If you’ve stumbled across this page, you’re thinking about throwing out all toxic products in your household and looking more toward a natural, non-toxic life.
Well, you’ve come to the right place.
Making this change is one of the best changes you can make for yourself and your family. Although, it may be incredibly overwhelming at first.
How do you even begin toxin-free living? Where do you start?
We have to factor in time, money, and the fact that most of us do live with other human beings.
Here are 8 steps on how to begin your natural non-toxic living journey!
CLEAN UP YOUR COSMETICS
Research what is in your beauty products.
Parabens, Triclosan and phthalates are the big ones to look for as these are endocrine disrupting chemicals.
Parabens are pretty easy to find: “propylparaben and methylparaben”
Phthalates, however, are sneaky. They are usually disguised as “fragrance (parfum)”.
Find better natural alternatives.
CHOOSE CLEANER PRODUCE
If you can avoid even a little pesticide residue, it is beneficial.
Going completely organic can be a little too much for some people, as it can get expensive.
This is especially important for produce that does not have a skin – Apples, lettuce, spinach, pears, and carrots.
Buy local and buy in bulk to freeze.
RID YOUR HOME OF ARTIFICIAL FRAGRANCE
Bathroom air refreshers, room sprays, plug-ins, scented candles, perfume, body mist, basically anything with a smell is probably full of toxic chemicals.
These items continually blow toxic fumes into your home.
Make use of Essential oils OR DIY room sprays.
An essential oil diffuser is a great tool for this.
AVOID PROCESSED VEGETABLE OILS
Processed oils can contribute to inflammation, mess up the omega fatty acid ratio of your body, cause heart disease, and are just very unhealthy.
Switch out your cooking oils: Canola, vegetable, peanut, or soybean oils. Use Avocado OR Coconut oil for heat and olive oil for dressings.
Then start looking for these oils in your food: Canned beans, chips, crackers, popcorn, trail mix, and anything preserved.
EMBRACE A NATURAL LAUNDRY ROUTINE
Laundry detergent, dryer sheets, and fabric softeners are toxic.
You are putting clothes, blankets, and towels on your body 24/7 and those chemicals are in contact with your skin all the time – they can be irritating to the skin and seen as a carcinogenic.
Find a natural laundry soap!
Recycling should be your last resort, because the energy it takes to recycle is not exactly eco-friendly.
Look for ways to prevent garbage from even accumulating.
Drink from reusable stainless steel or glass water bottles and coffee mugs. Bring reusable produce bags to the store with you. Embrace cloth wipes.
Get a compost bin going!
PHASE OUT PLASTIC
Plastic can contain endocrine-disrupting and carcinogenic chemicals, which include polyvinyl chloride, phthalates, and BPA.
Use glass jars for storage, glass or stainless steel cups for drinking, ceramic or bamboo plates, wooden cooking utensils, wooden or natural rubber baby toys, reusable storage bags, and reusable grocery totes.
Good luck on your natural, non-toxic journey and thank you for thinking about our beautiful planet by making an effort to becoming more eco-conscious!
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