Welcome to the second instalment in our Healthy Home Blog!
So you’ve started taking your shoes off, opening windows and cleaning up your water with a great filter. Go you good thing! If you missed part one, head here to get up to speed.
Number 5 is big on my list – especially as chemical fragrances and perfumes give me headaches or at least make me feel ill. You may not be as sensitive as me, but reducing chemical fragrances is as easy task. You may also find that by reducing chemicals, you also stop supporting companies that test on animals, another win for the planet!
Happy reading and enjoy Healthy Home Creating..
HEALTHY HOME PART II
5. Reduce Chemical Exposure
Be mindful of the chemicals that are bought into the home. Media advertising would have us believe that we need chemicals to disinfect our homes and have them smell nice, this is just not true. Many of these products contain harmful toxic ingredients, which can cause any number of health issues. Plug in air fresheners and sprays should be avoided as they send a steady stream of fragrant chemicals into the air. Try using essential oils such as lavender or sweet orange for a pleasant aroma. Essential oils also have added health effects for the body and mind – plug in air fresheners do not! Please be mindful that allergy sufferers may react to essential oils also.
Take stock today and open your cupboards – take a look at what’s in there and investigate healthy alternatives. There are many environmentally friendly brands around, be sure to check the label though. Try cleaning with vinegar, baking soda, and the 3 essentail oils of cleaning – eucalyptus, lemon and tea tree. Your home will be clean and fresh and so will you!
A Building Biologist can advise on the safest products to use in your home from cleaning products through to personal care products.
6. Naturally Reduce Mould
Mould is a problem in many homes, it can only survive where there is moisture, so eliminate any leaks and dry wet areas such as baths after use. If mould does appear, then vinegar is the best remedy to kill it. Many households rely on bleach to remove the mould, however, this only makes the mould invisible so we can’t see it, and within a few weeks it is back – and twice the size. Bleach actually feeds mould, and damages the grout. Bleach is also known as sodium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite, it may contain fragrance, lauryl dimethyl and amine oxide. Bleach is an irritant to eyes and skin, and it can release a toxic gas, so personal protective gear such as gloves, glasses and facemask should be worn if using it. There is a 15 minute exposure limit in one day when working with it, however within a residential home, we are not protected by occupational health and safety rules.
7. Get Some Plants.
Indoor plants not only look great, but they release oxygen and absorb harmful carbon dioxide and other toxins from our living spaces. Plants reduce airborne moulds and bacteria, reduce chemical emissions and balance humidity levels. Plants such as peace lilies, boston ferns and spider plants are readily available to purchase. NASA Space Centre has been studying the benefits of house plants for over 20 years and confirmed that indoor plants also eliminate significant amounts of benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene – invisible toxins that are released from the glues used to make our furniture and lay our carpets.
Most of us may remember from biology class that formaldehyde is the substance used to preserve body parts, not something we need our families breathing in. Formaldehyde is also a by product of most fragrances, including expensive French perfume, I once loved wearing expensive scents, but I now choose essential oil blends rather than wearing a cancer causing agent. I would like to note that formaldehyde is banned in personal care products in Japan and Sweden, and restricted in the European Union and Canada, however in Australia and USA, it continues to be used.
8. Improve your Sleeping Environment and get some quality Zzzz’s
To ensure a good nights sleep, and enable the body to rest and repair, I recommend removing all electrical appliances from the bedroom, to reduce electromagnetic fields. Turning off all WIFI devices in the house and putting your phone, and ipad on flight mode eliminates any radio frequencies from disturbing sleep patterns, and your mobile phone should never be kept on the bedside table.
“But what about my alarm clock?!” I ditched mine years ago and never miss it. Now when I wake up in the middle of the night I have no idea what time it is and I can get back to sleep easily without judging the time.
Thanks Bronwyn! We hope you enjoyed reading these great tips and that they have helped you in some way. We’d love to hear from you, please leave a comment below.
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Building Biology is the science that provides a holistic examination of the built environment and provides solutions to create healthy buildings that support the mind, body and soul. Building Biology originated in Germany. A Building Biologist can conduct audits for electromagnetic field testing, air pollution, water pollution and recommend water filter systems, remedy Geopathic stress, provide advice on healthy homes, personal care and cleaning products.
Bronwyn has studied at the Australian College of Environmental Studies; and ran a successful massage therapy business for many years before studying natural medicine, and embarking on a career within the retail health food industry. Bronwyn now lives in the South Eastern suburb of Melbourne with her husband, two boys and a dog.
Bronwyn can be contacted at [email protected] to conduct A Healthy Home Audit.