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5 tips for reducing indoor pollution

published: 23/06/11, 19:23
by Christophe
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.

More informations:
healthyenvironmentforkids.ca


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published: 23/06/11, 21:30
by FPLM
Ben and the plants then?
Chlorophytum or pothos that absorbs CO and formaldehyde very well.
Others, like Dracaena which eliminates toluene, benzene, ...
In addition, they absorb CO2, generate O2, humidify the air and some (leguminous), absorb nitrogen and its derivatives (NOx).
According to studies, the air would be 10 to 100 times more polluted inside and the so-called "depolluting" plants are chosen according to their effectiveness with respect to the most common pollutants inside (paint, smoke, products. maintenance, ...).
In addition, it's beautiful. :D

published: 23/06/11, 21:54
by dedeleco
Totally agree with the recent products that we have not suffered for thousands and tens of thousands of years, and as a result, even insignificant ones are disruptive, even bread and milk have had genetic effects for us to get used to it in 10000ans, and men whose ancestors did not eat and drink them, have difficulties with these foods.

Not sure that it is effective to:
Vacuum and dust regularly:

is effective against allergies, since the children of farmers more exposed to junk and germs farms have less allergies!
Our immune systems need to undergo aggression to the old, otherwise, too sanitized, running empty, it breaks down and makes children more allergic.
This finding is proven by the facts.
so the usual dust and microbes do not remove too much!
Personally I do not worry too much dust and I'm as well as maniacs of dust and cobwebs.
On the other hand most of the vacuum cleaners are machines for vaporizing the finer dust, because the paper bags and filters let a large part of it pass, even the Dyson vacuum cleaners, because otherwise, stopping very fine, the air does not pass any more. !!

So when I vacuum for very fine dust (fine cement and plaster for example, which even screw up the vacuum cleaners) I protect my nose, (and still not very effective)!

So personally I think you have to be light with the vacuum cleaner and light with the brooms.

To protect the children too much from the basic microbes, multiplies the allergies.

Other :
It is advisable to insulate the building site from the rest of the house with plastic sheeting and duct tape, without forgetting to seal the ducts for ventilation or heating.

is almost impossible against toxic fumes in a house or apartment closed, the gas always pass.
The strong ventilation of the painted corner is the only way to reduce the concentration of toxic.

published: 23/06/11, 21:55
by Christophe

Re: 5 tips for reducing indoor pollution

published: 23/06/11, 23:15
by Flytox
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.


There are thousands of products on the market, there must be some without risk : Mrgreen: It's good not to use toxic cleaners ... strongly agree, but the regulations are so lax that it's usually not marked on them. ..What is advocated is just a pious wish without means of applying it .... :frown: : Mrgreen:

published: 24/06/11, 03:54
by dedeleco
The composition is often indicated and so we can know by searching on the internet!

Avoid products and medicines with an armada of components, effect cocktail!

Re: 5 tips for reducing indoor pollution

published: 24/06/11, 10:08
by Christophe
Flytox wrote:There are thousands of products on the market, there must be some without risk : Mrgreen: It's good not to use toxic cleaners ... strongly agree, but the regulations are so lax that it's usually not marked on them. ..What is advocated is just a pious wish without means of applying it .... :frown: : Mrgreen:


I do not agree, it's more and more transparent and there is Reach too: http://europa.eu/legislation_summaries/ ... 282_fr.htm

published: 24/06/11, 11:25
by FPLM
There is also the humidity rate which promotes the formation of "drop" thus limiting the suspension of fine particles in the air and which thus promotes absorption by the foliage of plants.
In addition to absorbing these substances, these brave plants reject by the roots those which are not useful to him and these molecules are neutralized (broken) by the microorganisms of the soil.
It's more than just cleaning up the air, it's recycling!
It is even a promising field of research for soil remediation, the absorption being done by the roots here ...
But, I agree with what has been said, it is in addition to the reduction of toxic agents. The "biological machinery" is impressive but still has its limits.

published: 24/06/11, 15:03
by dedeleco
But a humidity close to 100%, favors the molds that are their spores very dangerous or even deadly and this can happen by unsuspected weak water leaks invisible as I have seen many times, leaky bathtub seal at the top neighbor (1 or 2 liters per day invisible) or common pipe !!
Or do not like to take too many baths a day, to the point of being dirtier and more moldy by washing too much !!

published: 24/06/11, 15:08
by sen-no-sen
we must not forget the electro-magnetic pollution, especially with the development of Wi-fi.
There are plants to protect from that? : Mrgreen: