Landscaping workers often spray chemicals that you track into your home, new furniture off gasses vocs, appliances emit harmful radiation and emfs, family members use toxic air fresheners and perfumes, your dog wears a topical pesticide and gets in the bed with you...see my point?
Scary isn't it? Yes it is very scary when you walk around your house and actually look beyond the decorating!
This is a vast subject but here are few hints to get you rethinking your living quarters...
The Crawl Space-
Not much you can do here if you rent or own in a large building. I use an O2 brand biological air cleaner with good results. I have two, the one pictured is in my office space.
Outdoor Chemicals -
Don't walk on the grass sounds simple, but it isn't. Toxic landscaping chemicals like Round Up spread 1600 feet in all directions. Use a simple method of salt and vinegar to kill your weeds and ditch the poison. Leave your shoes in the mudroom or have a place for them inside the door. And remember that many houseplants have been previously treated with pesticides.
My advice is don't. I once had a neighbor who bought a whole house of new furniture from a leading furniture store. I could not walk into her home it was so toxic. Formaldehydes, glue, Scotchgard... the smell was overwhelming from her furniture off gassing chemical vocs. And she had a baby. I shudder to think of the health problems her child will have as an adult from the exposure. It takes years for furniture to release all the vocs. Buy wisely, antiques have already off gassed.
Every one knows not to sit too close to the television because it emits radiation and EMFs, (electro magnetic fields) that are harmful to our bodies. These days it is more than the TV emitting this. It is your refrigerator, your HVAC, your computer, your smart meter, your router, your cell phone, the nearest cell tower and basically anything electrical in your home. We are assaulted with EMFs in our home. I own a Gauss meter and highly recommend that you buy one as well. They are not expensive. Test your whole space on a regular basis and correct any area that has very high readings. Our local cable company, Comcast, will test for EMFs when they do an install if you request it. We are as a nation, assaulted with huge amounts of electro magnetic fields and radiation. It causes major health problems, more so even than smoking. It just makes sense to reduce the EMFs in your home.
Open a window if you want fresh air. There is nothing fresh about commercial air fresheners. Veterinarians will tell you that Febreze kills birds and small animals. Did you know that air fresheners and cleaning products do not go through rigorous safety testing before being put on store shelves? Be wise about your purchases, choose products that are environmentally safe or make your own. I don't want phyhalates, dichlorbenzene and other toxins in my home.
For the New Year, perhaps it is time to look around and rethink the chemicals around you. A beautiful decor is uplifting and inspirational, but not if it is killing you. Having a home that is toxin free is a passion of mine. I will be sharing tips on how I do that periodically throughout the year. Until then..cheers!