How To Reduce Toxins in Your Home

How To Reduce Toxins in Your Home

From the ‘Semi-Crunchy’ Mom

Let’s face it – the world can be a scary place. I will never forget the day I saw a TV commercial about some baby products that can actually cause cancer.. I immediately freaked and found myself questioning everything I was using and had used on my children. With some in-depth research, I slowly but surely started reducing the toxins in our home. I’ve compiled a list of my top 5 easiest switches to reduce the toxins in your home along with some info on harmful ingredients to avoid!

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My Top 8 Toxin Free Picks:

Lotion

Something we use everyday on ourselves and our boys. Did you know that most lotions contain ‘fragrance’? This means they are allowed by the FDA to have a ‘secret ingredient list’ that does not have to be printed on the label. It took me a while to find a switch I could even tolerate because I’m picky as all get out when it comes to lotion. After several trials and fails I came across Llama Lotion from Wink Naturals. It is heaven sent. And if you decide to give it a try you can use discount code: KELSYEB15 to save some money. (This was actually the very first switch we made to reduce the toxins in our home.) Here’s all about it:

  • Natural ingredients
  • Scented with lavender and citrus essential oils
  • Silky smooth formula that hydrates and moisturizes
  • Soothes dry, itchy skin*
  • Gentle and safe for kids and babies*
  • Great for sensitive skin*
  • No parabens, toxins, harsh chemicals, dyes, sulfates, fragrances, or petroleum
  • Recommended for infants, children, and adults

All Purpose Cleaner

This is the area where I first started considering myself ‘semi-crunchy’. When I clean my toilet I obviously want it clean and as my husband says “99% water isn’t going to clean it”. Anyways, my point is that I want the ‘strong stuff’ for certain areas of our home. But the daily counter, stove, and table wipe downs happen around my kids and I don’t always have the time to suit up in PPE. Enters, MojiLife! I LOVE their all purpose cleaner. It’s natural, smells good, and actually cuts through the grime of my four and one year old. (They also have a toy cleaner.) Reasons why I love the All Purpose Cleaner:

  • Natural lemon essential oil
  • Vegetable enzymes
  • Safe for people, pets, and the environment
  • Meets criteria for EPA/DfE
  • Can be used on all water-safe surfaces

Toothpaste

We all use it everyday, multiple times a day. Most tubes of toothpaste actually have a warning that caution the user to not swallow it. Yes, even kids toothpaste. Yikes. Seven ingredients you should try to avoid in a toothpaste are fluoride, artificial sweeteners, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), carrageenan, propylene glycol, and triclosan. You can read more on why these ingredients are harmful here. Our two alternatives come from the same company as the lotion we talked about earlier. I use the protect and whiten toothpaste and my kids use the super smiles toothpaste. If you decide to try one or both of them you can use discount code: KELSYEB15 to save some money.

Protect and Whiten Toothpaste

  • Contains Kalident – a natural ingredient to help remineralize tooth enamel*
  • Fluoride-free
  • Promotes gum and tooth health with xylitol*
  • Builds and improves enamel*
  • Helps to naturally whiten teeth*

Super Smiles Toothpaste

  • Fluoride-free
  • Promotes gum & tooth health with xylitol*
  • Plant-based ingredients
  • Safe if swallowed
  • For ages 2+
  • Manufactured in the USA

Bath Soap

Body washes often contain harmful ingredients that can cause a number of issues from skin irritations to UTIs. A few ingredients you should avoid in body soaps are sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), parabens, fragrance, and triclosan. You can read more on why they need to be avoided here. I was over the moon when I discovered a bath wash that is not only a foaming wash but it’s natural and the whole family loves it. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention that the PH level is 0. Holy cow. That’s the same as water! It comes from Wink Naturals as well and is called Foaming Oil Bath Wash. But don’t let the name fool you, it’s not even close to being oily. Give it a try and don’t forget the discount code KELSYEB15! Key components I love about it:

  • Natural ingredients
  • Pure and gentle formula*
  • Made for sensitive skin*
  • Scented with lavender and citrus essential oils
  • Foaming pump to prevent waste
  • Moisturizes and cleanses with natural ingredients*
  • Safe for infants, children, and adults
  • No sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), harsh chemicals, or surfactants*

Skin Care

With ingredients similar to most body washes, it’s important to know what’s in your skin care as well. It only takes 26 seconds for topicals to be absorbed into your bloodstream. I never really paid much attention to a skin care routine in my teens mainly because everything I used either caused breakouts or terribly dried my skin out. As an adult now, I have researched on why that is. My conclusion is that the ingredients in those products are the main cause. I’m happy to say that I now use a three step system that is natural and works great for not only my skin but thousands of other women. I even have a discount code for you! Use KELSYEB15 at checkout to save. You can view more details on each product through the link but here are the clinical results from the skin care system I use:

  • 90.9% said they were happier with their skin
  • 72% felt an increase in their self-confidence
  • 88% saw an improvement in their skin texture
  • 90.9% said skin was more radiant
  • 89.1% said skin was visibly smoother
  • 76.4% said skin was firmer
  • 90.9% said skin felt more hydrated

Results gathered from a satisfaction survey with 55 women of different ages and skin types after 30 days.

But why does it matter?

I believe the overwhelming amount of products that contain harmful ingredients is the reason behind the majority of illnesses we all deal with. This is the main reason I chose to reduce the toxins in our home. I want to protect my children and husband to the best of my abilities and if switching something as small as the bath soap and toothpaste we use helps that mission, then sign me up. You can take a look at a list of the ingredients referenced in this post and why they should be avoided here. I encourage you to check the products in your home and see how many of them contain the ingredients listed. I bet you will be surprised!

Comment below and tell me what your favorite switch has been! Or if you haven’t switched anything yet, will you take the plunge to reduce toxins in your home?

*Statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.

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