Here are a few tips to reduce toxins in our homes:
-Avoid carpet floors, if at all possible. Replace carpet with wood or ceramic tile. If you want to use carpet, there are some environmental carpets available made from recycled food and drink containers or from natural fibers, such as wool or cotton.
-Use plants to purify the indoor air. Spider plant and Aloe Vera plant help to clean indoor air of formaldehyde. Bamboo Palm helps to clean indoor air of benzene.
-Use untreated cotton or flannel sheets. Most sheets are given a resin treatment to resist wrinkling.
-Opt for solid wood furniture. Furniture with adhesives and pressed woods usually contain toxic glues.
-Use natural cleaners, such as homemade cleaners. A vinegar and water solution is perfect for windows and most kitchen countertops.
©Michelle A. Potter