How Toxins Sneak into Your Home without You Even Knowing It

Although your home is where you feel the safest and you work hard to maintain a healthy environment, you could be introducing toxins into your home without even knowing it. Here are a few sneaky ways toxins enter your home while you decorate, clean, and add ambiance to your space. 

1. Decorating Your Home

Although you mean well when you decorate your home with beautiful colors and textures, the simple act of placing a pillow on the couch could be inviting harmful toxins into your home. This is because many of the things we use daily are manufactured with harmful chemicals during the manufacturing process. From dyes to solvents, to water repellents and more, these toxins leave a hazardous trail all over your home. 

To help reduce the level of toxicity in the products you use around your home, look for the OEKO-TEX® certification label when buying. This certification guarantees the product is free of harmful chemicals. Look for this label on things like mattresses, sheets, towels, furnishings, and clothing, too. 

2. Household Cleaners

Most household cleaners you find in the store are loaded with chemicals that can be harmful to your health and the environment. There are no real regulations when it comes to household cleaners, although the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does require manufacturers to list any harmful chemicals on their labels. For those manufactures that meet their guidelines, the EPA allows them to display a “Safer Choice” label on their cleaners. Safer does not mean safe, however. 

To ensure a healthier home environment, you may want to consider using single-ingredient cleaners or make your own cleaners that limit the number of toxins you and your family are exposed to. 

3. Candles

Many homeowners love the smell of scented candles and how they add warmth to the environment. Unfortunately, scented candles may be reducing the air quality in your home, especially if you’re burning several of them at the same time. 

Scented candles are often made of paraffin wax, which is a petroleum-based wax. When burned, it gives off carcinogens that are known cancer-causing agents. The more candles you burn at once, the higher your exposure to this harmful toxin. 

Scented candles also give off black soot that can travel throughout your house and settle on surfaces. To keep soot to a minimum, trim wicks to ¼ inch and reduce drafts around the burning candle. 

To achieve the warm ambiance you desire with candles, choose ones made of beeswax or soy to reduce your exposure to toxins. 

Despite your best intentions, harmful toxins can sneak into your home without you even knowing it. To maintain a healthy home environment, take the above information to heart, and do your best to reduce toxins in your home.