Annually, 33,500 tons of pesticides and 3 million tons of fertilizer are used on U.S. lawns (1 ton = 2000 pounds!).
Pesticide residue contaminates air, dust, household surfaces, and carpets due to drift and track-in.
Children in homes using pesticides are 6.5 times more likely to develop leukemia.
Sources: beyondpesticides.org, duke.edu, The United States Environmental Protection Agency
So, how can you minimize your exposure to these toxins?
- Invest in a filter system for your drinking and cooking water, and follow the recommended maintenance schedule. Use a metal water bottle if you can, rather than plastic.
- Avoid highly processed food, and use the Clean 15 / Dirty Dozen shopping guide.
- Change into house shoes or go barefoot when you get home. This reduces tracked-in toxic debris and makes cleaning easier!
- Remember that your skin absorbs chemicals, so shop for personal care products that won’t compromise your health. Sadly, cosmetics are one of the worst offenders.
- Use non-toxic soaps and cleaners inside your house. Many good brands are now available.
- Air your house regularly, and change your HVAC filters on a schedule. If you use window AC units, rinse out the filters once a month.
- Run a ventilator fan while you shower, and use a de-humidifier in damp areas of your house to discourage mold and mildew.
- Remove the plastic from dry-cleaned clothes and let them air thoroughly before storing.
- If you are in the market for new carpeting or furniture, avoid heavily treated synthetic or fiberboard products. Always let new products have a chance to out-gas before use.
- Buy better alternatives to lawn and garden pesticides: this helps our health, the pollinators we depend on, and protects our water supply.
- If your neighbors use a lawn service, ask them to please request non-toxic products or switch to a company that does.
- Be proactive about your health! Good diet, sleep and exercise habits support your physical health and your ability to withstand the inevitable stresses of daily life. If you think you need a detox, please call on us: we are here to help!
An ounce of prevention is always worth a pound of cure.