The five best ways to detoxify your home
Canadian health and environmental experts published the 15 June document listing the best ways to reduce household toxins by tackling the five main sources of toxins that pose health risks to children.
23 June 2011 13h27
"Pregnant women and new parents, in particular, need counseling to help them protect their children from risks to their health - such as learning or behavioral disabilities, asthma, cancer and certain blood disorders. birth - which are linked to the presence of toxic products in the home, ”Erica Phipps, director of the Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and Environment (CPCHE), said in a statement.
Here are the top five CPCHE tips:
1. Vacuum and dust regularlyDust is one of the main sources of toxins to which children are exposed. It is advisable to vacuum or damp mop each week, but also to dust the furniture with a damp cloth. If your child is already on all fours, the CPCHE recommends dusting and vacuuming twice a week. No need to dust with a dry cloth, as this only scatters dust in the air. It is also recommended to remove shoes from the entrance of the house to reduce the presence of soil and chemicals in other rooms. Storing toys lying around in enclosed areas can also help reduce the amount of dust.
2. Use non-toxic cleaning products: opt for cleaning products that are simple to prepare and non-toxic. Baking soda can be used to clean sinks and bathtubs; a mixture of vinegar and water cleans windows and floors. Avoid deodorants, scented detergents, and wipes. To do dry cleaning, look for a professional near your home who uses non-toxic methods.
3. Rename smartIf you are renovating at home, pregnant women and children are advised to stay away from building sites because of dust rich in harmful products and toxic fumes from paints, insulation and glues, which can lead to neurological problems in children. It is advisable to insulate the building site from the rest of the house with plastic sheeting and duct tape, as well as to seal the ducts for ventilation or heating. If you have paint to do, choose less toxic products.
4. Choose your plastics: The CPCHE recommends never placing plastic containers in microwave ovens, even if they indicate that they are microwave safe, because harmful chemicals can get into your food. Opt for glass or ceramic containers to keep your food, and prefer fresh or frozen products to canned goods, since most food and beverage cans contain BPA. The CPCHE also recommends that young parents avoid buying toys for teeth, bibs, shower curtains or other items that contain PVC, a chemical element that poses health risks.
5). Minimize your mercury consumption: The CPCHE recommends avoiding mercury-rich fish (ie those at the top of the food chain, such as tuna), a product that is harmful to the brain, and falling back on fish that are poor in mercury such as Atlantic mackerel, herring, rainbow trout, salmon (wild or canned) and tilapia.
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