Off With Their Shoes! Some Easy Ways to Detox Your Home
Studies have shown an amazing amount of dreadful bacteria and pollutants are carried into your home on your shoes. The safest thing to do for a healthy home is to have everyone leave shoes at the door. The goal is to detox your home – here are some easy ideas for you.
Off With Their Shoes!
It won’t take long for you to embed this new habit, if your family is not already doing it. All it takes is a family discussion, agreement that everyone will comply – and then a creative or fun way to leave the shoes near the door!
It will be well worth committing to this new habit. Shoes track in pesticides – yikes! Also, lead dust, pollutants, road sealant, and more. To really gross you out, think about unwittingly walking on someone’s spit on the sidewalk or animal droppings from the grass – and then coming in the house! Oh, nooooooo…
Of course, we call can spend time on the floor, but NOBODY spends more time on the floor than babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. You don’t want that stuff on their hands and faces!
Detox Your House in some more ways….
Crack a Window
Indoor air can be five times as polluted as outdoor air, so open the windows whenever the weather—and your AC or heating budget—permit.
Dump the Dryer Sheets
Dryer sheets coat clothes with chemicals—which have been linked to the development of asthma—and acetone, also found in nail polish remover. Plus, your towels will be more absorbent without that dreadful chemical covering.
Dust your Home Differently
Instead of sprays (which add to your chemical load) or feathers (which just kick up more dust), use dry, unscented microfiber cloths, which attract dirty particles instead of scattering them.
With each small choice, each small step, you can bring your home – and your family – into a healthier place. It’s well worth it!
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Jean Lesmeister, 15 year Babysitting CPR, Adult CPR & First Aid Instructor
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