Buying new things like workout clothes, fitness equipment, ingredients for healthy recipe etc. are consider to be good step to get healthier. Not only buying new stuff is healthier step but also dumping away the stuff that’s holding you back is good decision. So, get your recycling or garbage ready.
1. Plastic Containers
Plastic containers is abundance in every household and this is the first thing that needs to be thrown away. It reduces your exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals such as bisphenol-A (BPA), bisphenol-S (BPS), and phthalates.
Heat, along with wear and tear through multiple washing can increase the amount of chemicals being leached from containers and bottles. So avoid plastic containers altogether, and replace them with glass bottles and containers.
2. Air Fresheners
Room fresheners frequently contain chemicals which has been linked to precocious puberty and other health problems including cancer. Endocrine-disrupting phthalates are also commonly found in air fresheners and room deodorizers.
If you’re having issues with unpleasant smells, open your windows and doors from time to time can help, and will also improve the general air quality in your home or office. If you want to spread fragrance in your house, opt for high-quality pure essential oils.
3. Kitchen Sponges
Kitchen sponges absorb so much of dirt during the cleaning up process and we tend to overuse them. In spite of washing them thoroughly after every clean-up activity, some bacteria and germs remain in them. So, in order to stay healthy and keep your family healthy, recycle your kitchen sponges every fortnight. Also, keep washing the sponge regularly in hot boiling water so that the dirt and the germs are removed from them.
4. Antibacterial Soaps
Antibacterial soap is no more effective at killing bacteria and protects one from bacteria and germs than the regular stuff and they may not be safe, according to a 2014 FDA report. These soaps actually have chemicals called triclosan, parabens, BPA, chloride and others that can actually cause thyroid related problems. there’s also concern that the chemical may contribute to antibiotic resistance.
5. Old and Frayed Toothbrushes
If you’re brushing in the morning and the evening like you’re supposed to, then your toothbrush bristles are probably becoming frayed and worn faster than you realize and we refuse to throw them and replace them. Worn-out brushes are less effective at cleaning teeth and fighting off decay. Wash it properly and keep it dry, so that bacteria and mold don’t start growing on them. It will not clean the teeth and will also not be able to remove the plaque from the teeth. One needs to replace the toothbrush once every three months.
Both men and women use lots of cosmetics these days. All these beauty products make us look good but we pay less attention to the amount of chemicals present in them. Cosmetics like sunscreens to shampoos, lipsticks to nail polishes, powders, eyeliners, lip glosses, body sprays, roll on and all others contain chemicals. These might have Arsenic, lead, thallium, etc. Throw away these cosmetics and opt for the ones that have natural oils in them. All those liquid makeup items have a tendency to absorb bacteria. These need to be discarded too after three months too. Also, make sure that the products are thrown away soon after the expiry date is reached.
7. Non-Stick Cookware
One of the most popular itemsin the kitchen is the non-stick cookware. The non-stick coating is made with a chemical called Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which has been labeled a “likely” carcinogen by an independent scientific review panel that advises the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). When these are used regularly, the Teflon coating on them starts breaking down. The fumes produced from the overheated non-stick cookware can cause flu and tumors. Just throw away non-stick cookware and replace them with the cast iron, ceramic or glass cookware instead.
8. Discard The Old Clothes
It is better to get rid of old clothes in your cupboard so that they don’t give you panic attacks. In fact, when you clean your cupboard, you will know which clothes are not being worn by you in the last 12 months. Many people who’ve lost weight keep the bigger sizes around in case they regain it, while others hold onto the size 2 jeans they wore in high school, thinking maybe if they diet they’ll fit again. These can be easily discarded. Also, you need to regularly replace your undergarments. Don’t wear stretched-out garments, as they fail to serve their purpose.
9. Replace The Old Running Shoes
We need to run regularly for our health but if you run with your old worn-out shoes, it will end up damaging your feet. Replace these shoes after running around 400 miles. The worn-out shoes cannot absorb shocks anymore and this can lead to more force being transmitted by bones, muscles and tendons, which can lead to injuries. Also problems with your knees, feet and back can bother you. As soon as you feel that your shoes are not that comfortable or supportive anymore, go for a replacement. Even though, you don’t regularly run, replace your shoes as soon as you notice the worn out soles.
10. Dump Unused Things from Kitchen
Do a stock check of your refrigerator and throw away all the leftover food from there. When it comes to highly perishable food that contains animal ingredients, the rule of thumb is to eat, toss, or freeze after three days. Bacteria like listeria is very prone in stale foods. It can grow to millions at refrigerator temperatures in under a week. Listeria is linked to scary things like meningitis, miscarriages, and even death. Also, check out your kitchen cabinets and racks to check for old spices and pulses. These will lose their flavors and nutrition over a period of time.
Cleaning up your house and sanitizing it will do a lot of good for you and your family to stay healthy. Do not disregard stuff that is lying unutilized in your house. If it has not been used in the past few months, chances are that they will not be used in future too. So, think sensibly and throw away all the unhealthy stuff.