A Green Home is A Toxin Free Home
Things to think about in your living and work space for better health and a toxin free home and working environment. While a truly green home would be a jungle or forest, here are things we can do to protect ourselves from the toxic chemicals, toxic environments, and unharmonious aspects of civilization:Have a high quality air filter. Have a full house water filter or at least a shower filter and drinking water purifier. (The chlorine byproducts from shower water not only absorbs into the skin of the person taking the shower, but go into the air for all to breathe in. No longer a toxin free home!)
Asbestos, Lead, and chemicals in furniture and paint.
If living in older buildings, be aware of asbestos and lead. Asbestos causes Mesothelioma. Lead is found in old paint dust and around the exterior of the building in the dirt.
But the biggest source of asbestos is not building materials, it is clothing drier belts and hair dryers! The clothing drier blows asbestos up into the air through openings. Unless you have pulled out your drier belt and see that it was "Made In The USA", then you probably don't have a toxin free home. Same with your hair dryer, if you can't prove the parts were made in the USA, don't trust it. Non-organic/non-eco furniture, carpets, mattresses and paints constantly out-gas toxins into the air and our environment. Make better choices with your purchases for a toxin free home. Even organic furniture can carry toxins. Some people even blame toxic baby mattresses for crib deaths. At the very least, mattresses have chemicals in them that have shown to cause brain damage in fetuses! New furniture and new clothing out-gass formaldehyde.
All computer equipment was sprayed with flame retardants prior to 2002. Here's how to avoid them for a truly toxin free home. Unfortunately, all of us have PBDEs in our household dust due to their widespread use on furniture and electronics. PBDEs have been confirmed to cause brain damage to human fetuses and have been found in women's breast milk across the country no less, as well as in much higher concentrations in toddlers. Apparently some companies are using safer chemicals, but the worse source now may be from television monitors. However, they are also found in sofas, chairs, mattresses, carpets, curtains, and other electronics.
The two forms of PBDEs known as Penta and Octa are still found in furniture and foam items that were made before they were banned in the U.S. Deca is banned in European electronics and in some U.S. states. So look for products that have banned brominated flame retardants and don't reupholster old furniture. IKEA banned PBDEs a while ago, so feel safer shopping there. Alternative chemicals they are using have not been tested yet, so try to purchase naturally flame resistant materials to avoid chemicals all together. Be good about cleaning up dust, and don't let your toddlers play on carpets.
When purchasing new products look for these brands, which have publicly committed to phasing out all brominated fire retardants: Acer, Apple, Eizo Nanao, LG Electronics, Lenovo, Matsushita, Microsoft, Nokia, Phillips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony-Ericsson, and Toshiba.Panasonic has agreed to eliminate all bromine-containing fire retardants from mobile phones and computers by 2011, but does not give a commitment or timeline for the remainder of their products. Dell has incomplete restrictions. Motorola's phase-out of BFRs is limited to their ECOMOTO phone line.
The following companies have or are phasing out Deca, but may use other bromine-based fire retardants in their products: Canon, Daikin, Intel, IBM, HP (Hewlett Packard), Minolta, Mitsubishi, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Xerox.
Scan your house for Deca-containing items. The chemical can be found in: Electronics TV components, mobile phones, fax machines, remote controls, video equipment, printers, photocopiers, toner cartridges, scanners. Transportation electronic components, automobile fabrics, plastics and electronics. Household items kitchen appliances, fans, heaters or hair dryers, curtains and drapes, water heaters, and lamp sockets.
To check manufacturers' environmental performance, see the new Electronics Report Card available at www.computertakeback.comIf building or remodeling, there are great resources for green products that won't outgas toxic chemicals into your environment. Look for healthier wood floors, paints, curtains, furniture, carpets, and more to protect yourself and especially the next generation.
Get rid of toxic home cleaners, bug sprays, colognes, perfumes,nail polish, nail polish removers, air- fresheners , candles, potpourri, etc. for a toxin free home.
toxic cleaners with pure Borax, Vinegar, and Baking Soda. Even Dr. Bronner's from the "health" food store is contaminated with PCB's.
Use nail polish remover outside if you must use it. Replace perfumes, colognes, and plug in air fresheners with essential oils and essential oil diffusers. Click on this link and scroll down to see a variety of the best diffusers and essential oils on the market.
TO REPLACE CLOROX AND DISINFECTANTS, TRY THE FOLLOWING TWO CLEANERS THAT REALLY DO THE JOB! :
For tougher jobs like mold and toilets or to kill germs, try Thieves Essential Oil Household Cleaner to do the trick when it seems only clorox will work! It comes highly concentrated, so you dilute it with water in a spray bottle at home to use.
Another great product is Enviro-One Multi-Use Green Cleaner - Try Enviro-One Green Cleaner and Never Use Chemical Cleaners Again! You can do EVERYTHING with this cleaner from brush your teeth, to clean your toilet
AND it kills germs with natural non-toxic grain alcohol...the best disinfectant we have! It also comes highly concentrated, so you dilute it with water at home to use.
