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How to Promote a Toxin-Free Environment for Your Child
In this day and age where chemical-based products can be found literally everywhere, it can be difficult to help keep your home – and your family – toxin-free. Admittedly, this can be quite challenging, but not impossible. So to help us all stay clear of unwanted toxins, this article provides some tips on how to promote a toxin-free environment for your household and for the benefit of your children.
Use natural cleaning products
Many of the chemicals in homes are actually used for household cleaning. The good news is that there are natural alternatives, some of which can already be found at home. For instance, mixing together baking soda and warm water can create an all-purpose cleaner. For instance, lemon can be used as a dishwasher stain remover. White vinegar and salt can be used to clean brass. Additionally, Good Housekeeping provides other suggestions on chemical-free ingredients that can be used to clean the house.
Be careful about choosing the type of paint
If you are planning on giving your home a new look by giving it a fresh lick of paint, make sure to avoid those that contain VOC (volatile organic compounds), because this has been found to be hazardous to health.
Refrain from using synthetic carpeting, furniture, and bedding
Mind Body Green says that conventional carpeting is made from synthetic, petroleum-based materials that can trigger various health concerns, including but not limited to allergies, asthma, neurological problems, and even cancer. This can be dangerous, especially if the carpeted section serves as a child's play area. As an alternative to this, the website suggests using cotton or wool rugs instead.
Similarly, avoid purchasing furniture that has covers made of the same materials. Some upholstered furniture is not only covered in petroleum-based materials, they can also be filled with polyurethane foam. Before buying, make sure to check the label to make sure that the materials used for your furniture are made from organic materials such as wool or solid wood.
Also, be sure to check the coverings that you are going to buy for this, as well as the bedding. Dyes can also be chemical-based, so if possible, opt for untreated fabrics, as commercial fabrics are often treated with chemicals, which can include pesticides, bleach, fire retardants, and dyes.
Opt for clothes made from natural fibers
Many clothes nowadays are made from synthetic materials, which, unfortunately, according to Itchy Little World can trigger allergic reactions. In an ideal world, it’s best to switch to clothes that are made of organic materials. Check the labels to see what the clothing is made of prior to purchase. If possible, opt for those made from natural fibers to avoid purchasing products made from the aforementioned synthetics. In terms of children’s clothing, The Huffington Post discussed a label that has been making noise because it prides itself on sustainable practices. Writer Amy Packham spoke to Kate Pietrasik, the founder of gender neutral children’s clothing line Tootsa, who launched the label in 2011. She talked about the label’s core principles, saying that not only are Tootsa’s clothes organic, they are also long-lasting, and are designed to withstand the rough-and-tumble that children engage in on a daily basis. All of Tootsa’s clothes are made from natural fibers.
Nurture your green thumb
According to article by Chemical-Free Living, house plants can help reduce toxins at home, absorbing airborne chemicals and purifying the air. As such, you can have house plants inside your home. If you have small children, make sure to keep the plants out of their reach. Use natural fertilizers and avoid using chemical pesticides on them.