Cleaning up your home – the natural way
Being healthy is not just about what we put in our bodies, but also about the environment we live in. It is estimated that many of us spend up to 90% of our time indoors – where pollutants can be higher than outdoors. This has a direct impact on our health – so here are some easy and practical tips on how to have a healthier home.
What does your house smell like when you first walk in? It should be fresh – not “out of a can” fresh, but naturally fresh. If there is a mouldy, dusty or chemical smell, then there may be a problem. If you do have an unwanted odour, firstly try to locate the cause and leave a few windows open. Instead of artificially fragranced products that are full of chemicals, consider using a natural product or essential oils in an oil burner or mixed with a few drops of water in a spray bottle.
Drinking 8 glasses of water a day is one of the easiest health tips – but water can also be a source of toxins. Using a good quality water filter can help remove chlorine and other impurities. Also keep an eye out for any plumbing leaks and get these fixed immediately, so they don’t lead to mould growth.
Pesticides and herbicides may work on bugs, but the chemicals can also effect human bodies. Consider less toxic measures and try to get to the root of the problem. Also don’t forget some of the old fashioned remedies – the fly swat, citronella candles etc.
Many cleaning products contain potentially irritating and unnecessary chemicals such as enzymes and optical whiteners as well as synthetic perfumes and dyes. These can end up against our skin, in our clothes and linen where they may lead to skin irritation, eczema and even allergies. Also, the active ingredient in some antibacterial soaps, triclosan, is linked to liver toxicity and, at low levels, may disrupt thyroid function.
There are many safe and natural cleaning alternatives on the market, which perform equivalently, or even better than their chemical counterparts, but just may need a little more elbow grease. It’s not about having to change everything at once – it’s about growing in awareness and making small, sustainable steps in the direction of better health for you and your family, both today and tomorrow.