Did you know that your, home, your safe haven, is more than likely filled with hidden toxins? These synthetic dangers are lurking within our carpets, paint, furniture, and food. just to start with. Toxins are also found in many of the very things that we use to make our homes smell “fresh” and feel “clean”. Cleaning products, laundry detergents, fabric softeners, air fresheners and many candles emit toxins into our environments. If you think about the wide reach these products have; they are where we sleep, where we eat and in the air we are breathing.
While it may be unreasonable to think that in today’s world, we can rid our homes of all toxins, there are many simple steps we can take to greatly reduce the everyday exposure of toxins to ourselves and our families. For example, did you know that indoor air is up to 5 times more polluted than outdoor air! To help combat this, grow indoor plants, such as English Ivy, Peace Lilies or Spider Plants, which are natural detoxifiers. Another idea is to simply open up your windows when you can, letting indoor air out and outdoor air in! The flip side of this coin is that not all that we let in from outdoors is good. Dirt and other debris, laden with pesticides and other toxins can be brought in on our shoes. Be sure to have a doormat right outside the door and consider taking off your shoes before entering your home.
Avoid phthalates and other harmful chemicals in standard household cleaners by switching to non-toxic products such as, Perfectly Natural Soap’s All-Purpose Cleaning Spray. It is safe, effective and 100% plant derived. You can also safely incorporate baking soda, vinegar, lemon and pure essential oils, such as tea tree oil, lime and cinnamon oils (which contain anti-bacterial properties) into your natural cleaning regimen! Perfectly Natural Soap carries an All-Natural Laundry Soap as well. It is free from synthetic detergents and it leaves your clothes clean and soft!
Stop using synthetic air fresheners and opt for diffusing pure essential oils or clean burning candles made from apricot, coconut or bees wax. Other candles, containing paraffin, release nasty chemicals when burned, such as benzene, toluene, and ketones.
Other suggestions for reducing your in-home exposure to everyday toxins are:
While it may feel, unnerving to think about the many sources of toxins that we are exposed to daily in our homes, don’t let it overwhelm you. Start with what is easiest to change and continue to build on it, reducing your family’s exposure to toxins and creating a safer, cleaner living space for you all!