written by guest blogger Michele Santo….
You may not realize it, but your home is toxic. There are hundreds of dangerous chemicals under your sink, in your shower, and your bedroom. Don’t be alarmed. Education is the first step. You can start to replace household items one at a time with more natural ingredients.
What are Your Candles Made of?
Although candles seem like a harmless way to add ambiance and warmth to a room, what they’re made of may hurt you. Most candles are made of paraffin wax, which when burned omit highly toxic carcinogens benzene and toluene into the air. Basically you’re breathing in diesel fuel. It can be as dangerous as inhaling second-hand smoke. The artificial scents contain harmful chemicals. If that’s not bad enough, wicks are made with lead. After a few hours of burning candles, the indoor air is polluted. What are the alternatives?
At Home Goods and Target, you’ll find candles made of soy, which seem like a healthier choice. However, most of the soy imported into the United States is genetically modified. This isn’t the best choice.
The best are candles made of beeswax. It’s a more natural material. Plus, beeswax candles omit negative ions, which reduce positively charged ions in the air. Heating and cooling systems, as well as, electrical devices create positively charged ions. Don’t let the word “positive” fool you. They can carry dust, mold, and pollen.
Check out beeswax candles.
How Clean are Your Cleaning Products?
You may rethink store bought cleaning products when you realize what’s lurking in them. Many ingredients go unlisted. Do your homework.
Bleach and ammonia are potent. I remember when my Grandmother would soak ammonia in the sink to whiten it, I’d immediately start choking, because I couldn’t handle the smell. It’s a very harsh chemical. Individually these cleaners create highly toxic fumes that hurt the lungs, eyes, nose, and throat. If used together, they can cause major lung damage.
Products that create suds like laundry detergent, liquid soap, bubble bath contain ingredients such as diethanolamine (DEA), triethanolamine (TEA), sodium laureth sulfate. They’re all known carcinogens linked to organ toxicity. These cleaners go down the drain and can hurt wildlife.
Healthier options are to buy natural cleaning products or make your own. Grandma was right. There’s nothing lemon juice, vinegar, and baking soda couldn’t clean.
Also, look for the Environmental Working Group’s Living Healthy app. The database has 120,000 home care products. Simply scan a cleaning or beauty product’s bar code to see its toxicity level. Note the rating and choose the healthier one.
It’s Time to De-Clutter
Nothing affects your mood and finances than the state of your surroundings. An unmade bed and piles of papers add stress to your life. If you want a steady flow of income, you must clear the space in your home. If you want work to flow, tidy up your office. What you focus on, you create. Clutter creates chaos, while tidiness creates efficiency.
Know your environment. Make smart choices. Protect your health.
About the writer:
Michele Santo wants to live in a world where wellness is all the rage.
She co-authored the book, Empowering Transformations for Women. In 2008, she became a Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and was the Healthy Eating Specialist for Whole Foods Market. In 2016, she became a Youth Mentor through Shine From Within and founded Unstoppable Girls Squad. She walks her talk when it comes to health.
When she’s not writing, she’s reading about online marketing or dancing in the kitchen.