8 Tips to Reduce Toxins in Your Home
by Using Natural Cleaners
Ridding your life of these toxins can reduce your risk of several cancers, immune dysfunction, and even such mundane annoyances as rhinitis, sinusitis, and asthma.
All those toxins. I vividly recall, as a kid, using various spray cleaners and spray pesticides around the house.
With our recent understanding of those neuro-toxins, now we know why I am just a simple boogor doctor instead of a rocket scientist.
Back to the toxins in our cleaners.
What to do about it?
In addition to keeping your water pure, and reducing chemicals in your food, stop using nasty chemical cleaners.
In your home, in your garage, at your office. Everywhere.
NOTE: always perform a test for allergies or sensitivity before using new ingredients or essential oils. Simply dab a spot of the item on the underside of your wrist and watch for inflammation. Also check the cleaner in some out-of-sight place before using it on furniture.
Natural Cleaning Alternatives Include:
- Vinegar: Mix 1:1 with water for a natural all-purpose cleaner. If concerned about its effect on the surface, test in an inconspicuous area first. Vinegar nicely cuts grease, removes mildew. Great for cleaning windows of those little tiny hand-prints.
CAUTION: DO NOT USE ON MARBLE. AND: It may dissolve tile grout.
ALSO: for those of you who do their cleaning in a full French maid outfit, wearing pearls (who doesn’t?), note that vinegar WILL DISSOLVE PEARLS.
- Use straight vinegar for toilet cleaning.
- Use vinegar as natural fabric softener. Add ½ cup vinegar to rinse cycle in place of commercial softener. Good for those with sensitive skin (and who doesn’t have that?).
- Lemon Juice: excellent at dissolving soap scum and hard water deposits. Good to clean and shine brass and copper. Mix with vinegar and baking soda to make a great cleaning paste.
NOTE: the tooth fairy uses this to shine coins that she swaps for teeth. I know this for a fact.
- Sprinkle baking soda on cut half of a lemon: use this to scrub surfaces, stains, dishes.
Wow. Nice effect.
- Baking Soda: you’ve heard it before … put an open box in your ‘fridge, use it to deodorize your sink’s garbage disposal, sprinkle it in your carpet before vacuuming to deodorize. They’re all true! It is also great at cutting grease, getting wax or lipstick out of clothing: make a paste with a little water and gently rub it in before loading into the washer.
Essential oils: lavender, clove, and tea tree oils all have strong antiseptic properties and are natural fungicides. Add 1 or 2 drops to 2 cups of water in a spray bottle for antiseptic spray around the home.
- Grapefruit seed extract makes a similar effective antiseptic: add 20 drops to 1 quart of water for antiseptic spray around home.
You have just eliminated about 80 or 90% of the volatile organic compounds in your world of cleaning. Keep VOC’s and plastics in mind. You will gradually be able to eliminate even more of them from your life, and improve your health and your children’s health.
My generation looked forward to the promise of chemistry. Recall the one-word line from the movie, The Graduate, “… plastics“. Well, plastics and pesticides and cleaners and all the other conveniences in our lives came with unexpected and invisible costs attached.
Time to Rethink
As results from the scientific studies roll in we are beginning to see the long-term effects of these conveniences. Altered immune systems, exponentially-increasing respiratory diseases like asthma and sinusitis, and crazy cancers in folks who don’t smoke, don’t drink, otherwise live good clean lives.
For this post I have focused only on our health, and that of our children. I have not really talked about what all these plastics, pesticides, and other toxins are doing to our environment, to distant previously-pristine beaches, and to animals around the globe.
Yes, it all seems doom and gloom, but there is good news! It’s time to clean up our lives.
You can make a difference. It’s easier than you thought!
Follow the tips in this series, and you will be eliminatng 80-95% of the toxic chemicals from your life. Wow. It’s worth it.
Let’s ALL reduce our use of plastics and oil. Let’s leave a decent planet for our children.
Also check out the links below in Resources for some truly excellent resources.
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Until next time, remember … you can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose (unless you’re a boogor doctor :~D)
This is the 4th in a 4-part series; here are the previous 3:
Better Living Through LESS Chemistry, on this blog.
Better Living Through LESS Chemistry: Food and Water, on this blog.
Better Living Through LESS Chemistry: Our Food, on this blog.
Use Plants to Purify and Detoxify Your Air, on this blog.
Leave only footprints: http://plasticisrubbish.wordpress.com/
http://bit.ly/atSWV3 Pacific ocean plastic pollution – warning: disturbing images of plastic on otherwise pristine beaches, etc.
Toxins in plastics contribute to allergies, asthma, many studies including this one, 2004: http://bit.ly/cJogf7.
Exhaled toxins in breath able to distinguish children with asthma from those without. Study reported 2009. Scary stuff: http://bit.ly/cazZbX