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Toxin Free Home

January 22nd, 2013 03:09:00 pm

Although we cannot control the world and all of the pollutants around us, we can effectively create a toxin free home as a reprieve from the rest of the world. Following is a list of items I have researched and changed in my quest to eliminate toxic household products. I wanted to make my home a haven for my body to repair itself from the free radicals and toxins hitting us daily. Things to consider include:

Toxin Free Home

  • Water supply:  Consider a whole house water filtration system. This cleans and filters not only the water you drink, but also the water you use to wash clothing and dishes and even bathe in. Did you know that when you flush your toilet, the chemicals in the city water become airborne and are breathed into your lungs?

 

  • Pesticides, Weed Killers, Fertilizer:  We have eliminated them. Our dogs will no longer be subject to ugly chemicals when they roll about on the grass. Our neighbors still use these things, so we are still subject to airborne drift, but at least our exposure is reduced greatly.

 

  • Toiletries:  Check the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database (ewg.org). This is a good resource to assist you in finding products that are safe for you and your family, and that do not introduce unwanted toxins into your home such as phthalates, parabens etc. I changed my shampoo and eliminated conditioner altogether, replacing it with a Hair Serum oil that works better! I also changed my toothpaste, deodorant, bath products and lotions.

 

  • Household cleaning products: Save tons of money by purchasing a gallon of Vinegar for a buck. This is really all you need to clean your bathrooms, floors etc. It is also terrific for expanding the life of your berries… wash them in a 10 to 1 water to vinegar solution, then rinse with clear water and store. They will last twice as long.

 

  • Dryer sheets and laundry fabric softeners:  I’ve eliminated them all and replaced them with essential oils. The synthetic fragrances in these products are absorbed through your skin through your laundry, sheets and clothing which is right up against your skin. This creates just another toxin that your body has to fight off. You will probably find, like my family did, that you don’t miss them!

 

  • Air Fresheners and Sprays:  I’ve eliminated these as well. Keep soy candles or essential oils in a spritzer available if needed. Otherwise, you are breathing these toxic fumes directly into your lungs.

 

  • Food:  Attempt to eat whole, preferably organic, produce and free-range, organic meats to reduce your exposure to added hormones, pesticides and fertilizers. Also try to avoid dairy products that contain the genetically engineered recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST). We shop for grass-fed, antibiotic free…

 

  • Processed, prepackaged foods:  We attempt to eliminate them from our household. This is not to say that we don’t enjoy meals out and have to compromise, but at least the majority of the food we eat is fresh, raw, unprocessed and does not have soy and chemicals such as BPA and phthalates.

 

  • Glass Storage:  Store your food and beverages in glass rather than plastic, and avoid using plastic wrap and canned foods (which are often lined with BPA-containing liners). We have also replaced all water bottles in our house with Glass bottles that we wash/sanitize and re-fill with our own filtered water.

  

As mentioned in previous writings… an important part of living a healthier lifestyle is not only in evaluating what you eat, but also the manner in which it is prepared. One area that’s often overlooked is food becoming contaminated because of certain types of cookware. If you are investing in antibiotic free, grass fed meats and organic pesticide free vegetables, it does not make sense to forget to examine closely what you are preparing them in, and storing them in.  A great place to start is by making sure you have safe, non-toxic cookware. For assistance in this element of creating a toxin free home you can check out the safest and most convenient cookware available.

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