Making your home a healthier place isn’t usually something that can happen overnight and of course, I don’t have everything figured out, but want to share what’s worked for us! I’ve been making small changes the past couple years and have a few hacks I thought I’d share with those of you wanting to make the transition to non-toxic / chemical-free products. Honestly, it feels good to be more aware of how simple, everyday products can affect our health and the world (thinking of the palo santo I just lit in our living room).
And I’m telling you, once you start learning about these products and discovering easy alternatives, you won’t be able to stop! Here are a few places to start…
SWAP YOUR CLEANING PRODUCTS
A lot of cleverly branded “green” products have popped up in the last few years, but don’t be fooled by pretty packaging. Be sure to check the labels and avoid harmful chemicals like bleach and harsh detergents. We love using Branch Basics in our house! I made the transition early last year and both Bridge and I love their stuff. Everything is plant and mineral-based and their commitment to creating non-toxic yet effective products is so reassuring. Plus, they also majorly cut down on plastic by offering a Concentrate that acts as a refiller to the other bottles in your house (they even offer glass bottles on their website) and it lasts forever.
SWITCHING AWAY FROM PLASTIC
More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into oceans every year – 8 million tons!! Once I started to understand the damaging effects plastic is having on our environment, I couldn’t ignore the problem. I wanted to start making changes that were small but also helped me stop relying on plastic – especially single-use – in my daily life. My favorite substitutes so far include Stasher bags, glass Tupperware, Weck jars and these Ball jars (love these lids with them).
This is one that I feel like a lot of people don’t think about when trying to clean up household items. The chemicals in candles actually come from leftover crude oil found in the bottoms of barrels. So the next time you pick up a traditional candle and take a big whiff, think about what was used to make that candle and if you want to inhale it. Instead, opt for 100% pure soy candles. Usually small, local shops have great options – I’d recommend trying this brand, this one, this from Follain, or this one.
This category has probably been the most rewarding to swap out because up to 80% of what you put on your skin is directly absorbed into your bloodstream…which is a huge number. To think that any of the products I use could cause harm to my health scares me, so I’ve developed a routine geared toward clean products that I really love. A few of my ride or dies include this facial oil and this cleanser.
INVEST IN A GOOD AIR PURIFIER
I know air purifiers aren’t things we get excited about spending money on – at least compared to skincare products, but it’s so worth it! We invested in the Dyson Air Purifier and love it. We have one in our bedroom and living room. It’s reassuring knowing that something as simple as the air we breathe in our home is being filtered to provide the cleanest environment possible.
ADD MORE PLANTS
Not only do plants add color and that cozy, homey vibe, but they also release oxygen into the air! Talk about going natural – plants are about as natural as you can get! Click here for 9 air-purifying houseplants that are hard to kill.
OPT FOR NON-TOXIC BEDDING/MATTRESS
This is another thing I think gets overlooked really easily. Now, I know these are pricier items to replace, but the next time you’re in the market for a mattress, sheets or bedding, definitely opt for something non-toxic. We have an Avocado mattress and it’s basically like sleeping on a cloud, I’m not kidding. And then we use a Parachute Home duvet/duvet cover and pillowcases and sheets are Boll & Branch.
Hoping this list is even a little helpful in transitioning your everyday household products to non-toxic / chemical-free!