Here are the last five tips to rid your home of chemicals and create a safer haven. Hopefully you have found them helpful and are enjoying creating Chemical-Free Zones!
CLEANSE – Plastic Food Containers:
Many containers contain BPA, which is a harmful chemical found in polycarbonate plastics.
TRY INSTEAD: Glass is best for storing food and beverages. Another alternative is BPA-free plastic. In addition, never microwave plastic—always use glass or ceramic to reheat.
CLEANSE – Flame Retardants:
Often found in pajamas, pillows and mattresses, flame retardants have been shown to cause damage to the reproductive systems as well as deficits in motor skills, hearing, memory and behavior. Flame retardants attach to dust particles whenever they fall.
TRY INSTEAD: To avoid them, make sure to dust and vacuum regularly. Also, look for products labeled “PDBE-free.”
CLEANSE – Read Labels:
In today’s world, it is required for personal care items list (or have available) the ingredients used within them. Some of those ingredients are harmful to our health. Look for: triclosan, paragons, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic fragrances and synthetic dyes.
TRY INSTEAD: Switch to greener formulas, especially for those products you use every day like shower gel, body lotion, hand cream, etc. Norwex offers a full line of personal care items, free of harmful ingredients.
CLEANSE – Fragranced Candles:
Know those wonderful, seasoned smelling candles that we love to light around the holidays. Unfortunately they aren’t so great. Artificial scents, used in the majority of scented candles, usually contain phthalates, which can disrupt hormones, particularly in children.
TRY INSTEAD: Fresh air! Open some windows and let the breeze freshen up the room. This will also help to eliminate indoor air pollution! Use essential oils or Norwex Odour Eliminator to freshen air naturally!
CLEANSE – Furniture Polish
Did you know that most furniture polishes contain ammonia, phenol and petroleum distillates? These chemicals can irritate your throat, skin, eyes and lungs. They are also suspected carcinogens.
Hopefully you’ve enjoyed this series! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!