With many new chemicals introduced to the world’s markets every year, household toxins are more prevalent now than ever before. These toxins are found in many household items, including mattresses, floors, furniture, and cosmetics. Ridding your house of these harmful substances can make your home healthier, happier, and safer.
Most household products, whether they’re cosmetics, hygiene products, or cleansers, contain chemicals that are linked to health issues, including:
Household Toxins Series – Episode II: Toxins in the Bedroom
When you clean your house, make it smell fresh, or discourage insects from entering it, you are more than likely using products that contain chemical toxins. Common products that contain harmful chemicals include:
Staying clean and looking your best may not be as beneficial as you think if the products you use contain harmful chemicals. It’s important to know which products need to be replaced or avoided. The following are the hygiene and beauty products most likely to contain toxic chemicals:
Maintaining a healthy home is key to living a healthy life, and the only way to accomplish this is by thoroughly vetting the products you’re considering introducing to your home. To minimize your exposure to toxins and their effects, check the labels on hygiene and beauty products for these harmful chemicals:
Using natural alternatives to chemical-based products can significantly reduce your exposure to harmful toxins and minimize the damage they cause.
Sleep is an important activity that helps re-energize the body. It plays a major role in supporting memory, immune function, metabolism, learning, and other critical functions. Unfortunately, toxins are concentrated in the bedroom and can affect your ability to get restful sleep.
One of the most important items in your bedroom is the mattress on which you sleep. Foam mattresses—including baby and children’s mattresses—have become very popular over the last decade but may hold toxic flame retardants. When these chemicals are released, they can be inhaled and negatively impact your body’s ability to heal and detoxify. Look for a non-toxic mattress made with organic stuffing and without flame retardants.
Additionally, mattresses should never be placed on a pressed wood or plywood bed frame. These two types of wood are notorious for releasing formaldehyde and other chemicals.We can’t talk about mattress toxins without mentioning dust mites. These microscopic creatures are potent allergens. A member of the spider family, mites feast on human skin flakes and leave their excrement in your mattresses, pillows, sheets, furniture, and drapes. Regularly cleaning these areas can reduce your exposure to these organisms and alleviate the respiratory issues they cause. For next-level protection, get a protective cover for your mattress and wash your sheets every three days with fragrance- and chemical-free laundry detergent.[3, 4]
When taking inventory of the sources of toxins in your bedroom, don’t forget about TVs, clocks, radios, and other electronic devices. Devices that have a screen emit blue light which slows the production of melatonin, the hormone necessary for healthy sleep cycles. This is one reason why using your cell phone before bed affects sleep quality.
Electronic devices also emit a small amount of electromagnetic radiation. If they are cracked, or their insides are otherwise exposed, toxic metals such as beryllium, lead, mercury, arsenic, and barium can leak. The best strategy for a toxic-free sleep environment is to keep electronic devices out of your bedroom altogether.[5, 6, 7]
Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) are a group of extremely toxic materials that don’t break down in the environment. The most toxic of these is a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which is used to produce carpeting and upholstery. These chemicals make their way into household dust, which means you are inhaling them every day. If it’s in your budget, natural hardwood or stone flooring is easier to clean and doesn’t contain harsh chemicals or carry harmful bacteria. Hardwood and stone floors are an effective way to reduce exposure to PFCs and other contaminants that accumulate in carpet dust.
If carpeting is necessary, use a well-sealed vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. This kind of filter reduces the amount of dust and bacteria that blows out into the air while cleaning. Steam cleaning can be an effective solution for killing bacteria but really should be handled by a qualified, experienced professional who can produce the benefits of steam cleaning without the common, unintended consequence of mold and mildew growth.
If you want carpet in your house, choose carpet made from natural fibers like sisal or hemp that has achieved Green Label Plus Certification. This type of carpet is resistant to mold and mildew, making it ideal for high-moisture areas.[8, 9]
The number of toxins found in the bathroom is astonishing. The area under the sink, cosmetics, the toilet, toothbrushes, and the floor can all be home to harmful, biological pollutants. These toxins are living organisms or the by-products of living organisms. Biological pollutants are small, travel through the air, and can be easily inhaled.
Whenever you flush with the toilet lid open, fecal matter becomes airborne and lands all over, including on your toothbrush. Close the lid before flushing to avoid ending up with a “poopbrush.”
