3 Keys to an Organic, Toxin-Free Household

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Do you have an organic household? This might be defined as a home that goes beyond organic foods to include other non-toxic, organic, and/or green alternatives. These 3 keys to creating a healthier, safer living space are easy, don’t cost much, and can really make a difference:

Go BPA-free

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used to make a clear, polycarbonate plastic for products like eyeglass lenses, DVDs, baby bottles, and interior lining for canned goods. BPA has been linked to various health problems, including breast and prostate cancer, obesity, and ADHD. How can you reduce your family’s BPA exposure? Scaling back on canned foods is a major step, as BPA can leach from can liners into the food itself. This link highlights 7 companies that package their foods in BPA-free cans: 7 Companies You can Trust to Use BPA free Cans.

Clean “green”

While we all want a pristine home, many cleaning products contain potentially toxic chemicals. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air levels of many pollutants may be 2-5 times─and occasionally, more than 200 times─higher than outdoor levels, with cleaning products as major culprits. Fortunately, many companies now offer non-toxic products to clean dishes, countertops, floors, bathrooms, laundry, and more. Here’s a useful guide to affordable, chemical-free cleaning supplies: Buy Green: Cleaning Supplies.

Reduce indoor air pollution

Did you know that microbial pollutants like mold, pet dander and plant pollen can combine with chemicals like radon and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to pollute your home environment? Other offenders are formaldehyde and chemicals used in common home furnishings, including dioxin, polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) and polybrominated biphenyl (PBB). While you can’t replace everything, you can minimize your exposure by keeping windows open part of every day─even in the winter.

Like organic eating, “green living” represents numerous changes that are often easier to tackle in baby steps. Are we not all entitled to healthy, safe homes? Let’s start where we can, and progress from there.

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