Purifying your Home
Unfortunately in today’s world our environments are saturated in toxicity. From our air, to our cleaning supplies, and even our furniture can be laden with chemicals. The fact is, if we aren’t taking steps to purify our environments then we are consuming harmful chemicals. Many of us are conscious of the toxicity in our bodies, but we may not realize just how polluted our homes are too. The scariest part is babies’ and children’s bodies can’t handle toxicity as well as adults. So we need to take extra measures to detoxify our homes to keep them safe and healthy.
Clean the Air
Indoor air can be 2-5 times more polluted than the air outside. Much of the time we are breathing recirculated air. Simply opening windows to ventilate and circulate fresh air is a great place to start. Dust and other pollutants can also get trapped in our homes’ HVAC systems and continue to pollute. Changing your air filters every couple months is easy and inexpensive. Having your air ducts professionally cleaned is also a great option. You can also use a HEPA air filter which cleans contaminants and allergens from the air. Another beautiful way to clean your indoor air is adding house plants!
Enforce the No Shoe Rule
Stop pollutants at the front door. Always take your shoes off and leave a mat at the front door. To avoid the sometimes awkward request to tell guests to remove their shoes, leave a cute sign by the front door. You wouldn’t want your little one touching the bottom of your shoes! Gross!
Keeping our houses clean by dusting and vacuuming seems like a no brainer, but it is so important since our little ones spend so much time on the ground and constantly have their hands in their mouths. Chemicals from different products can accumulate in dust. Make sure to dust regularly with a microfiber cloth and vacuum with a HEPA filtered vacuum so you don’t put the particles back into the air.
Get Rid of Chemical Cleaners
There is a misconception around cleanliness in our society. Most of us are spraying chemicals all over our homes with the intention of killing germs and bacteria. But I think we are forgetting that those chemicals can be even more harmful than bacteria. Using natural cleaners can be just as effective and sometimes much less expensive. Look for natural cleaners at your health food store or make your own! There are many recipes online for easy household cleaners that only take a few ingredients and minutes to whip up!
Green Your Personal Care Products
While you are switching out your cleaning products don’t forget about the personal care products you use as well. The average person applies 30o chemicals to their body a day, the biggest culprits being soap, make- up, shampoo, and hair care. This includes the products we use on our children. You can find the safest brands on the market at EWG.org.
Beware of Carpets
Besides trapping dust and pollutants carpets contain many chemicals, such as formaldehyde! If possible opt for hardwood floors and use area rugs made of natural materials
New furniture and carpets can emit Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) into the air. Known as off-gassing, some of the chemicals can be harmful and pollute our air. Always make sure to allow new furniture items to off gas away from babies and children. It is best to let them off-gas out of the house, in a garage. To avoid items with VOC’s, buy solid wood furniture instead of laminated wood, plywood, or particle board. Look for mattresses that are organic cotton or chemical free. Look for furniture with natural textiles and stay away from stain- resistant, bacteria- resistant, and water- proof materials.
Get Smart about Plastic
Stay away from BPA and Phtalates, which are linked to cancer and development problems. Switch out food containers for glass. Make sure to use baby bottles that are BPA free. Choose toys that are not plastic, or look for ones that are Phatalate- free.
Our homes are our habitats where we spend most of our time, so it is so important that we take action to purify them. Reducing the toxic load on our children will help keep them healthy and allow them to develop properly. When we put intention into our homes it creates more peace inside of them and inside of us!