Detox Your Life!

10 Jan

By Alya Alyssa Kattan

2012 is here and Do Your Part is kicking off a year of green challenges!

January is ‘Detox Your Life’ month.  Some of your favorite products could be harboring some hidden chemicals that could be endangering your home!

Here are top ways to detox your life for a more healthier you.

Many popular household cleaners can hide toxic chemicals in their list of ingredients. Those ingredients stay behind when you clean and contribute to indoor air pollution. Better choices include using homemade cleaners made from natural products like vinegar, baking soda, and borax. Click here for green cleaning recipes. You can also opt for store bought cleaners which are plant based and biodegradable.

Free Yourself of Formaldehyde!

Formaldehyde is linked to a number of health issues, including asthma and cancer. It’s often emitted over many years from certain pressed wood furniture pieces, carpet adhesives, and paint. It is also found in hair straightening treatments, kids’ dishware made of melamine resin, air fresheners, wrinkle-free bedding, dry cleaned clothes, and nail polishes. It’s important to seek out formaldehyde-free products and to ask your beautician about the products your using. Here’s our video on other surprising sources of formaldehyde.

Choose Better Personal Care Products!

There may be more VOCs in your personal care products. There is a good chance that other toxic chemicals are hiding under the term ‘fragrance.’ Watch this Do Your Part video about safer personal care products. An easy way to find out exactly what’s in the products check out the Environmental Working Group’s Cosmetic Safety Database.

Buy Organic!

When possible, opt for organic foods. They are grown and processed without using synthetic chemicals, sewage sludge, or radiation. Familiarize yourself with the so called “Dirty Dozen” list to find out which pieces of produce typically contain the highest amount of pesticide residue. This Do Your Part video shows you all about the “Clean 15.”

Give BPA the Boot

Several studies have linked bisphenol-A or BPA to developmental problems, cancers, heart disease, diabetes, and infertility. BPA is used in polycarbonate (PC) containers that are often marked #7. Plastics with the recycling numbers #1, #2, and #4 are safer choices. BPA is also found in the lining of canned food and juices. Look for cans labeled “BPA-free” and choose food items packaged in glass or other safer containers.  Watch the video below to learn how to buy BPA free water bottles.

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3 Responses to “Detox Your Life!”

  1. sumaya January 10, 2012 at 12:35 AM #

    Wallah I’ve learnt from this… I use many chemicals for cleaning and on top of that cans can even be dangerous( tunas, beans, tomatoes etc) .. This weeks shopping is gona be a long day reading labels..

  2. Mais January 10, 2012 at 4:18 PM #

    great post! many thanks

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