Body detoxes are more popular than ever before as people seek to cleanse and eliminate harmful toxins and chemicals that have built up in their bodies. You may have even heard a friend rave about a skinny tea or water fasting. However, these trendy cleanses rarely target and remove the toxins they seek. A far more effective and long-term solution is to avoid these toxins and chemicals in your environment altogether. By avoiding common household toxins, chemicals, and pollutants, you make your home and body a healthier place. You support your body’s natural detoxification process by adopting healthy habits in your home.
Starting a home detox sounds daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. The simplest way to start detoxifying your home now is by implementing natural cleaning products. Just because your home is clean doesn’t mean it is free of toxins. Harmful, synthetic chemicals lurk within the most common name brand cleaning products on store shelves. Every time you wipe a counter or scrub a dirty plate, you leave toxic reside behind that is ready to be ingested or absorbed into your body.
Environmental experts say we are routinely exposed to about 62 toxic chemicals in our homes on average, and a vast majority of these chemicals come from our cleaning products. Below are three common cleaning products to avoid and three natural alternatives to use instead to get your home detox started!
Fabric softeners and dryer sheets are full of chemicals and synthetic fragrances. The fresh, breezy scents that make dryer sheets and fabric softeners so attractive contain phthalates that disrupt people’s endocrine system, or their hormones. As a result, your clothes absorb these harmful phthalates and deposit them on your skin.
On the other hand, wool dryer balls are a chemical-free alternative made from a natural, renewable resource. Wool dryer balls last up to 1,000 loads, resulting in more money saved and less dryer sheets in the landfill. In addition, wool dryer balls reduce drying time, which results in less energy used. Better yet, wool dryer balls won’t reduce the absorbency of your towels like fabric softeners do. And if you feel like you’ll miss the scents from dryer sheets and fabric softeners, simply add a few drops of organic essential oil to your wool dryer balls to enjoy fragranced laundry without all the synthetic chemicals. Overall, wool dryer balls work better and are better for you.
Borax Laundry Detergent
Choosing big name laundry detergents at the store is, unfortunately, not always safe or effective, especially since allergies and skin sensitivities are currently on the rise. Almost all laundry detergents contain borax, a naturally occurring mineral that neutralizes the pH of water and strips clothes of soap and germs. Though borax is a naturally occurring mineral, it is also extremely toxic. If the FDA has deemed borax not safe to ingest, why should it be in your laundry detergent where it will inevitably come into contact with your skin and be absorbed? Some side effects of borax include: skin, eye, and respiratory irritation, digestive problems, infertility, kidney failure, shock, and even death.
Choosing a safer, more natural alternative like Fawn Organics’ Washhouse Brew, Borax-Free Detergent is a nontoxic, chemical-free powder laundry detergent that still deeply cleans your laundry and home. The Washhouse Brew, Borax-Free Detergent is biodegradable, fair trade without GMO’s, sulfates, synthetic dyes, fragrances, or additives. This detergent is gentle and perfect for those with sensitive skin because it eliminates dangerous chemicals and additives.
Liquid Dish Soap
Since dishwashing liquid comes in direct contact with your hands and the dishes you eat off of, it is important to select a dishwashing soap that is free of sulfates, dyes, and fragrances full of undisclosed chemicals that can disrupt normal bodily function.
Using a completely natural, toxin-free alternative like Fawn Organics’ Vegan Dishblock is an easy way to avoid ingesting the chemicals in synthetic dyes, fragrances, parabens, sulfates, and more. The Dishblock still creates a rich, sudsy lather that cuts stubborn grime—but without all the downsides of chemicals and skin irritation. This vegan alternative also cuts down on toxic plastic bottle waste in landfills, so you can feel good about making a purchase that protects your body and the environment from toxins.