If you had to take a guess as to which is more toxic: a busy polluted city street or your own home, which would you choose?
The correct answer may surprise you.
Everything from the carpet underneath your feet to the often poorly ventilated air you are breathing to the chemicals and chemical by products in the water flowing through your tap contain toxic elements that over time can contribute to poor health.
In fact one study showed that women who work from home are more likely to develop breast cancer than those who don’t.
Here are a few ways you can reduce the toxicity in your home:
1. Invest in a whole house water filter
Think your drinking water is the only thing you need to filter? Think again.
Chloroform is carcinogenic and is formed from the chlorine that the government puts in the water to disinfect it. The University of Pittsburgh conducted a study which showed 6X higher levels of chloroform through inhalation versus water consumption.
So whenever you shower, use the dishwasher, washing machine, or flush your toilet, VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) are released into your home and inhaled. Your exposure to VOCs and other harmful chemicals can be reduced with a Whole House Filter and Chanson Spa Shower Filter.
2. Open your windows and try an air filter
By properly ventilating your home with open windows you will naturally help reduce the amount of toxins you home. Air filters can also help improve the air quality of your home, just make sure they are placed in a way that covers the entire square footage of your living space. Our new Chanson Miracle Sanitizer, though not an air filter, kills airborne pathogens and odors, rendering chemical air fresheners unnecessary and reducing toxins.
3. Clean with all natural products
Commercial cleaners are loaded with chemicals and chemical byproducts that can be harmful if inhaled as well as if they make contact with the skin or are ingested. Try using natural cleaners like ionized acidic water from a Chanson water ionizer for a chemical-free shine as well as natural antibacterial action!
4. Say goodbye to chemical air fresheners
What are you using to scent your home? Chances are your sweet-smelling substance is full of cancer-causing chemicals that are by no means healthy to inhale. Switch from commercial air fresheners to a natural alternative.
5. Choose natural furnishings and fabrics
When moving, remodeling, or redecorating, consider natural materials, paint and fabrics like bamboo, cork and wheatboard over carpet, heavily treated wood paneling and chip board flooring.
7. Ditch dry cleaning and harsh detergents
The chemicals used in traditional dry cleaning and detergents are easily absorbed into the skin at a rate of 60%. Fortunately many dry cleaners now offer an organic dry cleaning option and you can try our power powder for a more eco-friendly home solution. Always allow dry cleaning items to air out before bringing them inside the house.
8. Reduce your use of electronics
Do you know which household appliance may be killing you? The truth is that all electronics give off electromagnetic radiation that may be damaging to health. In fact one study showed that if a charged cell phone were placed inside of a raw chicken it would cook the chicken in a mere three days time! Just think what it could be doing to your cells! Try limiting your use and distancing yourself from your electronic devices while you sleep.
9. Switch to natural beauty products
Most shampoos, soaps, and cosmetics are acid-forming and absorbed through the skin. Our SkinBalance product is all-natural and great for use as a skin toner, aftershave, an astringent, general cleaner, and hair conditioner. Explore mineral makeup and other organic beauty products for optimal health, and see our article on 9 Ways to Alkalize Your Beauty Routine.
10. Stop eating processed foods and buy organic produce
Processed foods are packed with preservatives, GMO’s, MSG, pesticides, fluoride, and artificial flavors and colorants. Aim to add more fresh produce to your shopping cart each week and cut down on the pre-packaged items. We’ve compiled a list of the foods which need to be bought organic versus the foods that don’t to help you shop.