HEALTHY HOME TIPS
STOPPING TOXINS AT THE FRONT DOOR
The entrance to your home should be clear of debris and cleaned regularly to prevent excess dirt, leaves, sand and twigs from entering your home. Wipe down your outside door and handles regularly to prevent dust and pollen from entering your home.
Make sure every entrance to your home has a commercial-grade antimicrobial doormat. Avoid coco fiber (Coir) mats, they shed and track loose fibers into your home. Also avoid mats made from rope or wood. These mats provide a reservoir for microbes and pollutants.
Wiping shoes thoroughly (at least twice) on Dr. Doormat can remove up to 90% of the debris on the soles of your shoes.
Teach young children to wipe their shoes and make a game of it.
Kick off your street shoes and put on slippers or house shoes if you can. Establish a shoe changing station inside the front door. If you can’t remove your shoes immediately, at least you have a Dr. Doormat.
After you remove your shoes, WASH hands before touching anything.
Street shoes eventually end up in your closet and you touch them with your hands. Wash your hands after every time you touch your shoes to minimize your family’s exposure to contaminants.
The dust in rugs is 100 times greater than on bare floors in the same house. Be sure to clean your rugs frequently and thoroughly and to shake them outside. Get rid of wall- to- wall carpeting as it is a breeding ground for dust mites and viruses and a deep reservoir for toxic pollutants, dangerous bacteria, and asthma-inducing allergens such as animal dander, dust mites and mold. If you must have carpeting, use area rugs that can be removed and thoroughly cleaned.
Vacuum rugs and floors at least once a week with an effective vacuum cleaner. Bag cleaners require changing regularly.
The base of your vacuum cleaner heads need to be disinfected before and after you vacuum. In other words, the attachment that comes in direct contact with your floors, your furniture, or your car. Use a spray or wipe with a non-acid based disinfectant. Otherwise you are just spreading around all those viruses and microorganisms including animal feces, pneumonia virus, and the list goes on.
Damp mop bare floors at least once a week. Use a clean mop. My Mom & Dad always said, “You can’t clean dirt with dirt!”
House plants help filter toxins out of the air in your home, but be sure the base of the plant is not harboring mold in the catch tray where water collects.
When using a window-unit air conditioner, try to leave the room for the first 30 minutes after turning it on. Some units emit short bursts of mold every time they start up.
Clean air ducts every two years and filters at least two times a year.
Regularly vacuum and/or wet wash the surfaces people touch including furniture, woodwork, couches and children’s toys.
Cover food to prevent dust from falling into it.
FIGHTING ALLERGENS IN THE BEDROOM
Use allergy-control pillow cases and mattress covers to reduce exposure to dust mites. This is also very effective in reducing asthma attacks for most children. Be sure to remove boxsprings from frame and wipe down frames.
Wash allergy control pillow cases quarterly and wash sheets at least once a week in hot water with fragrance free non-toxic detergents
Do not keep dirty clothes hampers in bedrooms. Dust mites harbor and grow in dirty laundry.
Window treatments require washing too. Shake them outside the home, follow manuf. cleaning instructions. Blinds need to be damp wiped to remove dust.
Stuffed animals need washing regularly, especially when you take them out of the house on trips.
PET OWNERS CORNER
Keep pets well groomed.
When pets are wet from the rain, make sure you dry them off thoroughly. Moisture and warm temperatures provide a breeding ground for microbes.
Walking a dog in the street exposes your dog to a host of carcinogens, toxins and harmful pollutants from road dust, pesticides in treated lawns, and fuel emissions. Thoroughly wipe your pet’s underbelly and paws when entering your home.
If you are using a doggie door, place two Dr. Doormats end to end creating a 2’ x 6’ walk off area for your pet to remove debris and microbes from their paws.
Place a doormat at the end of your cat's litter box.
Use Dr. Doormat for your pet's crate for sleeping or resting.
DID YOU KNOW?
- The pollutants in soil and dust that we track into our homes may cause allergies, asthma, learning disabilities and even cancer
- According to the EPA, the concentration of toxic pollutants may be 10 times higher inside the home than outdoors. Rolling around on your playroom floor may be as dangerous as playing in a toxic waste dump!
- Most lead exposure comes from dust tracked into the home
- Pesticides such as weed killers are brought indoors on our shoes.
- The toxic chemicals from tobacco smoke in the household dust eaten by the average infant is equivalent to smoking 2.8 cigarettes a day
- Common house dust is made up of a variety of ingredients including microorganisms such as, mold spores, bacteria, viruses, fungus, animal dander, dead human skin, animal feces, clothing particles, allergens, dust mites, cockroaches, other insects, metals such as lead (Pb), Cadmium (Cd), Mercury (Hg), pesticides and other toxic chemicals, volatile organic compounds and inert objects. Common house dust can vary slightly depending on your location (urban, suburban, rural).