Hey there, lovelies!
Today I want to talk about the importance of ridding your home and environment of chemicals, along with ways to go about this is in a budget-friendly way. The average home today contains anywhere from 500-1,000 chemicals. I’m sure many of you have heard or read scary stories about the way chemicals in our plastic, our cleaning agents, even our deodorant and makeup have been linked to an alarming number of health problems. These health problems range from issues of the immune system, endocrine system, reproductive system and many more. Cancer and other serious/life-threatening conditions have been linked to the use of plastic containing BPA, and to many of the chemicals found in things we use around the house. So many things in our 21st century environment are not as safe as they may seem… why take the risk? There are so many natural options on the market today that can be trusted and used without putting a dent in your budget. Let me take you through what I did in my home to get rid of unnatural products and replace them with things I can trust. Look for products that have basic ingredients you can pronounce, usually they’ll be labeled with things like “Plant-Based”, “Chemical Free”, or “Organic”.
• Food Containers: While many plastics today say on the box that they are “BPA free” this cannot always be trusted. Many plastics with this claim still contain small amounts of the chemical and should be avoided. A great alternative is a set of glass food containers. I purchased mine off of Amazon for under $30 and said goodbye to my plastic Tupperware (they were getting a bit worn out anyway). I also went through and replaced plastic cutting boards, mixing bowls, measuring cups, utensils… just about any plastic I could find was replaced with glass, metal or wood alternatives.
• Cleaning Products: When you think of chemicals in your home, things like your cleaners probably come to mind as the obvious culprits. Harsh chemicals are being used to clean so many areas in our homes, chemicals which we then touch and inhale all day long. There are lots of natural cleaning agents out there that do just as good of a job and are safe for our bodies to be around constantly. The Honest Company makes so many great products that are totally affordable, so does Method. Mrs. Meyer’s products are my personal favorite, I love the lemon verbena scent (their ingredients are derived from plants and essential oils). You can also use good old vingar diluted in water for cleaning many different surfaces. I replaced all of our cleaners, towels and sponges with natural ones for under $30!
• Makeup: Ladies, listen up. So much of the pretty makeup we wear contains nasty chemicals that are then absorbed into our bodies through our skin! Yuck! As a lady we have our hormones to keep in check, and you know what can make a huge difference in the health of your endocrine system and hormones? Having a clean, natural, healthy and chemical-free environment. Brands like Almay and Physician’s Formula carry organic and chemical free lines, and they can be bought at your grocery store or Target for no more than you were already paying for other brands like Covergirl or L’Oreal. I actually like the natural stuff better than what I used to use!
• Hygiene: Now think about personal hygiene… shampoo, conditioner, facewash, bodywash, deodorant, perfume, tampons… all of these contain ingredients that can be harmful to your body, and just like makeup they can be easily absorbed by your skin. Luckily, most stores today have clearly labeled sections for natural products. I was amazed at how easily I found natural and organic options for little more than what I paid before. Or you can just do a little digging online if you can’t find what you need in the store.
• Fresh Air: Open your windows as much as possible (not an easy task this time of year) to keep air flowing and clean. You can also use plants in your home to clean the air. Get your diffuser going with essential oils to refresh, and try to use a broom as much as possible instead of a vacuum to avoid stirring up dust in the air.
• Water Filter: This is one I still need to implement myself. Filtering the tap water you drink is a good idea for obvious reasons, but can be easily forgotten. Make it happen so that you can know the water you’re using is fresh and clean.
• Packaging: You know those plastic bags they have at the grocery store for your fruits and veggies? Try to bring your own paper ones, or take your fruits and veggies out of their plastic bags and wash them as soon as you get home. Also be mindful of the plastic packaging on other foods you may be buying. Paper bags (basic, natural ones) are a cheap alternative, and you can always store things in your new glass containers.
There you have it, now you have a basic guideline for detoxifying your home of chemicals that can and do cause your body harm. Taking care of yourself and living a healthy lifestyle goes beyond eating right and working out. Put in the effort and your body with thank you!