Considering the amount of time they spend indoors, it is surprising how many people overlook the impact their homes have on the overall health. This is a problem of awareness, but also negligence and lack of commitment to creating and preserving a healthy space. Don’t make the same mistake: Nowadays, there are a plethora of tactics to pull together a less toxic environment for you and your family. Some steps require you to rethink your purchasing choices, while the others demand more investment of time and money.
Clear The Air
Indoor air pollution is one of the chief concerns. First off, endorse a smoke-free policy because even secondhand smoke can have detrimental effects on your health. Secondly, put high-end air purifiers to good use. They work wonders for people with allergies and conditions such as asthma, without producing any secondary pollution. Now, it is possible to summon a bit of nature inside and let it serve as a natural air filter. Spider plants, palm trees, and rubber plants are exceptional absorbers of indoor pollutants.
Also, strive to maintain an optimal indoor temperature. You can use an electronic (smart) thermostat to manage it, but note that the cheapest and healthiest source of heat and light comes for free, as a blessing from Mother Nature. So, do not let blinds, drapes, and shutters block rejuvenating sunlight. As for the lighting, fluorescent light bulbs are not only energy-wasting, but also feature mercury, a toxic chemical. Thus, it is highly advisable to dispose of them carefully and put LED fittings or compact bulbs instead.
On The Radar
There are many perilous substances that lurk in our homes: used batteries, pesticides, old electronics, cleaning chemicals, gases, etc. So, make sure first that harmful gases don’t fly under your radar. Radioactive intruders, like radon, can be identified with a test kit, and they enter the home through cracks in foundations. On the other hand, carbon monoxide originates from places like space heaters, especially when they are not properly maintained. This odorless assassin is hard to uncover if you don’t possess a carbon monoxide detector.
In the kitchen, utilize non-stick cookware cast iron, and opt for stainless steel and glass. Avoid plastic food containers and canned products whenever possible. If the conditions permit it, get into the art of organic gardening. An edible garden is a true sanctuary of healthy, sustainable living, and a way to save money on groceries. Just remember that insecticides and pesticides are hazardous and pose a threat to kids when not stored properly. See if you can compost kitchen scraps and organic matter in a compost bin or pile.
Test The Waters
One of the key tasks is to assess the quality of drinking water. Tap water is often plagued by local contaminants, so find an appropriate filter that removes them. Also, bear in mind that you have a viable alternative, bottled water. Furthermore, inspect the home for any leaks and problems with the plumbing system. Repair, seal, caulk, and maintain installations to shrink your utility bills and prevent moisture from creating problems, like mold.
Matter of Choice
Always give preference to durable and recyclable products. Seek non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning items and steer clear of harsh chemical cleaners. Pay attention to the materials that surround you. Decks, picnic tables, and playground sets may contain arsenic. The exposure can be reduced by sealing the surface or replacing high-use areas. Similarly, foam furniture often includes toxic fire retardants, so try to keep them well-covered. Pieces that are naturally fire-resistant are always preferable.
Essence of Health
Your home is the bedrock of a healthy living. The beauty of it is that you do not have to make sacrifices or break the bank. For starters, familiarize yourself with threats that pollute the interior. Find out the best way to dispose of toxic chemicals and replace products that impede your health and well-being. Even the smallest of lifestyle adjustments add up and cultivate a positive change in the living environment. That being said, we are the creatures of habit, and these things do take time.
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