7 Steps to a Healthier Home
The best way to support a healthy body is to have a healthy home! Here are 7 of the best tips to keep your house low-tox and minimise the effect of environmental pollution and waste on your home.
1. Get rid of the clutter! It can restrict air flow and increase the amount of dust, therefore encouraging dust mites and pests that can be harmful to your body or aggravate allergies.
2. Reduce the chemical load in your home. Air fresheners, perfume, pesticides, solvents, paints, cleaning products can all contain a large number of chemicals hormone disruptors that can impact the health of our families and contribute to poor indoor air quality. Here’s a link to a natural air freshener, that you can make to keep your home smelling lovely, or you can use an essential oil diffuser or natural candles.
3. Store food and beverages in glass, stainless steel or lead-free ceramics. Avoid plastic at all costs! Reuse jars from other products or look online for plastic-free storage solutions.
4. Ensure electrical appliances are at least 1 metre away from your bed, favourite couch and any other areas where you spend time in order to reduce your exposure to electromagnetic fields. Turn appliances off at the switch to save on your energy bill, too!
5. Dust your home with a slightly damp microfibre cloth, followed by a clean, dry tea towel – no need for any sprays or products.
6. Take your shoes off before you enter the house as this will reduce the amount of pesticides and traffic-related air pollutants being tracked all through the house and on carpets.
7. Use the sun to air out pillows and mattresses, pet bedding, chopping boards and soft toys – much easier now that it’s getting warmer!
This information has been gathered from Building Biology – check out the website and book for more information on how to make your home ‘low-tox’.