We’re all exposed to multiple chemicals and allergies on a daily basis, some more than others. We all become vulnerable to the varying degrees as they begin to break down our immune system, making us more susceptible to colds, illness, and major health issues.
Everyone is chemically sensitive to a degree, some more than others, having more severe sensitive reactions. It comes down to previous extended exposure, such as cigarette smoking, which weakens the respiratory system, making one more defenseless.
So what’s cautioned is to prevent this violation of these contagions along with chemical intrusions, this by choosing to consume healthier foods, while living a more healthier lifestyle.
It’s thought that severe multiple chemical sensitivity can be a temporary condition, while for others it can become permanent, which compounds the health issues. There’s also a belief that certain allergies are irreversible, becoming chronic.
Improving Air Quality
What’s known is that the air inside your home is often more toxic than the air in the great outdoors, this regardless of how often or wide open you leave your doors and windows.
The reason being that there are numerous hiding places where chemicals, dust, and other particles collect, where they can fester and become toxic.
Coping With Chemical Sensitivities
If conditions worsen, what’s recommended is a good air purifier, one preferably with a coconut shell carbon. Standard carbon filters are usually petroleum based which tends to aggravate certain chemical reactions.
Eliminate as many known toxins from your home as possible. There are some that you’re able to easily control, such as the common chemical laden household cleaners along with laundry detergents.
Natural solutions can be easy as using vinegar, soap, and hydrogen peroxide. Also avoid furniture polish, along with any aerosol spray that leaves a vapor trail.
Know What You Bring Home
Become aware of everything that you bring into your home that’s a spray or mechanical. What’s not realized is motorized appliances such as a new washing machine, can discharge toxic fumes.
Some will report feeling light headed or smell engine oil fumes when new. What often happens is the heat that’s produced by the motor can cause a toxic vapor from the oil and plastics, which are used in the internal mechanics.
What can help is placing an air purifier or vent near by so it can absorb the fumes, or strategically placing the appliance near a window or door for better ventilation.
Common Household Items
If you are especially sensitive to chemicals, what’s recommended is using natural products on your body. These include shampoos, makeup, lotions, deodorant, soap, sanitary napkins, etc.
Get unbleached toilet paper, paper towels, and tissues if possible, as the additional cost will be worth it. Conventional diapers or sanitary napkins are loaded with pesticides and chemical residue. There are now alternate substitutes for any product.
Clean out your garage monthly, especially if it happens to be attached to the house. The fumes from all the harsh toxic products which are stored there, including the fuels, glues, plastics, and the exhaust from your car, will infiltrate your home so air it out.
Time and budget provided, you can do some remodeling. Replace old carpets and under padding with natural products. Most conventional carpets contain toxic gas, while synthetic rugs will contain harmful stain treatment. Wool or cotton are recommended.
To improve the quality of the oxygen in your home, place as many plants in your house as possible. What they do is naturally help filter out indoor air pollution. Leafy plants such as English Ivy, Cornplant, or Chinese Evergreen are recommended.
New Furniture In The Home
If you’re purchasing new furniture, be wary of the chemically coated fabrics along with the formaldehyde which is in the particle board, along with the toxic stains and varnishes.
If you’re extremely sensitive, then purchase quality used furniture or pieces that you can refinish yourself. Purchase nontoxic paint and finish them outdoors, and stay away until they’re dried.
There are now a variety of environment friendly building centers, where they offer alternative paint, stain, and glue products which are friendlier for your home. If you insulate your walls or roof, make sure that the insulation is formaldehyde free.
Place filters on your tap water to keep the chemicals out. You don’t want to drink or breathe in poor quality water that vaporizes in your shower, and then absorbed by the skin.
Know if the heating system in your home is either gas or electric. Natural gas systems are known to cause allergic reaction in some.
Avoiding Exterior Toxic Chemicals
Avoid all the known pesticides both indoors and outdoors. One of the bigger culprits are lawn chemicals. It’s known that women especially may suffer health complications from using certain yard chemicals, so go as organic and natural as possible.
What’s known is that the common gas lawn mower and leaf blowers emit more toxic fumes than your car will, as they usually don’t have a filter. What’s recommended are electric mowers, or why not use a manual push mower and garden shears.
The Importance Of Recycling
Make it a point to purchase items which are made from recycled materials. This can include consumables such as paper products, cleaning sprays, along with other “green” products which fall into the environmental category.
Resolve to purchase more items in bulk and packed in cardboard rather than tin cans. What doing so does is reduces packaging costs and waste, while lessening the landfills.
Reuse items in your household such as egg cartons which you would normally throw out. Create crafts which will get your creative juices flowing, which can also reduce stress while lessening the waste which accumulates in the home and environment.