5 Simple Swaps For a Healthier Home
1. Make a shower curtain switch: Polyvinyl chloride - or PVC - is a soft plastic used to make common household items such as vinyl shower curtains. The plasticizers in PVC are suspected in causing developmental delays, liver damage and respiratory problems. Replace it with a PVC free liner, made with a safer plastic known as EVA, or use a cotton or polyester liner.
2. Swap out the soap: Triclosan is the main ingredient in many antibacterial soaps, gels and body washes. It is believed to interfere with thyroid function.
3. Replace certain Pots and Pans: Not all cookware is created equal. Many non-stick coatings can actually leach a chemical known as perfluorooctanoic acid or PFOA - especially if scratched. This has been linked to birth defects. Switch to cast iron, ceramic and stainless steel pots and pan for safer cookware.
4. Ditch dirty dry cleaners: Conventional dry cleaners use toxic chemicals to clean clothes. These chemicals have been linked to everything from headaches to organ damage. Switch to a GREEN cleaners, they are popping up everywhere.
5. The safer cleaners: Most household cleaners are not required to list the chemicals on the label. It's time to swap those out for non-toxic cleaners that are also dirt cheap! Also, baking soda is a powerful non-abrasive cleanser, white vinegar is an all-natural disinfectant and kills viruses like the flu on most surfaces, and hydrogen peroxide works in place of chlorine bleach to kill bacterial like salmonella and mold.