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20 Ways to Detox Your House

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Avoid non stick pans, pots, bakeware and utensils (as Teflon contains perfluorinated chemicals (PFC’s) which have been linked to cancer and developmental problems).

Keep house dust to a minimum (as more dust means more toxins). Mop all surfaces at least once a week. Use a vacuum cleaner (with a HEPA filter, preferably) for your carpets. HEPA-filter vacuums capture the widest range of particles and get rid of allergens.

Avoid excess moisture (as it encourages the growth of mold and mildew). Check areas for moisture accumulation or leaks (particularly basements). Regularly clean surfaces where mold usually grows – around showers and tubs and beneath sinks.

Get a shower filter (as many of the contaminants in tap water become gases at room temperature). A shower filter can help keep these toxins from becoming airborne.

Get a water filter (as more than 700 chemicals have been identified in drinking water). Filtering your tap water is better than drinking bottled water.

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Frank Lipman MD is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of Integrative and Functional Medicine. A practicing physician, he is the founder and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in NYC, where for over 20 years his personal brand of healing has helped thousands of people reclaim their vitality. To bring his approach to a wider audience, he created Eleven Eleven Wellness, Guided Health Solutions. He is the author of Revive (previously called Spent) and Total Renewal. To hang with Frank, visit his blog, follow him on Twitter or join his Facebook community today.

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9:32AM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

Although we know most of these, some had slipped by - thank you!

1:34PM PDT on May 1, 2013

Thanks for this.

Aren't certain plants supposed to be especially good for helping detox an atmosphere? (My peace lily recently gave up the ghost after six years. It had been a birthday present from my dad, so I hope it's not symbolic... I'm wondering what sort of plant to get next.)

2:28AM PDT on Oct 11, 2011

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9:39PM PDT on May 2, 2011

I like the no emotional toxicity comment.

7:02PM PST on Jan 15, 2011

Very useful advice. Thanks!

9:22AM PDT on Oct 23, 2010

open your windows and let some wind blow through

7:23PM PDT on Sep 26, 2010

THANKS!
please sign: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/eco-cleaners/

Thank you!

10:04PM PDT on Sep 11, 2010

Great info!! Thanks!

12:06PM PDT on Sep 11, 2010

Can I use tea tree oil for cleaning? How? Can't use euclalyptus(sp) hubby hates the smell. Always use baking soda, washing soda and vinegar.Just like grandma

1:57PM PDT on Sep 10, 2010

Thanks for all the great ideas

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