We love it when a new year rolls around. It's a chance to clean out the cobwebs and start fresh. This year, make a resolution to re-evaluate a few potentially toxic habits around your home. Even the smallest steps can make a big difference to your health and the health of your family.
Here are seven simple things you can do to make a big impact.
1. Dust and vacuum often. Dust bunnies are magnets for chemicals, so the more dust, the more toxins in your home. If possible, use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter as they capture the widest range of particles.2. Keep the air clean. Use potted plants to detoxify the from the airborne toxins, dust, and germs. Some great options are snake plants, spider plants, aloe vera, and broad lady palms.
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3. Manage moisture. Use a dehumidifier to control mould growth in your home and open the windows as much as possible to help remove indoor pollutants and provide proper ventilation.
4. Use green cleaning products. There are a ton of non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaning products that work just as well as the mass-marketed ones filled with harsh chemicals. You can also use basic ingredients from around the house. A little baking soda, white vinegar, and eucalyptus essential oil can pack a real punch.
5. Switch to non-toxic skincare. Opt for skincare products that are free of sulfates, parabens, mineral oils and synthetic colour and fragrances, which are potential endocrine disruptors. That also includes sunscreen!
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6. Toss artificial air fresheners. Essential oils are a great alternative that smell amazing and don’t include endocrine-disrupting chemicals. If you want to set the mood with candles, soy wax is a safe, renewable and biodegradable alternative to petroleum-based paraffin.
7. Avoid plastics. Eliminate as many plastics as you can around the home as they can contribute to indoor air pollution through off-gassing. That includes everything from food wraps to drinking bottles to kids’ toys. Choose alternatives made of natural materials like solid wood, silicone, and bamboo.
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