How many of us have done some sort of food “modification”, at some point in time, for some amount of time, in order to cleanse our body. Aside from weight loss, a cleanse of our internal systems is important to overall health. Cleaning up the processed gunk that is our daily diets has an effect on our health, whether we know it or not. Ideally, we would rid the toxins, and keep them out, but most of us like to indulge from time to time. Still, all the work we did for that internal cleanse was beneficial, but what about the other toxins that are in the air we breathe? Eliminating processed foods does not clean those toxins. Our homes are full of chemicals, and many of those chemicals come from household cleaning products. The World Health Organization (WHO) has discovered a link between cancer and indoor air pollution, which includes household cleaning chemicals. Scary stuff.
Here are a few tips to help eliminate those cancer causing chemicals:
CLEANSE – Air Fresheners:
Air fresheners are one of the worst offenders in a home. Rather than actually freshening the air, most rely on toxic chemicals that fool your nose by masking odors. Many also contain high levels of chemicals like phthalates, which are known endocrine disruptors.
TRY INSTEAD: Ventilate by opening a window, or use plants to filter the air. To rid the air of unpleasant odors, set out some baking soda or a bowl of vinegar. Essential oils are another natural fragrance alternative. Enzyme-based Norwex Odour Eliminator is also great way to freshen the air naturally.
CLEANSE – Window Cleaners:
Most window cleaners contain ammonia, which can cause headaches and even respiratory problems. In fact, when ammonia is mixed with other cleaners, a toxic gas can result.
TRY INSTEAD: Plain water and a soft cloth such as the Norwex Window Cloth are just as effective for cleaning windows and the other glass in your home. You can also try adding a couple of drops of lemon juice to the water for a pleasant citrus scent.
CLEANSE – Antibacterial Soap:
Despite all their popularity, this kind of soap hasn’t proven to be any more effective at getting hands clean than natural soaps. Triclosan is the ingredient that makes most of these soaps “antibacterial,” but research suggests that it may be an endocrine disruptor, it may lead to antibiotic resistance, and that it’s toxic to aquatic life.
TRY INSTEAD: Norwex Peppermint Foaming Hand Wash is free from all toxic chemicals and has moisturizing Aloe to keep hands soft. If you’re on the go, the Norwex Timeless Natural Hand Cleaner is perfect. No harsh chemicals and no need for water.
CLEANSE – Canned Foods:
Most canned foods (including liquid baby formula) use a liner that contains BPA, a toxic chemical that can leach into food?
TRY INSTEAD: Choose fresh or frozen whenever possible. Not only are they BPA-free—you’ll also get more nutrients!
CLEANSE – Dryer Sheets:
Dryer sheets may contain higher levels of phthalates than any other product in your home. And they usually end up in a landfill after just one use! You can find more information on why it’s best to ditch these here.
TRY INSTEAD: Cut back on wrinkles, static as well as dryer time with our Fluff & Tumble Dryer Balls, made of 100% pure wool.
Stay tuned for more tips….