Our homes should be a haven, a place for our families to restore and rejuvenate. Instead, the EPA says the air is up to 10 times more toxic than the outdoors. Ironically, the products we clean with are often to blame. Today there are over 17,000 chemicals allowed in conventional cleaning products, many of which are linked to respiratory issues, learning disabilities and cancer.
Even many of the so-called “green” products contain potentially not-so-safe ingredients. The multi-billion-dollar household cleaning product industry is largely unregulated, so I recommend we do the homework ourselves to protect our families.
It’s also important to realize that you struggle with autoimmune disease using products with harmful chemicals can put stress on the liver. If your liver is overtaxed, then the body can have a hard time detoxing. “When the detoxification pathways that line the gut are compromised, chemical sensitivity can arise. Furthermore, the leakage of toxins overburdens the liver so that the body is less to handle everyday chemicals in foods, water, and air.”
So how do you start detoxing your home?
1. Read the labels on your household cleaning products – If it has ingredients that you can’t pronounce, consider finding something else to use in your house. As a rule, I recommend using cleaning products that are chlorine bleach free, phosphate free, non-petroleum-based and chemical fragrance-free. (See below for my favorite non-toxic soap)
2. Open Your Windows – The air inside our homes can be more polluted that the air outside, especially if we’re using chemical cleaners. Open the windows and let some fresh air in.
3. Take off Your Shoes – Removing your shoes before you enter your home can help prevent heavy metals, pesticides, and other chemicals from coming into your home attached to the soles.
4. Bring nature inside – Indoor plants act as living air purifiers and provide a wonderful aesthetic benefit! If you have small children or pets, make sure the plants aren’t poisonous if ingested.
5. Get rid of synthetic fragrances – Synthetic fragrances emit dozens of chemicals into the air. This applies to air fresheners, laundry detergents, fabric softeners and dryer sheets.
“In one study, a plug-in air freshener was found to emit 20 different volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including seven regulated as toxic or hazardous under U.S. federal laws. These chemicals were not included on the label — only the word “fragrance” is required to be listed.
The actual composition of the fragrance is considered a ‘trade secret."
START WITH...Branch Basics Multi-Purpose Cleaners. This multi-purpose cleaner is strong enough to remove the most stubborn stickers from glass jars (and you know how extraordinary a feat that is!) but uses only the safest ingredients. Use BB for everything from laundry detergent to a kitchen cleanser. Keep in mind that it is extremely concentrated and designed to be highly diluted with water before use, so a little goes a very long way.
5 Ways to Detox Your Home!