Detoxing, cleansing, dieting, “watching what we eat”. Terms we all know about and know the importance of helping to eliminate junk from our bodies. When we’re not feeling our best, we often make adjustments to our diets to get us back to health or at the very least, feeling better.
But, let’s talk about the importance of detoxing our home. Environmental toxins in our home affect our body and we don’t even know it. It’s probably because we don’t actually see it harming us. But, it is.
Chemicals in cleaning products can enter our bodies by absorption through the skin or through ingestion of household dust and chemical residues left on dishes and cutlery. And when cleaning products are flushed down the drain, they can have a serious impact on aquatic ecosystems.
But, what about their effects on our body? According to the Environmental Working Group, they are endless:
– birth defects
– developmental affects
– asthma and other respiratory issues
– chemical burns and poisonings as well as less severe irritations and allergies
– and, if we want to be vain, harsh chemicals mess with our endocrine (hormones) system which affect metabolism making it harder to lose those pounds.
I made some significant steps almost two years ago when I started studying nutrition and learned about how our lifestyle and the environment we live in can harm our health.
So, I embarked on a mission to detoxify my home. And…
It’s so freaking easy peeps!!! And…
It could save you money and, most importantly, save your health!
Here are 4 Simple Ways To Detox Your Home (and, I’m giving away a recipe):
1) Learn to read your labels
I’m still trying to get my husband to read food labels. Now cleaning product labels? Ha ha. I’ll take care of that. But, all kidding aside, you should be able to read all of the ingredients on the list of ingredients. It should also not be a monstrosity of a list either. When I’m not sure, I always look up ingredients that I am unfamiliar with. A simple google search can do it but I always put my trust and faith into the Environmental Working Group’s database.
2) Incorporate Essential Oils into your home
This was a big, BIG change in our home when we started using certified pure, therapeutic grade essential oils into our lives. We’ve used them in so many aspects and one of the main ways that we’ve done so is our cleaning products.
Essential oils have antibacterial and anti fungal properties to them, making them an ideal choice for cleaning. The chemical structure of essential oils also allows them to be absorbed into the bloodstream via the skin for internal benefit throughout the body. So, that means they will not negatively affect your health.
Look at the ways you can use EO’s in your home:
– a natural disinfectant on surfaces
– laundry detergent and fabric softener
– make up brush and tooth brush cleaner
– toilet bowl cleaner
– household cleaner (see recipe below)
– glass cleaner
– wood polisher
– air freshener
– toothpaste and mouthwash
– yoga mat spray
AND, so much more!
Disclaimer: I should be clear here and tell you that not all essential oils are alike. The brand that I use and trust are DoTERRA Essentials Oils for many reasons which you can learn about here.
3) Purify the air that you breathe
Sounds like a challenge but there are so many things that you can do to naturally clean the air that you breath.
Start with plants. By adding a few plants in your home, you can increase the oxygen levels and clean the air.
Diffuse. Incorporate a few citrus essential oils that will naturally purify your air and leave a nice (and healthy) scent.
4) Make your own household cleaners.
It’s a lot easier than it sounds. And, if you’re watching your spending, you’re going to find that you will be saving! In many cases, all you need are a few simple, inexpensive, readily available products: water, white vinegar and bicarbonate soda being the main choices.
And, if you are looking for certified pure, therapeutic grade essential oils, check out the price per drop for a bottle that contains about 250 drops per bottle.
That’s going to take you a long way, right? You can get started by reading through my essential oils page to learn about your purchasing options.
Non-Toxic Everyday Cleaner
:: 1/4 cup white vinegar
:: 1 3/4 cup water
:: 30 drops any doTERRA citrus essential oils such as lemon, wild orange or citrus bliss blend.
:: Combine all of the ingredients in a glass spray bottle. Shake before using to clean and disinfect.
How easy is that? Now, it’s your turn. Do you feel that you need to detox the cleaning products in your home? Tell me in the comments below!