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Toxins in Our Home

We are exposed to the most amount of toxins from our own homes. Unless your dwelling is made from non-toxic, hypo-allergenic materials, it is toxic. Carpets, countertops, drapes, cupboards, walls and so many more items in our homes emit toxic chemicals on a continuous basis.

The following is a list of sources of chemical exposure in the home and possible solutions or alternatives that are less toxic.

Source of Toxins Chemicals Emitted Alternatives
Building materials, Pressed wood, Fibreboard, Plywood, Particle board Formaldehyde Untreated wood
Carpets Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s), Lead, Animal dander, pesticides Hardwood flooring without formaldehyde
Hardwood Flooring Formaldehyde Untreated wood
Paint VOC’s Latex is better than oil-based paint for fumes
Countertops Formaldehyde Stone or marble
Cleaning supplies Chlorine, Vinegar, natural cleaning products available at health food stores
Matresses Mold, dust mites Vacuum mattress for 20 minutes, every few months
Use anti-mite mattress covers
Pillows Dust mites Change pillows every few years, wash pillow case 1x per week, use anti-mite pillow covers
Microwaves Use oven/toaster oven instead
Computers Electromagnetic emissions Use protectors/shields for electromagnetic energy
Televisions Electromagnetic emissions

Buy plasma screens, sit at least 6 feet from screen, only turn on when watching
Tobacco smoke Carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, formaldehyde Stop smoking
Avoid exposure to second hand smoke
Pesticides Wash with Veggie Wash, buy organic whenever possible, grow your own without chemicals
Chimney, furnaces, woodstoves Radon, Carbon Monoxide Ventilate well