A healthy home for a healthy body

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A greener home not only means a healthier environment, but a healthier you. You can't avoid pollution and other contaminants in the environment, but there are many ways you could limit your exposure to unnecessary toxins.

My first tip would be to use greener house cleaning agents, laundry detergents, dish soaps, shampoos, conditioners, sprays, perfumes and any other products that can elevate toxic levels in the house and in the environment. Though scientific research continues to develop, it has been shown that many chemicals in such products may be harmful to human health as well.

Corrosive or toxic cleaning agents are not only are dangerous if inhaled, but are bad for the environment once they go down the drain and into nature. Same goes for laundry detergent as well as shampoos, soaps and sprays. They often have unnecessarily harsh chemicals that can cause skin irritation among other problems.  Perfumes, hairsprays and other house cleaning mists could be just as problematic and can be replaced with safer alternatives.

Where to get these products? I always find them at the health food shop.

Can I make them at home? YES. You can make your own shampoo, soap, perfume, air mist, laundry soap, and even house cleaning agents. For shampoo, you could use eggs, baking soda and vinegar, or soapnuts. Soapnuts can also be used for laundry. For perfume, you could use rose water or lavender water with a couple of drops of essential oil and spritz it around the house. For household cleaning agents you could use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar or lemon. Plenty recipes for these can be found online.  Check out wellnessmama.com for diy beauty and home cleaning recipes!

My final tip would be not to smoke. This is a very obvious one but no smoking can seriously lower pollutant content in the air, not to mention improve your health and the health of your family.



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