Sometimes the most toxic environment you will spend time in is right under your own roof.
A major overhaul of you home would be beyond the budget of most people. Doing so might require replacing off-gassing carpets and mattresses, or swapping out building materials with more natural ones. And then there is the issue of moisture, mold, and mildew. Not to mention toxic gases like radon and carbon monoxide. We must also consider personal care products and food and beverage containers, etc.
Cleaning up your home environment can certainly be a daunting task. But there are 2 simple changes you can make immediately that can have a profound impact on your health.
Try This Instead of Chemical Cleaners
A simple walk down the household cleaning supply aisle at the store should be all the incentive you need to steer clear of these products. I’m not sure a more unhealthy, noxious odor exists anywhere else.
Instead of bringing these bad guys into your home, use a simple 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar. It makes a great all-purpose cleaner. For tougher jobs, mix it with baking soda to make a cleansing paste.
Freshen the Air Naturally
Chemical sprays and plug-in type air fresheners should be replaced with a natural alternative.
Pure essential oils from botanical sources are an excellent way to freshen up your house without the toxic exposure. Many also serve as natural immune boosters, stress relievers, anti-microbials, etc. Spritz the air, sprinkle some on the furniture, or invest in a simple air diffuser. A few drops in a diffuser are all you need to brighten up your whole living area.
Another great option is to make you own potpourri. Use cinnamon sticks, orange peels, cloves and any other spices that you find appealing. Put them in some water and simmer them on the stove top or in a small crock pot.
While overhauling your house can seem overwhelming, chunk it down and work on cleaning up one thing at a time. While it can certainly be a lot of work, it is time and money well spent. After all, you do live there.