Expert advice from bestselling authors and qualified professionals, Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet. C. Oz, on preventing exposure to certain toxins around your home:
AT THE FRONT DOOR
IN THE KITCHEN
Don't microwave plastic. You'll get small amounts of it in your food when you heat it. Cover food with ceramic, glass, a paper towel, or waxed paper instead.
Throw away your sponges and replace with dishcloths that you can clean with bleach weekly.
Don't store foods in open cans for a long period.
Filter your drinking water.
Use dishwasher soap without phosphates or chlorine or nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPE), which is called a gender-bender and feminises fish in the waters where we humans dump our waste.
IN THE BEDROOM
Use products that protect your pillows and mattresses from dust mites (1-micron pore sheets and pillowcases). Their excrement, which totals two pounds every two years in pillows, can lead directly to asthma.
Use nontoxic products to clean your home: peroxide, alcohol, baking soda, and vinegar. Baking Soda is an excellent sink and tub cleaner and vinegar in a spray bottle cleans glass, windows and mirrors.
Don’t create an uber mixture of bleach and ammonia, the combination creates toxic hydrogen chloride and without proper ventilation it can be lethal.
IN THE BATHROOM
To protect your skin, filter your water with a carbon filter to remove the chlorine and other bad stuff. Do it especially for water that is in contact with your skin for more than a few seconds.
Use deodorant instead of antiperspirant, since sweat is normal and blocking your pores is not. Especially avoid aluminium which is found in high levels in brain plaques linked to Alzheimer’s disease. And with deodorants avoid phthalates, which are plastics used to help the fragrance stay on our skin and block endocrine function especially in the male foetus. Parabens which are used as preservatives in these products should also be avoided since they could be linked to breast cancer.
Avoid air fresheners which have gaseous chemicals. They can become toxic when combined with the ozone. Use natural essential oil sprays instead, they alter the molecules in the air and actually create pleasant aromas rather than masking smells.
OUTSIDE THE HOUSE
Living near the highway increases respiratory complications.
Use organic, toxin-free products for the lawn and garden. Garden and lawn pesticides and herbicides often contaminate groundwater, as well as indoor air.
The best air filter for your home is a high-efficiency particle air filter (HEPA). Replace air conditioner filter yearly.
Replace your air conditioner filter yearly and clean your air ducts every three years. A partial clean will make the air you breathe worse so make sure a good job is done with the clumped up material.
Check and clean humidifiers because they can harbor toxins.
IN THE GARAGE
New car smell is ripe with chemicals. It's best to air out new cars.
Don't store any old chemicals, like paint that contains toluene, a potent reproductive toxin. Buy what you need then get rid of it when you’ve finished your project.
These chemicals have been linked to kidney and nervous system damage as well as cancer in the person wearing the clothes as well as the person cleaning them.
Moth balls contain carcinogens so use cedar chips or lavender pouches instead.
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