The average American spends approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. And while most people are aware that outdoor air pollution can damage their health, many do not know that indoor air pollutants can also do the same.
Indeed, studies of human exposure to air pollutants by EPA indicate that indoor levels of pollutants may be 2 to 5 times – and occasionally more than 100 times – higher than outdoor pollutant levels.
Whether you’re suffering from weight gain, fatigue, headaches, allergies, asthma, digestive problems, skin issues, or even recovering from cancer, these 10 Healthier Home Products will greatly help reduce your toxic load. In addition to eating a healthy, organic daily diet, reducing the amount of toxins you’re exposed to in your home environment will naturally support weight loss and improve your overall health.
1. Soap Nuts
Soap nuts are a 100 percent natural, hypoallergenic alternative to laundry detergent and fabric softeners. Soap nuts are what laundry detergents are made out of, but without all the chemicals, fragrances and other harmful ingredients. Simply put 5 soap nuts in the cotton drawstring bag provided and add to your wash. Note: you can add a little oxygen bleach for whites. Remove the bag before you transfer your clothes to the dryer. Reuse the soap nuts for 5 loads or when the nuts start to deteriorate.
2.Wool Dryer Balls
Use wool dryer balls and essential oils instead of dryer sheets or plastic dryer balls that leach chemicals into your clothes and, eventually, end up on your skin. Wool dryer balls are a much healthier alternative as they soften laundry, reduce drying time by up to 25 percent, reduce static, and help you save money due to the fact that they will last for thousands of loads. Add to your dryer with optional essential oils for scent. I dry our bed sheets with rosemary and lemon (great for getting rid of spiders), couch blankets with super relaxing lavender, and kitchen towels with refreshing orange and eucalyptus essential oils.
3. Essential Oils
Ditch the artificial air fresheners and cancer-causing candles. Essential oils are excellent for making your own room spray when combined with water or can be added to cleaning products for a natural scent. If you love candles, avoid petroleum-based ones such as gel and paraffin. Select soy or beeswax candles instead. Read more about the health benefits of essential oils here.
4. Microfiber Cloths
A magic fabric, microfiber clothes are an easy way to clean without using any cleaning products. You can even get microfiber mops for hardwood, laminate or tile floors. Use wet microfiber cloths for cleaning and dry for dusting. Read more about microfiber cloths here.
5. White Vinegar
Whether you want to freshen up the fridge or tidy up the toilet, white vinegar works well as an all-purpose, non-toxic cleaner throughout the home. Straight up or mixed with water and essential oils, vinegar is a much cheaper solution to replace the pricey products congregated under your sink.
6. Baking Soda
Similar to vinegar, baking soda can be used for many cleaning tasks around the house. Try these 31 Surprising Baking Soda Uses.
7. Castile Soap
Dr. Bronner’s high quality castile soap can be used for just about any cleaning task. Face, body, hair – food, dishes, laundry, mopping, pets – clean your house and body with no synthetic preservatives, detergents or foaming agents.
8. Dish Detergent
9. Glass Containers
Store your food and beverages in glass, stainless steel or BPA-free containers, such as Pyrex Snapware with leak-proof lids. Avoid plastics and BPA in your home whenever possible. Plastics contain BPA (Bisphenol A) and phlatates that mimic estrogen in your body and disrupt your hormones. Cotton reusable grocery totes and bags are also a good alternative. They’re better for your body and the environment.
10. Shower Filter
Use a Rainshow’r Dechlorinating Shower Filter to reduce contaminants, especially chlorine. This filter is inexpensive, easy to install and can reduce chlorine by up to 90 percent!