Creating A Non-Toxic Home Environment

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Welcome to my blog!

Did you know we’re surrounded by toxic air and dust in our homes? The EPA has deemed indoor air to often be more polluted than outdoor air, even in the largest and most industrialized cities? Being reminded of inherent toxic dangers in the home environment reminded  me to pull out an old article I saved which discusses toxins in the home and making our own natural cleaning ingredients. Creating a safe and toxic-free home and work environment is necessary for good health.

Don’t get overwhelmed. We’re saving all this as a miserable weather activity, remember? See my Oct. 31, 2015 blog post, “Follow The Sun!”

I decided to do a two-part blog post, saving the non-toxic cleaners for next week.

New York City naturopathic private practice doctor, Sarah Cimperman, ND wrote a comprehensive article, “Non-Toxic Spring Cleaning” for the May/June 2013 issue of Wisdom NYC/ TriState Edition which suggests a number of steps to take before we actually start scrubbing.

* Open windows to exchange and circulate the air.                                                                         * Get rid of unhealthy processed foods, expired items and dried herbs and spices more than a year old.                                                                                                                                                       * Replace plastic storage containers with glass containers or wide-mouthed canning jars                                                                                                                                                                   * Replace non-stick pots and pans with cast iron or stainless steel cookware                              * Discard old and expired medications, toiletries and cosmetics
* Dust furniture with a slightly damp, washable cloth to remove household toxins such as phthalates, flame retardants, PCBs, pesticides and DDT and rinse the cloth often.                  * Add ivy, snake plants, spider plants and peace lilies to remove toxic chemicals. Clean leaves often with a damp cloth                                                                                                             * Wash the floors with a steam or regular mop                                                                                   * Vacuum carpeted surfaces and upholstery with a HEPA  vacuum                                            * Wash bedding often                                                                                                                             * Disinfect sponges, wet, then 2 minutes in the microwave                                                                * Check fire and carbon monoxide detectors, replace batteries                                                        * Replace furnace filters, clean air ducts and vents                                                                            * Clean windows, window treatments, light fixtures, rugs and door mats

Happy cleaning! Listen to some upbeat music to get a good rhythm going. I especially like the Latin salsa and mambo beats to get me moving twice as fast as I normally do. Great for the heart, circulatory and respiratory systems and the psyche, as an extra added bonus.

Check back next week for recipes for cleaning solutions.

Let me know how you do. I’d love to hear from you.

Next week’s blog post: How To Kill Dirt & Grime Without Killing Yourself

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. A
    Jan 30, 2016 @ 08:04:52

    Good reminder Elaine. Thank you!

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