There are other places to detox other than one’s body. Home is definitely a primary one. Creating a healthy home with good indoor airy quality is for everyone, especially for all with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. To create such a safe and healthy takes time, especially if resources are scarce; but the transition to a safe home is essential.
Things to consider, nonetheless, to ensure a “healty home, happy home.” The enumeration is not a pretty picture to say the least.
- Stain-and-water-resistant clothing in the closet and drawers are often coated with PFCs, the teflon chemical.
- PFCs are also found in modern furniture and carpets, including formaldhyde.
- Older thermostats may contain mercury.
- Many television sets and foams for older cushions contain PBDE flame retardants.
- Soft plastic toys made of vinyl often contain phthalates.
- Nail polish, perfumes, colognes, and other scented beauty product often contain phthalates and other toxins.
- Popular brands of laundry detergent and fabric softeners contain toxic chemicals.
- Vinyl shower curtains are another source of phthalates.
- Nonstick pots and pans are a source of teflon chemicals.
- Most reusable plastic water bottles, food containers, and the lining of steel food cans contain bisphenol-A.
- Though arsenic exists at safe levels in the ground, tap water may contain high levels of arsenic, including lead.
- Arsenic may leach off of older pressure-treated wood decks and rails.
- Lead from old paint and Roundup can be found in the soil and absorbed by plants in the garden.
- Though arsenic at safe levels exist in the ground.
Eco-Healthy Homes (from Oregon Environmental Council): Checklist
Oregon State Univeristy, “Home Indoor Air Quality Checklist”: http://mcsliving.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Healthy-Home-Checklist.pdf
World Health Organization (W.H.O.): http://www1.paho.org/English/AD/DPC/CD/healthy-homes.htm