When you hear the word toxins, what do you think of? There are many different kinds of toxins that it can be hard to keep track of where they all even come from. There are toxins in places we may have never even imagined before. Toxins can exist anywhere- in our furniture fabric, in the food we eat, in the drinks we drink, in the water supply, and in the polluted air. The accumulation of toxins within the body is the root cause of poor health and very problematic for the human body. This is why it’s important to try to do what you can do to eliminate as many toxins as possible. Yes, it is impossible to eliminate all toxins from your everyday life but by being conscious and taking certain actions, you can reduce your exposure which will mean a healthier life for your mind and body.
A great way to tackle all the toxins in your everyday life is to start in the home! Here are three incredible ways to start taking charge and guard your home against unwanted toxins.
- Buy houseplants. Houseplants are not only visually appealing, they are good for your health! NASA once did a study about the removal of toxins from confined spaces by common houseplants, and their results showed that most types of houseplants are actually very successful in cleansing chemicals like formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene from the air. Formaldehyde can be found in many types of foam insulation and cleaning products. Benzene is a solvent found in paints, and trichloroethylene is a chemical used in paints, adhesives, inks, and varnishes. Houseplants also have been shown to improve mental health, overall mood and help prevent allergies. Start looking in your local area to find available houseplants that are known to help reduce toxins in the home.
- Start using a shower filter. Unfortunately any municipal water treatment programs contain chlorine. A shower filter can be one of the most life-changing purchases you will ever make. Filtering the water you shower can be as important or even more so than filtering drinking water. Shower filters will reduce chlorine, heavy metals (such as lead and mercury), odor, sulfur smell, rust, scale and moderately reduce sediment.
- Dump out toxic cleaners & make your own! It can be so tempting to buy cleaners at the store; they are easily available and inexpensive. However, many cleaning products contain so many toxins and chemicals, it is highly ironic that they are used to “clean”! Start buying eco-friendly cleaning products or better yet, learn how to make your own at home. Here is a great guide on ingredients to get you started.
Baking Soda: Cleans, deodorizes, softens water, scours
Lemon: Effective against most household bacteria.
White vinegar: Cuts grease, removes mildew, removes orders, and removes some stains.
Essential oils: Depending on your preference, certain essential oils like lavender and lemon are great and natural additions to cleaning solutions and work even better as products you can buy in the store!