3 ToxicFree® Goals for the Home

August 8th, 2014, in Living ToxicFree®, Health Risks

Did you know that there are currently 84,000 chemicals in the United States? Europe has banned 1,100 of these chemicals from being used in products while the United States has currently banned only 11.

Making changes toward a safer home can be overwhelming to say the least. Parents can’t keep up with the science and many cannot afford to spend more on everyday, household products.

Here are some tips to start making changes today that can protect your family long term. (Remember, keep it simple by setting achievable goals.)

Taking small steps will keep you from becoming overwhelmed or discouraged. Slight changes weekly or even monthly can greatly reduce the toxins inside your home and protect your family’s health!

Goal #1: Organic Food
Try to purchase organic foods whenever possible. While this can at times be more costly, shopping locally helps minimize the cost and supports local farmers. Many find this to be less expensive than purchasing non-organic food at their local grocery store.

To help you decide which foods are the most important to purchase organic, use the EWG Dirty Dozen & Clean 15 Guides to help you choose affordably.

Goal #2: Avoid Pesticides Whenever Possible
Look for natural alternatives to rodenticide, ant bait, or any other kind of chemical sprays or traps. (For an easy, ToxicFree® bug repellent you can make at home, check out my post: Keep Spiders at Bay the All-Natural Way.)

For more information on how pesticides affect your health visit:http://www.nrdc.org/health/pesticides/gpests.asp.

Goal #3: Improve Your Air Quality Indoors
According to a study published in the Environmental Health Perspectives done at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, fine particles, including formaldehyde and acrolein, are the worst indoor contaminants for non-smoking households.

Just a few small steps can have a big impact on making your home safe and ToxicFree®!