The more we learn about what’s actually in the items we use at home every single day, the more some of us worry. This is especially the case when children and pets are part of the picture.
If you’re thinking about making the switch to a non-toxic home, read more to learn how to get started!
If you’ve decided to make the switch, you might be slightly overwhelmed. Especially since, like we said, toxic products are really everywhere. This is why so many people recommend starting slowly. I think starting in one room is a great way to do this. Let’s take a look at three common rooms where you can get started right now!
Cleaning products used throughout your home, in my opinion, should be chosen carefully because you’re coming into contact with them regularly. Consider starting here and switching out your cleaning products for nature-based, non-toxic products. They’re just as effective and you might already have the ingredients you need for a DIY cleaner in your kitchen!
This can be a slow transition that you make over time as you run out of the products you already have at home. Slowly but surely, you’ll be well on your way to a non-toxic home.
I think this is a great place to start because the kitchen is oftentimes considered the heart of the home. Not only do we use harsh cleaning products, but also a lot of plastic containers and non-stick cookware are considered toxic as well.
The key to plastic containers is not to heat food up in them, so consider using glass containers for any to-go lunch you want to heat up at work the next day.
Also, be wary of non-stick pots and pans. While you may not want to throw them all away, be sure to do so the moment you notice scratches or chips, which could end up in your food.
One of the first things I did was switch to a “clean” laundry detergent. Personally, all the scents and additives in the soap I’d been using aggravated my skin, so this switch was a no-brainer for me and really kicked off my switch to non-toxic products.
Again, this is a place where you can likely use some items you already have at home. Baking soda is a great product used to brighten and freshen up clothes!
This is a broad category if I’m being honest. We already talked about switching over your cleaning products, which applies here, too. But most of us get ready for our day in the bathroom when showering, using makeup, putting on deodorant, etc.
Non-toxic soaps and beauty products are available nearly everywhere. Natural soaps, makeup, and deodorants are easy to find at local health stores and even grocery stores. A quick search online will lead you to plenty of online realtors, too!
Once you’ve decided to make the switch, it’s important that you have a list of ingredients that you know to avoid. Some common ingredients that are considered toxic include (but are not limited to) chlorine bleach, fragrances, formaldehyde, parabens, ammonia, chlorine, and chloroform.
When it comes to going non-toxic, local, hand-made products are a great option. Visit your local marketplaces and farmers markets and look for stands with homemade laundry detergent, cleaners, and soaps! Etsy is also a great place to go for products like these—just search for “non-toxic laundry detergent,” or whatever you’re looking for, and you’ll find plenty of options. The Department of Energy & Environmental Protection is also a great resource for alternative products, including DIY recipes!
Kayleigh is a content writer with a BA in technical writing/literature and an MA in creative writing. When she’s not at work writing, she’s at home writing, reading, or binge-watching television shows… for research, of course. A big do-it-yourselfer and crafter, Kayleigh loves testing out projects and gifting them to friends and family—all in preparation for when she owns her own home one day and decorates with her own personal creations. Her work has appeared on The Writing Cooperative and as an Honorable Mention in East Meets West American Writers Review.