Journey Towards a Chemical Free life: How to Detox your Home
It isn't until you become a mother that you start to look at what the products in your home are made from. Petroleum and other harsh chemicals are often used. Once you realise this, you then start to look at the things that contaminate the air in your home. Chemicals can act as neurotoxins, reproductive toxins, and disruptors in our bodies.
Now is the time to take action to reduce our own toxic exposure and the exposure of our little ones. We as adults look at this, but imagine the difference you can make to the lives of our children if we eliminate or even reduce this exposure as preschoolers instead of as adults. All those years when we were not even aware of what toxic exposure was!
Here are a few things that you can do very easily to reduce toxic exposure in your home.
1. Eliminate plastic food and beverage containers and packaging.
Containers can leach chemicals like hormone disrupting BPA and extreme heat and daily wear and tear can expedite this problem. Play it safe at home and replace these with glass or stainless steel. Even our supermarkets have accepted the damage done by plastics, and no longer provide plastic bags for customers.
2. Conventional Moisturisers
These are often infused with chemicals that can disrupt our biology. There are over 10,000 ingredients used in the manufacture of personal care products and a huge percentage (thought to be over 80%) have never undergone any safety testing.
Given that the skin is our largest organ, and most of these personal care products are applied to the skin, they are doing irreparable damage.
Search the hazard score of the products that you are using, using the Environmental Group's Safe Cosmetics database.
Replace these products with products made from natural materials and essential oils
3. Microwavable Popcorn
The popcorn bags are often coated with PFC's...a class of chemicals often used in water, grease and stain repellents and have been linked to cancer, hypothyroidism, and auto-immune diseases. Try homemade popcorn instead and add a spoonful of ghee for a yummy buttery flavour.
4. Air Fresheners
This has always concerned me. Pop out the air freshener.....spray it around the room and breathe those chemicals right into your lungs and the lungs of your unsuspecting family and little ones!!! Never thought about it??? Mmmmm....me either.... but now that I have....nothing could convince me to use them. Think about it...the insect spray, the Glen 20, the spray on deodorants, the oven cleaner....the list gets worse the more you think about it!!!!
Both aerosol and plug in air fresheners can contain hundreds of chemicals
Alarmingly these companies are not required to disclose all of their ingredients. Why? They are not food....we don't eat them so there is no legal requirement to do so. According to the ACCC these products are not subject to any existing standard under Australian Consumer Law. Even more alarmingly, air fresheners labelled organic, green, unscented or all natural can emit hazardous chemicals. Instead....fill your home with the scent of diffused pure essential oils
5. Vinyl Shower Curtains.
PVC is considered on of the most toxic plastics to our health and the health of the planet. It is made from extremely toxic chemicals and its creation, use and disposal can contaminate the environment. With exposure to your shower's heat and humidity these chemicals enter the atmosphere as 'off-gas' Consider swapping your vinyl curtain for a cotton or hemp one.
It is for these reasons that we make Dragonfly's Early Learning as chemical free as we possibly can. We continually research better products and better methods in order to reduce the toxic exposure of the children who attend our Centre. We make many of the products that we use.
This research has come from an article in Mind, Body, Green by Sophia Ruan Gushee, a well respected expert on healthy living, author and founder of Non Toxic Living.
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