One of the biggest changes that I recommend to clients is to swap their dirty products for clean ones and detoxify their homes and cleaning products. Unfortunately these days, even “unscented” products generally have fragrance or parfum, to make them smell neutral and “unscented”. The biggest problem with dirty cleaning and household products is that we are constantly being exposed to toxins and chemicals. Fragrances, parabens, phthalates, and more have horrible effects on our hormones and an even bigger impact on our organs of elimination like our liver, kidneys, colon, skin, and lymphatic systems.
Our liver is our main organ of detoxification and given the chemicals that we are constantly exposed to that we cannot control our liver is already super burdened, detoxifying. This makes it particularly important to control the products and our exposure to toxins and chemicals that we can control.
Here are my Top 5 Tips for Detoxifying your Home
1. Swap your laundry detergent
Residues from laundry detergent actually stays on your clothing way after you’ve washed and dried your clothes. These residues from the fragrances, the brightening agents, and the other chemicals in laundry detergent are then absorbed within just a few seconds into your skin and bloodstream when you wear your “clean” clothes.
Swap conventional laundry detergent for Castile Soap, just a capful works wonders and leaves even your sweaty workout clothes smelling clean and fresh! Favourite brands are Green Beaver and Dr. Bronner’s
2. Choose a clean shampoo
Shampoo goes directly on to your scalp. The skin on your scalp is very thin and it is covering your brain. So whatever goes on your scalp also goes into your bloodstream and potentially your brain! This is a super easy swap as there are now a lot of clean shampoos on the market.
3. Swap your Deodorant
1 in 2 Canadians will experience a Cancer diagnosis in their lifetime! Choosing a clean deodorant can make a huge difference between your exposure to carcinogens and reducing your exposure. Your armpits you have a lot of lymph nodes, when you apply deodorant, especially after showering and shaving your armpits, you are putting aluminium, heavy metals, and chemicals into your bloodstream and lymphatic system. Your armpits is also right beside breast tissue and is fat tissue, which is where toxins build up, so it’s particularly important to be choosing clean products to put on that area of your body.
4. Choose clean cleaners
What you choose to clean your counters with is properly more important than you think. These products are absorbed into whatever you put on them, for example, if you wipe you kitchen counters down with Clorox Wipes and then put an apple on the counter, where do you think the residues from that wipe goes?
Swap Favourite brands of all-purpose cleaners: Really Great Goods
DIY it: In a mason jar, combine 1/4 cup white vinegar, and 4-5 lemons, chopped. Let everything sit together in the fridge for a week or so. Strain the vinegar into a bottle with a spray top and add 5-10 drops tea tree essential oil.
(This is also a great way to reduce your waste, whenever you use a lemon, just add it to your vinegar and keep it in the fridge, when jar gets full, strain and add tea tree oil and you’re good to go!)
5. Replace your plastic containers and non-stick pans
Plastic containers are laden with BPA (bisphenol A). There have been studies and research that shows that BPA has been found in increased amounts in women who’ve experienced recurrent miscarriage. These plastics are highly volatile, meaning when you heat them, put any fatty or acidic compounds in them (I’m lookin’ at you leftovers!) they release additional chemicals into your food, yuck! Non-stick pans are also destructive to the endocrine system and wreak havoc on hormones and overall health. There is also no known way to safely dispose of teflon, and if no one has figured out a way to throw out a pan, I don’t think I want to be using it to cook my food in!