Upon starting a family, you’ve no doubt become more cautious about the health of your family and little ones. You’d protect them from anything.
You wash clothes with infant detergent, make organic baby food, and have passed babyproofing 101.
But when it comes to home health, have you considered a chemical detox?
Your home could be providing shelter for up to 1000 different chemicals. These can wreak havoc on human hormones and cause health problems. Ranging from autoimmune disease to issues with brain development and reproduction.
For a safe and healthy home environment, follow this guide to remove chemicals and toxins.
Go on a Chemical Free Cleaning Spree
The first step in removing toxins from your home is to clean the entire house, without using harsh chemicals.
There are many natural products on the market that get the job done, or you can make your own. Learn more about chemical-free cleaning, and which products are safe and effective for your home.
Avoid bleach and ammonia. There are many health hazards associated with these toxic products. Including respiratory infection and illness in children.
Clean children’s toys regularly. Wash stuffed animals in a safe detergent and lay flat to dry. Wipe wooden and plastic toys down with natural soap and hot water.
Don’t forget to rid carpets of trapped dirt and dust. Use doormats at all entryways. This will stop people from tracking in dirt, pesticides or allergens from outdoors.
Cleanse Your Medicine Cabinet
Just as you clean out your closet to make room for fresh seasonal styles, there are many things in a bathroom that need your attention.
Beauty products and toiletries are toxin culprits. When it comes to the products you place on your hair and skin, you should be looking for natural ingredients and fragrances.
Swap out chemical concentrated products for these alternatives:
- Toothpaste free of fluoride and triclosan
- Soap and shampoos free from parabens and sulfates
- Lotions that use natural moisturizes (coconut, avocado, and olive oils)
- Deodorants without aluminum
- Nail polish free of phthalates and toluene
- Essential oils rather than chemical air fresheners (Febreeze and Glade)
- Talc-free baby products
Pay attention to expiration dates of your vitamins and medicines. You should also properly dispose of expired medicine by taking it to your local pharmacy.
Be careful about the bad ingredients in shampoo (sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate). Not only do they dry and dull your locks, but contain chemicals that strip your hair.
Rethink Plastics, Pots, and Pans
You’ve most likely already detoxed your fridge, replacing the contents with all organic and natural foods. But what about those kitchen cabinets? The items you cook and prep food with may be full of toxins.
Opt for stainless steel pots and pans rather than non-stick. The non-stick coating can come off when cooked at high temperatures. This can cause the emission of toxic chemicals and carcinogens.
As found in plastic and tin grocery items, Tupperware can also contain BPAs. These chemicals have been linked to cancer, developmental issues, and diabetes. When in doubt, use glass Tupperware.
Filter Water and Air
Without fresh air, many homes are plagued by pollutants. But there are things we can do to improve indoor air quality.
Open windows and doors when possible to allow fresh air to filter through your home. Replace cooling and heating filters often, 30 to 60 days on average. Potted plants can also help detoxify and cycle airflow in your home.
Invest in a water filtration system for safe drinking water. A shower head filter will keep out harsh chemicals and reduce the amount of chlorine in your water.
Say No to Synthetics
Certain fabrics in your home can contain toxins. Avoid stain-guarded, static resistant and flame retardant materials.
When able, opt for natural fibers and untreated fabrics. Cotton, wool, hemp, silk, and cashmere will be the least processed.
Although costly, consider organic fabrics, mattresses, and mattress pad covers.
Chemical Detox for a Healthy Lifestyle
Your home, body, and mind can all benefit from a chemical detox.
These small steps at home health can limit exposure to toxins and promote wellbeing for you and your family.
To keep up appearances:
- Vacuum your home at least once per week
- Shop online for the best natural cleaning products
- Beautify with natural alternatives
- Fill your fridge and pantry with healthy and organic groceries
Remember, a healthy home is a happy home.