June 28, 2018
Toxic exposure is all around us but most people aren’t aware of how they are being impacted, even in their own home. Nicole Bijlsma has delved deeply into this, as she explains in her book Healthy Home Healthy Family.
A happy, healthy life is everybody’s right so how can we avoid toxic exposure when it’s right where we live? To help us not only become aware of the hazards but also do something about them Nicole has kindly shared her top 10 tips on how to avoid toxins in the home that impact your family’s health.
Following are Nicole’s Top Ten Steps to a Healthy Home:
- Take your shoes off before you enter the home as this will reduce toxicants like pesticides and traffic-related air pollutants being tracked onto carpets
- Get rid of the clutter, because it restricts air flow, increases the dust load and encourages house dust mites and pests
- Use a vacuum cleaner fitted with a HEPA filter and motorised head to reduce the allergen load (house dust mites, mould, pet and pest dander) in the home.
- Dust your home with a slightly damp microfibre cloth followed by a clean, dry tea towel.
- Reduce the chemical load in your home. Air fresheners, perfume, pesticides, solvents, paints, cleaning and personal care products contribute to poor indoor air quality.
- Use the sun to air pillows and mattresses, pet bedding, chopping boards and soft toys.
- Store food and beverages in glass, stainless steel and lead-free ceramics. Avoid plastics, pewter, highly coloured ceramics, ceramics with a corroded glaze and leaded crystal.
- Ensure electrical appliances are at least 1 metre away from your bed, favourite couch and any other areas where you spend time in order to reduce your exposure to electromagnetic fields.
- Chlorine and fluoride in drinking water are associated with health risks. Use a water filter.
- Mould is caused by dampness and moisture. Find the moisture first and then remove the mould with a damp microfibre cloth.
For further information visit https://www.buildingbiology.com.au/