It’s official. I am an adult. Not because I’m now in my thirties.
Not because I’m in a stable, normal, un-dramatic and yet totally satisfying relationship with a proper man. Not because I can’t seem to stay up past 11 pm or because I’ve started investing into my retirement fund. No, I’m officially an adult because I have just purchased my first house. That’s right, I am a homeowner! (Wheww…Actually kinda scary to say out loud.)
Now that I’m a mortgage-bearing woman with a home fit for a family, there are so many things to think about. What colour do we want to paint the kitchen? What flowers are we going to plant in the front yard? How much money is a water heater to rent? These are all actual questions I’ve never had to ask myself before today and am eagerly researching the answers. Another issue I’m faced with is: how can I make this home the healthiest, cleanest environment possible?
Turns out, there is so much to know about detoxing the home. Did you know the average household contains between 500 and 1,000 chemicals and contains air that is 2 to 5 X more polluted than outdoor air? Yikes. All this can wreak havoc on our health and cause a multitude of systemic issues. No thanks!
Here are some easy yet effective tips I’m going to implement in my new digs and you should too!
1. Plastic Police
An overwhelming source of toxins in the home is plastic. Plastic containers can often leak out a harsh chemical known as BPA (bisphenol-A) and Phthalates, which are linked to cancer and a number of endocrine issues. Steer clear of toxic plastic products and opt instead for items that are clearly marked “BPA-free” “non-toxic” and “chemical free” like these Preserve storage containers.
2. Dryer Sheets are the Sh*ts
Those sweet smelling little sheets you throw into your dryer every day? Not so sweet after all. In fact most of these fabric-softening products actually coat our clothing with all kinds of crazy chemicals including quaternary ammonium compounds and acetone. Have you heard of Woolzies? They are handmade, all natural dryer balls made of wool that soften laundry without all the toxins. Best of all, each ball lasts up to 1,000 loads and cuts drying time by 25%. Sign me up!
3. Clean Up The Cleaning Supplies
Cleaning products are required to indicate the dangers of short-term exposure with corrosive or poisonous hazard symbols. But did you know that there is no mandate that forces companies to identify the long-term hazards? Whether we’re breathing it in or absorbing it through our skin, cleaning products contain many toxic properties that can be absolutely detrimental to our health and we might not even know about it. Good news is, there are many natural alternatives! Look for non-toxic cleaning and laundry products from Nature Clean to ensure you’re keeping your body and wardrobe as clean as your home.