The Most Common Toxins Found in Our Homes
If many of us were asked about the one place in the world where we feel the safest, hands down, we’d probably say our homes. It’s a place that we’re very familiar with, that’s filled with so many things that we love and if we’re living in a safe neighborhood (complete with an alarm system), there’s honestly no reason not to feel comfortable, right?
And on many levels, that would be true. Except for one. If you’re not aware of the some of the most common toxins found in homes and you actually have a few of them, overtime, that could lead to mild health issues like sneezing and congestion or major ones such as respiratory infections and in some cases, even death.
That’s why we wanted to take out a moment to provide you with a brief list of some of the toxins to look out for. By doing so, you will be taking just one more step to insure that your home in safe. In every way.
Disinfectants. While you’re at the store and purchasing disinfectant cleaners and sprays, you’re probably thinking about how clean it will make you house without taking into account that they actually are loaded with chemicals including biphenyl and pentachloraphenol. One way to keep these from getting into your system is by opting to use tea tree oil to clean instead. It’s just as powerful and much safer to use.
Flame Retardants. When you think of toxins, flame retardants probably do not come to mind but the reality is they are found in a lot of upholstery and carpeting. Although they can help to prevent our homes from going up in flames, tiny particles can also get on our hands and if we don’t wash them regularly, they can also get into our mouths and digestive systems. Using antibacterial gels and putting down some hardwood floors can significantly reduce them from becoming a big health concern.
Carbon monoxide. The scary thing about this particular gas is due to the fact that it’s both colorless and odorless, it’s usually impossible to detect; until it’s too late (yes, it can be fatal). And although it can be due to a leak of car fumes in a garage, carbon monoxide can also be found in unserviced furnaces that use propane and butane too (which is one good reason to think about getting a geothermal heat pump). You can stay on top of this by purchasing a carbon monoxide detector.
Radon. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering what the leading cause of lung cancer is, it’s probably no surprise that the first one is cigarette smoke; however, did you know that the second one was another colorless and odorless gas known as radon? It’s a gas that comes into our homes through cracks in the basement or our house’s foundation. There are radon detectors that you can purchase to prevent this from being an issue for you too.
Lead. If you happen to live in an older home, there is a chance that it was painted with lead paint or that it has old plumbing made of lead. If left untreated, it could lead to high blood pressure, respiratory issues and even kidney damage. So, make sure to have an inspector come look at your place. The time and expense could prove to be a true lifesaver. Literally.