Living a natural life certainly has its benefits, and creating a safe and natural home should be at the top of your list. There are more ways than ever to incorporate organic and safe products into everyday use. Here are some of our favorite ways to create a safe and natural home for your family.
Get Rid of Toxins
There might be more harmful products on your shelves than you think. For example, many of the white paper products you purchase are actually bleached and contain harmful chloride byproducts. Look for chlorine-free paper products which release fewer harmful carcinogens than their counterparts.
Soaps can also be laden with harmful toxins. “Antibacterial” hand soap can actually be counterproductive as it kills all bacteria, even the good kind, and can be harmful to the immune system. Another obvious toxin comes in the form of chemical household cleaners. Non-stick pots and pans also contain a toxic lining that might seem great for cleanup, but can have more serious consequences in the long run.
Read Your Labels
Once you’ve rid your home of toxins, it’s time to restock and start reading your labels! Familiarizing yourself with chemicals is one approach, but it may not be as easy as understanding what natural ingredients really are. Some important keywords to look for include:
- Bleach Alternative
- Fragrance Free
Another good rule of thumb to follow is if you can’t understand the ingredient or interpret what it might be from your general knowledge of ingredients, don’t buy it! There are better alternatives and those products that are truly natural won’t make it hard for you to decipher.
Do It Yourself
The best way to create a natural home is by creating products you can use yourself! Most cleaning and household products can be made with these few basic ingredients:
- Baking Soda
- White Vinegar
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Essential oils, like tea tree oil, lavender oil, eucalyptus oil, or lemongrass oil
- Castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s)
- Fresh herbs, citrus, or citrus peels
- Olive or vegetable oil
Creating a natural home starts with the products you bring into it, but don’t stop with household cleaners and beauty products! You can make conscious choices with everything from the fabric of your clothing and linens to the type of flooring and paint you use. The opportunities are endless! Cheers to a safer, more natural home.