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The Indoor Toxins In Your Home
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Mold
A lot of people are sensitive to mold, which can "cause nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation," the Centers For Disease Control explained on its website. If you live in an older building that's not well ventilated, has experienced flooding or water damage, or you don't have an exhaust fan in your bathroom, mold can grow out of control pretty quickly. If you live in a damp climate, consider getting dehumidifier to pull moisture out of the air.
"Timing is everything when it comes to mold because the sooner you catch it, the easier it is to fix," Ann Shippy, M.D., an environmental toxicity expert, wrote for Mind Body Green. "You have to open up walls, roofs, and spaces to get it out." With that in mind, the best way to combat mold is to stop it before it starts. Take care of any leaks ASAP, clean your bathroom often, and try to open the windows at least once a day — even in the winter — to get fresh air circulating.
2. Dust Mites
This one is going to make you want to wash everything you own as soon as you finish reading this article. According to the CDC, dust mites are tiny little critters that you can't see. And, while they may be small, they can cause you a lot of problems. "... Researchers established that fecal pellets deposited by the mites accumulated in home fabrics and could become airborne via domestic activities such as vacuuming and dusting, resulting in inhalation by the inhabitants of the home."
Like mold, dust mites love humidity, fabric, and carpet. They feed off of your dead skin, and pet dander, and your mattress can hold anywhere from 100,000 to more than one million dust mites, according to the website Fighting Dust Mites. If you want to rid your home of dust mites, don't give them an attractive environment in which to thrive. If your home is damp, get a dehumidifier. Wash your bedding regularly, including your pillows, in hot water and dry them in a hot dryer. If you don't want to introduce even more toxic chemicals into your life, you can clean surfaces with eucalyptus oil or white vinegar.
3. Volatile Organic Compounds
Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCs, are chemicals that are present in things like new cars, new carpet, new wood flooring, and paint. If you've ever felt sick after being inside a new car, or a brand new building, VOCs could be to blame. "New building materials, new furniture, new carpets, and floor refinishing products contain high concentrations of VOCs, such as arsenic, formaldehyde, and toluene," the website Honey Colony noted. "Some of these products may also contain benzene and xylene, all which vaporize into the air."
Adverse reactions to VOCs can include everything from headaches and dizziness to scratchy eyes and a sore throat to depression. If you're sensitive to VOCs, make sure to ventilate your house or apartment after painting or getting new flooring. You also might want to opt for a used car instead of a new one since its already had a chance to ventilate.

Cite and Read More Sources of Indoor Pollution here: https://www.bustle.com/p/7-hidden-indoor...ck-7743371

BPA (Bisphenol A)
I found this the easiest to remove from our home. BPA has received a great deal of attention over the last few years. Sources of BPA are plastics. Think about that … this is an incredibly wide category: water bottles which get hot and leak BPA into the water; baby bottles; dental fillings and sealants; your eyeglasses; medical prosthesis (internal and external), DVDs, sports equipment … how much plastic do you own? It’s also found in the lining of food and drink cans.

Exposure to BPA
BPA acts in a way similar to hormones in the body so it disrupts the endocrine system. This means it interferes with the natural actions of hormones – their production, secretion, transportation, behaviors and how they carry out their functions. It imitates hormones and the results are hazardous. Young children and babies are especially susceptible to these effects since their formative years are directly related to the health of their endocrine system.
Possible health risks: reproductive disorders in both male and female; heart disease, Type II diabetes, brain function and asthma (just to name a few).

Lessen or Remove the Risk From Your Home
Examine all your plastics and immediately remove those with the numbers 3 and 6, if they are used for anything that will go into or on your body. If you have anything with the numbers 1 or 7 use with caution. Numbers 2, 4, and 5 are said to be “somewhat safe.” I don’t know about you, but I’m not OK with just “somewhat safe” or use with caution.
IF we purchase plastic, we buy “BPA-Free” products. Let’s face it though, the fact is that “BPA-Free” simply means there are only trace amounts in the product. Because it’s plastic it has some BPA in it. It’s the nature of the beast. Making a kitchen tools list is helpful in determining what you need to replace to avoid BPA.
PFCs (Perfluorinated compounds)

PFCs include a whole family of chemicals containing fluorine. Fluorine is what makes things stain resistant. Like most of what are toxins in our homes, these receive little to no testing. The most commonly known forms are PFOAs, used in making Teflon products and PFOSs, used in stain-resistant products.
Exposure to PFCs

From food packaging to carpets, PFCs are all around you. Did you ever wonder about the popcorn not sticking to the inside of the microwave bag or the pizza not sticking to the box? PFCs take care of that.

PFCs (PFOA) are a large component of nonstick cookware. When heated, these gasses are released into the food and air. As PFOAs, you find them in carpet, on furniture and even in clothing, especially gore-tex clothing (it sheds water thanks to PFCs). PFCs are in cleaning products, shampoo, dental floss … too long to list here for sure.
If we were to stop using PFCs today, every production was ceased, the PFC levels would increase in our environments over the coming years because they are so slow to decay. Cancer is the first health risk we associate with PFCs, but there are others. Liver, pancreatic, endocrine, kidney and reproductive disorders are prevalently associated with exposure to PFCs. Here’s a scary fact for you: It is estimated for the human body to expel half a dose of PFCs in PFOA form would take 4 years; a half dose of PFOSs would take 8 years.

