We all know that a clean house is a happy house, but there is more to a healthy house than meets the eye. There are microbes and toxins that can be easily missed in our tidy homes but can wreak havoc on our health in a variety of ways.
Senator Dianne Feinstein is among those working to pass a bill called the Personal Care Products Safety Act and has said that “there’s increasing evidence that long-term, daily exposure to chemicals is harming public health.”
Home should be a safe haven, a place to return to at the end of the day and feel a sense of calm and peace. Let’s make it safer by reducing the amounts of these nasty chemicals!
Below are our quick fix ideas to remember when creating a toxic free environment:
Take your shoes off at the door.
When you’re out and about all day running your errands, going to the gym and walking your dog, your shoes are picking up dirt, dust and chemicals. Even if you wipe your shoes at the door, it’s likely there are still some particles on your shoes.
Prevent these toxins from getting past your front door by instituting a new rule for yourself and your family. Get a shoe rack or a special mat that all shoes be placed on when someone enters your home.
Filter your water.
A simple filtration system can remove a TON of pollutants in your tap water – even if you live in an area where the tap water is considered “good.” You can get filters that fit your lifestyle, including filters that go directly on your faucet or pitchers that you can refill and keep in the fridge. There are filters for any budget and you don’t need the fanciest, most expensive one to make a difference in your water quality.
Clean up your cleaning regime.
Instead of using harsh chemicals to clean your surfaces, use all natural cleaners – you’d be surprised how far vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide can get you! Don’t pollute your indoor air with ‘cleaning’ products that have ‘Warning’ and ‘Poison’ labels on them.
Wash your hands.
Hand washing is a great practice not just because it prevents germs from making the rounds, but it also cleans your hands of all the other chemicals you could otherwise be ingesting that you’re not aware of. Remember all those chemicals we talked about being on your shoes? They could also be on your hands.
When it comes to washing your hands, the process is more important than the product (although we recommend staying away from antibacterial soap). Make sure you’re washing for at least 20 seconds and getting the soap in between your fingers and underneath your nailbeds.
Swap for Safer Showers.
The ingredients in your shampoo, face wash, soap, lotions and toothpastes can include the same chemicals used to clean car engines – definitely not something you want on your skin! With the help of the Environmental Working Group, some companies are making significant changes to their products and there’s an app you can use to see which products on the shelves of your local store are EWG verified.
It’s important to remember that reducing toxins doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing approach – every step you take counts so start small and stay consistent!