Although we don’t have much say in the nasty chemicals in the air outside, we do have the power to make our homes a toxin-free haven! We deserve to have living spaces full of fresh, clean air where we can be at peace with what we are putting into our bodies and not have to worry about cancer-causing carcinogens. Many people unintentionally fill their homes with products that are not the safest and we think it’s time to put a stop to just that. We’ve got a few different ways to help you cancer-proof your humble abode to help you live a healthier life!
MAKE YOUR OWN CLEANING PRODUCTS
Although store-bought cleaning products do a great job at killing germs in our homes, they do an even better job at exposing us to all kinds of chemicals that are then absorbed into our skin and bodies. Avoiding this is simple and cheap: make your own cleaning solutions using ingredients like lemon juice, baking soda, and vinegar. You can finds tons of great recipes online to help you create the perfect cleaning concoction.
CLEAR THE AIR
We all want our homes to smell fresh and wonderful all the time, but synthetic canned sprays are literally chemicals in a bottle, many of which are directly linked with an increased risk of breast cancer. Instead of spraying scented air into your home, use a more natural form of air freshener like house plants or fresh flowers.
PAY ATTENTION TO INGREDIENTS IN BODY CARE PRODUCTS
Day after day we scrub our bodies, hair, and faces with all kinds of different products, letting their ingredients soak right into our skin. Take the time to read labels before you head to check out and avoid chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate, oxybenzone, and parabens (to name a few). Check out a full list of chemicals to avoid in our chemicals of concern post.
SAY NO TO NON-STICK, PLASTIC CONTAINERS, & CANNED GOODS
Simply put choose cast iron over non-stick and Teflon. Choose leech-free glass over plastic. And always say no to canned goods. These are all super easy switches that will leave you ingesting far less toxins.
DITCH YOUR SHOES INDOORS
Instead of tracking in dirt and chemicals from outside, opt to leave your shoes at the door. You’ll bring in way less chemicals to your home and it will make cleaning a lot easier for you. A win-win situation!
DON’T EAT TOXINS
A simple switch from factory-farmed processed foods to organic, unprocessed foods can have a huge impact on your body and overall health. By doing this, you avoid putting all those gnarly man-made chemicals into your body that come along with these types of foods.
FILTER YOUR WATER
Many of us don’t realize it, but the water we are bathing in and drinking from our sinks is actually rich with highly toxic chemicals such as fluoride, chlorine, and arsenic. An easy fix is to filter your drinking water before gulping down a glass and install a shower filter to clean up your bathing water. Water filtration systems are super reliable and can remove up to 99% of the chemicals out of your water.
DITCH THE SYNTHETICS
Basically, when it comes to textiles in your home, bedding, carpet, and everything in between, choose synthetic free materials. Organic cotton, linen, wool, and down are great alternatives to synthetic sheets and comforters, that will help you live greener and sleep better!
Source: Mind Body Green