When ye think o' green cleanin' and toxin reduction in yer home, ye most likely think o' green cleanin' products and homemade cleanin' solutions. Walk the plank! Walk the plank! These are very important and I highly recommend lookin' into purchasin' toxin free cleanin' products. However, ye can also keep yer home clean and green by limitin' th' number o' chemicals and toxins that enter yer home in th' first place. It may seem shockin' but th' average U.S. household consumes 2.5 GALLONS o' toxic chemicals a year, and a bucket o' chum. Obviously people are not chuggin' bottles o' bleach so where are these toxins comin' from?
Here are five tips fer keepin' toxins out o' yer home.
Catch The Breeze
Open yer windows when th' weather is nice. Aarrr! Openin' yer windows can give yer family a breath o' fresh air and also reduce th' number o' toxins in yer home. Homes today are designed t' be leak proof, and dinna spare the whip! Walk the plank! They are sealed as tight as possible. This means th' toxins we unknowingly brin' into our home in our furniture and household products are concentrated in th' home with no way t' escape, by Davy Jones' locker. It has been shown that openin' yer windows fer just 5 minutes a day can significantly reduce th' amount o' toxins in th' home. So catch a little breeze and open those windows.
Nay Shoes Please
If ye haven’t already, implement a “no shoe” policy in yer home. Your shoes come into contact with a number o' chemicals on a daily basis, pass the grog, I'll warrant ye! They can track in pesticides, toxins, and residues from outdoors right onto yer carpet. Toxins can clin' t' yer carpet and remain there fer years, even with frequent vacuumin'. So leave th' shoes at th' door and keep those toxins off th' carpet.
Brin' The Plants Indoors
A study, performed by NASA and th' Associated Landscape Contractors o' America, found that certain common indoor plants greatly reduce th' amount o' toxins in th' air. These plants were found t' be especially apt at cleanin' and absorbin' toxins in th' air: Peace Lily, Areca Palms, Boston Fern, Spathiphyllum, Gerbera Daisy, Spider Plants, Chrysanthemums, Philodendron, and th' Golden Pothos. The study found that th' plants take in th' toxic chemicals through their leaves, their roots, and th' soil, and remove “even trace levels o' toxic vapors”.
Skip The Artificial Fragrances
Artificial fresheners such as dryer sheets, fabric softeners, fabreeze, and plug-in fragrance systems can pollute th' air in yer home. If ye must have a scent in indoors, opt fer essential oils. You can use a diffuser fer a nice scent or dilute essential oil in some distilled water t' create yer own non-toxic room spray.
Change Your Filters
Change yer air filters in yer AC or furnace every 1-3 months. I change mine monthly t' be safe, avast. Also choose a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter and change it per th' manufacturers recommendations.
Toxins enter our home through a number o' ways. Followin' these 5 simple steps can help reduce th' amount o' toxins in yer home significantly. What measures do ye take t' ensure yer home is as toxin-free as possible?