How Healthy is Your Home?

homeYou do your best to eat right and exercise, but you may be hurting your health in ways you don’t even know about. The products you keep in your home as well as the things you use to clean it can be unhealthy for you. Here are some of the biggest dangers that may be lurking in your home.

In Your Kitchen

There are certain things in your kitchen that you may need to say goodbye to because they’re bad for your health. If you have any of the following, you may want to consider getting rid of them:

  • Non-stick cookware – When this is overheated it can release toxic fumes. Switch it out for cast iron, glass or stainless steel cookware when you can.
  • Plastic food containers – These things may be convenient, but they can also be toxic, especially to children. Switch it out for glass containers, but if you stick with plastic, don’t microwave it.
  • Bottled water – If you use bottled water you may want to rethink it. It creates a lot of waste for the environment so buy a reusable bottle, namely stainless steel.
  • Canned food – Again, this is convenient but you’re better off using frozen or fresh fruits and vegetables when you can. Many food cans are lined with chemicals that can leach into the food.

In Your Bathroom

There may be more lurking in your bathroom than you are aware, even beyond harsh cleaning chemicals. If you have any of the following, reconsider keeping them:

  • Air fresheners – These are full of toxic chemicals that are not great for your health.
  • Fragrance – If your personal care products contain “fragrance,” switch it out for fragrance-free options.
  • Toothpaste – Obviously, you can’t get rid of toothpaste, but check the ingredient list for toothpaste that doesn’t contain triclosan.
  • Liquid hand soap – While anti-bacterial soaps had their day, that day has passed. It has been discovered that these actually don’t work and may create super bacteria that can resist it.

In the Laundry Room

There are a lot of products in your laundry room and cleaning closet, and obviously, this is an area that can hold some of the most toxic products. Check your products and ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you have green cleaners – These cleaners are better for the environment, but even if they claim to be green, never buy anything that doesn’t have a full product list.
  • Do you need all the products you have – You only need a handful of products to keep your home safe and clean such as vinegar, water, baking soda and microfiber cloths and mops. Everything else can go!

These are simple steps that can lead to a safer – and cleaner – home!

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