5 Simple Steps to Detox your Bathroom – There are a number of ways that the bathroom can be contributing to the toxins that we encounter every day.
As we move through our home detox, the next logical place to focus our energy is the place where we go to get clean – the bathroom! There are a number of ways that the bathroom can be contributing to the toxins that we encounter every day. We often clean the bathroom more than other rooms in the house, and you already know how toxic cleaning supplies can be. Couple that with the array of personal care products stored in this room, and you have multiple opportunities to improve the cleanliness of the bathroom.
Here are 5 ways that you can start detoxing your bathroom right now:
- Re-Think Air Fresheners
Aerosol sprays might help by temporarily de-stinking the room, but those cans are full of phthalates and and other toxins such as BHT, acetaldehyde and propylene glycol. These are neuro- and immunotoxins that you don’t want anywhere near you, and you especially don’t want to be breathing them in! Toss the spray cans, and opt for natural odor control in the form of essential oils. Poo-Pourri is a great essential oil option for the bathroom if you haven’t tried it!
- Filter Your Water
If you don’t already have a whole house water filter, consider adding a filter to your shower head to remove any harmful chemicals that may be in your water. As a beauty bonus, a filter will also remove chlorine and minerals that are drying to our skin and hair.
- Switch Products
Take the time to review all of your shampoos, creams, soaps, deodorants, feminine products, cosmetics, and bathroom cleaning supplies. Toss out any that contain toxins like artificial colors and scents, parabens, toluene (found in nail polish), and phthalates. Now you can shop for new products that are natural, organic, and safe for you and your family.
- Swap your Toilet Paper
Your typical roll of TP is paper that has been bleached and treated with chemicals to make it soft and fluffy. Chlorine and chlorine dioxide are used to do this and are extremely toxic to the body. Look instead for toilet paper that’s labeled “unbleached” or “chlorine free”.
- Find a new Toothpaste
Toothpastes, like many other products in your home, generally contain things that you don’t want to be putting in your mouth, like triclosan and sodium lauryl sulfate. And then there’s fluoride, which can be toxic to people even at low levels. Switch to a natural toothpaste (my favorite is from Magic Mud) or DIY your own with baking soda and water.
Once you’ve tackled these 5 items, you’ll be well in your way to a completely detoxified bathroom. Remember to keep up with it by watching what products you bring into your home (check the labels!) and research ways to go even further in your detox journey. You could opt for an organic cotton shower curtain instead of that plastic one, and you can consider remodeling to get rid of old, potentially moldy and toxic drywall, tub surrounds, and cabinets. Whether you start small or do this all at once, any step toward removing toxins from your home is a great one. You’ll feel better about what you’re putting in and on your body, and your body will feel better because of it.
Let’s talk! Leave me a comment and tell me if you’ve tried any of these tips before? Or what do you plan to try?
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