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Detoxifying your home!

Written by Tanya Wylde, BSc, ND

1)    Cleanse your home of toxic household cleaners and switch over to environmentally friendly products that are safe for the whole family.  Many household cleaners have ingredients that are toxic to the reproductive organs and are endocrine disruptors (which means that they can be damaging to your ovaries, testicles, thyroid and other endocrine glands).  So the goal is to find products that are as natural as possible and free of these chemicals!  Here are some ideas that I recommend:

  1. Nature Clean, Citrasolv and Eco-Max are three companies that have many cleaning products that are natural, effective, free of chemicals and safe for the family. We like their hand-soaps, dishwashing soaps, laundry detergent and bathroom, shower and counter top cleaners.  If you use these brands you can rest-assured you aren’t using harsh cancer causing and endocrine disrupting products.
  2. Borax Powder is a naturally occurring mineral that helps laundry detergents clean more effectively, it helps keep stains from being re-deposited on to your laundry and helps control odours naturally.
  3. Instead of using those smelly, chemical filled, dryer sheets, try re-usable, non-scented, natural laundry dryer sheets.  The perfume, dye and chemical free way to keep your fabrics soft, natural and free of static.
  4. White vinegar has many uses.  We find it especially useful for cleaning windows and mirrors.
  5. One of our favourite natural product finds is called “Benefect” and Seventh Generation disinfectant are botanical disinfectants made from essential oils including Thyme oil, that kills over 99.9% of germs and is anti-fungal, anti-viral and made from plant extracts.  This is much better than strong disinfectants that contain synthetic fragrances, dyes and bleach and makes your home smell very clean.  I usually add “Benefect” to my SHARK floor steam cleaner which also disinfects using steam!  Double clean without chemicals!
  6. To keep your place smelling fresh and clean, open the window!  But you can also use natural air-freshners made from essential oils such as “ECOS-vanilla scent uni-fresh; air freshener” and SAGE-oils in the diffuser-my favourite is the “liquid sunshine essential oil blend”

2)    Change all of your cosmetics and body products to those that have natural ingredients that are free of endocrine disruptors such as triclosan, triclocarban, bronopol, parabens, methylparbens, butylparabens, propylparabens and (a synthetic mix likely to include endocrine disrupting phthalates and other hazardous chemicals).  “Fragrance” is also harmful unless the fragrance comes from an essential oil.  Here are some of the products that we have been found to be effective, natural and safe for the whole family.  For more ideas and home made products go to http://lesstoxicguide.ca/

1. For shampoo and conditioner I recommend: Avalon organics http://www.avalonorganics.com/lavender-nourishing-shampoo

2. For natural deodorants I recommend and use: The best deodorant in the world-a natural deodorant and http://m.purelygreat.com/ingredients/; finally natural deodorants that actually work!!   And no more aluminum, chemicals or harsh smelling fragrances!!!! I’m so happy to have finally discovered both brands!!!

3. For full body moisturizer  consider using plain shea butter or coconut oil or “EverydayShea” moisturizing body lotion or Kiss My face brand!

4. For a face moisturizer try http://www.sigridnaturals.com/skin-care/face-and-eyes/nurture-nature-face-cream

5. Instead of wearing toxic cancer causing and allergy promoting perfumes try dropping a few drops of your favourite essential oil in a base of coconut oil or almond oil and apply to your neck.  (This works for both men and women–you just have to find the right scent for you!)

Please feel free to comment and share your favourite natural, chemical free products with us!

~Tanya Wylde, BSc, ND

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