Your home is your sacred space—a place where you feel safe and shielded from harm. Have you stopped to consider how many harmful chemicals are in your everyday household products? It’s a fact that most store-bought household products contain harmful chemicals and toxins that poison your home’s indoor air quality.
The EPA links the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and carcinogenic air pollutants found in many household cleaners to a host of health problems, including eye, nose and throat irritation and damage to the central nervous system.
A report by Anne Steinemann, Volatile Emissions from Common Consumer Products, which was published in the March 2015 issue of Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health, investigated the VOCs emitted from 37 household products such as air fresheners, laundry products and cleaners. The study found 156 VOCs emitted from these products, of which 42 VOCs were classified as toxic or hazardous under U.S. federal laws.
Clearly, moving toward a chemical-free home is important for our health, body, mind and spirit. But where do you start?
To create your own healthier alternatives to common household products, begin by stocking up on the basics, such as baking soda, lemon juice, vinegar, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, olive oil and Young Living Essential Oils.
If you want to create a chemical-free home environment, having a wide variety of Young Living Essential Oils is critical. Some people like to call essential oils “nature’s living energy” because they contain unique properties that provide a host of benefits. They are also the key to neutralizing the harsh odors of most common household cleaners.
Now let’s look at some ways you can create your own chemical-free household space by substituting DIY home remedies for toxic retail products.
According to New York Times best-selling author and nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, store-bought air fresheners contain chemicals that can cause respiratory problems, allergic reactions, headaches and trigger asthma attacks.
So throw away those scented plugins and aerosol room deodorizers! Instead, combine 10 to 12 drops of your favorite Young Living Essential Oil with a bottle of vinegar to create an alternative air freshener.
These are just a few ways you can create healthy alternatives to toxin-laden household products. The important thing is to take action as soon as possible, so commit to creating a chemical-free home today!