Toilet Cleaner/Deodorizer: Sprinkle toilet bowl with 1/4 cup baking soda. Drizzle with 1/4 cup vinegar, then scour with a toilet brush.Oven Cleaner: Sprinkle oven with 1/2 cup baking soda (more if needed) and spray with water. Let sit for several hours or overnight before
scraping up stains and spills. Rinse thoroughly with water.Hardwood Floor Cleaner: In a pail or bucket, mix 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar in
one gallon warm water. Mop wood or linoleum floors, then rinse with water, making sure not to leave large pools to dry.
OR, SIMPLY USE
FOR EVERYTHING!!! EASY!
Car exhaust and gasoline fumes, Freon, Fiberglass, and Wallpaper Car exhaust and gasoline fumes get into our homes through the garage door and wreak havoc on our systems. Be aware of this for a toxin free home.
Often houses are taller and warmer than the garage so garage-air is pulled in and up as the warm air in the house rises. For people with illnesses or weaknesses,
do not use the garage door, or park the car and lawnmowers outside if necessary. Ventilate the garage and/or keep the garage door entrance into the house sealed.
Even non-ill people should consider that these fumes can stay concentrated in the home and you are constantly breathing them. Freon is a top health
hazard in our homes, cars, and office. You can turn in your fridge for a non-CFC variety and at the very least have your home and car checked for the freon levels
(also released form air conditioners) for a toxin free home. Forane is one of the new refrigerants that is less toxic. Nevertheless, keep the fridge in the garage or
in a well-ventilated area.Never build a new house with fiberglass for a toxin free home, as these microscopic bits are blown through the house
and we breathe them in, spreading throughout the body. Replace with foam, carbon, shredded paper, or other innocuous substance. Cover up holes in walls and ceilings
(like where there are missing electric plates) that lead to fiberglass insulated parts of the house.
Rooms paneled or with wallpaper give off arsenic
and formaldehyde. Remove them for a green, toxin free home, and sleep in a different room!
Toxin Free Kitchen and Other Important Things to Think About When De-Toxing Your Home!
In the toxin free kitchen,
take all cans and bottles of chemicals out from under the sink or closets and store in the garage instead. Keep only the borax, washing soda,
white distilled vinegar, homemade soaps, and grain alcohol. Use these for all purposes. Remove all cans, bottles, roach and ant killer, moth balls, and chemicals
that kill insects or mice and throw them away. Remember to check the crawl space,
attic and closets for hidden poisons also.
To keep out mice, walk all around your house, stuffing holes and cracks with steel wool. Use old-fashioned mouse traps. For cockroaches and other insects (except ants)
sprinkle handfuls of boric acid (not borax) under your shelf paper, behind sink, stove, refrigerator, under carpets, etc. Use vinegar on your kitchen wipe-up cloth to
leave a residue that keeps out ants. Cinnamon and mint plants also repel ants.
Toilet paper and tissues should be unfragranced and uncolored in a toxin free home. Do not use the hot water from an electric hot water heater for cooking or drinking. It has tungsten. If your house is more than 10 years old, change all the galvanized pipe to PVC plastic for a toxin free home water system. Although PVC is a toxic substance, amazingly, the water is free of PVC in three weeks! If your house has copper pipes don't wait for cancer or schizophrenia to claim a family member. Change all the copper pipes to PVC plastic immediately. If the pipes are not accessible, ask a plumber to lay an extra line, outside the walls. This is less expensive, too. If you have a water softener, by-pass it immediately and replace the metal pipe on the user side of the softener tank. Softener salts are polluted with strontium and chromate; they are also full of aluminum. The salts corrode the pipes so the pipes begin to seep cadmium into the water. After changing your pipes to plastic, there will be so little iron and hardness left, you may not need a softener. If the water comes from a well, consider changing the well-pipe to PVC to get rid of iron. While the well is open, have the pump checked for PCBs. Call the Health Department to arrange the testing. If you must have softening after all this, check into the new magnetic varieties of water softener (although they only work well when used with plastic plumbing).
The cleanest heat for a green home is electric. Go total electric if possible. If you must stay with gas, have a furnace repair person check your furnace and look for gas leaks before the heating season starts. Don't call the gas company even though it is free. The gas company misses 4 out of 5 leaks! The Health Department does not miss any; call them! House builders and contractors are also reliable in their gas leak detection.
EMF protection is necessary for computers, other electrical devices, and in buildings in cities where there are a lot of electromagnetic frequencies traveling about. EMF's are a non-physical toxin that disrupt the functioning of our cells. EMF's travel through walls and ceilings, so you can even be getting your neighbor's EMF's. You can have your house/apartment checked for EMF levels and then use technologies to convert them into healthy frequencies. They can be causing you sleepless nights and poor health. Many people have reported benefits after protecting themselves by using emf protectors and devices that convert the frequencies.
Here us a great video explaining the danger of emf's and where they come from:
And this is the most inexpensive and easiest device to use that we know of for constant protection from emf's wherever you are. It fits under your mattress while you sleep and you can also buy an extension cord to use it in your car while you drive. Bring it to the office, wherever you spend significant periods of time!:
*Some of the above was taken directly from Cure For All Diseases
by Hulda Clark, Ph.D, N.D.
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