8 Ways to Reduce Household Toxins
By Bobbi Peterson | Feb 22, 2017
Your house is a sanctuary. It’s your safe place to go, and it’s where you call home. The scary thing about homes is that they’re filled with toxins that can be harmful to you and your family. If you want to reduce the toxins in your home, you can do so by making a few simple changes.
Air Fresheners and Aerosol Spray
The fragrant sprays that make your house smell oh-so good are oh-so bad for you and the environment. Aerosol sprays can create various health and respiratory issues when inhaled due to the chemicals and toxins. Air fresheners also release chemicals that you don’t want circulating in the air of your home.
Consider organic or soy candles to give your air a nice fragrance. You can also find recipes with natural ingredients you can boil on the stove to purify your air.
Green Bathroom Products
The reality of toxins lurking in your bathroom can make you feel pretty dirty where you want to feel clean. Check your personal care and bathroom products for toxic ingredients. If your products contain ingredients such as DEA, Triclosan, or BHA/BHT, you might want to reconsider having those products in your home.
Use organic cleaners on the surfaces of your bathroom, and shower with products that contain natural ingredients.
Go BPA Free
BPA stands for Bisphenol-A, which is found in the lining of canned foods, water bottles, plastic containers, and other items. BPA has been linked to various health issues, such as breast cancer or infertility.
To eliminate BPA in your home, plan meals that are made from fresh foods rather than packaged items. You can also purchase BPA-free water bottles and refill them with tap water. Another suggestion is to store leftover food items in glass containers rather than plastic.
Your Own Body
One of the biggest things carrying toxins around in your home is your own body. If you feel sluggish, irritable, or unmotivated, your body may need a detox. Your body releases toxins that can drag you down. You can give your body a natural detox to gain a healthier lifestyle.
Make sure you drink plenty of water to naturally flush out toxins. Get enough sleep so your body doesn’t release extra toxins. Exercise is another way to get rid of toxins by sweating them out. You will feel so much better in your own body and home after you give yourself a natural cleanse.
Natural Household Cleaners
The products you use to clean the surfaces of your house are most likely filled with chemicals and toxins. Instead of cleaning with store-bought items, you can make a homemade cleaner out of tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is a great natural remedy to get rid of mold in your home. Essential oils like this are great for your body and also have other benefits, such as natural cleaning products.
Before you go cleaning every corner of your home, make sure your cleaning products are nontoxic. If you can’t afford nontoxic cleaners, make your own out of natural ingredients.
GMO stands for genetically modified organisms that contain toxins. GMOs are found in a lot of food and can cause major health risks, as well as a harmful environmental impact. Making a little change in your meals can have a major beneficial impact on the health of everyone in your home.
To keep these toxins out of your home and your body, look for labels of GMO-free products. Shop for certified organic foods or fresh fruits and vegetables.
Beauty and Cosmetics
What you put on your body is absorbed through the skin and released into your bloodstream. Makeup and beauty products might be essential to your daily routine, but they are also filled with chemicals and toxins.
Check out natural and nontoxic beauty products to replace the products you use that contain toxins. If you’re feeling crafty, you can even find recipes for homemade natural beauty products, scrubs, and soaps to use in your bathroom.
Maybe you’re in love with your nonstick cookware because it’s easy to use and easy to clean. Unfortunately, nonstick cookware contains chemical components that lead to various types of cancer and other health issues. The nonstick cookware also releases toxic fumes when you heat it.
You don’t have to ditch pots and pans altogether, though. Simply upgrade your nonstick items to cast iron or stainless steel for a healthier, toxic-free cooking zone in your kitchen.
Toxins are a scary thing to have lurking throughout your home. If you are conscious of the choices you make and the products you use, you can reduce the amount you’re exposed to.
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