Did you know that the average person comes in contact with over 100,000 chemicals every day? It may not always be obvious, but the routine items we use daily are often grown and manufactured with plenty of chemical help. This is a number that should be alarming to consumers, especially when it comes to what is in our homes.
The good news is that businesses are responding to growing consumer demands for less toxic options, from the local grocery store to the bedroom furniture store in your neighborhood.
Here is a look at ways to reduce toxins in some of the most common rooms of the home.
Consider the place you spend the most amount of time in your bedroom—your bed. This is a place that comes in close contact with your skin for several hours every day. Reduce your chemical exposure by purchasing organic mattresses Los Angeles stores sell. These mattresses are also very helpful at keeping allergens at a minimum, making them a very consumer-friendly choice. To maximize your chemical-free experience, buy organic bedding too.
When you choose dishwasher soap, go with a kind that is void of phosphate and chlorine. It also a good idea to ensure the soap is non-toxic in case it falls in the hands of kids. Get rid of any plastic storage containers and replace them with ceramic or glass.
If you must use plastic, never put it in the microwave as the chemical make-up can adversely affect long-term health. You may also want to reduce the amount of canned food that you eat because some studies have shown that a chemical called Bisphenol A leaks from an aluminum can liners and into the food. BPA is also found in certain plastics, so when it comes time to get a new travel thermos or water bottle, make sure to get one that’s BPA free.
It is smart to purchase a water filter for your bathroom to prevent chlorine and other toxins from coming in contact with your skin. You should also avoid using an antiperspirant (use plain old deodorant instead) because it contains aluminum, parabens, and phthalates.
Each substance has been linked to an increase in cancer or other diseases like Alzheimer’s. It is also wise to avoid air fresheners because they are simply gaseous chemicals in and of themselves. Think of it this way: if you can smell it, you’re basically eating it.
The Living Room
If you really want to reduce your exposure to chemicals, avoid furniture that is flame-resistant. This furniture is not inherently flame resistant and plenty of chemicals are applied to give it that distinction. You will also want to take a closer look at any pressure-treated wood in the living room area to determine if arsenic was used in its manufacture. Arsenic is no longer used in the manufacturing process but older treated wood may still contain harmful chemicals. If you have a television set that is older than 1979, you will want to replace it to rule out any contact with Polychlorinated Biphenyls, or PCBs.