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From Harmful to Harmony: 8 Steps To An Allergy-Free Home

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Once you've begun to detox your body by following my 5 Steps to Allergy-Free Personal Care, it's time to focus on where you live. Everyone wants their home to be a haven — but your house could unintentionally be causing your health problems!

Creating a non-toxic home environment isn't difficult, and it will significantly enhance your health and well-being. You may soon say "so long" to those annoying allergy symptoms, no matter what the season. Just follow these simple suggestions:

Read product labels. Look for "free of perfumes and dyes" when buying household cleansers and laundry detergents. Clean has no smell! A scent-free product will do the job just as well — and not give off noxious vapors that will be inhaled or absorbed through your skin. Be aware that the fragrance-free version of conventional products can still have a strong smell due to the chemicals used to remove the fragrance; this is especially true of laundry products. Better: products from your natural foods store.

Avoid dry cleaning as much as possible. It's a recipe for headaches — and possibly cancer. The solvents used are highly toxic. If you must dry clean, hang the clothes outside to air as soon as you get home. When buying new clothing, choose natural fibers, such as organic cottons, that can be machine- or hand-washed. TIP: Create more demand for "clean clothes" by choosing garments made of certified organic cotton. One brand I like: Maggie's Organics.

Open windows daily. Unless you live by a freeway, the air inside where you live or work can be up to 100 times more polluted than the air outdoors! Or invest in an air purifier from a healthy home products distributor such as AllergyBuyersClub.com.

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