Mar 1, 2012

Fresh Environment, Healthier You

It’s Springtime! While you are doing an internal cleanse to rid your body of toxin build-up and anything that survives on the nutrients meant for you, it’s important to take a look at environmental factors that may be impacting your health. Follow these tips to freshen your environment for a safer, healthier home.   

Cleaning Products

Rid your home of toxic, harsh cleaning products. Cleaning ingredients vary in the type of health hazard they pose. Some may cause immediate hazards such as skin or respiratory irritation, watery eyes, or chemical burns, while others have been associated with chronic or long-term effects.

Most homes can be safely cleaned with a few non-toxic ingredients: vinegar
(it’s anti-bacterial), baking soda, water, and microfiber mops and cloths.
  •     Make your own all purpose cleaner by mixing 1 part vinegar
       and 1 part water in a clean spray bottle. Spray on surface
       and wipe with a cloth.
    Caution: Improperly diluted vinegar can harm
        certain surfaces. Always test in a small area first.
  •        Create a surface scrub for stained or dirty surfaces using 1
       part baking soda and 1/3 part water.  Mix in a container to
       create a paste. Spread paste over surface and wipe with a
    For stubborn stains, let paste stand 15 minutes before wiping off. 
Dust Control

House dust has been known to absorb toxic substances. To keep dust at a minimum, purchase a high quality vacuum and use it frequently. Try dusting with a damp or wet cloth as dry dusting can circulate dust back into the air.

Detergents and Fabric Softeners

Fragrances added to many laundry detergents and fabric softeners may cause negative effects such as respiratory irritation, headache, sneezing, and watery eyes in sensitive individuals. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found that one-third of the substances used in the fragrance industry are toxic. Try to purchase detergents and fabric softeners that are gentle and fragrance free.


  •       Try not to use plastic containers/plastic wrap in the
      microwave. Harmful chemicals can move from plastic
      into foods and drinks.  
  •        Replace non-stick and aluminum cookware with cast-iron,
       stainless steel or glass whenever possible.

  •         Store food in glass or ceramic containers.
  •        Eat fresh foods whenever possible.

Cosmetic Products

Be aware of what you are putting on your skin and hair!  Some lotions, make-up products, and hair-care products contain dangerous chemicals such as carcinogens, formaldehydes, and heavy metals. Studies show that much of what you put on your skin and hair is absorbed into the body and bloodstream. Try to find non-scented, or naturally scented, organic personal care products whenever possible.

1 comment:

  1. I would love to try your weight loss formula. Heading back up to read about cleansing the liver! Thanks!