Removing Toxic Chemicals from the Home
When we think about detoxing we generally think about our body, in particular our liver and kidneys. This is incredibly important and as you know I recommend undertaking this at least once a year. However how about if we also reduced our exposure to toxins and chemicals in the first place? This would reduce the burden on our detoxification pathways and dramatically improve our health.
Many of these chemicals are unknowingly introduced by us into our household and can be easily swapped out for healthier options. Not one for waste, I suggest that as you run out of an item you replace it with something better. This will save money and also give you time to do some research on alternative options. Here are some items you need to consider:
BODY PRODUCTS: Makeup, Face Creams, Face Wash, Face Wipes, Soap, Shampoo Conditioner, Toothpaste, Perfume, Body Sprays, Powder, Hair Products, Anti-perspirants, Sunscreen, Fake Tan, Personal Hygiene Products.
KITCHEN: Non-stick pans, Copper pans, Plastic microwave containers, Dishwashing liquid, Dishwasher detergent, Spray Cleaners, Oven Cleaner.
GENERAL HOUSEHOLD: Air Fresheners, Synthetic Candles, Insect Sprays.
CLEANERS: Bleach, Glass Cleaner, Mould Killer, Disinfectant, Wipes, Floor Cleaner.
LAUNDRY: Laundry Detergent, Fabric Softener, Stain Removal.
HERE IS SOME GENERAL ADVICE TO GET YOU STARTED:
When searching for replacement ingredients beware of phrases like 'Natural Ingredients' but rather read the contents.
Swap plastic container for glass when reheating. Plastics break down and release chemicals into your food.
Swap non-stick and copper pans for cast iron or stainless steel. Non-stick pans contain chemicals that have been linked to cancer.
Synthetic scents in sprays, perfumes and candles swap for essential oils
With cleaning products avoid chemicals such as phthalates and chemical surfactants. Natural products like baking soda, Borax, soap powder, vinegar, lemon and hot water work just as well without coating your home in toxins.
Including the above opt for personal products with mineral-based pigments and natural oils.
Choose soaps and shampoos free of synthetic fragrances and chemicals such as triclosan and parabens.
Avoid sunscreens containing chemical ingredients such as oxybenzone, octinoxate. Natural sunscreens containing zinc are best.
These products can be expensive so replace over time as you run out.
If you get your house professionally cleaned, keep them accountable and ask that they use eco friendly chemical free products. We have now started our own cleaning business called Tox Free Clean in our local area, not just for our clients but to ensure the health of our staff and the environment. www.toxfreeclean.com.au