By Shawntell Muhammad
Carpets are havens for dust, mold, pesticides, bacteria, and other harmful toxins, such as phthalate particles outgassed from plastics in your home.  In many instances, carpets are the source for skin conditions such eczema, environmental induced asthma, and allergies.
To begin with, carpets are treated at factories with harmful chemicals.  The consumer then exasperates the situation by wearing shoes inside the home, which brings in the above stated from outside.  Shoes should always be removed before entering the home.
Another culprit in assisting harmful toxins being trapped in the carpet are cigarette smoke, and cleaning the home with commercial cleaning supplies.
In the book, “Living Green: A Practical Guide to Simple Sustainability”  by Greg Horn, he states, “Carpets can emit as many as 120 hazardous chemicals, including neurotoxic solvents like toluene and xylene, and benzene, a potent carcinogen.”
Mr. Horn goes on in part, “…carpet is frequently installed over a particle board subfloor that can outgas formaldehyde for years.”
For optimum health, it is recommended that carpet should be removed from the home, if possible.  Opting for bamboo flooring or hardwood flooring, which is healthier.  Organic cotton or wool rugs may be used to “warm up” your floors.
Individuals that decide to keep their carpets may want to invest in a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) vacuum.  These types of vacuums capture and contain the smallest particles of contaminated dust on floors and household surfaces.
Vacuuming floors and upholstered surfaces at least once a day helps to avoid dust build up.
(Shawntell Muhammad operates Organic Nourishment, which consists of holistic grocery shopping tours and nutritional guidance. For more information, emailorganicallybalanced@gmail.com.)

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