Detoxify your life- 8 simple tricks to reduce toxins in your home

BPA, PERC, and triclosan are among some of the many common toxins found in household and personal products. These toxins get into your body through three main ways; inhalation, dermal absorption (through the skin) and ingestion. Once they have entered your body, they are carried by the blood and may be store in tissues or excreted. These toxins have been proven to cause harmful health effects to both humans and the environment. Here are some basic steps to reducing the toxins in your home:

1.  Instead of chemical air fresheners, try pot pourri or baking soda. If you like DIY projects, homemade air fresheners (recipes easily found online) are a great way to personalize your home

2.  Plastic food wrap usually contains Bisphenol A (BPA), an estrogenic hormone disruptor. Use aluminum foil or reusable containers as alternatives

3.  Non-stick pans often contain PFOA, a likely carcinogen. There are many alternatives to non stick cookware, including cast iron and stainless steel options

4.  Avoid dry clean only clothes. Most dry cleaners use perchloroethylene (PERC) which is designated under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act as a bio-accumulative chemical toxic to the environment

5.  Cosmetics, toiletries and perfumes with synthetic fragrances often contain phthalates, a hormone disruptor so try a switch to fragrance-free products

6.  Anti-bacterial soap contains triclosan, a chemical that disrupts the hormonal system and is among a class of chemicals suspected of causing cancer. Anti-bacterial soap can be swapped out for regular soap and water

7.  If you use chlorine bleach, try switching to biodegradable, non-chlorine liquid bleach or oxygen bleach powder

8.  For household cleaning, a homemade mixture of vinegar and water will do just the trick, and cost a fraction of the price of store bought products

These tips are just a start at reducing your harmful chemical exposure. A full guide to a toxic-free home, as well as a pocket guide to toxin free cosmetics can be found on the Environmental Defence website. For the health of your body and environment, educate yourself on the products you consume and take the detox challenge.



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