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20 Ways to Detox Your House

Tell the dry cleaner not to use the plastic wrap or remove it as soon as possible (as the plastic traps the dry cleaning chemicals on clothes and in your closet). Let your dry cleaning air out (preferably outside) before storing it. Use “wet cleaning” if you are lucky enough to have it in your area.

Use low VOC, low odor latex (water based) paint. Open all windows to ventilate properly when painting indoors.

Have your house checked for carbon monoxide leaks, (most commonly found in leaking gas stoves, gas fireplaces, furnaces and chimneys and gas water heaters).

Check Radon levels in poorly ventilated basements that have cracked walls and or floors. Radon is an odorless gas that forms as uranium in rocks and soil breaks down. Radon is linked to lung cancer.

We can reduce our risk of chronic illness by limiting our exposure to these toxins but don’t let this become an obsession which can cause so much stress that it creates more of a negative impact on your health than the toxins themselves. And finally, no amount of environmental toxins are as important as emotional toxicity. You can do all the above, but if your house is full of anger, resentment, jealousy, unhappiness and a lack of love, compassion and forgiveness, the house will remain toxic.

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Dr. Frank Lipman

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.)

9:28AM 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

8:57PM PDT on Sep 10, 2010

Thanks for all the great ideas

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