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Your home's air quality can make a big difference in your healthy aging. "The smallest particles are the ones that do the most damage," Dr. Oz says.

Try the room-by-room plan to detox your home.

Here's some other ways you can make your home healthier:
  • Regularly open up windows to air out your home of all the fumes and particles trapped inside.
  • Making your house healthier starts right at your front door. Take off your shoes when you enter to avoid tracking in pesticides and lawn chemicals.
  • When you microwave food, don't leave it in plastic containers or with plastic covering. That plastic could leak into the food. Instead, use glass or other microwave-safe containers.
  • Instead of using toxic chemicals to clean your sink and bathtub, Dr. Oz recommends using baking soda. And you can use white vinegar to clean your windows. Or look for brands like Shaklee's Get Clean line. Oprah says she loves their Basic H2 spot remover.
  • To avoid the chemicals used in dry cleaning, take your clothes out of the bags while you're outside and throw the bags away. Then, let your clothes air out for at least a day before wearing them.
  • Use a dehumidifier to cut down on potentially toxic mold in places like garages.
  • If you must store old cans of paint and varnish, only do it in well-ventilated places that are far from your living area.
  • Include plants like spider plants, golden pothos and philodendrons in your home. They are experts at converting carbon dioxide to oxygen.
FROM: Dr. Oz on Aging: How to Turn Back Time, Part 2
Published on January 01, 2006
As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.