How to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly for the Entire Family

Posted by Susan Brown on September 21, 2018 0 Comments

Every year, 120,000 babies in America are affected by birth defects. Among the main causes are environmental factors such as chemicals and contaminants. In fact, chemicals in home cleaning and hygiene products are responsible for 10% of birth defects. On top of that, there are over 4 million chemicals found in work and home environments. So, what are the most common, yet harmful toxins in our environment?

You can find them being used during your daily routine, such as:

  • Arsenic and Cadmium: often found in agricultural areas with arsenic-containing fertilizers. Such toxin may cause a greater risk for stillbirth and miscarriage
  • Lead: resulting in skin tags, low birth weight, undescended testicles, shorted gestation, and developmental delays
  • Mercury: mercury found in fish and seafood may lead to adverse effects on the nervous system development
  • Pesticides: toxins found in pesticides are the most common as families may gain exposure to insect repellent, herbicides, and more. This may disrupt the endocrine system and increase the risk of health issues.

As a result, while most of these chemicals are not considered harmful, they may pose a threat to not only our lives but your children as well. Here’s how you can make your home eco-friendly for the entire family.

 

Create a Toxin-Free home

Whether we know it or not, toxins are everywhere in the home. They can be from the polyurethane to clean our foods to the sealant paint on our walls. Toxins can also be found in the products we use to clean our homes, feed our children, and for bathing. Thus, it is important to make the switch and choose non-toxic products that are fragrance-free and chlorine-free with natural properties.

 

Buy furniture that doesn’t contain formaldehyde

Unfortunately, pressed wood, fiberboard, and plywood are widely used in furniture today. However, they are also treated with formaldehyde. Not only is this harmful toxin a suspected carcinogen, it can release fumes for up to five years. Avoid mattresses that are made of polyurethane as well as any fabrics with polyvinyl chloride, polyester, and acrylic – all of which are toxic to the respiratory system.

Instead, aim to purchase wool or cotton fabrics rather than synthetic cushions. You can still use furniture that is eco-friendly without having to buy brand new. In fact, your local auction sites may even provide a better selection of eco-home living than the average department store.

 

Get rid of flame-retardant fabrics

Do you have a favorite baby carrier, or your child have a favorite pajama with a cool design or glow-in-the-dark features? For some families, flame-retardant clothing may cause allergies. Instead, know what to look for when choosing the right eco-friendly clothing. Avoid pajamas made of fabrics other than polyester or tight-fitted cotton.

 

Have a healthy perspective

As parents, the efforts to keep our homes free of toxins will come to no use if we do not encourage our children to become aware of their surrounds. While we will also be faced with choices on what to keep in our homes, we can keep our family and ourselves informed. Thus, this will lead to making healthier choices – creating homes that are less toxin and better of your family’s health in mind. 

 

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