How do you begin toxin-free living? Where do you start? I thought the task sounded daunting at first as well, but once you take the first step, the next steps will follow easily. Where did I start? I started by changing the soap I used daily in the shower. Previously I used body wash from Bath & Body Works or something I found at Target. Have you ever looked at the ingredient list? It usually takes up the entire back label of the product. Not good. I found the Soap Shop in Idaho Springs, Colorado. All of their products are chemical free, paraben free, phthalates free and do not use artificial dyes, only all natural ingredients and certified organic palm oil and coconut oil. To view my list of Soap Shop products available, click here: https://mayeandcompany.com/collections/the-soap-shop
1. Clean up your cosmetics. This includes soap, shampoo, makeup, moisturizers etc. Parabens and phthalates are endocrine disrupting chemicals. Parabens can be found by searching for words ending in -paraben on your labels. Phthalates are usually disguised as "fragrance". Make sure your products say "paraben and phthalate free" if purchasing products labeled as "organic" or "all-natural" they tend to hide these ingredients.
2. Choose clean produce and meat. To start, I chose the ingredients I used the most and bought them organic. I love going to my local farmers market and picking up home-grown fruits and veggies. My farmers market even has cage-free eggs and 100% grass-fed free range beef products available. Be sure to keep your eye out for products using words such as "free, range, antibiotic and hormone free, 100% grass-fed, or wild-caught" - this is what you want to aim for!
3. Rid your home of artificial fragrance. This is a hard one for me. I sure do love my Bath & Body Works candles. If you really can't make the switch, try using the candles labeled with essential oils fragrance instead of artificial fragrances. Artificial fragrances blow toxic fumes all over your house. This includes room spray, air fresheners, candles, plug-ins and perfume. Try essential oils in a diffuser or Beeswax candles.
4. Switch out your cleaning products. Some household cleaners may contain carcinogens, poison, and sever lung irritants. I created my own laundry detergent, the same ingredients work for ANY household surface. You can make one big batch from my laundry detergent mix to use anywhere in your house. To learn how, click here: https://mayeandcompany.com/blogs/maye-company/all-natural-laundry-detergent
5. Natural laundry. This goes along with step 4 above. To make your own laundry detergent, click the link above. Laundry detergent from the store, dryer sheets, and fabric softener are toxic. Laundry detergent can be irritating and carcinogenic. Replace your current laundry detergent with an all-natural one. Wool dryer balls are great for the dryer. I recommend purchasing three (this will make your clothes, sheets, blankets, towels etc super fluffy) and adding your favorite essential oils fragrance to each ball for a fantastic smell. (Wool dryer balls coming soon to Maye & Company)
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