Are you ready to make the switch to a more natural home?
It’s time, that’s for sure. The common products that are meant to clean our homes are doing exactly the opposite. While they tackle the dirt and grime, they’re jam-packed with harmful chemicals that can wreak havoc on our lives long-term. It’s things like countertop sprays, soaps, disinfectants, and detergents. Just like last months non-toxic makeup guide, I want to break down why these are things that need to be addressed and how it can benefit you!
Why does it matter?
A study done in 1990 by Dr. David Sterling concluded that:
“women who work in the home have a 55% higher risk of developing some form of cancer and/or chronic respiratory disease compared to women who work outside of the home. Dr. Sterling noted that ‘like all occupations, housework has its hazards…Perhaps the most serious exposure is to modern household cleaners which may contain a number of (both) proven and suspect causes of cancer. The excess prevalence of cancers among homemakers relative to employed women may be due to (these) occupational exposures of homemaking”
Several more studies have come out linking the chemicals found in common household products with cancer. That’s why it matters. We need to know what is in the stuff we’re using in our living places. What we’re surrounding ourselves with every day.
Somewhere along the way, someone convinced us that bacteria are bad for us; That we need to be constantly applying sanitizer to our hands and Lysol to our door handles. And to their credit, it has helped fight off some serious sicknesses and prevent contagions from spreading. But all of our antibacterial cleaners have killed off the good bacteria too. These good bacterias build up our immune systems and keep us from getting sick. When those are taken away we’re left in a clean, sterile environment that is significantly more prone to infections and chronic illnesses.
A study done in 2015 concluded that children who were raised on farms were more than 50% less likely to develop allergies of any kind. Even more so, children who are exposed to pets at a young age have a 13% reduced chance of asthma. Exposing ourselves and our children to things we have deemed “unclean” are not only good for them but can be life-changing.
I suggest reading about our microbiomes. That really opened my eyes to all of this. Most of us are on board with the importance of our gut’s microbiome (#guthealth) but why haven’t we allowed that to reach further into our skin microbiome and our home microbiome. Which, ironically effects our gut’s microbiome. 🙂
I did a poll on my Instagram and asked you guys what your biggest hesitancies toward going non-toxic was and I want to address some of the biggest ones.
- Money: Right off the bat, this was the biggest one. Which, is somewhat of a true setback. But also untrue. Let me explain. It depends on the products you buy. As awareness for non-toxic living grows, more and more brands are appearing. All with various price points. Some are more expensive than others. BUT, you do not have to pay a ton of money for a clean home. Most of these products are ones you can make at home for much cheaper. I make all of my handsoaps and am about to start testing out laundry detergent. You don’t have to spend a ton of money. Another option is shopping smart. I buy all my cleaning supplies from either Thrive Market or TJ Maxx. Let me tell you, TJ Maxx has some amazing brands for super cheap. That’s where I got most of the products in these pictures. Laundry and dishwashing detergents are my number one to get there.
- Convenience: I don’t really feel an inconvenience towards finding natural products because of where I live. They are usually the most popular items so all of our stores have them. I know that’s not the case for most and it certainly wasn’t that way for me the majority of my life. Thankfully, with technology, it doesn’t have to be that inconvenient. We can get pretty much anything we want delivered to our doors. If you can’t pop out to the store and grab what you need, I feel you. But, Amazon Prime or Thrive Market are the next best thing. 🙂
- Lack of knowledge: That’s why I’m doing what I’m doing. There are many voices being raised right now about wellness and non-toxic living and that’s awesome. We do have to seek them out at some point though and question the things that we just accepted as normal, especially when the stakes are so great.
I hope this helps jumpstart your journey. Over the next couple weeks this is the topic I’ll be writing mainly about. I’ll keep posting some tips and recipes for natural cleaning. Let me know what you think! 🙂