Your LIFE: HOW TO MAKE YOUR LIFE LESS.. TOXIC; HEALTH FROM THE AIR YOU BREATHE TO THE FOOD YOU EAT, IT'S A FACT THAT MODERN LIVING FILLS YOUR BODY WITH CHEMICALS. BUT YOU CAN REDUCE THE RISK OF EXPOSURE FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
Byline: BY MONICA CAFFERKY
WHY YOU SHOULD BE WORRIED "MOST cleaning products contain an abundance of toxic chemicals, most of which could seriously damage your health," says Dr Paula Baillie-Hamilton, author of Toxic Overload (Avery, pounds 12.68).
And she warns: "Many of these substances haven't been tested for their impact on human health."
Many household cleansers contain chemicals such as Stoddard solvent, naphtha, and kerosene, which can cause confusion, headaches, lack of concentration and mental illness.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Use natural cleaning products, like a vinegar and water mix to make your windows sparkle.
A mixture of lemon juice and water can be used to clean dishes, or even bathroom surfaces.
Dilute baking soda, or borax, in water, to create an effective scrubbing cleanser.
Or buy environmentally friendly cleaning products, such as Ecover.
Keep chemicalladen products in airtight containers.
DID YOU KNOW?
Using household cleaning sprays and air fresheners as little as once a week increases your risk of asthma.
WHY YOU SHOULD BE WORRIED CHEMICALS borne on the air - like lead, pesticides and plasticisers such as phtalates - pose one of the biggest domestic contamination threats.
Sources include paint cans, carpets and underlay. Plug-in air fresheners are another no-no - the perfumes can contain cancer-causing chemicals.
And make sure your candles are 100 per cent natural - made with beeswax, for example. other wise they will give off formaldahyde, which can cause runny eyes and sore throats.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Use plants like Boston ferns, spider plants and aloe vera to absorb solvents from the atmosphere in your home.
Open the windows - front and back - for 30 minutes a day. Even city dwellers should do this, inside air is usually worse than outside. …