There are so many environmental factors that contribute to our overall health. Have you given your home the once over for harmful chemicals recently?
Scientists at the National Institutes of Health have released an Environmental Wellness Toolkit so you can toss out the bad stuff, and make room for the good. Here’s how they suggest you “detox” your dwelling:
- Clean with “Safer Choice” or non-toxic products.
- Dust using a damp rag.
- Use a wet mop to clean floors.
- Vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.
- Open a window or use a fan to improve air circulation when you’re cleaning.
- Have and maintain a good ventilation system in your home.
- Wash your hands and your children’s hands often.
Did you know that so many everyday items contain endocrine disruptors, which can interfere with the body’s immune system and affect fertility or neurological function? You’ll find these chemicals in a wide range of products like facial moisturizer, dish soap, plastic bottles, detergents, pesticides and cosmetics.
Next time you’re stocking up on household basics, or considering switching to pure beauty-style brands, flip over the product and read the smallprint. You’re looking to avoid the following ingredients: Phthalates: DBP, DEHP; Parabens: methyl, propyl, butyl, ethyl-parabens; Anolamine: DEA, TEA, MEA; Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs): Aroclor, Askarel, Chlorextol; flame retardants Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs): tetra-, penta-, Hexa-BDEs.
One of our Nano researchers stopped by the local drugstore recently and asked sales staff to guide them around the store for healthier choices, checking labels as they went. It took a while, but they emerged with products that don’t break the bank and won’t wreck the body (or the environment). To get more information check out this guide from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.