Yesterday I wrote about all the chemicals lurking around in the products we use in our everyday life. A question was asked of me, “How do we eliminate the poisons in our homes that are slowly killing us?” What should consumers do if they find themselves on the wrong side of multiple chemical sensitivities or they simply want to give up the poisons that harm their loved ones? Should we hold ourselves up inside airtight homes and never see the light of day? No! There are numerous ways to have a naturally scented life without the nasty chemicals; and they’re low cost too
- Take fruit peels and place them in some boiling water or mini potpourri pots and let the natural oils permeate the air.
- Invest in some essential oils. My favorites are peppermint and vanilla. I dab the oil on cotton balls and strategically place them around my home.
- These oils are also great when making your own Lemon Vinegar cleaner. I add 10 drops peppermint oil to my cleaner and the vinegar scent is history. Plus the peppermint oil kills spiders.
- Take a page out of my mom’s book; sprinkle some cinnamon on a cookie sheet and bake it at 250 degrees for 15 minutes. It makes the whole smell like you made cinnamon buns.
- The easiest way to get rid of a bad smell is to light a match. No, I’m not telling you to burn the house down. Just light a couple of matches, blow them out and wave them around the offending odor.
- Want your linens to smell good? Use naturally made soap with essential oils as deodorizers in your linen closet or make some simple sachets with dried herbs.
- One of the best ways to freshen up a home is to open the windows. Even in the winter, open your window a crack at night and the cool, fresh air will freshen up your home and help you sleep better.
- Carpet smelling a little funky? Sprinkle some baking soda on the carpet, wait 20 minutes then vacuum. The baking soda absorbs the odors and is safe for both pets and children.
- Switch to organic cleaning products. Instead of using harmful chemicals to clean your clothes, switch brands. My favorites are Biokleen and Dr. Bronners. Be aware of cleaning products that are unscented because they have more chemicals added to them to cover up the scent. There are many websites that will show you how to make your own cleaners, from laundry detergent to dishwashing liquid to window cleaners.
- Need to polish furniture? Grab a couple of lemons and some olive oil. Juice the lemons, mix the juice with a ½ cup of olive oil, and polish away. I got this tip from the furniture store where I bought my dining room table. Store bought polishes build up on wood, they can also eat away at the finish.
- To get rid of oil stains on clothes, rub a stick of chalk over the stain. The chalk picks up the oil without harming the garment, or you.
- When buying baby products remember this whatever you put on your baby’s skin goes into your baby. Always choose products that are made with organic oils, no artificial fragrances, preservatives, dyes, or gluten. Only products labeled with “Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth” are types of products I use for my own skin, if I buy anything other than Organic coconut oil.
These are just some simple, low cost ways to get rid of the poison that are slowly killing you. There are many different websites that explore this topic further. Remember that chemicals build up in your system, you may not experience their harmful side effects right away but you will one day wake up and simply not be able to breathe, have constant migraines, unexplained dizziness, confusion, gastrointestinal issues, and convulsions, for example.
Protect yourself and your family from these harmful poisons.
Quit buying into the lies.