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6 Essentials of a Non-Toxic Home Environment

August 23, 2014

I had a health scare a few years ago.  In a nutshell?  My liver basically stopped working.  So everything else in my body started to shut down as well. I couldn’t eat.  I couldn’t function.

The funny thing was, I thought I was super healthy.  I had been dairy free almost my entire life.  Gluten-free for at least 7.  I had weaned myself off sugar.  I practiced yoga daily.  So what gave?  I was doing all the right things.  Or so I thought.

What I had neglected to think about was the products I was using in my home.  Some of them were still toxic and I didn’t even realize it.

So, I went on a mission to go from “super healthy” to “UBER healthy”.  I was going all in at this poker table.

I decided I wanted every aspect of my home life to reflect my new core values.

I’ll admit, training my family was like training a pack of dogs.  And from time to time my husband would try to sneak that bottle of Windex into our home or the junk food he knew I’d never eat.  But I did the best I could to make my house the healthiest home environment I could.

When I decided to make the switch and make my home environment less toxic, there were 6 major essentials I had to tackle.  I’m going to share them with you.  :-)

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1). Switch Out Your Toxic Cleaning Products for Non-Toxic Cleaning Products

I began with changing all my toxic products out for non-toxic cleaning products. Instead of using Tide, Windex, Clorox, and Ajax, I switched all of my products over to Seventh Generation. You can use whatever organic non-toxic product that speaks to you. I chose Seventh Generation, because I like the scents and I feel that the products work effectively (not all non-toxic products are created equal).

2). Maintain Your House

Like all things in life, it is easier if you keep up with things rather than letting things go or allowing messes, laundry, dishes, and disorganization to take over your life. It takes minutes, about 20 to sweep through your whole house to keep it maintained. It is so easy to be lazy and to not deal, listen all of us don’t want to deal from time to time, but on a daily basis, if you go through your house with the intent of maintaining it and keeping up with what needs to be done it will make your life a whole heck of a lot easier than letting everything pile up and become overwhelming. The cleaner the environment can make the difference in the world between how you feel emotionally and what you are able to get done, then letting things go and get crazy. A clean house also keeps you healthier, germs are cleaned up and you are less likely to get sick.

3). Use Non-Toxic Hand Soaps and Skin Care

You might not think of it, but all hand soaps, bar soaps, face wash, body wash, and everything you put on your body matters. If you are going to make the jump to live a non-toxic lifestyle you have to change everything, meaning it doesn’t stop at what you wash your clothes and dishes with, it goes all the way to what you put on your body and in your body too. I changed out all of my hand soaps to Pangea Organics foaming pumps. First and foremost, foaming soap is less messy and better all around as a hand soap option as a opposed to liquid soap. I use doTERRA On Guard to wash my dishes. On Guard has been proven to kill bacteria and viruses and so why not wash your dishes with germ fighting soap that is organic, all-natural and armed with the power of essential oils. In addition to changing out the basics, I went in and overhauled my skincare line. I now use a combination of doTERRA anti-aging creams and wash and Pangea Organics both in the shower and on my skin. I absolutely cannot live without Pangea face oil. It saves my skin from the dryness and heat of this desert I find myself living in.

4). Get Rid of Plastic and Switch to Glass

Glass is better than plastic, period. For leftovers, water bottles, kid containers and pantry items. In my pantry I put most of my packaged good into Ball Jars and the same goes for leftovers in my fridge. When I need a water bottle for my fresh squeezed juices or water or smoothies I put them in glass. Plastic leaks and unless it is BPA free is will leaks chemicals you don’t want in your water or food.

5). Eat Organic Foods

Even on a budget, eating organic foods costs less than the price of illness or cancer. It doesn’t take much to make the shift. Organic means safe. It means standards, so whenever you can buy local organic produce and fruits. Try to eat very little packaged and processed foods and try to eat a lot more natural food than processed foods. If you are going to join the non-toxic movement you have to think or your body as your house. Create a non-toxic environment for both your outer life and inner life and let the two mirror each other in harmony.

6). Switch to Holistic Medicine

Wipe out those over the counter drugs, or at the very least let them be a last resort. Arm yourself with the power of essential oils. Essential oils have been proven to be more effective and better natural medicine from anything to moods, illness, pain, aches, ailments, ointments, remedies than over the counter drugs created in chemical labs. Before you reach for chemical laden drugs, try treating holistically. Holistic medicine doesn’t have the side effects chemical drugs often do.

I have given you six powerful tools to create a non-toxic home environment. What would it take for you to make the switch? What holds you back? I would love to hear your thoughts, please them in the box below.

If you found this article useful, please share it with friends. Post it on FB, Pinterest, or Tweet it.

XO, Hayley

P.S. If you are interested in the power of essential oils and you want to make the switch, you know I only use the best, so click HERE





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