4 Ways to Reduce Chemicals in Your Life
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 products are formulated with chemicals that can be harmful to your health.
How can these chemicals harm you?
- Your skin absorbs the chemicals we come into contact with. They are found 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 for many, it is great to reduce chemicals.
- The lungs absorb more chemicals from the air you breathe.
- Our digestive system absorbs chemicals from your food.
Countless health experts state that these chemicals may be accountable for many of the ailments prevalent today. 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:
- Get rid of perfumes, colognes, dryer sheets, and air fresheners. These products may smell nice, but they’re filled with toxic chemicals.
- Perfumes and colognes can have many harmful chemicals such as acetone, camphor, ethanol, ethyl acetate, and linalool. They usually have synthetic substances made from petroleum.
- Some of the 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 over time, so no one knows how they’ll affect us over time.
- As an alternative, use natural essential oils and hydrosols for your fragrances. Be sure to 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 places to reduce chemicals.
- It’s easy for makeup to get inside the body because lipstick and lip-gloss are on your lips throughout the day. You can also rub off the foundation. highlighter or powder, which gets on our hands which you may rub your eyes with, or use later to eat.
- The chemicals and preservatives in makeup and other personal care products can increase the risk of cancer. They can also cause skin issues, lesions, allergies, respiratory issues, irritation, and reproductive issues.
- Instead, check out natural brands with no chemicals. Also, you can try to make your own makeup and skincare from beeswax, salves, essential oils, and safe food dyes.
- Change your cleaning supplies. One of the most significant sources of chemicals in the home is cleaning supplies.
- Cleaning supplies are full of toxic chemicals that can affect your brain, liver, kidneys, lungs, and skin. These may cause allergies, irritation, skin issues, asthma, and respiratory issues. They may also increase the risk of getting cancer.
- Ingredients such as bleach, ammonia, chlorine, or phthalates can be damaging to our health.
- Some cleaning goods can cause permanent burns on your skin even if just 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. Vinegar, water, essential oils, baking soda, natural soap flakes, baking powder, and cornstarch can be blended in many ways to make cleaning products that are 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.
- Trans fats can clog arteries and can cause cardiovascular disease and other issues.
- Preservatives like sodium benzoate and potassium benzoate are at times made from benzene, linked to thyroid issues and cancers.
- Even food coloring can be hazardous because it’s been 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 you can get, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats.
Chemicals surround you. You can find them in your breakfast, water, containers, 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 vivacious 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 tea tree essential oil.
10 drops lavender essential oil.
Mix all ingredients together 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. (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). Rinse well and use a wet towel to remove.
Duvet Linen Spray
3 oz. Alcohol Isopropyl, Higher proof Vodka or Clear Witch Hazel.
15 drops Sweet Orange essential oil
20 drops Lavender essential oil
1 1/2 cups distilled water
Mist your duvet, wait 30 minutes, and place the cover on and fluff.
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