Lessen or Remove the Risk From Your Home
Refusing to purchase or at least limit the use of PFC-containing products is the obvious thing to do in order to avoid what are toxins in your home. Consider not buying furniture and carpets with “stain resistance” and don’t add them after purchase. Don’t purchase clothing treated with water or stain resistance. Any outdoor and sportswear which are water or stain resistant are treated with PFCs laden chemicals to achieve it.

Perfluorinated
Any outdoor and sportswear which are water or stain resistant are treated with PFCs laden chemicals to achieve it.
What if you already have them in your home? The tough choices are to remove them and replace them with a healthier alternative, remove them and live without them, or leave them accepting the reality of them. No one can tell you what you should or shouldn’t do. Arm yourself with knowledge and make the best decision you can.
Be sure to check ALL personal care products. Look for any ingredient which includes the prefix or any portion of “fluoro or perfluoro.” These are PFCs. They are prevalent in cosmetics of all kinds.
If you choose to use Teflon-coated cookware, never heat it above 400 degrees F. NEVER use scratched or damaged nonstick cookware.

Phthalates
What a word, huh? This toxic compound is an ester (a compound produced by the reaction between an acid and an alcohol). Their main purpose is to make products more flexible and durable. The chemical leaks into the product itself, no matter what it is: household cleaners, plastic containers, pacifiers, baby care products, cosmetics, PVC, etc.
Since manufacturers don’t have to list phthalates as a separate ingredient, they can be listed in those “invisible” terms like fragrance, natural colors, etc. This makes them almost impossible to identify. The best way to avoid them is to look for conscientious companies who will say “phthalate-free” somewhere on their packaging. Be aware though, like with BPA, this doesn’t mean there are no phthalates in the product; it simply means they’re minuscule.
As with PFCs, our homes are inundated with these. Our main exposure is from inhalation of the particles in the air of our homes. Ingestion closely follows inhalation as the source of contamination.

Knowing what are toxins in your home is scary when you consider the vastness of their use. From hair spray, perfumes and lotions, to medical tubing and equipment which is used in and on the human body, PFCs are everywhere. Avoiding them completely in your home is a monumental task, but is achievable. Depending on how much you want to remove, it can become expensive when you consider how much PVC piping is in our homes today and the expense of the alternatives. All we can do is the best we can, eat as healthy as we can and realize life is fragile at it’s best.

Cite: https://countrysidenetwork.com/daily/hom...your-home/
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I have a really good air purifier in my home, I love that thing.
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(04-10-2019, 08:42 AM)unclelunatic Wrote: I have a really good air purifier in my home, I love that thing.

I should get one of those, what do you think of those ionizers? @unclelunatic
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(04-10-2019, 08:43 AM)sivil Wrote:
(04-10-2019, 08:42 AM)unclelunatic Wrote: I have a really good air purifier in my home, I love that thing.

I should get one of those, what do you think of those ionizers?  @unclelunatic

This is the one I have:
https://www.rabbitair.com/pages/minusa2-air-purifier

It has a built in ionizer that you can choose to turn on or off, I think it's a great thing - but I've heard it can harm your body as oxygenation can cause us to die earlier...But that's a lot of speculation
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So there is fungus among us! I used to worry about things like this. Now I just figure other things will kill me first. I know there is black mold behind the shower unit in here. There is nothing I can do about it so I don't worry about it.
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Try to live in the NOW, Yesterday is gone, and Tomorrow may not come.
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(04-10-2019, 08:48 AM)Pope Trollalotta Wrote: So there is fungus among us! I used to worry about things like this. Now I just figure other things will kill me first. I know there is black mold behind the shower unit in here. There is nothing I can do about it so I don't worry about it.

There seems to be black mold growing in our front entryway. I don't think I can do anything about it either, we would probably have to tear out the walls.
When I was apartment living, there was black mold growing on the ceiling so I asked the landlord what to do and he said just to clean it with bleach. So I bought some bleach and it wiped off pretty good. A year later when I moved, it hadn't grown back. So maybe bleach works on black mold.
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(04-10-2019, 08:47 AM)unclelunatic Wrote:
(04-10-2019, 08:43 AM)sivil Wrote:
(04-10-2019, 08:42 AM)unclelunatic Wrote: I have a really good air purifier in my home, I love that thing.

I should get one of those, what do you think of those ionizers?  @unclelunatic

This is the one I have:
https://www.rabbitair.com/pages/minusa2-air-purifier

It has a built in ionizer that you can choose to turn on or off, I think it's a great thing - but I've heard it can harm your body as oxygenation can cause us to die earlier...But that's a lot of speculation

Thanks, that is some purifier, will definitely check it out further.
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This is fun....for me, Don`t forget about....
- Radon Gas.
- Lead based paint.
- PCB`s - in paint.
- Ozone depleting substances - air conditioners.
- Mercury - in fluorescent light bulbs.
- Radiologicals - in smoke detectors.
- Asbestos - In drywall joint compound etc.
- Hantavirus - rodent droppings.

I could go on but you get my drift, all of these and more are hiding in plain sight
Fuck That Shit!
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(04-10-2019, 08:48 AM)Pope Trollalotta Wrote: So there is fungus among us! I used to worry about things like this. Now I just figure other things will kill me first. I know there is black mold behind the shower unit in here. There is nothing I can do about it so I don't worry about it.

The problem with the Black Mold is the spores become airborne and then inhaled and that is what can cause serious health issues, all you need to do in most cases is just lightly spray a bleach cleaner on the mold and it will kill it.
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