Viruses and bacteria that can end up on your toothbrush and make their way into your body include:
You might be surprised to learn that toothbrush cups can hold some of the worst germs in your house. They should be disinfected often, or replaced with an open-air holder. Thoroughly wash your toothbrush after every use and put it away dry, not wet. Replace it every two to three months.
Research shows that bathroom sinks, notably the drain, facilitate the growth of a fungus called Fusarium which is a common source of infections in humans. In addition to fungus, sinks can harbor bacteria and chemical residue from home cleaners. Use organic cleaning products to keep this area of your bathroom clean and promote a healthy environment.
Many people have water filters for their tap water, but they don’t consider a filter for their bath or shower. Tap water is typically treated with chlorine to counteract pathogens and harmful organisms. However, this chemical actually makes the water toxic. Research has shown that when chlorine mixes with organic compounds in water, by-products called trihalomethanes (THMs) are produced. THMs are harmful because they produce free radicals in the body which can trigger cell damage.
Water can also contain a carcinogen called chloroform, which is easily absorbed through the skin or inhaled if heated. Buy a shower head with a filter or install a whole-house water purification system to reduce or eliminate your exposure.
Shower curtains, floors, and walls can also contain biological pollutants like fungus, mold, mildew, and other types of unhealthy organisms regardless of how much soap, water, and shampoo wash over them. Ironically, the shower is one of the most germ-friendly places in your home and should be cleaned regularly.[14, 15]
The floor of your bathroom is a haven for germs, dirt, and harmful toxins of all types. Cleaning the bathroom floor one to two times a week with organic cleaning products is essential.
Rugs in the bathroom are also a significant repository of toxins and are difficult to clean. A hemp rug, which is more resilient to mold and mildew, is a perfect solution to keep you from slipping after getting out of the tub or shower.
Keep in mind that the efficacy of removing surface contaminants can only go so far when the floor itself contains toxic chemicals, as is the case with vinyl flooring. Significant amounts of phthalate plasticizers, synthetic chemicals that have been linked to many health issues, are present in this flooring. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC or vinyl) is the most toxic of plastics because it emits dioxins. The Environmental Protection Agency has warned that these are some of the most toxic, carcinogenic chemicals known.[16, 17, 18]
Food-related bacteria is one of the most common contaminants in kitchens, especially on counters. When grocery bags, mail, keys, purses, and various household products meet the counter, they can become vehicles to carry and deposit bacteria to other places in your home.
Since bacteria can spread anywhere, including from one surface to another, keep your hands clean and wash kitchen surfaces before and after meal preparation to keep foreign contaminants at bay. It’s also a good idea to wash hands after handling raw meat, especially before touching another food. If the bacteria get into food, it can cause food-borne illnesses.
Food-related bacteria are also found on many kitchen utensils and gadgets. Cutting boards are especially prone to bacteria due to the cuts made in the wood or plastic. A natural cutting board made of bamboo is resistant to these cuts. Having one board for meat and another for fruits and vegetables is another thoughtful strategy for avoiding cross-contamination, which is one of the leading reasons for food-borne illnesses.
Lastly, another source of toxicity in your kitchen may be your microwave. According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, microwaves have been regulated since 1971 and are subject to safety performance standards. Regardless, radiation emitted from these ovens can be harmful if leaked due to a bent handle or malfunctioning door.
The area outside your home is host to many harmful toxins that can make their way into your home. Most of these toxins are found in paint, paint thinners, household cleaners, auto fluids, pesticides, insect repellants, and more.
Products like paint thinners, paint cans, and fuel containers can be toxic to their immediate environment, and harmful if inhaled or not properly ventilated and stored. The best way to identify which products need attention is to look around your garage and ask these questions:
If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, these products need to be disposed of properly. Never throw toxic chemicals in the garbage where they will harm the environment. Always store dangerous products according to the manufacturer’s recommendations and out of the reach of children and pets.
Chemical-based bug repellents and pest control products contain harmful elements and are best replaced with organic, plant-based substitutes. Some of these natural repellents can either be applied to certain areas of the yard, or crushed and rubbed on the skin to ward off flies, mosquitoes, and fleas. The best plants for repelling insects include:
To ensure a toxic-free yard that’s a healthy place for children and pets, accentuate your landscaping with organic mulch that is free of pesticides and other chemicals. Be aware that some plants and herbs may be poisonous if ingested, so make sure to do your research and put them where little hands or paws can’t reach them.
