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Home Detox – Balancing the Elements: Earth

One of the ways toxins can enter the home is by way of the dirt we bring in from outside. Dirt itself isn’t necessarily bad but it can contain some pollutants that definitely are.

In this day and age, we’re surrounded by chemicals – fertilizers, pesticides, and other industrial chemicals make their way into our soil. Too much exposure to these substances can trigger allergies and cause serious respiratory illnesses and reproductive issues. Mold spores are also an issue. They arrive using dirt as their vehicle into your home, where they’re able to grow and spread. As you can see, bringing dirt in on your shoes isn’t just unsightly – it’s actually harmful to our health! earth 300x199 Home Detox   Balancing the Elements: Earth

Fortunately, there are a few ways to reduce the amount of dirt tracked into the home and decrease your family’s exposure to these toxins.

  • Stop dirt at the door. Wipe your shoes and paws on Dr. Doormat can remove up to 90% of debris on your shoes! Take it a step further – remove those shoes and leave them near the door when you enter your home.
  • Choose cleaner flooring options. Most carpet is made from toxin-containing materials PLUS it’s the perfect composition for trapping dust and other debris and holding onto it. Remove wall to wall carpet to stop this dust trap. Where that’s not practical, be sure to have your carpets professionally cleaned regularly.
  • Clean toxin-free! While there are loads of “dirt-fighting” chemical cleaners out there, you may only compound the problem if the cleaners you choose contain harsh toxic ingredients. The right cleaning tools, vinegar and baking soda are just about all you need to clean up most messes!
  • Dust often. I’m always amazed at how quickly dust can accumulate. How often you need to dust depends on a number of circumstances. Dryer vents, air circulation in your home, fireplace use and type of heating – just keep in mind that letting dust accumulate is a major trigger for allergies and asthma.

Keep dirt where it belongs – outside!

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

Toxins in the Home: Detox and Green Your Home

 Toxins in the Home: Detox and Green Your Home

Rid yourself of harsh chemicals when you clean to reduce toxins in the home.

Those striving to eliminate toxins in the home often find that it’s more of a journey than a destination. It seems there’s always something more that can be done to make the home safer, cleaner, and healthier to live in.

Read on to learn a few ways to detox and “green” your home that many people tend to overlook.

Harsh Chemical Cleaners

Are you using harsh cleaners like oven cleaner or Drano? These can be replaced with more natural, non-toxic alternatives. SlightlySteady offers a natural way to clean the oven, while it’s common to use boiling water as an alternative to unclog drains.  commercial products exist, as well.

Check out my list of cleaning chemicals to avoid, too.

Shop Germ-Free

 Toxins in the Home: Detox and Green Your Home

When’s the last time you washed your bags?

Most people end up getting sick after catching something from germs and viruses they come into contact with while out in public shopping, eating, or taking part in other activities. Well, you could be bringing home more than you bargained for from the grocery store if you don’t wash your reusable grocery bags on a regular basis!

Choosing reusable bags is a great choice to make for the environment, but be sure to wash them as you use them so that they don’t harbor harmful germs and get your family sick. Your food offers a direct path for germs to enter the body, so hygiene is super important in that area.

According to The Kitchn, “A study released a couple years ago gave scary figures on the bacteria levels of reusable bags, but ultimately concluded that shoppers just need to keep their bags clean. Machine- or hand-washing bags ‘reduced bacteria levels to almost nothing,’ they reported.”

Clean Kids

Finally, take a moment to think about what your kids are bringing home from school and daycare not only on their hands and clothes, but coats, backpacks, books, and other supplies. Be sure to clean these items thoroughly on a regular basis – inside and out!

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This adage applies to the home as well – it’s more efficient to eliminate toxins from the source than it is to clean and remove them from the home. Keeping things clean on an ongoing basis (using nontoxic cleaners, of course!) is the best way to detox your home overall.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
Debbie Greenspan's signature
Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.