In daily life, we encounter all sorts of pollution. While you might think to yourself that it’s unavoidable, it’s “just the way it is” and that perhaps the reports on chemical exposure are overblown, I hear you. I used to think the same.
It wasn’t until my body became super-sensitized to chemicals that I started digging into the scores of research on the effects of household chemicals on our lives. Then, I looked further and learned that the side effects of toxins that the body technically can detoxify by itself include lots of physical- and possibly emotional- stress.
It takes energy to purge things we don’t need. Just think of how much energy it takes to take out the trash… or… better yet… to clean your house. The less you generate, the less mess you make, the less stressful it is to maintain.
Here are seven big household chemicals you can search for in your pantry, beauty supplies, cleaning products and toiletries. Purging them from your life can create so much space for fresh energy, and so much more peace and wellbeing!
7 Toxins That Are Commonly Found In Your Home:
Phthalates: Found in many fragranced products like dish soap, toilet paper, and air fresheners. Exposure through inhalation or skin contact can lower a man’s sperm count
Perchloroethylene (PERC): This chemical is found in dry cleaning solutions, carpet and upholstery cleaners. Chief scientist of the New York Attorney General’s office concluded that PERC is a neurotoxin and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) believes it could be a possible carcinogen.
Triclosan: This is found in most antibacterial liquid dishwashing detergents and hand soaps. Antimocrobials found in these products cause our bodies to develop a resistance to antibacterial chemical and antibiotics.
Quarternary Ammonium Compounds: This chemical is found in liquid fabric softener, dryer sheets, and household products labeled antibacterial. This contains a antimicrobial which promotes the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria. It is also known as a skin irritant and can cause dermatitis. Studies show it can also be the cause of respiratory disorders.
Butoxyethanol: This is found in multi-purpose cleaners for the kitchen and windows. The FDA does not require this solvent to be listed on their labeling. It can cause sore throats, and can contribute to narcosis, pulmonary edema and severe liver and kidney damage.
Ammonia: This is found in glass cleaners and polishing products for jewelry, bathroom faucets and sinks. People with asthma and other breathing problems should not inhale this substance, as it can exacerbate symptoms. When mixed with bleach it can also become a poisonous gas.
Chlorine: This is found in scouring powder, toilet bowl cleaners, mildew removers and laundry whiteners, and tap water. This can be inhaled, but exposure can also occur through the skin. It’s a respiratory irritant and can be a serious thyroid disrupter. You can find more information HERE.
Some alternative ways to effectively clean your home and safe guard yourself against toxins include making your own mixes!
Here are a few favorite natural ways to clean up at home to spark your imagination:
- Add a tablespoon of Vitamin C crystals to your bath water to neutralize chlorine, and also add a filter to your shower head to neutralize more toxins.
- This Lemon Lime All-Purpose Cleaning Spray is lovely for bathrooms, kitchens and shelves.
- And this round-up of homemade floor cleaners is a wonderful resource!
- You can also look locally for more natural ways to clean your house, as more and more green, eco-friendly and toxin-free options pop up every time I look!
This is a big deal, as the healthier your home is, the higher the vibes will be and the more relaxed and open your whole life will be!
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