Yay!! Its spring time and you know what that means. It’s a time where we get an urge to purge.
Studies show an estimate that the average home can have 400+ chemicals inside. Your home may look clean, but it can be filled with chemicals and toxins you can’t see with the naked eye.
These toxins can come from cleaning detergents, furniture, and other items. Toxins can also come from the paint on your walls or the type of floors you use.
These toxins may be invisible, but they have a big impact on health.
They can cause asthma and other respiratory challenges. They can affect allergies. Some experts suggest that many other serious health issues, such as autoimmune diseases, and even behavioral issues, stem from the large amount of chemicals in our homes.
As a mom with kids with allergies & one with asthma. This is an issue is near and dear to my heart. It is also a way to clear your mind. Think of it this way, cleaning can be a relaxing way to clear your mind.
So how can you reduce the toxins in your home?
Consider these action steps:
- Open the windows. Researchers estimate that the air inside a home is five times more polluted than the outside.
- Discussions about air pollution are common for the outside, but what about the inside of your home? Your house can have more toxins and chemicals in the air than your backyard.
- Opening the windows is a simple way to circulate the air and reduce the amount of toxins inside.
- Leave your shoes outside or in a specific area. Your shoes can track more than just dirt into the house. The shoes you wear outside can also bring toxins and chemicals indoors.
- You may want to leave your shoes outside or designate a specific area at the front of the house to keep them. You don’t want to wear your outdoor shoes through your home.
- Consider your dry cleaning. Dry cleaning also brings extra chemicals into your life. With dry cleaning, your “clean” clothes are covered in chemicals, which get on you the next time you put them on.
- Dry cleaners use perchloroethylene, and this chemical can affect allergy and asthma patients. It can also lead to headaches and dizziness in large amounts. Ask your dry cleaners if they use this chemical in their products.
- Try to avoid dry cleaning or use natural or green dry cleaner services that don’t use perchloroethylene.
- Replace your cleaning supplies. Do you have an entire cabinet filled with cleaning supplies and detergents? How many chemicals are in these supplies, and do you know how they affect your health?
- To detox, try green or natural cleaning supplies.
- You can also make your own cleaning supplies with vinegar, baking soda, and other natural ingredients. You can find multiple recipes online for natural DIY cleaners that only require a few ingredients.
- I love doTerra products. Click on my page here & check out their On Guard products for cleaning as a natural way of cleaning.
- While you’re checking your cleaning supplies, also evaluate how often you clean. Cleaning more often can also help reduce the toxins in the air.
- Replace your personal care items. Personal care items are a large source of chemicals and toxins. They can fill the air, and you may also be wearing them on your body. Your skin is your largest organ! What are you putting on it that it drinks in each day?
- Look at the labels. How many chemicals and toxins are in your hair spray, lotion, shampoo, and other personal care items? Even your favorite perfume can be filled with toxins that stay in the air of your house.
- To detox, research natural, organic, and green alternatives and use these instead of your chemical-filled items.
Don’t worry about needing help detoxifying your home. You can detox your home with or without the help of professionals. These steps will get you started on the journey of a cleaner home to a peace of mind.