My goal is to provide you with the tools you need to immediately improve your overall health and wellness – and create an essential home!
I firmly believe — in fact, I live by — the idea that if you have a healthy attitude, healthy body and maintain a healthy routine, you will live a healthy life.
Some people think their health begins and ends with a few healthy meals and a trip to the gym once a week. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. In order to live a healthy life, you need develop a healthy lifestyle.
If the idea of changing your lifestyle and creating an essential home sounds scary, fear not. I’m here to help. In 2008, I saved my own life and lives of my family by shifting all of us towards a healthier lifestyle. To read about how we made this transition, please view my essential lifestyle page.
For now, let’s talk about how you can make your home an essential home!
For starters, eliminate your family’s exposure to all unnecessary chemicals whenever possible.
When was the last time you looked at the ingredients in the cleaning products you use around the house? I’ll warn you…it’s scary. I’ll let you check them out on your own time, but I refuse to use toxic chemicals on my kitchen counters, tables, and the other surfaces in my home. This is where my family eats, lives, and plays.
Everyone wants a clean house, but it just doesn’t make sense to expose your family to toxic junk. What a relief to know you can still clean all the surfaces and kill harmful bacteria and viruses — without hazardous side effects. All it takes to turn your home into a safe, non-toxic environment is a handful of essential oils.
An easy place to start is under your kitchen sink! Many conventional cleaning products contain extremely harsh chemicals that no one in their right mind would want in their home.
Rule of Thumb: If you have trouble pronouncing the names of the chemicals in your cleaning products, don’t use them. Those complex names, hexo-iso-chloro-blah-blah-blah, translate into toxic!
Fortunately, there are alternatives.
Key words to look for when purchasing cleaning products:
- Biodegradable – These products break down into compounds that have a minimal impact on the environment.
- Unscented – Added perfumes do not improve cleaning power; they’re just another chemical in the mix. Add essential oils instead — they smell great, add cleaning power, and have potent germ-killing properties.
- Eco-Friendly – These cleaners reduce your use of non-renewable resources and save you money.
These are the safest and most effective cleaners:
- Baking Soda – a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser when sprinkled on a damp sponge; absorbs odors; can also be useful as an air freshener and carpet deodorizer.
- Distilled Vinegar – very acidic, perfect for removing alkaline substances such as stains and buildup from hard water, dissolving gummy buildup, eating away tarnish and removing dirt from wood surfaces.
Switch Out the Following Products:
- Glass containers for plastic ones
- Reusable bags for disposable plastic bags
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