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Clean Up Your Home This New Year

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Clean up your home thi snew year with lemon-vinegar and bicarb cleaner

Clean up your home – remove toxins

New Year is traditionally a time to get stuck into spring cleaning, discarding whatever doesn’t serve you well. Why not use this opportunity to establish some new healthy lifestyle habits? One relatively simple way of doing this is to clean up your home environment.

Your body’s sophisticated waste removal systems work day and night to remove any dangerous toxins that make their way into your system. These can come from anywhere – the atmosphere, food and water, and through your skin. And while your body does do an amazing job, it’s always going to thank you for avoiding taking in excessive toxins in the first place. Then its energy can be diverted towards other essential functions like repairing your cells.

Many sources of toxins cannot be avoided. It’s impossible to live in a bubble away from the modern world. But you can control your home environment to a certain extent. Read on for a rundown of some easy ways to avoid excessive toxins in your home.

Clean Cleanly

The planet as well as your body will thank you for reducing your use of chemicals for cleaning. As well as containing substances needing to be made safe by your liver, chemical-based cleaners can disturb your gut bacteria, with far-reaching negative health effects.

Natural cleaners are cheap and very effective, plus they’re tried and tested over time. Simple vinegar, lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda can tackle most cleaning jobs without the chemicals that end up on your skin and down the drain.

Incidentally, dry cleaning garments leaves a cocktail of chemicals lingering on your clothes.

Chemical-Free Personal Care

Did you know much of what goes on your skin ends up being absorbed into your bloodstream? Then any chemicals within must be processed by your long-suffering liver. Many body lotions, perfumes, shower gels, shampoos and laundry products all contain ingredients which could potentially end up in your blood, not to mention irritate your skin.

While on the subject of personal care, have you ever realised that your tampon, unless it’s organic, has been made from cotton doused in pesticides and then bleached with chloride? And regular toothpaste, which you put in your mouth, is chock full of nasty chemicals, too?

Choose personal care products made with natural ingredients instead and scented with essential oils. A good rule to live by is if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin. There are so many natural alternatives to choose from nowadays.

Ditch Your Old Flame

Paraffin wax candles contain a whole heap of chemicals and synthetic fragrances which, when heated, are released into the air and easily inhaled. Choose beeswax or soy-based candles instead – they burn far more cleanly. Or use essential oils in a burner. While you’re at it, throw out any chemical air fresheners. Natural essential oils are great for this purpose, too.

Spring Clean Your Pans

Old cooking pans, especially those with non-stick linings, easily shed particles into the food cooked in them. These contain potentially carcinogenic substances which are then swallowed. Such linings can also emit hazardous fumes when heated. Aluminium pans on the other hand leach this toxic metal into your meals. Safe alternatives include pans made from carbon steel, porcelain enamel, ceramic, tempered glass or lava rock.

Plastic is so Last Year

Plastic is bad news for the planet but it’s equally dangerous for your health. Chemicals within plastic (even food-safe plastic) easily leach out into food and water stored within. These substances are known to disrupt hormones.

Plastic is more likely to migrate into food if it’s heated, for example in a microwave, or if it’s used to store oily foods, like cheese.

Opt for glass containers instead. A great cheap way of storing food is to simply keep and reuse glass food containers, such as empty sauce jars or those which have contained pre-prepared pulses. These glass containers are better than most tins, too. This is because some tins are lined with a type of plastic called BPA which can make its way into food.

Tackle That Mould

Clean up your home - remove black mould naturally from bathrooms

Black mould collecting in bathrooms, cupboards, fridges, washing machines and around windows is really bad news. Mould emits airborne toxins known as mycotoxins. These can be inhaled and irritate the lungs, while also disrupting the immune system.

Tackle the first sight of black mould with neat white vinegar. Keeping your home well-ventilated discourages mould, too.

Personal Support for a Cleaner Lifestyle

If you would like to explore further ways of cleaning up your lifestyle, we can help. There are lots more suggestions in our free ebook here. (requires a free account)

We believe your lifestyle and your body function best when they are in harmony. We can help with dietary and lifestyle strategies to support your detoxification systems, along with testing for mould, if appropriate. Contact us today and take the first step to a healthier New Year.

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