4 Green Tips To Detox Your Home 4 Green Tips To Detox Your Home
As green awareness becomes a priority on an international scale, it is a good time to evaluate your own homes toxic levels. A house of any age will benefit from these easy to do, green detox tips.
Tip 1 - Evaluate Hazardous Materials
Go through your cleaning supplies. How many are chemical based? Every time you clean, those harmful cleaning agents are absorbed into the air around your home. If you run air conditioning during summer or heating during the winter, odds are that you rarely open your windows. This means the toxic chemical fumes are trapped inside with you.
Organic cleaners are made from natural ingredients. They require no gloves or masks during use and will often do a better job cleaning than some of the harsher counterparts.
Tip 2 - Test For Toxic Gas
Two of the most common household gases are:
This odorless, colorless and tasteless gas is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. The EPA estimates that 1 in every 15 homes has higher-than-healthy levels of this gas, which is produced by decaying rocks, well water and some building materials under and around your home. Testing for radon is the first green step to detoxing.
Purchase a detox kit, which comes as a small yogurt-sized canister that you place in random areas around your home. You can find these at most home centers. After leaving the test canister out for 3 to 7 days, you will send to a lab for evaluation. If high levels of radon are determined, it's time to take action.
Although gas is colorless, an additive called mercaptan (a non-toxic chemical that smells like rotten eggs) has been added to alert home owners of leak dangers.
There is one area in your home you may not smell, but can be leaking more gas that you realize. Check to see if those flames on your gas stove have yellow tips. If they do, they are leaking out CO (Carbon Monoxide) and your burners need adjustment. Refer to your owner's manual for instructions.
If you own a gas water heater, check for the yellow tips on those flames as well.
Tip 3 - Open Windows
Today's windows are designed to be air-tight to preserve energy. However, this means it can be a challenge to get enough fresh clean air into the home. Closed windows will trap and recycle less-than-fresh air, recycling toxins and compromising the quality of your breathing air.
Many newer homes offer a window vent system that includes small openings that can be slid open or closed. Open these slits on a rotating basis throughout the home.
Some newer homes are also required to install fans with automatic run timers. They can be located in either the utility room or secondary bathroom. These set-and-go systems will turn on and off automatically according to your settings and are designed to exchange old inside air for new, fresh outside air.
Tip 4 - Clean All Filters
Use organic cleaners to systematically work through your house each year. Include filters in air conditioners (including window units) and heating units along with their associated intake vents, bathroom ceiling fans and over-the-stove vents.