People often consider the air pollution outside but the air pollution that can occur inside your home is one that might be less thought of. Here are some things that can be done to remove toxins from your home and life.
There are so many tips but here are a few simple ways to make quick changes to reduce toxins.
1. Green up your cleaning products
Many people seem to think that if something doesn’t have a strong bleach or chemical smell it won’t be able to clean as effectively. However, there are many ways to clean your home without using harsh chemicals.
Vinegar is a very effective cleaner. I use it frequently for various cleaning in my home. It can be combined with hot water and an essential oil in a spray bottle to create an effective, non-toxic, pleasant-smelling all purpose cleaner. According to an article on davidsuzuki.org, vinegar is an effective disinfectant.
“Acetic acid or white vinegar is a great disinfectant. It also acts as a deodorizer and cuts grease. And you can tackle household bacteria like salmonella, E. coli and other “gram-negative” bacteria with vinegar. Gram-negative bacteria can cause infections including pneumonia, bloodstream infections, wound or surgical site infections, and meningitis.”
There are even some vinegars that are dubbed as cleaning vinegars because they have a stronger concentration of acetic acid.
Vinegar, combined with baking soda can also be used to unclog drains in place of Draino for a more-green option.
This site also offers some really great tips!
Many everyday kitchen items that can be used to clean and disinfect like lemon or tea tree oil.
There are also many green cleaners that arent “green washed” and they can be bought at your local health-food store or even some major big box stores carry them in their natural sections.
Some of my favourite natural cleaning brands:
2. Buy a plant, or two, or three…
There are many plants that can do wonders to improve your homes air quality. We know that they take in the carbon-dioxide and other harmful toxins but they can also help keep the right amount of humidity in the air.
According to Mother Nature Network (mnn.com) some top plants to purify the air are:
- Spider Plant
- Snake Plant
- Golden Pothos
- Red-Edged Dracena
Check out their full list and here.
3. Choose glass over plastic
It is really important to try to use glass over plastic as much as possible. Certain plastics do not do well heated up and can leach into your food. Also, don’t re-use plastic forks from take-out too many times, or at least don’t put them in the dishwasher if you’d like to use them again. I personally avoid using plastic as much as possible and I never reheat anything in it.
4. Purchase eco-friendlier furniture or buy used
Furniture can release Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) such as formaldehyde. To avoid these compound from being released into your home purchased used furniture, eco friendly brands or let the furniture release the VOCs before bringing them into your home. This article does a great job explaining the risks to your home and health from VOCs.
5. Avoid air fresheners, candles and other deodorizers that spew chemicals into the air
Everyone loves a fresh and clean smelling home but there are better ways to add scents to your home than using commercial chemical filled products. Also, opting for beeswax or soy based candles instead of candles filled with chemicals (the label usually says what the candle is made of) will help to reduce the indoor air pollution while still providing the scent and ambiance that you are after – my go-to candle brand is Woodlot. Additionally, purchasing a diffuser and diffusing essential oils can be a great way to deodorize your home while improving indoor air quality. Salt lamps are also a great way to help improve indoor air quality.