This post is about transitioning to a non-toxic home.
Chemicals and other toxins can be hidden in many common items in our homes. It is easy to come into contact with these harmful substances because unfortunately, they are super common. They can be in the perfume you wear, the shampoo you wash your hair with, the cleansers you clean with, or even the bed you sleep in. These toxins can cause poor indoor air quality in your home and can leach into your food and drinking water. They can enter your body through inhalation, your skin, or ingestion.
If you’re wanting to transition to a more non-toxic home then you have come to the right place. In this post, I will be sharing how you can make the transition to creating a non-toxic home. With these tips, you’ll be on your way to living in a less toxic environment.
This post is all about transitioning to a non-toxic home.
Tips For Transitioning To A Non Toxic Home
Ease into non-toxic living
You don’t have to create a 100% non-toxic home in one day. That would be so overwhelming and expensive! Take it slow and do it at whatever pace is manageable for you.
There are a few ways you can do this:
Work in sections. You can choose one area of your house to focus on in the beginning. Prioritizing one part of your home at first will prevent overwhelm. Within that part of your house, choose items to replace with non-toxic alternatives.
Wait until your current products run out then replace them with non-toxic home products. You can wait until you run out of your current cleansers, skincare, haircare, or laundry products to replace them with non-toxic alternatives.
To learn about a few alternatives to harmful household chemicals check out this post. In this post, you will learn about some eco-friendly and non-toxic cleaning options that I like to use.
Start with your most frequently used items. Do you often spray air fresheners? Is burning candles a must for you to create a cozy vibe at home? Well, why not start replacing those frequently used items?
If you decided to start by cleaning up your diet, read my post The Ultimate Guide To Healthy Eating For Beginners to learn how to do a pantry and fridge clean out without the overwhelm.
Learn which items in your home are toxic and which are not
If you’re new to non toxic living, then you might be surprised that everything in your home might not be toxic. So, before you throw out that box of crackers or bottle of hair conditioner make sure you read the labels. By reading the labels, you will find the ingredient list and learn what those products actually contain.
Refer to the post I linked in the above section to learn how to determine which foods to keep and which to toss.
Research companies that support non-toxic living
When transitioning to a non-toxic home, it’s important to do your research on what products or items to buy. Check the ingredients to make sure the products you are interested in contain clean ingredients. Don’t be afraid to reach out to companies and ask questions. Legit, transparent, and trustworthy companies will have all the information you may need on their website.
When trying to buy food that contains natural ingredients you can simply read the ingredients list when you go to the grocery store.
Some common toxic ingredients that may be found in cleaning products, beauty & body care products, air fresheners, furniture, etc:
- Benzyl benzoate
- Bisphenol-A (BPA)
- Bisphenol-S (BPS)
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
This is not even a complete list! When in doubt do a quick search on EWG’s app to check if the beauty or body product you are interested in is non-toxic or not. Another app I like to use is the Think Dirty app.
Build a list of your favorite brands for non-toxic home products
Once you’ve done your research, make a list of your favorite brands or brands you would like to try out. Thankfully, there are a lot of non-toxic product options. From skincare, haircare, furniture, clothing, bedding, cleansers, candles, air fresheners…okay you get the point. I’m sure you’ll find at least one non-toxic brand that will meet your need and help make your home more non-toxic.
I hope you found these non-toxic living tips helpful!