Living a cleaner life is something I’ve been prioritizing the past year, and while I’m definitely making strides, starting the process is intimidating—not to mention costly. Once you begin researching the toxins lurking in your home (and their possible side effects, everything from allergies to cancer), you realize just how many changes you could implement to secure a cleaner home.
But what I’ve found is, little by little really adds up! Instead of trying to re-do your entire home and tossing all of your belongings, do what you can, where you can. Here are 8 simple ways to decrease the about of harmful chemicals in your home and increase your peace of mind:
When you’re brushing your teeth, you’re potentially filling your mouth with unsafe ingredients. Since that’s a scary thought, switch to a toothpaste that doesn’t have as many chemicals. Tom’s is a good place to start, but if you want to go really pure, try a charcoal option. You get used to both, I promise!
It’s expensive, I know, but buying organic is a major stride for a safer home and healthier system. Plus, it’s a simple swap without a lot of research or decisions involved—simply buy organic when there’s an option to. Organic food is not only free from a lot of processing and chemicals found in non-organic options, like pesticides, but it’s sustainable for the Earth (and usually a lot more kind if there are animals involved). Even growing your own herbs and using organic-grade seeds can help!
Diffusing essential oils can purify the air in your home. Plus, each type comes with a yummy smell and other benefits! It’s a wonderful (and addicting!) way to keep the air in your home cleaner.
Something that’s been a focus on this site lately, and for good reason, is makeup selection. But before stressing out about fully replacing your makeup drawer, start small. When you run out of your foundation, buy a clean option, and so on. Every smart choice/swap adds up!
Plastic—especially when heated up in a microwave—can fill your foods with unsafe side effects. One easy way to prevent this but still have a place for leftovers? Glass! Buy glass Tupperware and jars and store your food in those. Again, better for the planet, too.
Since you’re applying things like body wash and lotion directly to your skin (your body’s biggest organ), I think that replacing these items is a good place to start skincare wise. Rather than lathering up with toxic lotion, try an organic, safe oil, like this one. Same with body wash! I personally love this one. And an added benefit of rose oil? You won’t need a perfume (which, again, are usually filled with chemicals). I tend to love the skincare products Art of Organic sends, if you’re looking for an easy way to start making switches.
While you might not need a new mattress in the next few months, the next time you do need one, think about going organic. A lot of mainstream mattresses are actually filled with – you guessed it – toxins, and since we spend so much time in bed, it’s pretty unsettling. If you can afford it, spend the extra money and sleep safer.
If you look up the ingredients in a lot of cleaning supplies, you’ll be pretty terrified of what you’ve been using inside your home. That really clean smell that things like 409 give you are actually hurting your health. Companies like The Honest Company offer an incredibly easy way to swap out products (without having to figure out what’s actually safe), and I also love Puracy and Seventh Generation.
Remember, do what you can—even a swap once a week is a major improvement, in my opinion! I’d love to hear how you’ve been cleaning up the toxins in your home. Please share!