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Your home is meant to be your safe haven. Unfortunately it can be a place that can also make you sick.  Your home needs to free of mold and low in indoor air pollutants. It also needs to be free of “noxious stimuli” and low in “aggravating stimuli” like noise, temperature, smells, bright light and clutter.

 

Creating a healthy home will support your health, healing and reduce symptoms (often significantly).  For some people creating a healthy home can involve relocation, e.g. if living in a water damaged building, or in a location in close proximity to industry, major motorways and other sources of chemical pollutants – particulate matter.

 

There are many resources available to help you create a healthy home

 

Web Resources that can help with this include

 

Healthy Home Partnerships https://extensionhealthyhomes.org/index.html

Epa.gov – Indoor Air Quality Resources

Epa.gov – Mold Remediation https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-cleanup-your-home

 

 

Books you may find helpful include

 

Healthy Home, Happy Family by Nicole Bisjlma

Less Toxic Livingby Carolyn Gorman. Carolyn Gorman is a health educator who has counseled thousands of people with chemical injury and high sensitivity to chemicals.

 

If you are renting you may find some online resources helpful and example is this one

 

https://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/HealthyHome/Contaminants/Mold/RentersLandlordsandMold

 

 

If you have Public housing and are experiencing more severe disability and functional limitations that are worsened by mold or chemical sensitivity you may be eligible for special accommodation.

 

If you are new to creating a healthy home consider the following. These tips will help everyone, not just those with EI.

  • Mold remediation – this is done by eliminating sources of damp in your home and doing a mold cleanup (if your home has been flooded and is water damaged and full of mold, it may be difficult to remediate even following tips like these https://www.cdc.gov/mold/cleanup.htm. If mold persists despite best remediation efforts, for the sake of your health and your families health,  – move .
  • Opening your windows everyday –  but only for short period of time if in a high pollution area
  • Implementing a No Smoking Policy
  • Having a no shoes in the home policy
  • Banning dry cleaning in the home
  • Changing to safer cleaning products (note most things can be cleaned effectively with bicarb, vinegar, water and microfibre cloths)
  • Reducing clutter in your home (clutter collects dust that can be filled with mold, chemical, allergen and other contaminants)
  • Dusting and cleaning floors regularly (once a week, more often if lots of people).
  • Always using an exhaust fan while cooking or showering.
  • Removing plants from your home if very sensitive to mold. If not overly sensitive to mold, keep them, they are natural filters chemical pollutants (VOCS).
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