Having a healthy home is more than flow, layout and design. It's also about the materials that make up our homes and the products we bring into them. A recent headline on This Old House.com,"15 Ways Your Home Can Make You Infertile", is perhaps a bit sensationalistic for our taste, but there is some good information and resources about products or practices that deserve scrutiny for general health reasons beyond just conception.
Author Eric Hagerman has compiled a list of 15 ways your home could be contributing to infertility problems. With each, a link to a lengthier article, often in a scientific journal, is included for further reading. Here are four that especially caught our attention; read the full piece on This Old House.com.
1. Dish Soap: Before you reach for your normal bottle of soap, make sure the ingredient Triclosan isn't on the label. It's scary stuff and is in many products (other than dish soap). More here.
2. Couches and Carpets: Flame retardant found in most carpets and upholstered items produced before 2004 has the potential to affect both men and women's fertility. More on why here.
3. Paint & Solvents: Many of the everyday items found in our home have chemicals that can throw off sperm counts and menstrual cycles. Check out this list and the items to be on the lookout for here.
4. Teflon Pans: Although some newer pans are safe for home use, many of the trusty staples in our cabinets aren't. Read more on why here.