10 Product Alternatives for a Toxin Free Home
With health issues such as asthma, leukemia in children and ADHD increasing by more than 50 percent over the past 45 years, one could certainly make the argument that there is a connection between all those unregulated chemicals and the decline of our country's overall health and wellness. I’ve gathered up 10 Product Alternatives for a Toxin Free Home to help you create a healthy living environment for you and your family.
There are more than 80,000 chemicals available in the United States, 200 of which have been tested for safety, and only 5 that been regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. With health issues such as asthma, leukemia in children and ADHD increasing by more than 50 percent over the past 45 years, one could certainly make the argument that there is a connection between all those unregulated chemicals and the decline of our country's overall health and wellness. (source)
Studies are linking exposure to unsafe chemicals with a wide variety of problems:
aches and pains
disruption of the immune, nervous, endocrine, and reproductive systems
W H A T A B O U T T H E FDA?
Sadly, the FDA’s only concern is what the label claims, not the ingredients. Government regulations for cosmetics were developed 40 years ago when scientists believed that lotions and other cosmetics applied topically did not have a significant impact on the body. Now, it is well known that topical applications are rapidly absorbed into the body. In fact numerous medications are now being administered topically because of their rapid entry into the blood stream. We are what we absorb and breath in, which is why non toxic cleaning products, skin care, candles and detergents are so important for health!
I’ve gathered 10 common household products and listed safer alternatives to get you on your way towards eliminating toxins in your home!
Dishwasher + Laundry Detergent
Many soaps can contain hidden fragrance ingredients and harsh chemicals like triclosan and triclobarban (registered pesticides and hormone disruptors found in antibacterial soaps) that can be linked to long list of health problems.
Grab Green is an amazing company that creates fragrance and chemical free cleaning powders and pods. They contain no fragrances, synthetic chemicals, brighteners, or harsh ingredient.
These are a game changer, if you have any sensitive skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis, which can be irritated by the chemicals in commercial washing powders and liquids.
2. Wool Dryer Balls
Ditch your toxic dryer sheets with this all-natural alternative! These wool dryer balls are made of 100% American wool and are free of pesticides, dyes and fragrance. Simply place the balls in the dryer with wet clothing to help soften fabric, reduce static and smooth wrinkles. They will even cut your dry time by 10-25%, saving you time and money!
3. Glass Storage Containers
Plastic packaging is unstable, which means the chemicals can migrate into the food or drink. Some plastics migrate when heated up, others when cooled down, and still others upon contact. These plastics can lead to hormone and endocrine disruption and even disease.
Stay safe and choose glass! I prefer the containers below! They work amazing, stay shut and can go in the oven to reheat foods.
4. Cookware (PTFE + PFOA Free)
With how much I cook, I’ve tried just about every chemical free pan on the market! Why chemical free? Because the majority of pans contain a coating that can leach harmful chemicals and heavy metals into your food. I’ve owned these pans for 1.5 years and they still work beautifully!
Daterra pans are made professional-grade and ceramic-coated to ensure even heat distribution, reduced need for oil & scratch-resistant durability.
Safe, Eco-Friendly Materials: PTFE-free, cadmium-free, and lead-free coatings. No worries about harmful leaching from your cookware into your food. Aluminum is also 100% recyclable.
Oven-Safe Design: Heat-resistant materials are oven-safe up to 450° F. Sear steaks, roasts, chicken, veggies & more on the stovetop then seamlessly transfer them to the oven for finishing like a pro.
Superior European Quality & Italian Design: Enjoy cool-touch silicone handle and silicone-rimmed flat glass cover for steaming.
Designed and made in Italy. 1-year money-back warranty. Lightweight and durable.
5. Plant + Mineral Based Cleaning Supplies
My top choice for at-home cleaning supplies is Branch Basics. The company makes a plant and mineral based cleaning concentrate that would not cause harm if ingested accidentally. Think about children toys and the countertops. With chemical filled products, you’d be consuming that.
