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Posted on 04-04-2017

Clean, Bright Home for you and your Kids: 5 Ways to Decrease the Toxic Exposure in your Home

1. Use only nontoxic products for housecleaning:

  • For housecleaning there are many non toxic products on the market, or there are numerous recipes online to make cleaners and disinfectants with water, white vinegar, baking soda, tea tree essential oil, castile soap, lemon juice and borax.

2. Use an air purifier in your home:

  • The purifiers recommended are HEPA. (There are many sizes and price ranges to choose from.)

3. Buy indoor plants that reduce airborne toxins:

  • These plants remove chemicals from the air such as formaldehyde, benzene and xylene.

 

  • Some of them include: peace lily, Boston fern, English ivy, palm trees, rubber plant, snake plant, golden pothos, wax begonia, red-edged dracaena, and spider plant.

4. Cook with pans that will not leach metals or chemicals into the air or your food:  

Cookware not recommended:

  • Non-stick cookware is not recommended.  The greatest concerns are perfluorooctanic acid (PFOA), a substance that “off gasses” into the air.
  • Stainless steel cookware is considered safe, unless the surface is worn or damaged.
  • Aluminum and anodized aluminum cookware is not recommended because aluminum is a soft metal and can leach into your food.
  • Copper cookware is not recommended because copper leaches into the food during heating.
  • Plastic cookware shouldn’t even be considered for cooking.

Safer cookware options:

  • Cast iron is regarded as safe, after it is “seasoned” with oil, which fills the porous surface and doesn’t allow iron to be transferred to the food.
  • Ceramic, enameled and glass cookware is generally regarded as safe, unless it has a label that says “not for food use”.  

5. If possible, use only eco-friendly home furnishings for such items as the carpet, flooring, paint and mattresses.

  • Carpets have been created that are less toxic. A couple of these companies are Nature’s Carpet, EarthWeave and Unique Carpets. Also, it’s important to use water-based, low-VOC glues to install your carpets; another option is to have it tacked down. Other safer alternatives for flooring include hardwood floors, cork, bamboo, tile and natural linoleum.  
  • To paint your walls, buy low or no-VOC latex paints, or try the several no-VOC line of plant- and earth-based paints and finishes. Also, low VOC is different than “low odor”. “Low odor” paint may still have the VOC fumes, they are just masked so you don’t smell them.                                     

  • As far as purchasing a mattress, there are a few companies that have produced less toxic mattresses, many have organic materials in them, and use wool as the flame retardant instead of chemicals. Some of these include Savvy Rest, Essentia, Naturepedic, Vivetique and White Lotus.

If you’re concerned how toxins are affecting your health, call us at 408-371-0068 to set up an appointment with Dr. Sampair.  

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