At Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, we always say, “a healthy life, is a happy life.” When you hear this you might think of eating lean meals and exercising, although that’s very important, there is much more to leading a healthy life.
An often overlooked part of living healthy is limiting exposures to chemicals and carcinogens — substances capable of causing cancer.
“There are many unknown things we’re exposed to, on a daily basis, that have carcinogens,” said D.D. Raj Bendre, MD, Radiation Oncologist, Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center. “It’s important we consistently limit our exposure to these harmful substances.”
With spring cleaning right around the corner, common household products are on our minds! Many common store-bought cleaners are a harsh cocktail of chemicals, which can be bad for your health — and the health of your family.
Whether you're a chronic cleaner or take more of a sporadic approach, you should consider the impact these chemicals could have on your health. To help cutback on your exposure to carcinogens and irritants, we’re sharing tips and natural alternatives.
Do your research.
Many products have green labeling and are advertised as “all natural,” however, it’s important to research brands and the ingredients listed on the label to determine what products are the best choice for you and your family.
Try simple do-it-yourself recipes.
Here is a start list of items from the Centers for Disease Control that will allow you to make a wide variety of your own non-toxic cleaning products.
- Baking soda – cleans tubs, tiles, showers and toilets, mix with warm water.
- Lemon juice – acts as a stain remover and deodorizer.
- Olive oil – cleans furniture, mix 1 part lemon juice with 2 parts olive oil, use with a spray bottle.
- White vinegar – removes mildew and grease, mix a half-cup of white vinegar with a half-cup water to create glass cleaner.
Open your windows!
It’s important to air out your home and allow fresh air to push out any toxins that may be airborne. How can toxins become airborne? There are many ways, but the most common offender is from air fresheners! Many of these products contain phthalates – hazardous chemicals known to cause hormonal abnormalities, birth defects and reproductive problems. The best solution to a fresh smelling home is to open your windows and turn on your fans to allow for proper circulation.