While it’s nearly impossible to affect the majority of environmental toxins found in our air, water, and food supply, it’s easy to control what we bring into our homes. Unfortunately, many of our homes are just as polluted as the outdoors. Yet by recognizing the potential problems and making lifestyle changes that address them, you can create a safe, nontoxic haven in your home.
Believe it or not, indoor air can be even more polluted than outdoor air, even in the largest industrialized cities. This is very important to recognize because we spend as much as 90% of our time indoors.
Indoor air is dangerous for two primary reasons: pollutants and poor ventilation. Indoor air pollution can come from home heating and cooling systems, tobacco and cigarette smoke, building material outgassing, asbestos, mold from water damage, furniture made from processed woods, household cleaners, personal care products, and air fresheners, as well as from outdoor sources, that can become trapped indoors. Many times the air is not significantly affected by many one of these sources, but when multiple sources are added together, their individual affects can be multiplied and we can become sick.
About Air Purifiers
- Ozone air purifiers: These release ozone into the air to remove chemical fumes, odors, and bacteria. They are not effective for removing particles or allergens from the air, and they are not safe to run while you are in the room because ozone gas can be toxic. If you use this type of purifier, turn it off about two hours before reentering the room.
- Carbon air purifiers: These use activated carbon as an air filter. The carbon is able to remove odors and capture smaller particles than HEPA filters, but the carbon needs to be replaced regularly, which can be messy.
- Ionic air purifiers: these work by negatively charging air particles, which then attract positively charged pollutants. When the two combine, dust is created. An unwanted side effect reported with ionizers is that they can produce ozone, so they are best turned off when people or pets are in the room.
- Other air-purifying features can include an ultraviolet light to kill airborne bacteria, and some air purifiers come with a combination of functions to enhance their air-cleaning ability.
- The E.L Foust Company has made air purifiers since 1974, its designs are created for people with environmental illnesses, allergies, or asthma.
Detergents, cleaning solvents, and indoor fragrances sound like good ideas because marketers have worked long and hard to get you interested in buying them. But the bottom line is that many are quite toxic and can affect your health. Besides being loaded with chemicals, many household cleaners are labeled as “antibacterial,” which is just a sugar-coated term for describing the active ingredient, pesticides. I’ve even found that many of the all-natural and natural cleaners containing essential oils are full of chemicals too; why? Because, they say, the consumer demands that their product be inexpensive and so they use cheap ingredients to make them. I personally have found that the natural cleaning products simply require too much product to be used to get the job done, or they’re not terribly effective. It was these two reasons 30 years ago that I set out on my quest to find better solutions.
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