We're all about creating the most natural, happy and toxin-free lifestyle for you and your families. So here are a few more of our favourite ways to reduce your toxin exposure and move toward a greener, cleaner household.
Go greener when you clean
Have you ever noticed all of the chemicals listed on the back of generic cleaning products? Labelled with 'caution', 'irritant', 'hazard', this should come as a pretty clear sign that these products aren't the best to be using around your home. Toxins in generic cleaning products are not only harmful to you and your family, but to the environment as well. Think about how much of the liquid you clean with ends up being washed down the drain and heading into our waterways.
Try switching to all natural cleaning options. There's a tonne of great recipes out there that will help you to make your own products; keep the house clean and your family safe from toxins. Not to mention, making your own health concious cleaning products usually saves you money in the long run!
When life gives you lemons...
A simple tip to start... but one that has changed lives. Have you ever had to deal with hard water stains? Found that even the harshest of harsh cleaning products won't shift those suckers from your shower screen? Well boy oh boy, have we got a tip for you. Lemon. It's so simple yet so fabulous.
Simply cut a lemon in half and rub it across your shower screen (or any surface with hard water stains for that matter). The citric acid works to lift the stains and will have your kitchen and bathroom looking brand spanking new in no time.
All-natural air freshener
Rid yourself of unnatural air fresheners that smell more like fumes than freshness. These guys generally don't do much but mask any smells in your home with toxic substances and unnatural fragrances. An alternative option to keep your space smelling fantastic and feeling fresh are essential oil diffusers. They work by releasing a mist mixture of essential oils and water into the air. The best part? Not only do the all-natural essential oils smell sublime but they also offer a range of health benefits when diffused throughout your office or home.
Non-stick = not so nice
Non-stick pans might make the task of washing up a whole lot easier, but the toxins that they expose you and your foods to just aren't worth the risk. Non-stick coating is made with toxic substances that are released as a gas when heated up past certain temperatures. Because it's pretty easy to overheat a pan when cooking, we suggest it's best to stay away from this type of kitchenware altogether. If you do have non-stick cookware in your home, make sure that you throw it out as soon as the coating starts to wear or scratch off.
What are you washing with?
Thought about the products that you're washing your clothes in lately? So many generic laundry detergents are based on harsh chemicals. It's no wonder that so many people have allergic reactions and skin issues due to the products they wash their clothes in.
People have this misconception that using an organic laundry detergent is just too pricey. What would you say if we were to tell you that using these Soapberries actually works out cheaper per wash compared to other eco or regular detergents?
Soapberries are nature's laundry detergent! These berries are grown in the Himalayas where they are picked, dried, and packed in a completely natural and chemical-free process. It's rich in Saponin - a natural chemical which produces suds when mixed with water and is known for being an effective anti-bacterial and anti-fungal soap.
Add a touch of green
Houseplants are a great natural air purifier. Not only do they look fantastic in your house but they actually absorb the toxins in your air and use this as a source of food and energy. Greg Seaman from EarthEasy listed the top ten indoor plants for removing formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide from the air as:
- Areca Palm
- Lady Palm
- Bamboo palm
- Rubber Plant
- Dracaena “Janet Craig”
- Dwarf Date Palm
- Ficus Alii
- Boston Fern
- Peace Lily