Did you know there are hundreds of individual toxins and harmful chemicals in our body at any given moment? Toxins can enter your body through the food you eat, the water you drink, and what you put on your skin. It would be nearly impossible to eliminate our contact with chemicals, but we can reduce it drastically.
This year, our family is committing to reducing the amount of toxins that we consume and let into our home. While, it seems like a daunting task, breaking it down into one new routine a month makes it easier to tackle. By the end of the year, we would have 12 new habits that have become not just a new routine, but part of our lifestyle.
5 Benefits of Clean Living:
1. Increased energy levels
2. Decrease in Allergies and asthma symptoms
3. Better sleep
4. Increased immunity
5. Decreased risk of disease, such as cancer
For the month of January we are focusing on the laundry situation. Did you know that laundry product manufacturers are not required to disclose all the ingredients on their product list. If you do a quick google search you will easily find a laundry list (ha, no pun intended ;) ahem) of the chemicals used and the threat they pose. Having three little kids and nonstop laundry, it seemed like a no-brainer.
Here are a few simple solutions on how your family can reduce the toxic load in your own home:
Laundry detergent: You can make your own from scratch with this simple recipe from DIYnatural.com they have some really great resources all about clean living. Another alternative would be to purchase some type of organic detergent, we have bene loving the OnGuard Laundry detergent from DoTerra Oils.
Fabric Softener: Instead, use a 1/4 Cup of White Vinegar and pour it directly into the softener location. This will help make your clothes feeling softer and cut down on the static.
Add a few drops of essential oils like "purify" to your towels or bed sheets to freshen up if you accidentally left it in the washing machine a bot too long.
Bleach Alternative: Instead, use Hydrogen Peroxide mixed with a little water and lemon/lemon essential oil, but make sure you store this in a brown bottle and it will last 2-3 months
Fabreeze: Instead, you can purchase a similar bottle here Fill with add water with your favorite essential oil and you have a refreshing room spray
Dryer Sheets: Instead, use Wool Dryer Balls (can be found at your local grocery store/trader Joes and if you prefer to have them scented you can just add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (our family loves lavender or on-guard)
Come back soon to see what we are working on for February
Until next time, hope you have an amazing day!