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Non toxic Household

Updated: Mar 8, 2021

What we put in and on our homes should be the same quality as what we would put in and on our bodies. Our home is where we spend the start and end of our days as well as ant spare time we have.

When we use synthetic chemicals to clean our homes, clothing, dishes and belonging, we end up affecting the health of ourselves, our families, and our pets.

Toxins are artificial chemicals that interfere with the proper functioning of our hormones. Since we know of nearly 800 chemicals that are suspected to be hormone disruptors, I think it’s safe to say that EDCs are becoming a global health crisis. Your daily touchpoints may include:

  • Air bags.

  • Cigarette smoke.

  • Cosmetics.

  • Food.

  • Detergents.

  • Packaging.

  • Plastic cups and plates.

  • Toys.

In the 1900s, sheep farmers saw a reduction in herd reproduction with no known cause. They realized a compound in the feed was causing infertility in the sheep.

Since then, scientists learned that exposure to a now-banned chemical known as PCB impacted fertility in rats. Research suggests that EDCs can disrupt any stage of biological reproduction. But we need more studies to determine whether EDCs may contribute to:

  • Earlier onset of menopause.

  • Diminished sperm quality.

  • Fertility difficulties.

Quite honestly, it’s unrealistic to avoid them completely. I recommend being a thoughtful consumer of what you place on or in your body to decrease your exposure.

Many brands are making a conscious effort to avoid chemicals. This trend will continue when consumers demand more natural products by buying from responsible producers. The Environmental Working Group is a great resource and offers helpful consumer guides.

When choosing products, look for labels that say:

  • Paraben-free.

  • Phthalate-free.

  • BPA-free.

Other potentially beneficial steps:

  • Drink tap water rather than bottled water (tests show bottled water often contains harmful chemicals and bacteria).

  • Avoid pesticides by choosing organic foods when possible.

  • Choose natural cleaning products for your home.

Learn what to toss. Check ingredients, remove toxic products:

No ingredient list

Warning, caution or danger

Fragrance as an ingredient

Disinfectant or sanitizer

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