Detox Your Home

My post last week addressed the subject of potentially harmful ingredients in skincare and what you can do to limit your body’s exposure to such chemicals.
This week, I am focusing on the environment we create around ourselves and how it can negatively affect our health. The greater environment around us is largely our of our control – the pollution of the city, air conditions, water quality, and the like – but our immediate environment is something we can and should improve, constantly.
There are a number of simple things you can do to start with.
1. Take off your shoes before you enter your home
This is my favorite advice and I follow it all the time. In fact, I ask all guests to remove their shoes (and ask them in  advance in case they wish to bring clean indoor shoes to wear). It may be odd to some of you but I think it is key (check out this Dr. Oz article – he agrees with me). Just think about where you have been on a given day (subway, airport, car, store, school, office etc.) and consider the dirt and germs in those places that you are bringing home and into your kitchen, bath, bed if you keep your shoes on.  Studies have shown that shoes carry all kinds of germs and nasties, including E. coli, meningitis, pneumonia, just to name a few.
So, keep a pair of indoor shoes, slippers, or socks by the door and keep the outdoor shoes and germs outside!
2.  Regularly dust and wet wipe the surfaces in your home
In our busy days and lives it is easy to forget or loose the time needed to keep our homes free of dust, but this is also a key task. Studies have shown that all homes have toxic dust that is harmful and we need to work on keeping that to a minimum.  On average, we spend 90 percent of our time indoors, whether at home, at school, or at the office.  Indoor air quality is bad not just because of dirt particles but because of the various chemicals and other particles our appliances (TVs etc), furniture, household cleaners etc. shed, and, of course, the dust mites (tiny relatives of spiders that live everywhere – they are so nasty – check out the photo above) that are ever present.
Thus, it is important to clean up that dust regularly – either vacuum or swiffer every couple of days and mop at least once a week.  Mopping is also important to remove dirt from often used surfaces and flooring (such as kitchens and bathrooms) where germs and dirt can accumulate.  If your house is too large for your to clean, you can always get a robotic floor cleaner to make that task easier (I know I want one if I ever get a house!).
3. Reduce indoor pollution by picking the right household items
Now, this is more difficult unless you are just moving into a new home now and need new appliances, furniture, flooring, and the like.  If you are already set up, you can still reduce exposure by picking non-toxic household cleaners (Seventh Generation, Grab Green, Ecover etc), and choosing safer household items and furniture as you switch your old ones out over time.  For example, if you need furniture, try to get eco-friendly (no flame retardants and formaldehyde for example), and the kind that does not shed too much dust.  The same applies to flooring and hardwood or similar is better for that than wall-to-wall carpeting. If you are getting new appliances, get efficient ones that emit less toxins.
Just a few things can help quite a bit!
Any tasks you find key to keeping your home healthier?
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