Reducing chemicals in your home is easy with these 5 simple steps! Ditch the toxins and make these cost effective changes.
Has anyone else watched the documentary “The Human Experiment” on Netflix? We sat down and watched it recently and it was yet another reminder to try and limit the number of chemicals we are putting in and on our bodies daily! Whilst I have been mindful of the chemicals surrounding me for quite some time, there are still some areas I’ve been yet to change, and this included some of my cleaning products. This documentary was another push in the right direction for me to finalise this step and I have to say that it was so easy I feel a little silly not having done it sooner!
If you haven’t seen the documentary, I’d definitely recommend giving it a view. Just briefly – it tells the personal stories of people who believe their lives have been affected by chemicals (presenting in cancer, infertility and autism). It also follows activists who are battling against the powerful and well-funded chemical industry to petition the government to make changes to ensure our products are safer.
There are many changes you can make today that put you in control on the toxins that are being used in your household! Here’s 5 simple steps to reducing chemicals in your home.
Change your regular hand soap to natural soap
Most supermarkets already offer natural soap alternatives that are priced similarly to the leading brands. You can go further here and upgrade your body wash to a natural alternative too.
Change your all-purpose cleaner to a natural alternative
Again, most supermarkets offer a natural alternative or you can make your own by mixing together ½ cup of vinegar, 2 tablespoons of baking soda and a few drops of your favourite essential oils into a spray bottle. You can go further here by changing your laundry detergent, toilet cleaner, glass cleaner, floor cleaner and more. Again, there are many DIY natural cleaners you can create (google!), but for most of us simply taking the time to read the products on offer in the supermarket will allow you to reduce 1000’s of chemicals that are in your home.
Ditch disposable plastic water bottles and invest in a BPA-free bottle
BPA has been found to cause hormone disruption and has been banished from most products over the past few years. Most water bottles on the market now are BPA-free so this should be easy for you to pick up. Steel or glass containers are the best, as the jury is still out on the BPA alternatives that companies are putting in plastic bottles. As well as reducing unnecessary landfill with disposable plastic water bottles (environment win!), it’s also cost effective. Go further here and ensure your storage containers are BPA-free too.
Leave your shoes at the door
We’ve always had a shoe free home but aside from avoiding marks on the carpet there are health benefits too. Shoes can pick up lead, pesticides and other pollutants, which can contaminate our carpets and floors. Leave a shoe-rack by the front door and ask your guests to kindly remove their shoes.
Use filtered water
Chemicals that can be found in our tap water include:
- Pesticides and herbicides
- Chlorine and chlorination by-products
There are many easy and effective ways to filter your water. These can include a jug filter, tap mounted, counter-top, under-sink and many more. Again, google will be your friend here as you can look up the best options to suit your budget and lifestyle.