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How Toxic is Your Home

It makes sense when you are taking care of yourself and your loved ones to remove the toxins in your home but where are they? This checklist will help you to identify them for you:

In Your Kitchen

  • Non-organic foods
  • Imported foods (particularly from developing countries)
  • Non filtered tap water
  • Non- stick and aluminium cookware
  • Plastic wrap (cling wrap) and aluminium foil
  • Plastic food storage containers 
  • Plastic drink bottles
  • Plastic utensils (especially those exposed to heat)

Cleaning Products

  • Kitchen or laundry cleaning products containing chemical ingredients, including
    • Antibacterial agents (e.g. triclosan and triclocarban)
    • Perfumes or fragrances (e.g. phthalates)
  • Insecticides and insect baits
  • Floor polish and wax

In Your Bathroom

  • Soaps, shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, body lotions, moisturisers and cosmetics containing:
    • Phthalates (may be labeled as “perfume’ or fragrance’)
    • Parabens (e.g. butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben)
    • Triclosan or triclocarbon
    • Sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate
    • UV filters (e.g. octyl methoxycinnamate or ethythexyl methoxy cinnamate)
    • Aluminium
  • Nail polish and nail polish remover
  • Perfumes
  • Insect repellent (e.g. DEET)

In Your Bedroom

  • New clothes and linen (always wash before use)
  • Clothes made from synthetic fibres (e.g nylon, rayon and plasticized fabrics)
  • Red linen made from synthetic fibres
  • Items that have been dry cleaned
  • Waterproof clothes (e.g. raincoats)
  • Memory foam pillows
  • Pillow top mattress, new mattress

Other places in your home 

  • New furniture or soft furnishings (e.g. curtains, carpets)
  • Fabrics treated with water or stain-repellent chemicals
  • Furniture or flooring made from soft vinyl or PVC (especially if new)
  • Air fresheners, room scents or scented candles
  • Mould 
  • Poor ventilation
  • Dust
  • Tobacco smoke (including second0hand)

In the garage or shed

  • Pesticides (e.g. weed killer, snail pellets, rodent killer)
  • Fertilisers (including manure)
  • Paint, varnish, stains
  • Solvents (e.g. turpentine, paint thinner, degreasers)
  • Lubricants (e.g motor oil)
  • Petrol, kerosene and other fuels
  • Glue

Outside the home

  • Chemical exposure at work or in your neighbourhood (e.g. industry or petrol stations nearby)
  • Air pollution (e.g. exhaust fumes, industrial pollution)
  • Beauty treatments (e.g. artificial nails, hair dyes and chemical hair0straightening treatments).

N.B. This information is used as a part of a comprehensive Mediherb detoxification used in clinic to help clients detoxify their bodies and their life.






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