Tips To a Healthier Home
cook on cast iron
Teflon pots and pans release potentially hazardous fumes and illness-inducing particles into the air, including toxic gases, carcinogens, and global pollutants.
Stay-Well Strategy: Use a chemical-free, cast iron skillet to cook your food instead.
open the windows
There is a cumulative effect of pollutants in our living areas. We start with the polluted air from the outside and add in the off-gassing toxins from the glue holding down our carpets, the paint on our walls, and even our furniture, which is most likely sprayed and stained with multiple chemicals.
Stay-Well Strategy: Open your windows as often as possible to keep cleaner air flowing into your home.
There are numerous questionable chemicals found in many common fabrics like polyester, nylon, as well as anything labeled, “static resistant,” or “wrinkle resistant.”
Stay-Well Strategy: Make an effort to buy clothes and bedding made from safer, more natural materials like organic cotton.
consider new light bulbs
Those new Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) may be marketed as good for the planet; but, if they break, they’re no good for you. The reason: They contain mercury vapor, a very toxic substance.
Stay-Well Strategy: Either handle and dispose of your lightbulbs very carefully or, if you’re concerned about the vapor — but also the environment — purchase regular incandescent light bulbs at lower wattages (which use less electricity).
stick with old-fashioned fabrics
Surprise: Clothing labeled as “no iron” or “wrinkle-free” can actually expose you to perfluorochemicals (PFCs), compounds which have been linked to reproductive and developmental toxicity, as well as cancers of the bladder and liver.
Stay-Well Strategy: Take an extra five minutes to iron any wrinkled clothes, and ditch the chemically treated fabrics.
try to clean green
Ever wonder what your household cleaners contain? Surprisingly, many products today actually possess health-hindering ingredients that have the potential to harm you or your family.
Stay-Well Strategy: Instead of using harsh chemicals to kill germs, leaving potential toxins behind for you, your family, or your pets to pick up, use cleaning products that are labeled green– items that are nontoxic and plant-based.
air out your dry-cleaning
Dry cleaners use perchloroethylene, a solvent and volatile organic compound (VOC), to remove stains from your clothes. Unfortunately, the cleaning process doesn’t remove the solution, leaving your clothes covered in this toxic chemical.
Stay-Well Strategy: Look for a “green” dry cleaner in your area, or, if you can’t ditch the regular dry cleaner, make sure you unwrap and air out your dry-cleaned garments for at least two days in an exterior area, like a garage, before moving them inside any part of your home.
wash your face when you get home
If you’re one of the millions of women who wear makeup every single day, consider this: These items all contain some degree of chemicals — and these compounds spend quite a bit of time coating your skin.
Stay-Well Strategy: Wash your face right when you get home instead of waiting until bedtime. A few extra hours of chemical-free face time each day could add up to more than six years over a lifetime.
keep the lights low
Your pineal gland creates melatonin when it begins to get dark out, allowing your body to sleep. But just a quick flash of light in the middle of the night is enough to signal this gland that night is ending and its time to get up. Consequently, melatonin production is immediately ramped down and it can be difficult to get back to sleep.
Stay-Well Strategy: Nix the nightlights and keep the lights low to maximize your slumber. Another idea: Consider buying alarm clocks and other bedroom electronics that are illuminated with red light, which is less disturbing to melatonin production than blue or white.