Strictly speaking, the term “clean” not only means free of dirt and bacteria but also means free of chemicals and by-products harmful to human health. This is a simple distinction, but you may not believe how easy it is to unintentionally buy cleaning supplies that harm you and your family’s well-being.
Since the 1970s, thousands of new chemicals have been introduced into our environment—to be precise, there are more than 87,000. Many of these chemicals have no specific research on the impact on humans or the health of the planet. Hundreds of chemicals that have been studied show that a large number of artificial additives in cleaning products are associated with an increased risk of malignant cell mutations. Also, many of these compounds are endocrine disruptors, which can interfere with the transmission of hormonal signals in humans and other organisms. Because hormones play an important role in regulating the immune, reproductive, and nervous systems, even small changes in hormone levels can have a profound impact on health.
Fortunately, there are some effective methods to minimize contact with these harmful ingredients. Using the following three techniques can not only keep the home clean and radiant but also strengthen the health of the family. This preventive medical-level initiative will bring long-term well-being to your family.
1. Clean air
Many people forget that the air we breathe is the main source of dust, allergens, pollutants, viruses, and bacteria. At an extremely low level, these particles can cause respiratory diseases and worsen allergy symptoms. We are increasingly aware that high levels of air pollutants can seriously affect health; even low levels of air pollutants may shorten your lifespan.
This is because air pollutants can interfere with lung function, oxygen utilization, and increase our excretion system-the human organ system (kidney, skin, gastrointestinal system, etc.) responsible for cleansing the highly toxic body. For these reasons, it is extremely important to clean the air in your home regularly, just like cleaning any other surface to protect your health.
The air in the home is usually circulated several times a day. Since the 1970s, as house insulation technology has become more advanced, most of the air in a house, office, or apartment will not be exchanged with the outside air. In other words, we breathe the same air continuously in the 24-hour cycle. However, filtering the air is very simple, just installing a filter is enough to change the air circulation.
One of the best ways to purify home air is to use a filter called True HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air). The working principle of the HEPA filter is to draw indoor air through the exhaust port, forcing the air to pass through the fine filter several times a day. The filter discharges pollen, dust, and other particles that may be harmful to health.
I recommend that customers should install filters in the rooms they often use. For most people, this includes the bedroom, living room, and home office. If you want to save money, you can buy only one filter and move it depending on which room you are in. If you don’t want to bother, just buy two to three fixed filters and use them when needed.
Also, you can open the windows for a few minutes every day to let fresh air into the room, thereby refreshing the indoor air. If you want to use scented sprays to enhance the freshness of indoor air, make sure you choose to resist bacteria containing essential oils of indoor air fresheners, rather than artificial perfumes. The chemicals contained in artificial perfume can stimulate the body to produce allergic symptoms and increase the toxicity of our liver and lungs.
2. Switch to natural cleaning products
Many of my customers were surprised when they learned that they can be harmlessly cleaned with ordinary kitchen utensils. For example, you can use:
- Vinegar: replaces window cleaner to clean glass
- Baking soda powder: replaces bathroom cleaners or scrubs to remove stubborn dirt
- Castella soap: replaces floor cleaners to make wood and surface shiny
Besides, you can buy some green cleaning products that only contain natural ingredients and do not contain harmful chemicals. Their cleaning effect is as good as the brands you use regularly. You can also feel relieved because the cleaning products you choose can help keep the environment healthy.
Using natural products can prevent you from introducing harmful chemicals into your home that shouldn’t be in your home. It can also reduce the risk of accidental exposure to toxic detergents by children in your family. It is particularly important that natural kitchen cleaning products such as baking soda are usually cheaper than commercial cleaning products, and they can be used for many purposes at home. It’s so much!
3. Prevent the accumulation of toxins at home
Keeping indoor air and surfaces clean is not only about filters and harmless cleaners. Reducing the accumulation of toxins is the ultimate solution, and it is also a powerful means to prevent medical grade. You can now make four proven and effective changes to reduce the burden of toxic substances at home.
First of all, don’t wear shoes at home. The wear and tear of the soles of the shoes are the main sources of pollution of household dust (SHD). This kind of dust, which is widely studied in scientific literature, is the main source of pollution in the home. Your child is particularly exposed to toxic substances through SHD because most of their time is spent on the floor and carpet. Please take off your shoes before your family and guests go in to prevent harmful chemicals such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) from entering your home and harming your family’s health.
If you spend a lot of time barefoot outdoors, please prepare harmless soap and a little water by the gate, wash and dry your feet before entering the door. Treat your pet the same! Put some pet soap next to the door, and let your pet wander in the yard or go for a walk, and wash the palms before entering the house. Even washing with water is better than nothing.
The second preventive technique: Use a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter to vacuum more wisely. By collecting most of the dust in the filter first, the vacuum cleaner can be prevented from discharging dust into the air. You don’t want to add extra SHD to the air, because it will increase the toxins you inhale.
The last tip: take a shower before going to bed, wash the sheets and curtains with hot water once a week, and maintain good bed hygiene. This prevents pollen from accumulating and causing allergic symptoms. Besides, this prevents you from bringing toxins that you encounter outside back to your bed. Of course, you should use harmless shower gel and laundry detergent to clean yourself and your bed linen.
Using these techniques, you can reduce the number of harmful products at home and maintain a clean and healthy space.