Non-Toxic Spring Cleaning

The best place to start is in your home!

The average person is exposed to over 700,000 toxic chemicals daily. From perfumes to cleaning products, from cosmetic products to plastic water bottles, much of everyday life includes exposure to chemicals that can be harmful to your health. While it’s impossible to remove your exposure altogether, we can take steps to start limiting our exposure to harmful toxins. The best place to start is in your home! 

Toss the Toxins

  • Remove the sources of the problems – the toxins in our home need to go!
  • Dramatically improve the air quality of your home so you and your family can breathe easier.
  • The benefits of a cleaner, toxin-free home include improving everyone’s immune system for you and your family and even healthier pets!
  • Feeling overwhelmed? Start with the basics—remove all products whose labels contain the words “Caution,” “Warning,” or “Danger,” and eliminate products that have fragrances or perfumes. 
  • Tackle your home with a room-by-room approach to eliminate as many harmful toxins as possible.

Overall Home

  • Make your home a shoe-free zone – require removal of shoes at the entryway.
  • Use springtime as an opportunity to declutter your home. Set a time to do this and engage an accountability partner, like a professional home organizer, for the best success. 
  • Ditch the scented candles – or only use soy-based products like Maison Louis Marie.
  • Add fresh flowers to your entryway—they set the tone and are a beautiful way to bring nature inside!

The Kitchen

  • Clean up your cookware.
    • Avoid the forever chemicals (PFAs) in conventional nonstick pans and switch to ceramic nonstick pans (we recommend All Clad ceramic pans). 
    • Invest in a good cast-iron pan (we recommend Smithey cast-iron pans).
    • Invest in a great stainless steel pot set (we recommend Le Creuset stainless steel pots). 
  • Filter your water
    • Forever chemicals are in our tap water, along with chemicals like chlorine, fluoride, as well as herbicides, and hormones.
    • You can use a reverse osmosis filter system under your counter or buy a water purifier pitcher (we recommend the Aarke purifier pitcher).
  • Switch to non-toxic dish soap, multipurpose cleaner, and hand soap (we recommend Koala Eco products). 

The Laundry Room

  • Clean up your laundry detergent, and your clothes and linens will last longer.
    • Laverée is an excellent non-toxic laundry detergent that is hypoallergenic, free of harmful dyes and irritants, and does a great job cleaning your clothes.
  • Ditch the dryer sheets and added fragrances, and use wool dryer balls from Branch Basics instead to soften clothes while reducing dry time, wrinkles, and static.
  • Limit dry cleaning, and when you get it back, take it out of the plastic bags and let it air out for a day.

The Bathroom

  • Do an inventory and edit of your family’s skin and hair care products. 
  • Avoidable offenders include parabens, fragrance, formaldehyde, and sodium lauryl sulfate.
  • Find safer personal care products (check out Tools + Resources for EWG’s app).
  • Remove plastic shower curtains wherever possible.

The Bedroom

  • Get some air-purifying plants like chrysanthemums, spider, snake
  • Open windows to let fresh air in and allow the air to circulate.
  • Invest in air purifiers to filter out air pollutants. 
  • Declutter! Make your space stress-free so you can relax. 

    RESOURCES + TOOLS

    • Branch Basics Toss The Toxins™ Course – 12+ video series broken down by categories to help
    • remove harmful products from your home. All at your own pace!
    • Goop is excellent for the best of clean beauty—from makeup and skin care to hair, body, and perfume
    • —all made without ingredients shown or suspected to harm our health.
    • EWG’s Healthy Living App – provides ratings for more than 120,000 food and personal care products
    • to check toxicity levels.
    • Dyson Air Purifiers – automatically purify the air to remove 99.97% of allergens, pollutants, and gases.
    • Contact Deirdre if you want assistance from a professional organizer to declutter your home!
    • Stink! – a 2015 American documentary film directed by Jon J. Whelan. 

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