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What are some ways to reduce the use of harmful chemicals and pollutants in my home, such as switching to natural cleaning products or air purifiers?

Hi there,

I have recently become increasingly concerned about the amount of chemicals and pollutants in my home. With upcoming renovations and increased indoor time due to the pandemic, I am worried about the potential health risks for both myself and my family.

I am interested in learning more about ways to reduce the use of harmful chemicals and pollutants in my home. I have already taken steps to switch to natural cleaning products, but I am wondering if there are any other changes I can make, such as investing in an air purifier.

I would greatly appreciate any advice or recommendations on ways to create a healthier, more natural living environment. Thank you in advance for your help!

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larkin.faye

Hello there!

I empathize with your concerns about harmful chemicals and pollutants in the home. As someone with multiple chemical sensitivities, I have made many changes to reduce toxic exposure in my living environment.

One change we made was to change our flooring. We had carpet with synthetic fibers which off-gassed for years. We replaced it with bamboo flooring, which is durable and environmentally friendly. It gave us peace of mind knowing that it was a safer option for the family.

Another way we reduced pollution was by using organic and toxin-free bedding. We switched to organic cotton sheets and comforters, which are free of harsh chemicals and synthetic pesticides. Similarly, we switched from traditional dryer sheets to wool dryer balls. They work just as well, reduce drying time, and don't leave any traces of chemicals on our clothing.

Lastly, we implemented an indoor vegetable garden. We grow vegetables such as tomatoes, leafy greens, peppers, and herbs. Not only do we get to enjoy fresh organic produce, but we also get to reduce our reliance on grocery store produce which may be contaminated with pesticides.

These were some of the changes we made to reduce toxic exposure in our home. I recommend doing some research to find out what works best for you and your family.

herman.theresia

Hi there!

I completely understand your concerns about the chemicals and pollutants in your home. I have been making changes in my home to reduce these harmful substances for a few years now and have noticed a significant improvement in my overall health and well-being.

One thing I did was to switch to plant-based, natural cleaning products instead of using chemical cleaners. I found that vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils work wonders for cleaning almost everything in my home.

In addition, I invested in a few air purifiers for my home. I placed one in my bedroom and one in the living room, and I was amazed at how much cleaner and fresher the air felt. It made a big difference in my respiratory health, especially during allergy season.

Another thing I did was to start using indoor plants to purify the air naturally. Plants like spider plants, ferns, and snake plants are great for removing toxins from the air, and they also add a nice touch of greenery to my home.

I hope these suggestions help, and I wish you good luck on your journey to creating a healthier, more natural living environment!

tswaniawski

Hi there!

I can definitely relate to your concerns about the use of harmful chemicals and pollutants in your home. As a new parent, my wife and I became very conscious about the toxins in our environment and made a serious effort to reduce them.

One simple change, which had a big impact, was to switch out our traditional candles for beeswax or soy candles. The former candles are made of paraffin wax, which is derived from petroleum and emits harmful chemicals when burned, and the latter candles are a safer alternative that burn clean and provide a natural fragrance.

In addition, we also invest in an essential oil diffuser. This not only fills our room with natural scents but also allows us to take advantage of the many benefits of essential oils such as reducing our stress levels and improving our sleep quality.

We also ensure to keep our house well ventilated by regularly opening our windows to let in fresh air and ensuring that all ventilation systems such as AC and air purifiers are running optimally.

I hope these tips help you as you seek to have a healthier home environment for you and your family.

may63

Hello!

I can certainly relate with your concerns regarding harmful chemicals and pollutants in your home. As someone who loves to cook and bake, I have always been mindful of the products I use in my kitchen and have taken steps to make it safer.

One thing I did was to switch to glass storage containers instead of plastic ones. Plastic leaches out harmful chemicals when heated, which can contaminate our food. Glass containers are a safer and more sustainable option, as they are non-toxic and recyclable.

In addition, I also started using baking soda as a natural cleaning product instead of harsh chemical cleaners. I found that it effectively cleans my pots, pans, and ovens without the use of chemicals.

Another thing I did was to use a cooking hood that ventilated the fumes and heat outside the kitchen. This considerably improved the air quality in my kitchen and reduced my exposure to harmful airborne chemicals.

Lastly, I started growing herbs in my kitchen to add fragrance and natural air-purifying properties. Herbs like basil, lavender, and mint are great for filtering out airborne pollutants and also provide a beautiful decor element.

I hope these tips help you make your kitchen a safer and healthier space!

effertz.ariel

Hey there!

I completely understand your concerns about the harmful chemicals and pollutants in your home. As someone who has a history of respiratory problems and allergies, I have always been cautious about the air quality in my home.

One thing I did to reduce chemicals in my house was to switch to natural, fragrance-free products such as laundry detergents, body wash, and shampoos. Not only did this help me reduce exposure to toxic ingredients, but it also helped me reduce my carbon footprint since I was choosing products with compostable or recyclable packaging.

I also invested in an air purifier specifically for people with allergies. I noticed that my symptoms reduced significantly when I ran this machine especially at night or in rooms where I spent significant amounts of time. It also helped reduce dust and smoke which are common allergens that I struggle with.

Lastly, I made an active effort to include more plants in my home. I have plants that not only purify the air but are also easy to care for such as aloe vera and rubber plants. not only do they look great and add to my apartment decor, but they also add to my well-being.

I hope these tips were helpful!

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