Protect Yourself in a Toxic Environment

10 Tips to Detox Your Home or Office

When considering detoxification methods that can help improve your work and home environment, follow these tips to kick-start the purification process:

  1. Purchase natural cleaning products like Seventh Generation, Bill by Eco-Me All-Purpose Cleaner, CitraSolv, or try out homemade mixtures of natural products like baking soda, peppermint oil, borax, white vinegar, isopropyl alcohol and lemon.
  2. Eat foods and herbs that detoxify the body, including turmeric, blueberries, garlic, sprouts, ginger, broccoli and spinach.
  3. When cleaning, use natural cloth. Most people don’t know that sponges can be toxic to the skin because they’re treated with a chemical called triclosan.
  4. Switch from regular perfumes, colognes and lotions to products that use essential oils and are certified organic.
  5. Take chlorella or spirulina supplements.
  6. Get a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide and radon gases are often found in homes, and they’re especially dangerous because they’re silent. More than 400 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning a year and more than 15,000 are hospitalized.  Surprisingly, radon is the second largest cause of lung cancer after smoking.
  7. Check for mold and dust mites, particularly in damp climates. Mold is commonly known to cause serious respiratory illness. Humidity should always be below 50 percent in homes.
  8. More than 85 percent of dry cleaners use a toxic chemical called perchloroethylene, or “perc.” The EPA has a list of eco-friendly dry cleaners that don’t use perc, and it also recommends wet cleaning using water and milder detergents.
  9. Buy an air purifier, but make sure it doesn’t give off ozone. Read the small print; many purifiers give off ozone as a byproduct. Also, clean it regularly.
  10. Avoid purchasing or installing carpets. If you already have carpets, use a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) vacuum cleaner.

Layla Revis

Professional Journalist and PR/Marketing Executive, Revis has worked as an Adventure Guide in the dense jungles of Costa Rica, rafted Switzerland’s Class V rapids, studied culture and wildlife in Australia and New Zealand, and worked as a Hollywood advertising film executive. In addition to living on the 13th floor of an apartment complex in Buenos Aires, Fort Larrabee off the Sunset Strip, and Hell's Kitchen, she has served as an editor at Los Angeles Confidential Magazine (Niche Media, LLC), where she covered entertainment, fine art, luxury travel, and charitable causes. She was also a contributor to Teen Vogue, Town + Country, Art + Living Magazine, Islands Magazine, Kiteboarding Magazine, Moving Pictures Magazine, and Surface Magazine. PS. She does not like water chestnuts. So please, if you invite her to Chinese, take note.

2 thoughts on “Protect Yourself in a Toxic Environment

  • March 4, 2013 at 9:08 am

    LEED buildings can also be the exact opposite of healthy for its occupants. With HVAC systems claiming the highest energy usage, LEED buildings are rewarded with ratings for having low air exchange rates, and not running the ventilation when the building is not occupied at capacity. This leads to stagnant air, full of allergens, and pollutants brought in and used by its occupants that do not get efficiently cycled out by a more aggressive HVAC system. From personal experience, the buildings’ managers’ care more about their status than the health of their occupants.


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