Nowadays, more and more people are becoming health conscious and taking the necessary steps to stay healthy.

People are ready to invest in gym memberships, yoga classes, workout clothes, fitness equipment, ingredients for healthy recipes, and the list goes on. But many people forget that there are things in their home that are detrimental to their health and well-being, and could work against all their efforts.

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Here are top 4 things you should throw away to stay healthy.

1. Plastic Food Containers and Bottles

To stay healthy, it is important to throw away your plastic food containers and plastic bottles. This will reduce your exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA), bisphenol S (BPS) and phthalates.

BPA, a compound used in manufacturing polycarbonate and other plastics, is a harmful chemical.

Heat, along with wear and tear through multiple washings, can increase the number of chemicals being leached from containers and bottles. Your best bet is to avoid plastic bottles and containers altogether and replace them with glass bottles and containers.

2. Antibacterial Soaps and Detergents

If you regularly buy antibacterial soaps and detergents, it’s time to change this habit to stay healthy.

Antibacterial soaps and detergents are harmful due to the presence of the chemical called triclosan. Such hygiene products also contain other harmful chemicals, such as triclocarban, 2-butoxyethanol, BPA, d-limonene, dyes, parabens, phthalates and chloride.

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3. Air Freshener

Air fresheners and room deodorizers are loaded with chemicals that are harmful to your health. They usually contain phthalates that have been linked to cancers and other health problems.

You can create a stove-top potpourri using citrus fruits and aromatic spices to make your home smell nice and fresh. Just simmer ingredients like orange, cranberries, lemon, lemon zest, lavender, cinnamon, mint, rosemary, bay leaves and star anise in a pot full of water.

4. Kitchen Sponges

You must throw away your kitchen sponges every two weeks to stay healthy.

The kitchen sponge that you regularly use to wash your dishes and clean your countertops can be a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and other pathogens, such as viruses. It is the dampness and dirt on the sponges that aid in harbouring these nasty bugs.

Experts report that a sponge can harbour 10 million bacteria per square inch and can be as much as 200,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat.

A washcloth is actually a better option than a sponge for regular kitchen use. As a washcloth is thinner, it dries quicker than a sponge between uses. This slows down the growth of bacteria. But still be sure to toss it in the washing machine frequently for a good cleaning.

 

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