Aw yes, Spring is here! With the clean, fresh air breezing in and longer, lighter days it is the most motivating time of year to clean (other then the night before your in-laws are coming to visit). After months of germy enclosure it’s time to open those windows and get to cleaning- but make sure you do it right!
Scary fact- An alarming number of household products contain toxins that alone are considered at “safe” levels, but when all together in one house can add up to a lot daily of exposure.
Here is a handy printable checklist of possibly the most toxic products in your home and safer all-natural alternatives. You can find great DIY alternative options and instructions in the “sources” section below. So grab a couple of hefty trash bags, print this list, and get ready to set forth and significantly Detox your home today!
[__] Window Treatments
Replace with natural fibers like cotton, linen, silk, and wool
Avoid petroleum-based synthetics like polyester, nylon, and rayon
[__] Household Cleaners
Use natural mixtures, like 1/8cp white vinegar, 1/8cp baking soda, and 1 gal hot water.
Avoid Phthalates, Perchloroethylene or “PERC”, Triclosan, Quarternary Ammonium, Butoxyethanol, Ammonia,Chlorine,Sodium Hydroxide
Replace with a certified organic mattress, wool mattress, or obtain a prescription for chemical free mattress
Avoid toxic flame retardants like Boric acid, Rayon treated with silica, Melamine resin, and PCDE’s (polybrominated diphenyl ethers).
Replace with a natural organic brand or make your own with natural ingredients and herbal scents
Avoid Sulfates Parabens Fragrance Triclosan Polyethylene Glycol
[__] Body Wash
Replace with organic natural soaps and essential oils or other natural scents
Avoid Triclosan, Dioxane, Sodium laurel sulfate (SLS), Diethanolamine (or DEA), Formaldehyde, Parabens, unnatural Fragrances,PEG-6
Use natural toothpaste recipes with ingredients like coconut oil and baking soda, or purchase organic
Avoid Triclosan, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Artificial Sweeteners, Fluoride, Propylene Glycol, Diethanolamine(DEA),Microbeads
[__] Shower Curtains
Replace with organic materials like nylon, hemp or organic cotton
Avoid Vinal (PVC),Phthalates, and Vinyl Chloride
[__] Topical Beauty Supplies
Replace with organic, natural products or make your own DIY natural alternatives
Avoid most commercial brands- way to many chemicals to list! Your best options are to replace any commercial brand beauty products with organic or 100% natural products, or make your own!
[__] Air fresheners
Replace with natural essential oils or all natural products
Avoid all manufactured air fresheners if you can! A 2007 study tested 74 common air freshening products and reported that a total of more than 350 dangerous chemicals and allergens were detected
[__] Laundry Detergent
Replace with all natural brands or make your own
Avoid synthetic fragrances, brighteners like benzoxazolyl, and diaminostilbene disulfonate, stabilizers like (EDTA) & petroleum distillates.
Replace with re-usable options
Avoid plastics as much as possible. Not only can contain chemicals harmful to our bodies like Bisphenol A or BPA, Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate or DEHP, but it is not biodegradable and can cause major environmental concerns as it continues to pile up in our oceans and our earth.
With these tips you can breathe easy knowing that you are eliminating more and more toxins from your home.
Now for a real challenge, are you ready to detox yourself?
ORGANIC BRANDS & DIY OPTIONS
Window Treatments, Floor Cleaners, Household Cleaners, Air Fresheners, Shower Curtains, Shampoo, Shower Gel, After Shave, Toothpaste, Deodorant, Lipstick, Eye Shadow, Makeup Remover, Laundry Detergent, Fabric Softener, reusable containers