Do you want to reduce chemicals in your home?

Have you reflected on how many chemicals are around you every day?

These chemicals are in our food, water, personal care items, hygiene products, closets, and other things. It’s easy to overlook that many chemical products can harm your health.

How can these chemicals harm you?

Your Skin

Your skin absorbs the chemicals we come into contact with. They are in the air around us. Our skin is our largest organ, and our pores make it easy for us to absorb the world around us, so it is great to reduce chemicals for many.

The lungs absorb more chemicals from the air you breathe.

Our digestive system absorbs chemicals from our food.

Countless health experts state that these chemicals may be responsible for many of today’s ailments. Some of these are autoimmune diseases, respiratory issues, ADHD, autism, cancer, and many more.

Luckily, there are natural ways to decrease the number of chemicals in your life.


Try these tips to reduce chemicals you come into contact with that can negatively affect your health:

Toss perfumes, colognes, scented detergents, dryer sheets, fabric sprays, and air fresheners. These goods may smell good, but they’re packed with toxic chemicals.

Perfumes, body sprays, and colognes can have various damaging chemicals, like acetone, benzaldehyde, benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, camphor, ethanol, ethyl acetate, and linalool. They usually have artificial ingredients made from petroleum.

Some health worries related to perfumes and colognes include respiratory issues, asthma, and allergies. Many researchers acknowledge that most of the chemicals in these goods haven’t been tested, so no one knows how they’ll affect us over time.

As an alternative, use natural essential oils and hydrosols for your fragrances. Check out the ingredients in all the goods you buy, even if the label says it’s ‘all-natural’ or an “organic” product. Avoid chemicals you can’t pronounce. Even some essential oils are not just essential oil; check out that label.

Sidestep toxic makeup and other personal care products.

Makeup and other personal care products, like soaps, shampoo, conditioners, lotions, and deodorant, are filled with toxic products that can harm your health.

Lipstick, blush, foundation, toner, highlighter, or eyeliner may have chemicals such as lead, arsenic, formaldehyde, mercury, or aluminum. Our faces are one of the first regions to reduce chemicals.

It’s easy for makeup to get inside the body because lipstick and lip gloss is on your lips throughout the day. Highlighter or powder, which gets on our hands which you may rub your eyes with, or use later to eat. You can also rub off the foundation.

The chemicals and preservatives in makeup and other personal care products can increase cancer risk. They can also cause skin lesions, allergies, respiratory irritation, and reproductive issues.

Instead, check out natural brands with no chemicals. Also, you can try to make your makeup and skincare from beeswax, salves, essential oils, and safe food dyes.

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Change your cleaning supplies.

Cleaning products are one primary source of chemicals in the home.

Cleaning supplies contain toxic chemicals affecting your brain, liver, kidneys, lungs, and skin. These may cause allergies, irritation, skin, asthma, and respiratory issues. They may also increase the risk of getting cancer.

Ingredients such as bleach, ammonia, chlorine, or phthalates can damage our health.

Some cleaning goods can cause permanent burns on your skin, even if a drop lands on you.

Some chemicals are likened in danger to your lungs as smoking cigarettes.

Instead, use natural cleaning products or make your own. You can blend vinegar, water, essential oils, baking soda, natural soap flakes, baking powder, and cornstarch in many ways to make cleaning products safer at home.


Avoid processed foods.

Our food can be a significant source of chemicals in your life. Toxic ingredients can lurk in many grocery products.

Artificial sweeteners in baked goods or sweets can lead to a higher risk of diabetes or cancer. Some of these sweeteners can cause abdominal cramps and diarrhea.

Preservatives found in foods like sodium benzoate and potassium benzoate are at times made from benzene, linked to thyroid issues and cancers.

Food coloring can be hazardous because it’s associated with hyperactivity, brain health issues, and allergies.

Luckily, you can make positive changes by reading labels and avoiding products that are not safe. Switch to more organic and natural food. Try to use products as close to nature as possible, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats.

Chemicals surround you. You can find them in your breakfast, water, containers, and cleaning products and go with you to work. You can find them at the office, cleaning closet next to your cubicle, and in all the lunch menus. Chemicals are everywhere.

However, you can limit your life’s chemicals by taking constructive steps and making more natural living changes. In return, our bodies will thank us for taking extra care and reward us with more vibrant health!


Here are some of my favorite recipes from my book 475 Herbal and Aromatherapy Recipes

Heavy Duty Bathroom Cleaner

3/4 c. baking soda

¼ cup lemon juice

3 tablespoons salt

3 tablespoons liquid dishwashing soap or castile soap

 1/2 cup vinegar

10 drops of Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) essential oil.

10 drops of Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia / Lavandula officinalis) essential oil. 

Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl to make a paste. Use a scrubby sponge, or brush to apply to the side of the tub, shower walls, and sinks. Rinse well and use a wet towel to remove. (Be sure to test a small out-of-site area to make sure paste does not scratch the tub surface; if that does occur, you can remove salt from the mixture).


Peaceful Sleep

Duvet Linen Spray

3 oz. Alcohol Isopropyl, Higher proof Vodka, or Clear Witch Hazel.

15 drops of Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil

20 drops of Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia / Lavandula officinalis) essential oil

1 1/2 cups distilled water

Mist your duvet, wait 30 minutes, and place the cover on and fluff.

Make sure you spot test on your linen before use.  I use it on all my linen, my sheets and bedding are either 100% Linen, cotton, or wool, for reference.

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Deanna G. 2022

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