Keeping Your Home Toxin-Free

More and more, we are getting exposed to research and information about the ingredients contained in lots of products we regularly use. And, even though sometimes the information is conflicting and sources are questionable, it’s a good idea to adopt some small changes to try minimising indoor pollution and toxins.

Luckily, there are lots of options out there.

1. Keep plastic away. Beeswax wraps are an excellent choice to remove plastics from your fridge and kitchen. They are made with organic cotton, beeswax, organic jojoba oil, and pine resin. They are washable, reusable and compostable, and makes a perfect alternative to Ziploc bags and foils. Additionally, they last! You’ll be also saving money.

2. Move to biodegradable trash bags. You’d be surprised about the chemicals found in plastic bags: phthalates, benzene, and vinyl hydrochloride just to name a few. The good news, Whole Foods or Amazon sell gentler trash bags made from bioplastics, which consist of organic materials like corn, grains, and vegetable oils. Not only you’ll be helping the toxicity at home also the impact on the environment will be reduced. It’s a win-win.
3. Move to Natural Home Fragrance alternatives. Natural candles and non-aerosol room sprays are becoming super popular for a reason - they are free from harmful toxins such as paraffin and unsafe propellants. There’s no reason to create indoor pollution when you can opt for these options. Additionally, is very likely that these companies also have an environmentally friendly approach towards packaging and manufacturing, so you’d be also contributing to the planet.
4. Swap for natural cleaning supplies. There are lots of smaller new brands offering cleaning products without scary toxins. And it’s a good idea to give them a try because most of the conventional household cleaners do carry toxic ingredients. We are all becoming experts at reading labels. But when in doubt about ingredients toxicity there are some great apps to help.
5. Switch out plastic containers for glass. Storing and heating food in chemical-leaching plastic is harmful to your health. Try keeping leftovers, freshly cut fruits and veggies, and other perishable items in non-toxic, recyclable glass containers instead.
6. And our favourite, it’s not about swapping products or changing any habit. It’s cleaning the air with plants. It's quite a controversial topic and there is no conclusive evidence that plants do clean the air, but this video convinced us that is a good idea having them anyway :) 

 

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