Detox Your Home Checklist!

April is the perfect time to hit the restart button. You're in the mood for Spring cleaning and changing your lifestyle can also be involved. Our Restorative Detox program isn't just about food, it also involves reducing the amount of chemicals you are exposed to everyday in your home!!

Here's why...

Common household and body-care products are increasingly being found to have negative health effects on the nervous and immune systems, on our reproductive systems and on our endocrine, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

Everyone’s tolerance level to toxins is different depending on genetics, nutritional status and previous contacts with many chemicals, but the negative effects of household toxins are often compounded by the use of other drugs especially the habitual use of alcohol, or prescription or recreational drugs.

Detox your home for optimal health!

Kitchen

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  • Do you cook with non-stick cookware? Replace with cast-iron, stainless steel, or glass when possible. Stuck with it? Take care not to overheat it, which releases toxic fumes.
  • Do you use plastic food containers? We recommend glass over plastic. Never microwave food in plastic containers. For baby, use glass or BPA-free plastic bottles.
  • Do you filter your tap water? Check EWG’s online tap water quality database for local contaminants, then choose a filter that removes them, if needed.
  • Do you drink bottled water? Kick the habit. For water on the go, get a reusable water bottle, like stainless steel (not plastic or aluminum lined with plastic).
  • Any canned food in the pantry? Cook with fresh or frozen whenever possible; most food cans (including liquid infant formula) are lined with bisphenol-A (BPA), a toxic chemical that leaches into the food.
  • Do you eat conventionally grown produce? Check EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides to be sure you buy organic when pesticide residues are highest.
  • Do you use iodized salt? You should. Iodine is necessary to maintain healthy thyroid function.
  • Do you eat high-mercury fish? Ask before eating and head for the lower-mercury types (especially for pregnant women and young children).
Bathroom

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  • Do you use air fresheners? Don’t! Most contain a number of toxic chemicals that contaminate the air you breathe.
  • Is there fragrance in your personal care products? We don’t know what’s in “fragrance,” so it’s safer to choose all fragrance-free personal-care products. Always check ingredient lists to be sure.
  • What kind of toothpaste do you use? Choose fluoride-free for kids under 2 and teach older kids to rinse and spit; fluoride is toxic if swallowed. Also, pick a paste without triclosan - you’ll see it on the ingredient list.
  • Do you use liquid hand soap? If so, avoid anti-bacterials the American Medical Association recommends against using them at home. Also, check your ingredients!
  • What material is your shower curtain? Avoid vinyl shower curtains. If you get a new curtain (whatever the material), leave it outside for several days before using.
  • Replace your skin care and personal products with less toxic and chemical free options (do not use baby powder). Find better alternatives for as many items below as possible:
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Moisturizer
  • Cosmetics
  • Hair products (detangler, hair spray, gel etc)
  • Facial Cream/Sunscreen
  • Body Wash o Bar soap and foaming hand soap
  • Perfumes, body sprays. (use a lotion with essential oils for scent)
  • Toothpaste

Check out skin deep if you're curious to know if the products you’re using contain harmful ingredients. http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ Also, ask our staff at one of our Natural Markets for recommendations or better alternatives.

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Laundry & Cleaning Closet

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  • Are your cleaners green? It’s hard to know without a full ingredient list, which most products don’t have. Find out the ingredients by calling the manufacturer, avoid the toxic ones, and choose green-certified products whenever possible.
  • Do your product labels list all ingredients? Most don’t, but they should. Support companies that disclose all ingredients by buying their products – you have a right to know.
  • Do you need all those products? Most homes can be safely cleaned with a few non- toxic ingredients: vinegar (it’s anti-bacterial), baking soda, water, a HEPA vacuum, microfiber mops and cloths - and some elbow grease!
  • Skip laundry products you don’t need, like dryer sheets, fabric softener, and chlorine bleach. If you do use, there are natural alternatives for all of these.

All Around The House

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  • Was your home built before 1978? If so, it probably contains lead paint. When repainting, use a wet sanding technique to reduce dust, choose low VOC paints and always paint with the windows open for good ventilation.
  • Replace toxic lawn and garden pesticides and herbicides with less harmful natural ones.
  • Keep the air clean. Keep your windows and doors open as much as possible to ventilate. Use green plants as natural air detoxifiers. Remove odors with baking soda. Use fresh flowers or bowls of herbs like rosemary and sage to add a pleasant fragrance to rooms. Get a portable air cleaner/purifier, especially for the bedrooms.
  • Switch from the standard household cleaning products to cleaner and greener ones. There are many products available that have more natural based ingredients. You can also use basic ingredients like vinegar instead of bleach, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. You can look online to learn how to make and use cleaning products with simple ingredients.
  • Use plastics wisely (as some contain Bisphenol A (BPA), which is linked to cancer and Phtalates, which are linked to endocrine and developmental problems). Avoid plastic food packaging when you can. Don’t wrap food in plastic. Don’t microwave food in plastic containers.
  • Avoid non-stick pans, pots, bakeware and utensils (as Teflon contains perfluorinated chemicals (PFC’s) which have been linked to cancer and developmental problems).
  • Keep house dust to a minimum (as more dust means more toxins). Mop all surfaces at least once a week. Use a vacuum cleaner (with a HEPA filter, preferably) for your carpets. HEPA-filter vacuums capture the widest range of particles and get rid of allergens.
  • Avoid excess moisture (as it encourages the growth of mold and mildew). Check areas for moisture accumulation or leaks (particularly basements). Regularly clean surfaces where mold usually grows - around showers and tubs and beneath sinks.
  • Use low VOC, low odor latex (water based) paint. Open all windows to ventilate properly when
    painting indoors.

Benefits of the Simply For Life Restorative Detox:

• Feel awesome! Increase energy and mental clarity

• Improve your health and vitality

• Lose weight and inches

• Re-connect with nature and yourself: it’s unbelievable how good this feels.

• A positive attitude towards life

Why are you waiting to feel 100% someday, make someday TODAY!

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