How to Minimize Chemical Exposure in the Home
Taken from Integrative Health Seminars - Janet R. Lang, DC
“What the public doesn’t understand is that your house is the hazardous waste site.
All the things in your house are made of the same chemicals that are on the hazardous lists.”
-- Wayne Ott
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
where he worked for over 30 years
Studies have shown that our greatest exposure to pollution comes from the air in our homes.
WHAT TO DO:
- Use a cool air essential oil diffuser in your home/office to clean the air. Essential Process offers a diffuser that is designed to disperse the oils in a micro-fiber vapor. This allows the oils to stay suspended in the air to reduce bacteria, fungi and mold.
If possible, use an ozone/ion generator air purifier, and if needed, air filtration. (Be sure you understand how to use these, as excessive ozone can cause problems.)
- Ozone/ion generators purify the air in the same manner that Nature does (e.g., after a thunderstorm), destroying the toxic chemical hormone disrupters by oxidizing them. Such generators pull the dust out of the air by oxidation, and kill mold, fungus and bacteria by the same means.
- New carpets, building materials, fabrics, dry-cleaned clothes, etc., can be quickly outgassed with ozone/ion air purifiers.
- This is especially useful for people with allergy, asthma and other lung problems.
- Ventilate. Open windows and doors regularly, unless you live near traffic or are in a congested urban setting. Use fans to mobilize indoor air.
- Be sure air conditioning and heating systems are clean and uncontaminated with dust, fungus, etc. Change filters regularly.
- DO NOT warm or heat food or beverages in plastic containers or plastic wrap.
- Install shower filters to cut down on the chloroform that forms in steam, which then infiltrates the entire house. (Or install a whole-house water filter.)
- DO NOT paint, remodel or install new carpets when you cannot ventilate to promote the outgassing of the toxic chemicals, or
- Use ozone/ion purifiers to promote the outgassing and protect the home occupants.
- DO NOT USE air freshener sprays, plug-ins, or any other household chemical sprays or deodorizers. [Diffusers, available at Essential Process, with Young Living essential oils remove odors, clean the air and leave a fresh scent.]
- DO NOT USE scented detergents or fabric softeners. These scents permeate your clothes, bed coverings, towels, etc., and in turn end up scenting your entire house with hormone disrupters.
- Use safe cosmetics and personal care products, uncontaminated home cleaning products, etc. [Essential Gold – all natural soap]
- Use a vacuum cleaner with a good filter. HEPA (high-efficiency particle air) filters are the best.
- DO NOT smoke in the house…DO NOT Smoke!
- If you have an attached garage, do not cool down or warm up your car in it. DO NOT store gasoline or kerosene in the garage.
- DO NOT use candles – most scented candles (as with most scented products in general) are potentially quite toxic. [Diffusers, available at Essential Process, with Young Living essential oils remove odors, clean the air and leave a fresh scent.]
- DO NOT use chemical pesticides or fertilizers on your lawn or garden. These are tracked into the house where they concentrate, especially in carpets. These chemicals are among the most power hormone disrupters. [Essential Gold – all natural pesticide]
- Anyone who works in an environment with chemicals and contaminants brings these pollutants home on their clothes and shoes. Remove such clothing immediately upon entering the home, or the chemicals will get into the fabrics of furniture, the dust in the air, the carpets, etc., where they gradually build up over time. Wash these clothes separately from others.
- Use other sources of disinfectant for hot tubs (such are ozone – look on the web).
- DO NOT use flea shampoos for pets. [Essential Gold – all natural shampoo will kill and repel fleas.]
- DO NOT use flea collars or monthly spot-on flea chemicals for pets. [Essential Gold – all natural flea repellent]
- “Applying common flea pesticide treatments to carpets in the home creates levels twice above the legal limit, even when windows are open, and six times above the legal limit when windows are closed. The bottles will state that it is safe to return home several hours after application. This is not true.” (1) Twenty-four hours with ventilation is necessary, or better still, use ozone/ion air purifiers.
”The typical American home contains sixty-three hazardous products.” (Most of these hazardous materials are in the form of cleaning supplies, lawn and garden products and automotive supplies.)
“Eighty percent of most exposure to pesticides occurs inside the home. Up to a dozen pesticides have been measured in most homes.” (2)
1 Berkson, D. Lindsey, Hormone Deception, p280
2 Ibid. p255
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