Non-toxic, organic cleansers are inexpensive and can be made at home using the following ingredients:
This recipe will help disinfect and clean your toilet. Add a spritz of lemon afterward for a fresh smell.
Pour the baking soda into the toilet, follow with the vinegar. This combination will bubble and fizz. When the reaction subsides, scrub your toilet with a toilet brush.
This recipe is a great, natural way to keep sinks and tubs clean.
Place the baking soda in a bowl. Slowly add the soap until the mixture thickens. Add in a few drops of tea tree or peppermint essential oil. Scoop the mixture onto a sponge or damp cloth and give your bathtub and sinks a good scrubbing.
This spray can be used on just about anything. Do yourself a favor and always keep a bottle handy.
Combine all of the ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray on any areas that need a good cleaning. The vinegar, which is antibacterial, will help remove mildew and mold.
Foul-smelling clog removers can leave residual toxins in your drain and they’re harmful to inhale. This organic recipe works just as well and is a safe way to resolve a clogged drain.
Pour the baking soda down the drain, follow it with the vinegar. Let it fizz for 10 minutes then pour a gallon of boiling water down the drain. Repeat with more water if necessary. If the clog persists, use a drain snake from a hardware store.
Chemical-based glass and mirror cleaning products release toxins into the air, so a natural cleaner is best. This recipe is effective and streak-free.
Spritz some white vinegar on a mirror and wipe with a crumpled newspaper until clean.
Certain types of plants can reduce toxic chemicals such as trichloroethylene, benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and xylene. Putting these plants strategically throughout your house and yard is a natural, effective way to maintain a healthier home environment.
Using plants as a natural means to detoxify the air in your home is ideal. However, if you are allergic to certain plants, or your home environment makes it difficult to use plants, electric air purifiers can reduce the pollutants and allergens in your house.
Although it’s difficult to control your exposure to toxins in other areas of your life, your home can now be a haven from bothersome and unhealthy contaminants. When your home environment is free of toxins, it makes it easier to clean the environment inside your body. To take your cleansing efforts to the next level, try the Body Cleanse Starter Kit and begin your journey to a healthier you
The Independent, Feb 2, 2018 (emphasis added): Fukushima nuclear disaster: Lethal levels of radiation detected in leak… Expert warns of ‘global’ consequences unless the plant is treated properly… [Tepco] found eight sieverts per hour of radiation, while 42 [sieverts] were also detected outside its foundations… It came as Tepco said the problem of contaminated water pooled around the plants three reactors that is seeping into the ground has caused a major headache in its efforts to decommission the plant… Mycle Schneider, an independent energy consultant and lead author of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report, said that Tepco “hasn’t a clue what it is doing” in its job to decommission the plant. He added that the contaminated water that is leaking at the site could end up in the ocean if the ongoing treatment project fails and cause a “global” disaster, he told The Independent… “I find it symptomatic of the past seven years, in that they don’t know what they’re doing, Tepco, these energy companies haven’t a clue what they’re doing, so to me it’s been going wrong from the beginning. It’s a disaster of unseen proportions.” Mr Schneider added that the radiation leaks coupled with the waste from the plant stored in an “inappropriate” way in tanks could have global consequences… “This can get problematic anytime, if it contaminates the ocean there is no local contamination, the ocean is global, so anything that goes into the ocean goes to everyone.” He added: “It needs to be clear that this problem is not gone, this is not just a local problem. It’s a very major thing.”
