If you feel these things are important to you and your family then read on. There is a ton of information below and in our site that will help you create a home environment that is as healthy as can be.
The list goes on.
But we are fast learning that these ‘conveniences’ come at a very high cost, and not the sort affects your wallet. We are talking about our environment, and OUR health.
Home Toxicity is a subject little discussed in New Zealand (unlike in the US and Europe), but once you dive into it, it’s hard to ignore what you learn.
It’s simple - the air that we breathe is what nourishes us and keeps us alive.
Overwhelming scientific evidence in both the US and Europe indicates that the air within our homes is polluted (up to 2 to 5 times more polluted than the air outside), and that illness caused by exposure to these pollutants can be a serious threat to our health.
Painful allergies and irritations, degenerative diseases and other chronic and acute illnesses are all on the rise, and studies around the world are directly linking this exponential increase to harmful chemicals in the air in our outdoor environment, our workplaces AND, the air in our homes.
Our body’s natural detox system is not designed for the 1000’s of chemicals we are exposed to in everyday life.
Chemicals in the environment enter our bodies in the food we eat, the things we drink, the air we breathe, and everyday products that touch our skin. These chemicals sometimes leave the body very slowly, and they are stored in body tissue, blood, or bones, creating a Body Burden.
Body burden refers to the accumulation of synthetic chemicals that are stored in the human body at detectable levels. Our bodies can carry a burden of chemicals and pollutants (both naturally occurring and man-made) that may remain present for many years after the exposure has been removed.
Allergies and irritations are your body’s way of alerting you to the fact that there is something you are being exposed to that is harmful to your system, and the more exposure you have, the worse your symptoms become.
Cleaning up the air and surfaces in your home is one way that you reduce your exposure to toxins, allergens and irritants. Lightening the load on your system so that your body is not frequently forced into crisis and serious detoxification, and taxing your entire system on a regular basis.
The list is long, but here are a few categories of products that you need to be aware of
Fragrances- not only sprays and diffusers, but also the fragrance contained in almost all cleaning and personal care products, eco or not.
"Fragrance", "Parfum", "Natural fragrance", however they are listed on the label, have been proven to be neurotoxins and carcinogens. You also need to look out for labels such as "Fragrance-Free", as very often these are not fragrance-free but contain even more chemicals to mask the scent of the ingredients.
Cleaning products- from surfactants (the toxic kind) to preservatives, petroleum products and the aforementioned fragrances, cleaning products can often host a lengthy list of ingredients you would not want to ingest or put on your skin (and that’s only if they are even listed at all). However, we use these products to clean the very surfaces we touch and eat off without a thought, consuming and absorbing their chemical residues through our skin - which is our largest organ. And everything that our skin absorbs is then processed by our liver and subsequent organs of the body.
They also release harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds) into the air that we breathe like formaldehyde, a known carcinogen.
Preservatives that are known irritants and can break down into formaldehyde.
Fragrance again - you spend all night in your pajamas and bed sheets, on and next to your skin when it is at its warmest, most open and relaxed.
Pesticides and Herbicides
No need to even enter into the individual ingredients here - from being linked to an increase in childhood cancer, learning disabilities, lowered IQ and immunity to now common ailments such as Leaky Gut, digestive disorders, mood swings and neurologically based illnesses such as Parkinsons and ALS
Whether you choose to try Cleanz or to simply clean with vinegar and baking soda or hot water and hydrogen peroxide doesn’t matter. We simply want everyone to understand the importance and impact of home toxicity, and how it is possible to improve your health by cleaning up the air in your home.
You can start by going through every part of your home using our Nasties Guide. Remove all and any products containing any of the ingredients on the list, and any other ingredients that say Warning, Hazardous, Use Only in Ventilated Areas, for use with mask only etc.
If you don’t want to dispose of them immediately, simply put them in a sealed container (like a BPA-free Sterilite plastic click clack box) and put them away from the house (out of direct sunlight). Just observe how you and the people in your household feel over the course of a few weeks.
To go a step further, wash down all surfaces (including walls, ceilings and floors) with a soap based cleaner (like Cleanz) to remove any residues left behind from previously used products, effectively detoxing your home.
You can also find plenty of information about natural pest control, toxin-free home building and renovation products and natural personal care products online, including on our website (check out the articles on our home health page here).
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