A greener and eco-friendly environment is what every parent wants to leave for the next generation. The best part is that it is attainable and not something that will cost you a fortune. All you have to do is make few changes either in your lifestyle or the manner in which you have been living in your nest all these years. So, let us find out how you can make this very ‘nest’ of yours a much more safer and healthier place to live in not just for the youngsters but also for the elderly.
Tips to transform your home into a safe haven
The measures mentioned below are not difficult to achieve or will not cost you a lot of money. Just check them out-
Keep that dust away:
Dust particles tend to cause allergic reactions. Not only that dust particles contain several chemicals and hazardous materials that are not visible by bare eyes and can spread across the entire house and play havoc with every member’s health, thereby causing not only allergies but skin disorders, infection of the eyes, lung disorders, and varied types of problems. So, what can you do about it?
You have to vacuum the place frequently after identifying those areas of the house that are prone to excessive dust accumulation. Also, make sure that the vacuum bag is cleaned and cleared of the dust particles frequently.
The ingredients that are present in paints are dangerous and can cause serious ailments that might also include damage to the brain. Some of the chemicals in the paint are carcinogenic or cancer causing agents.
The best way to assess the hazard or the level of hazard your house is subjected to is by calling your local health department and request them for a “lead paint testing”. You will have to shell out some cash for the test that you are requesting.
No matter the cost, remember, it is worth the money you are spending. There are regular alerts that are posted on the websites of The Consumer Product Safety Commission from where you can find out more information about lead exposure.
Most of the pesticides contain chemicals that cause long term damage and cause chronic ailments that include asthma, slow development of brain, and associated health problems. Undoubtedly, pesticides will help you in keeping pests at bay but you can avoid them so that the harmful chemicals that are present in them cannot cause adverse health reactions. Exercise caution when you wash dishes, make sure that residual food is disposed off carefully and in a place that cannot be accessed by bugs.
Chemicals you should avoid using at home
Following are the chemicals that can cause serious reactions. By all means try to avoid them.
- BPA or Bisphenol A – Causes fertility problems in men and women, is instrumental in causing heart diseases, obesity, and diabetes.
- Phthalates – Causes abnormalities in reproductive organs, interferes in development of breasts, causes hormonal imbalance
- Atrazine – Causes infertility
- Dioxins – Causes endometriosis, diabetes, fertility problems, immune system disorders, lower levels of testosterone, miscarriages, poor quality of sperms.
- Flame extinguishers – Causes female infertility, disorders of the thyroid, lower levels of IQ, poor development of brain.
- Lead – Interferes with the hormones that cause stress
Aside from the above mentioned toxic substances, there are many others that are not suitable for being stored at home. These may be research chemicals or chemicals used for cleaning purpose. Whatever be the requirement, one important aspect that you ought to keep in mind is that “going organic” helps greatly. Opt for healthy, chemical-devoid food products that will keep you and your family members healthy and safe.