NHK, Feb 1, 2018: High radiation detected at Fukushima plant… A remote-controlled inspection of the Unit 2 reactor containment vessel last month detected a maximum of 8 sieverts per hour of radiation… [Tepco] said the radiation reading was taken near what appeared to be fuel debris, the term used to describe a mixture of molten fuel and broken interior parts… radiation levels remain so high that they present a major challenge to decommissioning work. During the probe, 42 sieverts per hour of radiation was also detected outside the foundations of the reactor. But officials said they have doubts about the accuracy of the reading because a cover had not been removed from the measuring instrument at the time. They added that they don’t know why radiation levels were lower near the suspected fuel debris than around the foundations. They gave a number of possible reasons, such as that cooling water may have washed radioactive materials off the debris…
RT, Feb 2, 2018: An inspection of the Fukushima nuclear plant has detected extremely high amounts of radiation, says operator TEPCO… Experts can’t explain why radiation levels in fuel debris were lower than outside the reactor’s foundations…
Sputnik, Feb 4, 2018: ‘Global Consequences’ of Lethal Radiation Leak at Destroyed Japan Nuclear Plant… While 8 Sv/h is deadly, outside of Fukushima’s Reactor Number 2 foundations… a much higher level of 42 Sv/h was detected. A strange occurrence, and experts are still arguing what caused the discrepancy. One possible explanation is that cooling water washed radioactive material off debris, taking it somewhere else. But here’s a truly terrifying catch: according to the report, Tepco highly doubts the new readings, because, as was discovered later, a cover was not removed from the robot-mounted measurement device at the time of the inspection, NHK World reports… While that radiation dosimeter cover negligence prevents precise calculations, the actual picture inside Unit 2 is thought to be much worse…
Source: Report: Massive radiation leak at Fukushima plant — Extremely high levels being detected outside reactor — Officials can’t explain why — Expert warns of global threat: “It’s a disaster of unseen proportions” (VIDEO)
On Monday, the Dow Jones industrial average dropped 1,175.21 points, a small recovery from a decline that at one stage reached 1500 points.
Dow futures are indicating a 620 drop at the open of today’s session after markets worldwide plunged overnight.
While most economists say the drop is a result of a correction brought on by trepidation about rising interest rates and high inflation, radio host Michael Savage sees darker forces at work.
He said the Federal Reserve was deliberately running up interest rates as part of a scheme to sabotage Trump.
Michael Savage Thinks Stock Market Plunge is a Deep State Plot to Destroy Trump – https://t.co/e675P0gaag pic.twitter.com/YcXBuMaLX8
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) February 6, 2018
“Trump’s stirring SOTU speech last week was so great that even CBS admitted 75 percent of the people who watched it approved of it and loved it. So what happened right afterwards?” asked the best selling author.
“The establishment, meaning the ‘Deep State,’ call it whatever you want, went into overdrive to destroy Trump, or try to destroy him, where he is strongest, because they couldn’t get him where they thought he was weakest.”
“So they are taking the market down. They are trying to hurt you. They are the enemies of the average American. Make no mistake about it, they are going for you! These people are so evil and so power-drunk that they’d burn the nation to the ground rather than let Donald Trump live another day in office.”
Back in May last year, Savage’s fellow radio host Alex Jones also suggested that a stock market crash would be blamed on Trump and used to derail his America-first agenda.
While Savage’s theory is highly conspiratorial, many on the right have pointed out the rampant hypocrisy amongst leftists who for an entire year claimed that good economic numbers and a soaring stock market were thanks to Obama’s policies, only to turn around and blame Trump at the first sign of trouble.
Now that we’re agreed all economic news is “thanks to Obama,” he really has a lot of explaining to do on this Dow plunge.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) February 5, 2018
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The legislative branch has now voted in committee to declassify the House Intelligence Memo on FISA-702 abuse, and systemic fraudulent DOJ/FBI use therein. The memo has been sent to the executive branch for review and public release approval.
The White House has five days to review. Any DOJ or FBI officials who have a position against public release are now responsible to make their case known to the Office of the President who is in charge of them, and the executive branch.
Specifically because the Chief Executive (President Trump) granted permission for FBI Director Christopher Wray to see the intelligence memo prior to the House Intel vote; Director Wray and Asst. AG Rosenstein had an obligation to debrief the executive on their findings. That’s why Wray and Rosenstein were at the West Wing yesterday. However, the vote last evening transferred the declassification decision to the executive.
Likely the National Security Council, the Office of Legal Counsel, and all relevant Intelligence agency heads will have an opportunity to review and provide input prior to President Trump giving his final approval for declassification and making the document public. Tweet,.. not accidental:
RT @USUN: Great meeting with the President and the Security Council— we discussed many issues including North Korea, Iran, Syria, Yemen and foreign aid. pic.twitter.com/UYcnOiFUpi
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) January 29, 2018
Following the constitutional framework, POTUS Trump now holds all the cards.
Epoch Times has released a powerful blueprint of the Clinton secret society detailing how top Democrats aided the dissemination of the fake dossier…
Full report: https://t.co/6k7Nfnpchv #infowars pic.twitter.com/O53I5uaFHa
— Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) January 25, 2018