The number of toxic chemicals finding their way into homes is alarming. The most common unsuspecting places are packaging and storage materials with the chemicals shedding directly into the food your family eats. Clearing out chemicals is vital to avoid respiratory infections, behavior problems in children, allergies, asthma, and eczema. Here are four ways to rid your home of nasty chemicals and go green.

Stop Using Non-Stick Cookware

Non-stick cookware is a delight to cook with, and fast becomes a favorite for many. Unfortunately, manufacturers use numerous chemicals to make the surfaces non-stick such as the perfluoroalkyl chemicals. After transfer from the cookware and into the body, the chemicals persistently remain. With direct links to several health problems such as organ damage, thyroid diseases, and infertility, go for chemical-free non-coated options such as cast iron.

Avoid Toxic Cleaning Supplies

Most marketed cleaning supplies are often chemical-based and wreak havoc on the environment. Using natural cleaning products around the house like vinegar can go a long way to disinfect surfaces without using bleach. Use a 32 oz RTU Spray 6 pack to kill bacteria and sanitize hard surfaces, as it is EPA registered and is safe for children. Better yet, you can use it on fruits and vegetables. The naturally organic compounds will ensure that volatile compounds like asthma-causing fumes, skin irritants, and phthalate-containing fragrances do not get into your home.

Buy Organic Clothes

High fashion clothes, especially the distressed look, use copious amounts of chemicals to attain that final look. Unfortunately, wearing them results in those chemicals seeping into the body through your skin. Look closely at the label and go for materials such as cotton and wool. Handmade clothes are often safer and surprisingly durable than company-manufactured clothing. Still, opt for used clothes instead of new as the manufacturing clothes smell residue is already washed away, leaving relatively safe clothes.

Live Plastic-Free

Avoid using single-use plastics as they are not biodegradable and keep choking the environment after use long after disposal. Invest in reusable water bottles and coffee mugs. Use glass containers in fridges to prevent BPA, phthalates, and other chemicals from seeping into food, causing many diseases and health complications.

To protect toxins from home, spend more time outside and in your naturally grown garden. With exposure to the sun, it’s easy to kill persistent toxins while offering the mind and body health benefits that would not be found within the walls of a house.

By Anita Ginsburg

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn't writing.

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