Here’s how to reduce indoor air pollution
Toxic chemicals are all around us – in the water we drink, the food we eat and the air we breathe. In fact, according to a recent report released by the Environmental Working Group, up to 100 million Americans could have contaminated drinking water.
We’re not saying this to scare you, but we believe it’s important to be aware of the toxins around you so you can limit your exposure. The good news is that by making different lifestyle choices, you can significantly reduce the number of toxins you come into contact with.
To get started, try our simple four-step guide:
1) Wash your hands before eating
This seems obvious, but it’s important to mention. From a young age, we’re taught to wash our hands regularly to get rid of germs (which is true), but there could be other chemicals on our hands from touching metal, plastic, and other materials – which is why it’s especially important to wash your hands before eating.
According to Harvard Medical School's Harvard Health Publications, 30 seconds of handwashing with soap and water reduces the number of bacteria by 58 percent!
2) Ditch the plastic bottles
There are various health issues associated with plastic, with studies showing its negative effects on the hormonal, endocrine and reproductive system.
[…] In numerous animal studies, EDCs [endocrine disrupting chemicals] at concentrations well below that safety zone, have proven all too capable of playing hob with hormones like estrogen, testosterone, and others that have a crucial role in orchestrating normal development. There is also now abundant research that links BPA and phthalate exposure to such human health concerns as deformities of the male and female genitals; premature puberty in females; decreased sperm quality; and increases in breast and prostate cancers, infertility, miscarriages, obesity, type 2 diabetes, allergies and neurological problems, like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
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3) Use a water filter
Most tap water is disinfected with chlorine (to rid the water of certain dangerous microorganisms), a chemical that poses another dangerous health threat. Even after being disinfected, there could still be traces of pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and heavy metals contaminating your water.
When you’re shopping, look for a filter that’s certified by the NSF, a nonprofit that verifies the toxin-lowering capabilities of water filters. Also, check out this informative water filter guide from the EFG.
4) Switch to eco-friendly cleaning products
We saved the best for last. There are a ton of dangerous chemicals in cleaning products, which is why it’s essential for you to read the labels and opt for natural and non-toxic alternatives.
At Three Main, we offer cleaning products that are 100% sustainable, protecting you and the environment. Whether you are looking to clean the kitchen, bathroom or living space, we’ve got you covered.
So you've reduced your exposure to indoor toxins, now what about bacteria? Follow these 3 Easy Steps to a Bacteria-Free Home. For a complete guide to non-toxic cleaning, checkout A Beginner's Guide to Non-Toxic Cleaning.