Branch Basics multi-purpose Concentrate makes cleaning simple, affordable and sustainable. Given that the bottles come empty and are refillable, they're significantly less expensive than similar single-use products. Simply dilute The Concentrate with water (see picture), and you can tackle any cleaning job around the house.
6.Eco-Friendly Shower Liner
Many low quality shower liners available on the market are made from PVC, a highly carcinogenic compound that emits toxic gas into the air which can last for 28 days. The shower liner below is made with non-toxic, chlorine free, PEVA which doesn't expose your family and the environment to harmful chemical fumes.
7. Personal Care Products (Safer & Free of Harmful Chemicals)
Your skin is your largest organ. What is put on the skin is absorbed into the blood stream in less than 26 seconds, making it important to know exactly what you are putting on it! I’ve linked below some of my favorite personal care products that are not only safe, but actually work!
I have tried so many natural products and deodorants only to be disappointed. Performance wise, nothing has worked as well as Beautycounter and Zion Health Natural Deodorant. If you’re looking to make the switch to safer, simply email me!
Typically the main ingredient in natural deodorants is baking soda, causing some people to break out in red bumps, but this one uses arrowroot as the base, making it great for people with sensitive skin! You can use the code emilymorrow30 for 30% off any deodorant (including the small travel sizes).
8. Filtered Water + Shower Head
The Berkey Water Filter removes hundreds of toxic elements from your water: bacteria and parasites, heavy metals like lead and mercury. Chemicals such as benzene, chlorine and chromium-6, pesticides and pharmaceutical drugs and more.
The Berkey Sport Water Bottle contains a portable water purifier that uses the filtration benefits of the larger Berkey water purification systems except it’s in a bottle. The Sport Berkey is great for a day out grocery shopping, at work, or hiking since you can refill and filter the water from just about any water source, including a pond.
The Berkey Shower Filter is effective for both hot and cold water. It can last up to 25,000 gallons or one year, whichever comes first. This shower filter can reduce up to 95% of chlorine, 98% of water-soluble heavy metals, and hydrogen sulfide
9. Perfume/Fragrance Oils
There are multiple negative side effects of perfume. Some of the chemicals cause irritability, mental vagueness, muscle pain, asthma, bloating, joint aches, sinus pain, fatigue, sore throat, eye irritation, gastrointestinal problems, laryngitis, headaches, dizziness, swollen lymph nodes, spikes in blood pressure.
I love both companies listed below. I link the two scents I personally use, but they have a bunch of other ones!
10. Diffuser + Essential Oils
Swap out those wall plug-ins and artificial candles with a diffuser instead. Not only will they make your house smell amazing, they have mood enhancing properties as well. I’ve linked my top diffuser pick below! It’s quiet and can lasts for hours. I’ve also linked the essential oils I use most often in my home.
My favorite company is Rocky Mountain Oils (the lavender is to die for).
Rocky Mountain Oils (RMO) was created by a collection of wellness enthusiasts who were determined to provide essential oils that are pure and safe to use at a cost-effective price. As one of the leading direct-to-consumer essential oil companies in the world, RMO formulates expertly crafted blends and the purest single essential oils available. Continuing with innovation, RMO continues to expand its line with new oils and purposely-built products to satisfy the most experienced consumer and to help introduce new consumers to the benefits of essential oils. The company strives to provide products that improve the lives of people worldwide.
I’ve used Young Living and Doterra as well, but RMO is one of the leading direct-to-consumer company in the world, meaning the oils are less expensive than the companies listed above since you by-pass the middleman; plus, they ship for free!
If you’re currently using Young Living or Doterra, they have an awesome comparison chart on their website! Simply click any of the oils below!
Keeping our homes free of toxins is a step in making us healthier overall. We'll always be faced with choices, and if we can prevent future disease by choosing safer alternatives, why not? Overtime, we can gradually create a home that is less toxic and better for everyone living in it!