Wellness Wednesday: Removing Toxins From Our Homes

Lindsay GrimesWellness Wednesday

This will be the first post in a series on how to live and maintain a life of health and wellness.

Too many of us wait until we need to treat our body’s symptoms because of a sickness or crisis, without making the overall lifestyle changes that will enable us to live truly healthy lives.

In this series, we will hear from women who are experts in their field of work, who will give us tips on how to live and maintain a healthy life all around.

We do not need to wait until we are desperate for change, we can start now to help prevent.

My hope is that we will find a few takeaways from each installment in this series that we can apply to our everyday life that will enable us to live well. It doesn’t have to be hard!

Today we will hear from my dear friend Sarah, who blogs at Renaissance Mama, about getting chemicals and toxins out of our home.


Did you know that the typical American home is 2-5 times more toxic than the outside air, according to the EPA?  And, in some cases, the air measurements indoors have been found to be 100 times more polluted.

Not only that, but the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the World Health Organization have concluded that 80% of all cancers are attributed to environmental rather than genetic factors, including exposure to carcinogenic chemicals, many of which are found in household cleaning products.

What a mess!   It’s obvious that we need to clean up our homes, but what do we focus on?

elephantHave you ever heard this famous adage about eating an elephant?

We have to do the same thing when we clean up our homes! One step at a time!

Steps to Clean Up Your Home

1. Throw out your toxic air fresheners!    Those things are full of formaldehyde, which is what they use at the morgue!   It’s also HIGHLY carcinogenic!    Use your essential oil diffuser instead!  You’ll purify the air AND do your body a favor, instead of slowly killing yourself.

2. Get stainless steel pans instead of non-stick!   Teflon leaches out into your food, and you DO NOT want to eat it!   Learning to cook with stainless steel takes a bit of practice, but you get the hang of it quickly.  (Here’s a crash course:  Use lots of oil (like coconut) and keep the heat low.)

3. Read the labels of the cleaners on your shelves.  Then read the labels of what’s on the shelves in the store.   When a product has nasty ingredients in it, throw it out and replace it with something better!   Vinegar is a fabulous cleaner and it’s super cheap.  I love the Thieves cleaner from Young Living.  It comes in a concentrate, and one bottle lasts me quite a while!  I clean everything from my kitchen to my bathrooms with it.  It’s even safe to hand to my kids, so THEY can clean!  (Score!)

4.  Read the labels of the food on your shelves!  Then read the labels at the store!  Look for items with as few ingredients as possible.  Stay away from processed foods as much as possible and eat whole foods instead.

Lindsay has put together a fabulous cheat sheet to help you check for nasty ingredients in your food and household cleaners!  Get yours for free, just by following her by email! You can find the Subscribe form at the top of the right sidebar.


You can find more great information from Sarah at Renaissance Mama.

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Stay tuned for next week’s Wellness Wednesday post!