Looking for ways to make your home safer this year? Here are 5 super simple changes that can help to minimize toxins in your home!
Why minimize toxins?
A lot of the toxins we are exposed to in our daily lives come from the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the household products we use.
All of which can be improved upon by simple actions we take.
If you are looking to minimize toxins in your home and create a safer home environment, then here are five simple changes you can make today to begin minimizing toxins in your home.
How to Minimize Toxins
A lot of the toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis come from the products we buy from “industry”.
Therefore, by throwing away and exchanging some of our everyday purchases with safer nontoxic versions, we can drastically reduce the toxin load on our bodies.
1) Store Food in Glass
This is going to sound super simple and super boring, but you have no clue how big of a difference this truly makes!
When we store our food in plastic containers chemicals leach out into our food. Chemicals that have been shown to disrupt our endocrine system/hormones, decrease fertility, and that are linked to metabolic disorders like obesity.
Also, I recommend glass nesting bowls for all your cooking and baking needs. And if you’re looking for an alternative to plastic wrap, adding a beeswax cover, a silicone stretch lid, or even a tea towel to the top of these bowls is a great way to cover these for refrigerator storage.
2) Change Your Cleaning Products
A lot of the chemicals that we are exposed to everyday are not only in the foods we eat, but the air we breathe.
Our cleaning products for example, off-gas and create toxic plumes inside our houses that we are not even aware of.
That is why I suggest not only changing your cleaning products to natural alternatives, but all together throwing out any of these harmful cleaning products.
Even when stored inside of bottles, these chemicals are leaking into the air we breathe.
Just think of when you go down the cleaning supplies isle in the grocery store.
What do you smell?
So even when the bottle is closed, the chemicals are still reaching you!
If you still want to use these conventional products, then place them outside, in your garage, or some place else with good ventilation.
But I really cannot recommend enough just throwing them out all together!!!
For ideas on how to switch to natural cleaning products, please feel free to read my some of my other articles listed below:
3) Add Some Plants
Another great way to detox the air inside your home is by adding some toxin-filtering plants to your home’s repertoire.
Not only do our cleaning products off-gas chemicals, but a lot of our home’s building materials and furniture does as well.
While there are ways to minimize those chemicals, by making educated and conscious purchases, this is often an expensive process.
If you do not have the disposable income to begin making such big purchases, then an easy way to cut down on the chemicals we are breathing in is by adding some air-filtering plants to your home.
A great place to start is with these 8 plants that filter formaldehyde from the air:
- Rubber Tree (poisonous if ingested by pets or humans)
- Peace Lily (poisonous if ingested by pets or humans)
- Snake Plant
- Spider Plant
- Dumb Cane
- Money Plant
- Moth Orchid
4) Get a Water Filter
Even though our municipal water sources may be good at getting rid of dangerous bacteria from our drinking water, they are not as good at removing chemicals from our drinking water.
Especially those chemicals that are added to “clean” our water like chlorine.
Honestly, where I live, whenever we fill the bathtub up, our house ends up smelling like a hotel swimming pool…
Therefore, to clean our drinking water, we opt for the Zero Water Pitcher filter.
That being said, we do not use, nor do I recommend, the ever-popular Britta Filter because it is not as strong as the Zero Water filter when it comes to filtering out toxins.
Therefore, we opt for the middle ground in terms of both power and cost and use the Zero Water Filter.
5) Change Your Toothpaste
Another super simple and inexpensive thing to do to limit you and your family’s exposure to toxins is to change your toothpaste to an all-natural one.
I emphasize the words all natural because the ever-popular brands Tom’s isn’t all natural unless your specifically buy the SLS and Fluoride Free option.
That being said, I recommend the brand, Hello.
It is free from Fluoride, SLS, other dangerous chemicals, and is super minty!
By the way, you may think that fluoride is essential for your teeth health, but fluoride is actually very toxic!
It has actually been categorized as more toxic than lead! With related health issues such as neurological disfunction, osteoarthritis, cardiovascular issue, and thyroid problems.
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