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When was the last time you looked at a label that wasn’t on a box of food? So many of us buy Windex and Clorox wipes without a second thought because it’s something we’re used to. We grew up watching our moms clean with these things and, for many of us, that Clorox smell (or PineSol!) is what we associate with “clean”.
It’s hard to overcome these thoughts and early experiences, but when we start looking into it more, we realize how bad some of these chemicals are for ourselves and our families. I mean, they have warning labels on them for a reason (uh, I never realized that we were supposed to wear GLOVES when using these things! How many people actually read that? Pretty sure I’ve never seen anyone put on gloves before using a Clorox wipe!).
There are already so many toxins in the air we breathe and the world we live in, your home is one place where you have some control over the toxins that are there.
Here are my top tips for beginning the transition to toxin-free.
To see some lower toxin cleaning products, check out this post.
If you’re ready to start using greener cleaning tools, you’ll want to see some options here.
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Use and replace
The first step is to do the use and replace method. If you are currently using Lysol wipes around your home, you have a choice for how to make the switch to a more natural, lower toxin product.
If you don’t mind spending the extra money, toss the wipes and go for a natural alternative instead.
If you don’t want to waste the product, use it up and when it’s gone, replace it with a cleaner alternative.
When you do this for each item in your home, you’ll find that it’s much easier to spread out the cost and ditch the overwhelm of looking at each product around your home.
Eliminate processed foods
When you think of a toxic home, food is not one of the first things that usually comes to mind!
However, food is one of the easiest places to start.
Start by eliminating processed foods (I know! Easier said than done with kids. But the younger you start offering whole food options the easier it will be).
These are usually full of chemicals to help preserve them and extend their shelf life.
This going to be an easy first step (after all, you can’t eat what you don’t buy at the store).
And remember, this doesn’t have to be all or nothing! If you feel overwhelmed, start replacing food items one at a time.
If there’s something that you just can’t give up, try to set a limit for yourself and only buy enough so that it’s a treat rather than an everyday snack.
I think Lily Nichols is a great dietitian focused on whole food diet. You can check out her pregnancy nutrition book here.
For info on switching to a Whole Food diet, this cookbook will give you the recipes, tips and easy to follow guide to making the change. See current price here.
Make your own products
If you want to find a way to introduce toxic free alternatives into your home, you can start by making them yourself!
Pick just three items in your home that you want to replace with a nontoxic alternative and make your own.
There are hundreds of recipes out there for everything from bleach alternatives to skincare products.
Once you’ve got the hang of these, move on to another three.
For DIYers, check out this recipe book for natural cleaners:
Or this recipe book:
Rid your home of artificial fragrances
We all have that stash of candles, Febreeze and other air fresheners in our home.
But they don’t call fragrance the new smoking for nothing! There’s tons of harmful chemicals in these products and when you switch to a more natural option you may even find that the scents are overwhelming and bothersome.
This is a great place to start as there are easy to replace alternatives that will make your home smell just as wonderful (check out this natural air freshener post for lots of good options)!
You can create your own stovetop potpourri or diffuse essential oils.
You can even go a step further and make your own candles!
Make it easy
If this is something you want to stick to long-term, you need to make sure it’s just as easy as picking up the laundry detergent at the grocery store.
Do some research on non-toxic products or ingredients to watch out for and keep that list handy when you go to the store.
Don’t try to make everything yourself or you will quickly burn out – also, don’t research every single item right now.
Just pick a few to start thinking about.
Make being a nontoxic household easy, and in no time you’ll start to realize that more and more of your home is becoming non-toxic!
Easing into this transition is what is going to help make it easier and have the benefits stick with you for the long haul!