• Getting Your House Ready for the New Year

    by Dr. Susan Sklar
    on Jan 14th, 2015

After you start cleaning up your diet for the New Year, the next step is cleaning up your house.  
Make some changes at home for your health. 

Cleaning solutions are some of the most frequently used toxins in our lives. 

One study showed that people who use aerosol sprays are significantly more likely to have asthma.  Environmental toxins are responsible for multiple illnesses including Parkinson’s and some Alzheimer’s disease. Here are some ideas for making your house healthier. 

 Take shoes off after you come inside.  This will decrease the amount of dust, mold, and toxins coming in on the soles of your shoes. 

 Change to cleaning products you make from safe household products.  Here are a few examples: 

   VINEGAR:  This acidic wonder can wipe out tarnish, soap scum, mineral deposits, and more. Among natural cleaners, it’s the clear champ. Distilled white vinegar creates an environment that inhibits the growth of mold, mildew, and some bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella.   

   CASTILE SOAP: Like other soaps, this plant-based version efficiently loosens grime and dirt from surfaces, but it’s gentler, so it won’t dull them.  You can mop almost any type of floor with a solution of 1/4 cup liquid Castile soap and 2 gallons warm water. If the floors are greasy, add 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar to the bucket. 

   LEMON:  The acid in lemon juice removes dirt and rust stains. It’s especially effective when mixed with salt, which makes an excellent scouring paste. Combat lime scale on faucets by rubbing lemon juice onto the taps and letting it sit overnight. Wipe with a damp cloth.

Author Dr. Susan Sklar

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