The first signs of toxic buildup in your body is fatigue and inflammation. Sound familiar? Toxins are all around us, in our furniture, the paint on our walls, in the air from cars and fumes from building materials and even inside us as a byproduct of our own metabolisms. We are introduced to much more daily toxins than we were originally designed to be filtering and as a result, they build up and are stored, causing a variety of havoc.
Toxins are literally inescapable. But reducing our toxic load is something we CAN do in the face of this daunting knowledge and should do to make our bodies their best. Reducing this toxic load where we can improves our immune system, cancer risks, inflammation and even reduce the risk of debilitating brain deterioration. A detox or a cleanse allows our body to catch up on all the “dirty laundry” and reducing our toxic load allows us to store less. Aside from eating the right foods, enjoying habits like massages and detox baths, breaking a sweat and avoiding chemically laden food “products”, we can also reduce our exposures in the things with which we choose to clean our houses, laundry and selves. There are several alternatives to things like ammonia, bleach, and other lesser known toxins hiding in our cabinets and mixing in with our bath water.
To make this easy, I have included 10 things that you can replace in your home to start your reduction of toxins that you are exposed to on a regular basis. I’ve chosen the ones that I find fairly affordable as for some reason it is seen as a “luxury” to use products that are non-toxic and environmentally more friendly. For your convenience, I have included some affiliate links. For more information on my affiliate policy please click here.
10 things you can replace in your home to reduce your toxic load
Replace bleach with Hydrogen Peroxide.
- This natural whitener will get blood out of something snow white, can be diluted and is also good for cleaning mold.
Replace your bathroom scouring powder or “soft-scrub” by combining Castile Soap and Baking Soda.
- This will clean ANYTHING. I’ve even used it as an oven cleaner!I like to use the tea tree variety of castile soap because itea tree is antifungal (good for bathroom mold prevention), anti-biotic, anti-microbial and anti-viral. This ingredient gives the soap an extra boost in the cleaning department.
Replace your dishwasher Detergent with an environmentally friendly version.
Replace your dishsoap with a non-toxic option.
Replace your all purpose sprays (all of them) and your mopping liquid with this all purpose cleaner.
- The yummy, non perfume-y scents are a major bonus. This cab be used in kitchen or bathroom or on floors.
Shampoo and Conditioner.
- There are so many options our there but after comparing brands I have decided this one is my favorite
- I can confidently recommend this brand and also this one.
These are things we buy all the time and it is just as easy to buy these (maybe easier since we can order then from our couch) as it is more toxic brands. And every little bit counts, right? and considering these are things we come in contact with multiple times a day, these reductions can really add up for our bodies (and the earth).
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