Your House

To clean the house, start with the bedroom. Remove everything

that has any smell to it whatever: candles, potpourri, soaps,

mending glue, cleaners, repair chemicals, felt markers, colognes,

perfumes, and especially plug-in air “fresheners”. Store them in

the garage, not the basement. Since all vapor rises, they would

come back up if you put them in a downstairs garage or


Do not sleep in a bedroom that is paneled or has wallpaper.

They give off arsenic and formaldehyde. Either remove them or

move your bed to a different room. Leave the house while this is

being done. If other rooms have paneling or wallpaper, close

their doors and spend no time in them.

Next clean the kitchen. Take all cans and bottles of chemicals

out from under the sink or in a closet. Remove them to the garage.

Keep only the borax, washing soda, white distilled vinegar and

homemade soap. Use these for all purposes. For exact amounts to

use for dishwasher, dishes, windows, dusting, see Recipes.

Remove all cans, bottles, roach and ant killer, moth balls, and

chemicals that kill insects or mice. These should not be stored

anywhere. They should be thrown out. Remember to check the

crawl space, attic and closets for hidden poisons also.

To keep out mice, walk all around your house, stuffing holes and

cracks with steel wool. Use old-fashioned mouse traps. For

cockroaches and other insects (except ants) sprinkle handfuls of

boric acid34 (not borax) under your shelf paper, behind sink,

stove, refrigerator, under carpets, etc. Use vinegar on your

kitchen wipe-up cloth to leave a residue that keeps out ants. Do

this regularly. To wax the floor, get the wax from the garage and

put it back there. A sick person should not be in the house while

house cleaning or floor waxing is being done.

Remove all cans and bottles of “stuff” from the bathroom.

The chlorine bleach is stored in the garage. Someone else can

bring it in to clean the toilet (only). Leave only the borax soap,

homemade soap, and grain alcohol antiseptic. Toilet paper and

tissues should be unfragranced, uncolored. All colognes, after

shave, anything you can smell must be removed. Family members

should buy unfragranced products. They should smoke outdoors,

blow-dry their hair outdoors or in the garage, use nail polish and

polish remover outdoors or in the garage.

Do not keep new foam furniture in the house. If it is less than

one year old, move it into the garage until you are well. It gives

off formaldehyde. So does new clothing; it is in the sizing. Wash

all new clothes before wearing. If you have a respiratory illness,

move all the clothes in the clothes closet out of your bedroom to

a different closet.

Do not use the hot water from an electric hot water heater for

cooking or drinking. It has tungsten. Do not drink water that sits

in glazed crock ware (the glaze seeps toxic elements like

cadmium) like some water dispensers have. Do not buy water

from your health food store that runs through a long plastic hose

from their bulk tank (I always see cesium picked up from flexi

34 Boric acid is available by the pound from farm supply stores and

from Now Foods. Because it looks like sugar keep it in the garage to

prevent accidental poisoning.

ble clear plastic). Also ask them how and when they clean their

tank. Best is to observe that it is done with non-toxic methods.

If your house is more than 10 years old, change all the galvanized

pipe to PVC plastic. Although PVC is a toxic substance,

amazingly, the water is free of PVC in three weeks! If your house

has copper pipes don't wait for cancer or schizophrenia to claim

a family member. Change all the copper pipe to PVC plastic

immediately. If the pipes are not accessible, ask a plumber to lay

an extra line, outside the walls. This is less expensive, too.

If you have a water softener, by-pass it immediately and replace

the metal pipe on the user side of the softener tank. Softener

salts are polluted with strontium and chromate; they are

also full of aluminum. The salts corrode the pipes so the pipes

begin to seep cadmium into the water. After changing your pipes

to plastic, there will be so little iron and hardness left, you may

not need a softener. If the water comes from a well, consider

changing the well-pipe to PVC to get rid of iron. While the well

is open, have the pump checked for PCBs. Call the Health

Department to arrange the testing. If you must have softening after

all this, check into the new magnetic varieties of water softener

(although they only work well when used with plastic plumbing).

The cleanest heat is electric. Go total electric if possible. If

you must stay with gas, have a furnace repair person check your

furnace and look for gas leaks before the heating season starts.

Don't call the gas company even though it is free. The gas company

misses 4 out of 5 leaks! The Health Department does not

miss any; call them! House builders and contractors are also reliable

in their gas leak detection.

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