When decorating your home, you usually focus on appearances. You want things to look nice, and you try to decorate according to a particular style. However, did you know that your style could be harming you? You may have more hazardous interior decor than you realize.
Beware of Plastics
We all know how important plastics are to modern living. We use them everywhere. Plastic is affordable, versatile, and easily manufactured. Unfortunately, it can also be quite toxic and bad for the environment. In particular, phthalates and BPA are two of the most notable toxins you might find in your household plastics.
Check the following items to see if they contain dangerous plastics in your home:
- Storage containers
- Shower curtains
Fact Check Your Fragrances
When arranging your interior design, you are creating an ambiance. This means that your home should appeal to all the senses. Unfortunately, while you appeal to the sense of smell, you could also be creating a toxic home environment.
Obviously, any type of aerosol spray should be a no-go. These toxic sprays are damaging to the environment, and the EPA even regulates their hazardous waste. Therefore, fragrant house sprays could be a bad choice.
However, air fresheners and candles also pose unique risks to your home's environment. Many candles rely on paraffin wax, which can be an irritant when it is burned. A better option is to use fragrance diffusers with water and natural oils. You can also help your air by installing an air-purifying system.
Check Behind the Walls
Finally, the biggest risk may be the one you do not see. As you arrange your home decor, it is easy to overlook the internal workings of your home. Behind your walls, you have insulation, pipes, ducts, and more.
Historically, some of these items have been made with toxic materials. Do you have asbestos in your insulation? Are metal pipes leaching chemicals into the water supply?
Your HVAC & plumbing bud,