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A Guide to Toxin-Free Living: Top 5 Tips to Reduce Exposure to Chemicals in your Home


3. Re-think Your Laundry

Avoid detergents that contain phthalates, dyes, perfumes, and chlorine bleach. These dangerous chemicals in your laundry can be absorbed into your family’s skin and lungs and should be avoided. A common ingredient found in detergents is phthalates—chemicals that have been proven to interfere with hormonal systems, disrupt testosterone production, and have other adverse affects. Chlorine, another common ingredient in detergents, has been linked to breast cancer.


4. Know Your Plastic

By learning what plastics are safe for eating and drinking and how to care for them, you can reduce your family’s exposure to leached chemicals and dangerous toxins. Bisphenol A—commonly abbreviated as BPA—is a toxic chemical that’s everywhere, especially in our dishes. Many of the plates, cups, and bowls you’ve gathered contain BPA—even your Tupperware’s not immune. Always check the bottom of the dish to make sure the letters PC (polycarbonate) are NOT on the bottom. BPA is contained in these plastics.


5. Get Smart about Food

Milk and other dairy products can contain dangerous hormones, so understand how to read your labels to purchase healthier products. Also learn what produce contains the most pesticides and which you should always purchase organic whenever possible.
When it comes to milk, raw varieties from grass-fed, antibiotic- and hormone-free cows are best. The safest milk to give to your children is unpasteurised and non-homogenised milk. The most pesticide polluted fruits and vegetables are: strawberries, celery, peaches, apples, blueberries and peppers.


Finally, limit children’s mobile phone use. 

A child’s brain absorbs twice the cell phone radiation as an adult’s. Health agencies in at least a dozen countries recommend limits for children’s cell phone use, such as for emergency situations only. Today the evidence is mounting that mobile phone usage causes a range of adverse effects in people. The most significant research shows the possible connections between frequent mobile phone use and neurological problems including an increased incidence of brain tumours. Other studies are also documenting higher rates of “head and neck cancers” which include mouth, nose, sinuses, salivary glands, throat, and lymph nodes in the neck.

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Aniko Sziraczki is a Kinesiologist with a background in Psychology, and the founder of Raising Toxin Free Children. She is passionate about children’s health and is devoted to informing parents about toxin-free living to keep their children healthy and well in a natural way. Read more on her ‘toxin free living’ blog at www.raisingtoxinfreechildren.com. She lives in London with her partner and her little girl who is attachment parented and is being raised to be healthy, eco-conscious and a responsible occupant of our beautiful Earth.

3 thoughts on “A Guide to Toxin-Free Living: Top 5 Tips to Reduce Exposure to Chemicals in your Home

  1. Deepa

    Wonderful Post! very very informative. Removing shoes is almost a tradition in most parts of India but rest of the things are not really thought about. I am sure this post is going to help people rethink about the chemical exposure they are giving to themselves and their family unintentionally. Thanks for sharing!

  2. krishna

    I like the insights you have presented here Aniko.Whenever I hear people of the older generation telling me they have never heard of the diseases and disorders we see today I believe that its because there were lesser toxins in the environment in those times.We definitely need to pause and give this topic a serious thought.Well done.


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