Ready to reduce toxins, live healthier, and improve the quality of your home and life? Feeling a little overwhelmed by all the steps to follow, products to buy, and work to do? Here are five changes you can make today that “shouldn’t” even require a trip to the store! This will get you started on your journey; always remember each and every change is a positive step. Start today; the best way to get something done is just to begin.
Make a cleaner
This was my first natural change, and many others have done this as their first step as well. Why? It’s so easy, it saves money, and it drastically reduces the toxic load in your house! Find an old spray bottle (or better yet dump out some chemical laden cleaning solution, rinse it out, and use that) fill it half with boiled water, half with vinegar, add a tablespoon of dish soap and put a couple lemons rinds in it.
Now eventually, I would recommend switching to essential oils rather than lemon rind, as they have their own disinfecting properties and are resistant to mold and bacteria, but this works in a pinch! As you move forward you will find the best ratios and scents that work for you.
Throw out artificial fragrance
Febreze, plug-ins, candles, wax melts, and anything with a scent is probably full of chemicals you don’t want floating around your house. Replace them initially with boiled or distilled water mixed with vanilla extract in a spray bottle for a room spray. Take some coffee beans in a small bowl or bag and place them in rooms or cars for an air freshener. Eventually, you’ll want to explore essential oils, but for now, this will work!
Use your butter
For real! If you are used to cooking with processed vegetable oils, pull out that butter sitting in your cabinet and use that instead. Saturated fats are nothing to fear. And, if you happen to have coconut oil sitting around, definitely use that!
Replace dryer sheets
Those little sheets of paper cover the clothes and blankets that touch your body 24/7 with many harsh chemicals you don’t need. Instead, use vinegar in your fabric softener compartment and eventually add in wool dryer balls to the dryer.
Rethink your dinner proportions
Meals should be well balanced, and the ratios of carbohydrates to everything else is often too high. Focus on proteins, healthy fats, and vegetables. Read more about How to Create a Balanced Diet HERE.
Bonus: Coconut oil as moisturizer
If you have coconut oil around, aside from cooking with it which you definitely should do, it makes a great moisturizer and makeup remover in a pinch! Eventually you’ll find a natural skincare routine that is right for you, but coconut oil can make a great moisturizer in the meantime. Don’t overdo though, as it can be greasy and hard on acne prone skin. Just a small amount is enough!
Ready for more? Read this post on Ten Easy Steps to Natural, Non-Toxic Living and get your free worksheet!
What small change are you going to make today?