As a wellness brand, it’s crucial to share tips for a toxic-free home with our followers on social media. This isn’t just about promoting a product or service; it’s about fostering a healthier lifestyle. When we share these tips, we’re helping our followers create safer spaces for themselves and their loved ones. By reducing exposure to harmful chemicals, they can improve their overall health and well-being. Plus, a cleaner environment can lead to better mental clarity and energy levels. In essence, by sharing this knowledge, we’re not only enhancing the quality of life for our followers but also empowering them to make informed decisions about their health. It’s a small step that can make a significant impact.
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Tips for a Toxic Free Home
- Replace Dryer Sheets with Wool Dryer Balls Dryer. Sheets are notorious for being made with strong synthetic fragrances and chemicals. Ditch the expensive and toxic dryer sheets for wool dryer balls. They are reusable, free of any chemicals, and they help your clothes dry faster. Add 4-10 drops of your favorite essential oils such as lemon, orange, lavender, nutmeg, or cinnamon to give your clothes a naturally lovely scent.
- Replace Air Fresheners & Scented Candles with a Diffuser & Essential Oils. Burning candles and using generic air fresheners can be worse for your health than smoking! Luckily you can still have your home smelling amazing with the use of a diffuser and essential oils. I recommend experimenting with diffusing peppermint and lemon, or orange and lavender for a start. All you need is a diffuser and 2-6 drops of a quality essential oil you enjoy.
- Find a Supplier You Trust and budget accordingly. The cosmetics and household products industries are rampant with chemicals and known carcinogens. In general, if it’s sold at commercial stores it’s going to contain toxins. The companies that do care about your health and safety, and who invest their resources into using botanically-derived ingredients, have to charge more for their products to have a sustainable business. Be willing to spend the extra money on brands you can trust. Your health is worth it, our environment is worth it, and our future generations are worth it too.
- Make it Yourself. There’s no end to the list of recipes that can walk you through how to make your products such as toothpaste, deodorant, laundry detergent, bath bombs, lotions, face creams, etc. Not only will you have total control over your ingredients, but you’ll save a ton of money too. So, if you can’t find a ready-made product you can trust or afford, don’t hesitate to make it yourself! Trust us, it’s not as scary as it sounds.
- Simplify Your Cleaners. One of the biggest concentrations of household toxins may be hiding under your kitchen sink. Many cleaning products are made with cheap and hazardous synthetic chemicals and toxic fragrances. Back in the day, families cleaned using only a handful of basic ingredients: water, vinegar, soap, borax, and baking soda. These are highly effective, cheap, and safe ingredients that can be used in combination with each other as well as in conjunction with powerful essential oils to handle any mess life throws at you.
- Get House Dust Under Control. House dust aggravates allergies. It also contains more hazardous chemicals than you might think, including lead, fire retardants, pesticides, and other chemicals. Vacuum and dust frequently –– meticulously getting into corners, along the floorboards, and moving furniture to get those dust bunnies. If the budget allows, replace your carpeting (a collector for dust and allergens) with wood, tile, cork, or non-vinyl linoleum.
- Let in Fresh Air. In a five-year study, the EPA found significantly higher concentrations of 20 toxic compounds inside homes than outdoors. To help remedy the problem open your windows to circulate fresh air in your home, use exhaust fans in the bath, kitchen, and attic that ventilate outdoors, and install air-circulation systems.
- Substitute Mattresses Made of Natural Fibers. Most mattresses are made from plastic foam products and polyesters, with a mix of flame-retardant chemicals added. Natural cottons and natural latex are better material choices so think about replacing your current mattress with an untreated, organic cotton or wool mattress with a natural latex core.
- Explore Healthier Flooring Options. Avoid finishing your wooden floors with polyurethane – a respiratory toxin – and consider using linseed oil instead. Don’t use particle board for flooring, as it can emit formaldehyde fumes for five years. Pre-treated wood is healthier than treating the wood after installation. Bamboo is also a healthy flooring alternative.
- Read Labels on Art and Hobby Materials and Provide Adequate Ventilation. When using art or hobby materials, many of which emit toxic gases, it’s important to read the labels. Art materials with toxic products have warning labels and usually specify an appropriate children’s age range for use. Be sure to heed all product warnings on craft products for your children. It is always important to have adequate ventilation when using arts and crafts supplies.
- Choose Natural-Fiber Shower Curtains. Avoid most shower curtains, as they are made from PVC. Instead, choose a natural-fiber curtain, made from hemp, organic cotton, or even your old cotton flat sheets.
- Avoid Plastic Food Packaging. Plastic packaging is unstable, which means the chemicals can migrate into the food or drink. Some plastics migrate when heated up, others when cooled down, and still others upon contact. If you microwave plastic, it may increase the contamination level. It’s safest to avoid plastic wraps, #3 PVC and #6 Polystyrene and to substitute glass or metal containers for plastic ones.
- Avoid any Pesticides in the Home. Avoid any use of pesticides within your house, as they release toxic chemicals into the air.
- Avoid Deodorizers with Petroleum-Based Fragrances. Avoid deodorizers with petroleum-based fragrances that are released into the air each time they are used.
- Vacuum Away Toxic Chemicals. Vacuuming is not just for keeping up appearances! It’s an easy way to reduce unnecessary chemical exposure and common allergens in your home. Household dust contains many ingredients – some you’d expect, like pet dander, tracked-in soil, and dust mites. However, industrial chemicals like flame retardants, pesticides, and heavy metals are also lurking in dust bunnies.
- Learn How To Read Labels. Avoid products with the signal words Poison, Danger, and Warning. Don’t be misled by vague, unregulated claims including “natural,” “eco-friendly” and “non-toxic.” Look for third-party certified products.
- Focus on Safer Cleaning Techniques Rather Than Relying on a Disinfectant. Examples of safe techniques include: using separate cutting boards for meat and vegetables and washing the meat cutting board in the dishwasher. Replace kitchen sponges frequently and wring them out to keep them dry. Disinfect sponges weekly by boiling them in water for a least three minutes or microwaving them for a minute. Always wash your hands after using the bathroom.
- Avoid Unidentified Fragrance in Products, or Choose Fragrance-Free. Synthetic fragrances can trigger asthma and may contain hormone-disrupting chemicals. Instead of masking unwanted odors with fragrance, tackle the source.
- Ditch the Fabric Softener. Fabric softener is made to counteract static cling on synthetic fabrics and does not affect natural ones. While some companies make less-toxic versions, there are other ways to reduce static cling. Dryer balls are reusable, easy to leave in your dryer, and they help shorten the total dry cycle by fluffing the clothes, which saves you energy and money!
- Swap Bleach for Hydrogen Peroxide. Chlorine bleach is a lung and eye irritant, so use oxygen-based bleaches like hydrogen peroxide instead. Hydrogen peroxide is useful for brightening whites, removing stains from clothes, cleaning and disinfecting your washing machine, and removing odors from clothes and towels.