Everyone wants their homes to be clean and healthy. However, a clean house doesn't only mean to keep the dust and dirt away. It is also essential to keep the house free from the various harmful chemicals and toxins which can give rise to a myriad of health problems and complications. Unfortunately, many times, unknowingly, we expose our homes and family members to the harmful chemicals.
From house cleaning agents to paints to plastic containers to furniture, the toxins often finds its way into our homes through the common household objects. Some of the chemicals are even found to be carcinogenic and can trigger life-threatening consequences. In addition to a little alertness and awareness, one should detox their house at regular intervals to keep the harmful and disease-causing toxins at bay.
Here are some tips to keep the house clean and toxin-free:
Avoid the use of VOC Paints:
We seldom take notice of the type of paints used to paint the house. However, the use of Volatile Organic Compounds or VOC paints can be quite harmful giving rise to health problems such as a headache, nausea, epistaxis, skin allergies and rashes, irritation of the nose, throat, and eyes, kidney or liver damage. In extreme and rare cases, the organic compounds can even lead to cancer.
In addition to the paints, many wood preservatives, room/air fresheners, disinfectants, aerosol sprays, to name a few, are also found to contain VOC. Thus, one should always ensure that the paints or disinfectants used are free of VOC.
Limit/Avoid the use of synthetic carpets:
Most of us have a fetish for fancy and beautiful carpets. While the petroleum-based synthetic fibre carpets (such as nylon, polyester) is indeed mesmerizing, they come with their share of demerits. These carpets contain and emit a host of harmful chemicals (such as p-Dichlorobenzene, naphthalene, 4-Phenyl Cyclohexane) that can do the body more harm than good. From problems affecting the upper respiratory system to thyroid disorders, nerve damage, or weakening of the immune system and the CNS, the complications can throw life in jeopardy.
Thus, to keep the house toxin free, it is always advisable to opt for the natural carpets made of cotton or the wool that has not undergone any chemical treatments. It is also essential to look for the Green Label Plus Certification while purchasing the carpet.
Choice of shower curtains:
Many people love to use the Vinyl Shower curtains. However, these curtains are also known to release a host of harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), the inhalation of which can damage the vital body organs including the brain, respiratory system, nervous system, liver. For a healthy living, it is best to use the natural, organic or cotton shower curtains.
Beware of those feeding bottles:
BPA (Bisphenol A) is a well-known endocrine disruptor. Plastics are known to contain BPA which can imitate the body's production, secretion, and transport of hormones. It can even imitate the estrogen hormone and certain other hormones in the body. Bodies of infants and growing children are more sensitive to this BPA. This is why you need to ensure the plastic feeding bottles used to feed your baby are BPA-free.
One needs to be extra careful if there is a baby at home. If your baby has already started crawling or walking, you should choose the floor/house cleaning agents and disinfectants keeping the health of the baby in mind. The floor cleaners that contain ammonia, chlorides, or phthalates can harm the adults as well as the baby beyond imagination. Thus one should always opt for the natural products, preferably the ones prepared using neem extracts or baking soda.
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