Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks – Jovanka Ciares
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Some of the common substances we find at home can contribute to allergies, asthma, developmental issues in children, skin irritation and the toxicity of your body.

Any weekend could be a perfect “Springtime” moment to do some serious “Spring” cleaning around your house. So I decided to give you some simple strategies here to ensure that your home is no longer consider a hazard zone. You will be able to replace a few key items so you can become an even stronger Wellness Warrior.

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So let’s take you into a journey of the most popular rooms in the house:

Kitchen
Get a filtration system at home like reverse osmosis or, if budget and space is an issue, the ones that you can put on the sink can be a good alternative as well. This will cut on the use of plastic bottles that are non-biodegradable and may leak BPA and other chemicals into the water you drink.

Filtering the tap water will help you stay away from the chlorine and fluoride used to treat the water, which can be harmful to your brain and bones.

And speaking of plastic, using some of the reusable supermarket bags is a fabulous way to cut on waste and get rid of the plastic bags. Also, get rid of the nasty-looking plastic blows and replace them for reusable glassware, or porcelain. This will cut on space in the kitchen and will keep you away from chemicals like flame retardants, antibacterials and even fragrances that manufacturers add to the plastic containers! These bowls only last for a few months and you don’t want to add to the pile of plastic in landfills by replacing them every 6 months. It’ll save you money in the long run as well.

Bath
In a 15-minute shower, you can absorb up to 100 times more chlorine than if you were to drink a gallon of the thing! Also, with the steam of the shower, the chlorine evaporates and can end up in your lungs, it can throw off the pH balance of your body and dry up your skin.

Get a shower filter like this one that only needs to be replaced every 6 months.

Your body care should be absolutely natural. Your skin absorbs 80% of what you put in it in less than 20 mins, including artificial fragrances, chemicals and known carcinogens, hormonal disruptors in deodorants, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.

Stick to organic and vegan brands where most of the ingredients are actually edible. That’s right, you should be able to ingest most of the ingredients in the majority of your beauty products, since that’s exactly what your skin is doing, ingesting them.

Stay away from anything that has petrolatum, fragrance, parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, formaldehyde and propylene lycol.

Use natural oils as moisturizers and reduce the amount of products you use to less than 10 per day.

Living Room

I would stay away from rugs, period. Most of those are treated with flame retardants, and other chemicals that affect your reproductive system and cause havoc in your motor skills, memory and learning.

Bedroom

We spend 1/3 of our lives in bed. For 7-8 hours you are lying in sheets that may have been treated with toxins galore to color them, prevent them from wrinkling, etc. The mattress has toxic dyes, petroleum and water-resistant treatments. Memory foam releases chemicals that you breathe in constantly.

Take the old mattress to a recycling center and get an organic mattress or one made with natural latex rubber. Get organic hemp, cotton or bamboo sheets. They are ultra soft, naturally repel bugs and have no added chemicals. Wash your pillows every 4 months and vacuum your mattress regularly.

Now, it is important to take one room at a time so as to not get overwhelmed. Do things steadily but gradually. If you pick one room per weekend, in roughly a month’s time your house will be a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable place for you to live in.

Now in the comments below tell me, which one of these rooms are you tackling first and why?

If you have already made some of these changes, how have them changed your life?

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Inspired by the +Eco-vegan gal