How To Clean And Remove Toxins In Your Home
Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) is a combination of ailments (a syndrome) associated with an individual's place of work or residence. Back in 1984, a World Health Organization report into the syndrome suggested up to 30% of new and remodeled buildings worldwide may be linked to symptoms of SBS.
The causes of Sick Building Syndrome can be attributed to inadequate ventilation, chemical contaminants from indoor or outdoor sources, as well as biological contaminants. Many volatile organic compounds, which are considered chemical contaminants, can cause acute effects on the occupants of a building. "Bacteria, molds, pollen, and viruses are types of biological contaminants," and can all cause SBS.
Sick Building Syndrome can be directly associated to Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) and is why this article is so pertinent.
Folks with MCS have nearly the same list of complaints and symptoms as folks affected by SBS such as sensory irritation of the eyes, nose, throat; neurotoxic or general health problems; skin irritation; nonspecific hypersensitivity reactions; and odor and taste sensations.
Some issues found in the home are easy to detect and eliminate. The purpose of this article is to give some really easy ways to remove many of the harmful chemicals and toxins that are associated with both conditions.
Issues around mold in walls or foundations, seeping radon or other gases, and chemicals outgassing from carpets and furniture is a more challenging situation and it is suggested to contact professional help.
However, the point is, if we can remove as many pollutants within our daily living and cleaning lives, we will greatly improve the quality of air and overall environment within our homes and hopefully keep Sick Building Syndrome and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity at bay.
Suggestions for Non-Toxic Cleaners around the house
My favorite general purpose cleaner is diluted tea tree oil. Add about 30 drops to 4 oz of water in a spray bottle and use it just about anywhere. Some folks area sensitive to Tea Tree oil so use sparingly until you know for sure you are not.
When it comes to wood, cloth and leather, it is always wise to test a small area first. Never spray near electronics in case you accidently get an over spray on them, instead spray on cloth and wipe near these units.
Baking soda makes a nice soft scrub type cleanser and white vinegar is excellent for glass and metal surfaces.
Bathroom Mineral Deposits - use full strength white vinegar to clean the soap and mineral deposits off. For stubborn areas, try using warm vinegar.
All Purpose Bathroom Cleaner - a baking soda solution of 4 tablespoons of baking soda to 1 quart of water or baking soda on a damp sponge can be used to clean shower stalls, tubs and tiles.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner - deodorize by pouring full strength white vinegar into the bowl and let stand for about 5 minutes, then flush. Stubborn hard water stains can be scrubbed with undiluted warm vinegar. Adding just a little baking soda will give you a scrub texture if needed
All Purpose Kitchen Cleaner - Ceramic and glass surfaces, inside the refrigerator, sink and counter tops can all be cleaned and freshened by putting a bit of baking soda on a damp sponge and gently going over the surface. Rinse with water and then dry.
For larger surface areas, make up a solution in a small bucket, of 4 tablespoons of baking soda to 1 quart of water. Burned on food splatters on the stove top and inside ovens can be cleaned by wetting the area and then sprinkling liberally with dry baking soda. Leave for a while before wiping away, and the mess should lift off easily. For problem areas, repeat the process and make sure the paste is wet enough to soak into the burned-on food.
Lemon - take the leftover rind of the lemon pulp (after you have made your lemon water and also used on areas of skin that have sun damage) and wipe down sinks for a cleansing and whitening effect.
Butcher Boards and Cutting Blocks - clean and freshen with baking soda or lemon. Both do a great job of removing the flavor of last night's dinner prep.
Drain Cleaning - to keep your drains smelling fresh, once a week pour a handful of baking soda down them and flush with hot water for 30 seconds. For more aggressive cleaning pour 1/2 cup of baking soda followed by 1 cup of vinegar. The mixture will foam up noisily. Allow it to work for a few minutes before flushing with plenty of hot water.
For Drain Flys and other 'drain critters' - pour about 10-15 drops of Inner Solutions or Tea Tree Essential Oil into drain and let sit for several hours before using water facet.
Grass & Weed killer - pour farm grade white vinegar (ask at garden shops, not walmart) onto unwanted plants. Works especially well in the heat of a hot dry day.
Laundry - Borax and white vinegar as laundry detergent. Put 1/2 cup of borax to 1 cup vinegar in each load. For stains pre-soak in either a bit of vinegar, for blood stains pre-soak in hydrogen peroxide. Avoid using dryer sheets as they have nanotech in them.
Mold and Mildew - use 2 parts baking soda to 1 part borax as your scouring powder - and let the mix set on the area you are cleaning for a while before washing off. Pay particular attention to the grout surfaces beween the tiles. Used regularly, this will help keep mildew at bay. Applying straight tea tree oil in target areas is very helpful.
Pot and Pan Cleaner - Burned on food can be cleaned by wetting well and then sprinkling liberally with dry baking soda. Let the sauce pan stand for several hours. For problem areas, you can use dry baking soda and a nylon scrubby.
Spa Baths & Jacuzzis - safely clean the bath and pipes with tea tree oil. Fill the tub far enough to run the spa, add a dozen drops of tea tree oil and let the bath circulate for 10 minutes to kill germs where your sponge cannot reach. Tea tree oil will not harm the tubes or motor, but don't run the heating element while cleaning.
Stain Remover - great for carpets and clothes alike, using the diluted tea tree oil, spray on stain. Let it sit for a few minutes and then scrub lightly or rub gently to remove.
If you feel added disinfecting cleansing is necessary, you can also use the cheapest Vodka and apply full strength in bath or kitchen areas.
Fibers, webs, and other Nano-materials have been successfully cleaned away with a dilution of Epsom salt or sea salt (epsom is cheaper but sea salt may be more effective) and lemon. Make a mixture using 1/4 cup of salts and 1 lemon to a quart of water, making sure the salt crystals completely dissolve and there is no lemon pulp transferred to spray bottle to avoid clogging nozzle.
Always test an area to determine if residue will harm wood, cloth, dashboards, etc. Tweak this recipe more or less to your satisfaction and use.
We recommend buying the more expensive garden type sprayers rather than cheap ones from discount stores for all you cleaning uses.
If you see a lot of aerial spray activity, aka chemtrails, in your area we strongly recommend using Inner Soltuions regularly for keeping lungs, throat and sinuses clear.
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Air purifiers and ionizers are super helpful in keeping your air clean and dust free. Also be sure to keep air filters changed every month when your A/C or heat system are being used daily.
Ant Prevention - wipe cabinets, floors and counter tops with a 50 / 50 solution of white vinegar and water. Tea tree oil and Neem oils are also effective bug repellants.
One of our readers shared her personal story of detoxing her house during her issues with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity aka Morgellons, click to learn more about Morgellons And Detoxing Your House.