier, and cheaper to make your own. All but the toughest cleaning problems can be dealt with by just a few household items such as baking soda, lemon juice, white vinegar and a bit of elbow grease. If you’re worried about things not being hygienically clean, then a steam cleaner can sanitize much better than a traditional cleaning product.
Read this article for some ideas on how to create your own. You’ll save a fortune too!
Stop using air fresheners
Having a fresh, lovely smelling home is great, but the chemicals we use to make it smell that way a not so great. Spray, plugins and other air fresheners are full of chemicals that you are putting into the air. These can cause headaches, as well as make respiratory conditions worse.
If you want your home to smell fresh and inviting, try using natural essential oil in a water diffuser. Once you’ve paid for the diffuser, you’ll find you’re saving money on expensive air freshening products too.
Organic certified products are certified free from toxins and other chemicals in the production process. Organic doesn’t just apply to food either. You can buy clothing made from organic cotton, or cosmetics and skincare made with organic ingredients rather than a mixture of chemicals and preservatives.
Store your food in glass containers
The trend of meal prepping means a lot of us are storing their food in plastic containers for a long time. Chemicals in the plastic can leach back out into the food we eat. Choose containers that are BPA free or even better, opt for glass containers. They don’t contain any plastics, are better for the environment and will save you money in the long run.
In modern society, it’s almost impossible to remove every toxin from our home. They exist in the paint on our wall and the carpets on our floors, but there are a lot of simple changes we can make to greatly reduce their presence in our home and impact on our health.