Toxic chemicals have become part of our everyday life without us really realising it. We have been taught by our parents, grandparents and advertising that it is the products on the supermarket shelves that we need to have a clean germ free home.

It is true women have a much higher level of knowledge about hazardous chemicals than men, but what is surprising is that a total of 40 per cent showed little or no concern about potential health effects. This is an alarming statistic given the increasing evidence about the health effects of synthetic chemicals used in everyday household products and their impact on the development of babies and young children.

So here are some of the reasons that 40% who aren’t that worried should be concerned.

Since 1950 there have been 72,000 chemicals introduced into our homes only 2% of those have been tested for toxicity.

Women who stay at home have a 54% higher death rate from cancer than those who work outside the home. This is because there is an accumulation of toxins in our furnishings and in the dust and in the air.

150 Chemicals commonly found in the home are connected to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological disorders.

Asthma there has been a 29% increase in men and an 82% increase in women. The higher rate for women is believed to be due to women’s longer exposure times to household chemicals.

Illness such as asthma, allergies, chemical sensitivity, hyperactivity in children … Read More

A fresh healthy home is something we all strive for. There are several ways we can contribute to making the air in our home more fresh. First we can prevent the dirt, dust and allergens from entering our home. Second we can freshen the air that is already in our home.

Prevent dust and dirt from entering your home

Take your shoes off at the door. You will decrease the dirt and dust tracked into the house. Dirt and dust from outside can increase the allergens in your home. This dust also gets into the air and on your knick knacks and causes more housework.

If you have pets brush them regularly. If possible brush them outside the home. If they go outside try to clean their paws as they enter as well. (This has the same effect as you taking of your shoes)

Keep a door mat in front of the door to decrease dust and dirt from entering the home. I have one outside the door and another just inside. There are a lot of attractive mats that can add beauty to your home as well.

Clean the dryer vent. It can get blocked, which results in dust coming back into your home rather than being routed outside. Don’t forget to clean the lint trap in your dryer after every load as well.

Freshen the air in your home

Use plants that clean the air. Plants can help you maintain a fresh home by cleaning the … Read More