Hidden Toxins: 5 Ways to Eliminate Them From Your Home

by Editor on November 23, 2013

Mould behind the wallpaper

All of us have seen a framed picture or mat that says “Home Sweet Home” on it. And for many of us, when we think about the one place in the world where we feel the most comfortable and secure, we would probably say that it is inside of our house. But did you know that within the rooms of your home, there is a high possibility that they have some hidden toxins lurking within them? Ones that not only decrease the air quality within your house but could also lead to health issues?

If you’d like to know about some of the hidden toxins that could be inside of your house along with some of the things that you can do to eliminate them, we have enclosed five helpful tips below:

Mold. Here’s something that you might find surprising. According to several studies, it is estimated that approximately 50 percent of all houses within the United States are contaminated with mold. If left untreated, it can lead to respiratory issues, skin rashes and allergies. If you happen to see some in your house, you can remove it with white distilled vinegar. Just pour it into a spray bottle and spray it directly onto the moldy surface, let it sit for 30 minutes and wipe clean.

Water. Although water itself is not a toxin, a lot of the chemicals that are put in it so that it can be used for drinking and bathing have the tendency to be; especially when it comes to tap water. Something that you can do decrease your chances of digesting these chemicals is to place water filters on your faucets. Also, stop by a local home improvement store to put a filter on your showerhead too.

Radon. One of the reasons why radon is so dangerous is because it’s a gas that is extremely difficult to detect. That’s because it’s odorless as well as invisible, but if it sneaks into the foundation of your home, it could eventually lead to a lung cancer diagnosis. The good news is that there are radon detectors that you can install inside of your house. Wal-Mart, Amazon and the website 4 Radon are just three of the places where you can get one at a really affordable price.

Triclosan. Although the detergents and soaps that say “antibacterial” on them can initially put our minds at ease, if you use them for a long period of time, they can actually promote the growth of bacteria that is drug resistant. That’s why it’s actually better to use soaps without triclosan in it and when it comes to hand-sanitizer to opt for one that says that it’s alcohol-based.

Ammonia. Here’s the thing. Even if you are doing all that you can to keep your house clean by vacuuming and mopping your floors, dusting and even choosing an HVAC contractor who will change your filters regularly in order to improve your air quality, if you are using cleaning products that have ammonia listed as one of their ingredients, you are still bringing toxins into your house. There are many reports to indicate that ammonia can irritate asthma patients and cause respiratory problems. Our recommendation? Opt for making your own cleaning products out of things like baking soda, Borax, hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice and olive oil. They are just as effective but much safer. For some homemade cleaning solutions, go to your favorite search engine and put that “homemade cleaning recipes” in the search field.

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