As we enter a new year, it’s always a time to reflect on changes we can make to improve our lives. Sometimes it’s quitting a bad habit, other times it’s trying to eat healthier or get more exercise.
But have you stopped to think about eliminating some of the products around your home that contain toxins? Making healthier purchasing decisions that will not only affect you but your entire family? Here are a few tips to get you started:
5 Steps to a Happier, Healthier You
Bath & Body Products
Have you ever stopped and read the long list of ingredients on the side of your soaps, hair products, creams or deodorants? As people become more aware of the ingredients used in the products they put on their bodies, they are turning to all natural products – ones which include ingredients you can actually read.
Years ago we made a movement to ban beauty products tested on animals. Now we should consider the ingredients companies’ use in these products.
My favorite switch I made this past year was replacing most of my bath and body products with Old Soul Soap Company’s all natural products. From their charcoal face soap to they’re many deliciously scented body soaps. They have a great selection to choose from.
We’ve even started using Dr. Bronner’s shampoo. It’s gentle on our hair and scalp with no harsh chemicals. A little goes a long way so don’t be intimidated by the price.
I loved switching my cleaning supplies. Not only did I stop inhaling all those strong, chemical fumes every time I cleaned the bathroom and kitchen but I started saving a bundle on cleaning supplies. Don’t you love having to open the bathroom window so you can actually breath while cleaning your bathroom?
There are a number of choices you can choose from here from making your own cleaning supplies – usually with a base of water, vinegar and essential oils or just choosing healthier products, like Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products. They have a wide range of products including dish soap, cleaners and laundry soap.
There are many other wonderful companies providing healthier alternatives, all it takes is a little research to find one you love.
Ladies, this one’s for you. While it does take a bit of commitment to make the leap, you should consider all the harsh toxins found in your tampons and pads you use every month. A quick search in Google will show you exactly what I mean.
Consider making the switch to a diva cup or find a company like Lady Crimson’s Cloth Emporium who makes reusable cloth feminine products. Women claim their menstrual cramps are not nearly as bad after their make the switch. You have to wonder why.
Non Stick Cookware
Yes, not having our food stick to our pans is important but do you ever wonder how they achieve that slippery surface? They use ‘poly- and perfluoroalkyl’ substances to make a glaze which are linked to a wide range of health problems.
Our previous generations had it right when they used cast iron pans. While they could take a bit to learn how to use and clean, you’ll have cookware that will last you a lifetime. Without all the harmful toxins.
Soy Wax Candles & Wax Melts
If you’re still burning paraffin wax candles, you need to make the switch. Now.
I go into detail here where I talk about Why you need to make the switch to Soy Candles but needless to say, paraffin wax is full of harmful toxins.
Paraffin wax has been used for decades and is definitely a cheaper alternative but as buyers become more aware or what is released into the air while the candles are burning, they are making the switch.
Soy Wax is made from the soy bean which is vegetable – no harmful toxins here.
Other lovely alternatives include bees wax candles, palm wax and more recently, coconut wax candles are becoming popular.
As we head into a new year and a new decade, it’s not about letting go what we love but being conscience of what we are buying and questioning if it is the best thing available for you and your family. Let your spending dollars do the talking and let companies know what is important to you.