1. Break your plastic ties
Hot food/reheating- choose glassware.
Water or other beverages- glass, stainless steel (like a Klean Kanteen, Hydro Flask or other brand of double walled stainless steel)
Hot beverages like tea or coffee- traditional porcelain mug or glass.
2. Wash your produce
Fruits or vegetables- make sure you wash them as unfortunately they are likely contaminated with pesticides, herbicides, and pathogenic microorganisms. Rinsing under plain warm water for 20-30 seconds is enough to remove most contaminants. Remember to wash fruits and vegetables that have a peel or rind, too, because bacteria can contaminate the edible portion when you cut into them.
3. Think “VOC not for me”
Sick building syndrome is a real condition that occurs when someone lives or works in a new or recently renovated home or office and they get sick. A potential source of that sickness are volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from new paint, new furnishings, new carpeting, and new office equipment.
If you’re building a new home or renovating your current one, or even if you’re just adding new paint or carpet, be sure to choose VOC-free or low-VOC products. When cleaning your house-regardless of it’s age- be sure to choose low-VOC cleaners, and to help improve indoor air quality and keep VOC levels low make sure there is adequate air flow and ventilation.
4. Filters are your friend
Yes those pesky xenobiotics tend to find their way into our water supply also.
Water filters come in more affordable pitcher type options or whole house filtration systems, making some type of option available for most people. Air purifiers are a great way to remove airborne pollutants as well as allergens, dust, and mold from the air. This is key in modern homes and offices where there is little to no ventilation due to energy saving efforts. You can find filters that are HEPA-certified that can also remove some of the VOCs in your air.
5. Add plants- Plants are another good way to keep your air clean (and fix your feng shui). Consider Areca palms, rubber plants, lady palms, boston ferns or peace lily’s- all are among some of the best environment cleaning options.