[BYWG Blog] BYWG’s Top 5 Tips to Detox Your House
It’s not a secret that our world – and our homes – are full of toxins. Many toxins occur naturally in our environment or are a result of larger level pollution to the environment. They are unavoidable. We would drive ourselves insane trying to avoid every toxin that we come in contact with every day.
But a lot of toxins and chemicals are added to the products that we use in our homes. And we actually do have the power and control to limit our exposure to or ingestion of these chemicals!
Here are FIVE products that you can stop using today in order to limit you and your family’s toxin levels and decrease serious health risks:
🎆 Non-stick Cookware
Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) is the chemical added to non-stick cookware that prevents sticking. However, when the PTFE coating is heated (which is inevitable… it is cookware!) dangerous gases can be emitted. These chemical gases are then absorbed into your food or inhaled. Exposure has been linked to cancer and other health risks. Switch to ceramic, stainless steel, or cast iron.
🎆 Shaving Gel
Shockingly enough, PTFE is also found in most shaving gels! Yes, that’s right. The dangerous chemical that you ought to avoid in your cookware is added to most shave gels – and you are rubbing it into your skin each time you lather up. Safe alternatives include: baby oil, natural soap, coconut oil, shea butter, or almond paste.
🎆 Plastic Containers
BPA is a synthetic compound that is added to some plastic containers in order to increase the strength and resilience of the plastic. It can be found in toiletries, feminine hygiene products, plastic food and drink containers, and the plastic liners in canned foods. Many BPA-free containers were added to the market after the negative effects of consuming BPA became well known. However, many manufacturers simply replaced BPA with BPS or BPF – which can also negatively affect the function of your cells. In order to limit your consumption of these toxins, switch to stainless steel water bottles, glassware for food containers, and limit the amount of packaged foods that you purchase.
🎆 Plastic Cutting Boards
While we are talking about plastic, throw out the plastic cutting boards as well. Even a plastic cutting board that is free of BPA, BPS, or BPF can foster dangerous bacterial toxins. Bacteria can hide in the hairline cuts that your knife creates in the material. Instead, switch to bamboo or glass.
We often think of our grandparents’ closet full of old sweaters when we think of mothballs, but many people still use these to keep their clothes and closets moth free. However, the same chemicals that make mothballs effective in killing moths can be very harmful to humans as well. Mothballs contain high concentrations of naphthalene and/or paradichlorobenzene, and these toxins are released as the mothballs morph from a solid state to a gaseous fume over time. Replace with cedar chips for a safe and natural alternative.
Of course, there are many other household items that contain toxins.
Chemical oven cleaners have corrosive alkalis that are highly dangerous if ingested or inhaled. Non-vegetable based or oil based furniture polishes and stains contain phenol and nitrobenzene – which have been linked with skin cancer. Many daily household cleaning solutions contain dangerous toxins as well – and often manufacturers are not even required to list ingredients!.
Stay tuned for our next post on how to go green when you clean!