Hidden Toxins in Your Home
Detoxification is a hot topic for obvious reasons. We all want a higher level of health. Detoxifying is one way that we can help purge the body’s load of hidden toxins. This is a worthy process because of the benefits one experiences when reducing their toxic load. Benefits include: improved skin health, increased mental clarity, enhanced energy levels, improved digestion, reduction of inflammation and weight loss to name a few.
Most times we are focused on how we can detox the body itself. Oftentimes, it’s an upward battle if we aren’t also considering the innumerable toxic exposures we are faced with in our environments. Therefore, it’s crucial to reduce as many toxic exposures as possible. Your home is a good place to start since most of your time is spent there.
It is well known that common household cleaning products are loaded with chemicals that interfere with the endocrine system. This is a group of organs and glands that produce and transit hormones. These toxins can also increase the risk of some cancers. Furthermore, these chemicals can cause other chronic health conditions like diabetes, hypothyroidism and reproductive disorders.
One of the easiest ways to reduce exposures is by switching to all-natural household cleaning products. It is easy to start with an all-purpose cleaner and a bathroom cleaner. These are simple alternatives and are super inexpensive to implement. If time is a factor, there are certainly many companies that create safer cleaning products.
Here are some simple DIY solutions you can try
- All-purpose cleaner: vinegar, water and drops of some essential oils make an excellent all purpose cleaner to use for counters, windows and floors. Vinegar is 5% acetic acid, which fights bacteria lurking in the home. Adding essential oil of lemon contains additional antibacterial properties to fight unwanted germs and offers a clean scent. An alternative option would be using Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap – ¼ cup Bronner’s Soap and 1-quart water mixed in a spray bottle.
- Bathroom cleaner: 2 cups warm water distilled for longer-term use or tap water for short-term use, 1 tablespoon baking soda, 2 tablespoons castile soap (Bronner’s or other), 30 drops tea tree essential oil, 20 drops sweet orange essential oil all mixed in a 16 ounce glass spray bottle. Use for cleaning the tub, toilet, sink and even the floor around the toilet, spray and wipe after a minute with a damp cloth. Care of Kristin Marr from Live Simply.
Hidden Toxins In The Laundry Room
- Laundry detergents – contain volatile organic compounds, which are suspected to be cancer-causing chemicals and aggravate pre-existing health problems like allergies, eczema and asthma to name a few. There are eco-friendly and health conscious commercial detergents available and I highly encourage you switch your family to one of these safer products. Boulder Laundry Detergent is one of many options.
- Fabric softener – has suspected cancer causing chemicals and lung irritants known as benzyl acetate and chloroform. An alternative would be ½ cup baking soda and a few drops of an essential oil (optional) – add this to your washing machine during its rinse cycle. Baking soda works by helping adjust the pH levels of your water and will help soften your fabrics as well.
- Bleach – I despise bleach… the organochlorines and chloroform present in bleach are also suspected cancer causing chemicals. Therefore, an alternative to bleach is ½ cup white vinegar and ¼ cup baking soda.
My rule of thumb is the scent. If it smells artificial, it’s probably home to hidden toxins. Pine sol, Comet, and other common cleaners just emanate unnatural chemicals. For many of my patients, they will know it’s toxic by the aggravation of their allergies, headaches or irritation of airways.
Above all, reducing exposure to these hidden toxins in your home is worth it! In making effort to live cleaner, you will reduce the burden these chemicals have on your detoxification system. Furthermore, this will allow you to better reach your health goals. You will also put your money into the support of companies who are thinking about their global impact. Certainly, these companies are trying to help create a healthier environment for generations to follow.