1. Toss the TEFLON pans! Teflon causes liver cancer in lab rats, and it is estimated that traces of PFOA [Teflon] can be found in a 95% percent of Americans' blood! (Read more: Toxic Chemicals in the Home - How to Protect Yourself Against
Hidden Toxins - Redbook ) I use cast iron pans, which actually infuse some iron into the food as you cook! Simply heat the cast iron pan and oil well before use and you will avoid sticking without needing Toxic-Teflon. Clean cast iron with white vinegar!
2. Toss the bleach! Bleach is a strong corrosive. It will irritate or burn the skin, eyes and respiratory tract. It may cause pulmonary edema or vomiting and coma if ingested. Why have it in your home??? Also, consider the environment - bleach and other chemicals are flushed or drained right into the water supply! Our Four Thieves Cleaner disinfects and is safe for the environment. Even if you don't use Four Thieves, there are LOTS of safe bleach alternatives on the market!! Using safe cleaners not only makes your home healthier, it also lets your children take part in cleaning without fears. Teach them to work with you at a young age; you'll be happy you did it!
3. Open some windows everyday! I know it can be tough this time of year, but I manage to do it! (Even today) Getting some fresh airflow decreases any toxins or mildew that may be in your home - chemicals hide in furniture, carpets, toys . . . No matter how safe we try to be, chemcials are an unfortunate fact of life in our generation.
Let's make our own little space in the world as healthy as possible and teach the next generation to care enough to be green.