‘Changing one product won’t make a difference however there are toxic chemicals all around us, and in everything, which all adds up’
Non-Toxic is a bit of a buzz word at the moment and, really, for good reason.
Toxins are all around us everyday and in literally everything. What you breathe, touch, eat – everything – and it’s really hard to control and get away from.
I personally want to lead a ‘non toxic or low-tox’ life as it is a life where I make conscious and informed decisions about what food I eat & where it comes from, the products I use on my body and in my home. Not only to benefit my health & my family’s’ health but also to help the environment & our beautiful planet.
Toxins affect everything more than you think they do. It’s been shown that toxic effects on the brain alone can include concentration, poor memory, mood issues, headaches, vertigo, migraines… the list goes on. Toxins can also have long term effects on things you may not think of such as skin health, hormone imbalances, fertility, organ health and in certain cases can also cause damage to your DNA.
It’s easy to think, well if it is everywhere, whats the point in trying to become non toxic? Well, for all the reasons above… I want to live the longest and healthiest life possible.
Living a non toxic lifestyle doesn’t have to be something that is done overnight, in fact, it would be unrealistic to think you will ever be completely unexposed and perfect (unless you want to go and live off the grid in the bush). However, if the one place you can control is your home, then why not try.
Try changing one thing per month, such as laundry detergent, and see what you think. You will probably find that the non toxic version works just as well as the toxic stuff and you have the peace of mind that you are doing something good for your short and long term health. In addition, you are more likely to support smaller companies which don’t form part of the large conglomerates which dominate our supermarket shelves.
Most of the chemicals found in our homes are found in cleaning products such as laundry detergent and beauty products. The skin is the body’s largest organ, so removing toxins from items your body comes into contact with can only going to be a good thing.
So where do you start?
- Download an app such as EWG’s Healthy Living (iOS or Android) or Think Dirty (iOS or Android). All you need to do is type in a product you are using to see how toxic the product is based on the chemicals that are in it. If it is badly rated, most times it will give you a less toxic alternative.
- Make your own cleaning products. Generally a simple mixture of white vinegar and baking soda can clean a lot of things such as the toilet, surfaces and the bathroom. Often cleaning just requires a little bit more elbow grease with non-toxic products, however the benefits far outweigh the costs. If you don’t want to make your own, there are plenty of good non-toxic products around through independent suppliers.
- Avoid Fragrance. If you do one thing, try to avoid fragrance as much as you can. It is scary the amount of health risks that are associated with fragrance. Products with fragrance likely haven’t been tested for safety and there have been many studies that show that the chemicals used to create fragrance can be endocrine disrupters, asthma triggers, neurotoxins, allergens and carcinogens. Fragrance is also in everything from your laundry detergent to your face cream. It’s highly toxic, so get rid of it if you can.
Manufacturers are not required to list their fragrance ingredients on product labels. Often only one word, “fragrance”, is used on the label and can hide a cocktail of more than 100 toxic ingredients. This is because fragrances are considered to be “trade secrets”. For further reading on this topic, I’d highly recommend you read the following link —–
- Make a plan of how and what to swap gradually. I would recommend one thing every month, or when things run out, replace with a non-toxic alternative.
Like I said at the start, you don’t have to change everything at once. I personally have been on this non toxic journey for probably about two years and have had setbacks, made mistakes and also have gone back to using products I shouldn’t have at times.
It was spending more time at home that I have realised how much I need to change but also after doing a lot of reading and research made me realise how passionate I am about helping other people change too.
Here are a few things I have Ditched and Switched.
- Fragrance (I no longer buy anything with fragrance in it or wear perfume – I diffuse and use oils topically)
- All cleaning products
- Laundry detergent
- Dish-soap & handsoap
- Body-wash & soap bars
- Face-wash and moisturiser
We also try to eat organic when we can and avoid BPA & plastic in general. We aren’t perfect, however we have come a long way.
Understandably, a lot of people (including myself at first) get scared off by the price of the products which claim to be non toxic. You might see a bottle of multi purpose cleaner for $2 and a non toxic alternative for $6, and it makes you wonder why. Generally it is because it costs a lot less to produce the chemical filled toxic products and they are made in 1000s of litres. Versus a small batch non toxic company.
However DIY cleaning products can be very cheap, even cheaper than the toxic stuff! You can buy a massive bottle of white vinegar for about $3 (even cheaper if you get it from a bulk foods shop) and baking soda is very cheap. The cleaner I use along with the DIY vinegar and baking soda is Thieves Cleaner from Young Living. Although as a once off it is $39.90AUD, out of one bottle you can make 30x500ml spray bottles worth of cleaner (around $1.30 per bottle)… because it is incredibly concentrated.
Becoming a member with Young Living has played a part in my journey however it isn’t the whole reason. It has however made the switch to non toxic cleaning products and the lifestyle in general SO EASY. Once I ordered by Healthy Home Start Kit, I was hooked. Thieves Cleaner has changed the game for me (and so have my oils but that is for another day).
Do you have any questions on non toxic living? I would be happy to answer any questions, give product recommendations or just chat. It can be so overwhelming however it is so rewarding changing things for the better.
Here’s to a less toxic lifestyle!