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A Closer Look at Toxins in the Home



If you've been following our blogs about implementing a holistic home system, we hope you've enjoyed the serenity of reading about clean, fresh water, natural lighting, indoor fresh air, etc., so far. Well, brace yourselves, Now we're getting into the not so nice - chemical control. There's no way to make chemical control sound pretty.


However, maybe you love science and appreciate reading the periodic table of elements or long lists of chemical compounds and ingredients, I know that's not my favorite thing to do and I certainly did not enjoy chemistry in high school. So don't panic, there are no chemistry tests at the end of this blog. I do hope you take away something from this that you remember. I do know I don't want any of the chemicals I cannot pronounce or spell hiding out in my home- Do you? NO! Or you wouldn't even be reading this.




Chemicals are lurking everywhere in your home; toxins off-gas, leak and absorb into fabrics and materials. Most of us are familiar with the usual -- and most-talked-about culprit...cleaning supplies. Check out the labels to see all the ingredients you can't pronounce and that are definitely not found in nature. The list is endless and product watchdog sites are all over the internet...it ranges from fabric softeners, laundry detergents, dish soaps, drain cleaners, air fresheners, oven cleaners, pest control, lawn care, paints, stains, adhesives, and so on and so on.


Fortunately, you are not stuck with toxic versions of these products. As a homeowner, it's fairly easy these days to swap out toxic cleaning products for more natural plant-based options that still have the same cleaning power. In the past several years, many eco-minded companies are relying on plant-based ingredients and essential oils that can get the job done. Look for companies such as Mrs. Meyers, Method Pure Haven, Branch Basics, and many others.




Swapping out chemicals is only one step to a healthy home. Consider having a proper assessment of the chemical presence in our home by hiring a company to do a full environmental analysis of your home. They can assess the air, water, mold, and other environmental contaminants and determine the level of contamination and potential impact. Look for companies like Green Home Solutions that can evaluate your home for allergens and contaminants. https://www.greenhomesolutions.com


If you would like to learn more about designing an eco-friendly, functional, serene, healthy home with any of our signature packages, like Designer for a Day, Healthy Home Assessment, or Designer for a Day or Custom Design Services, Schedule a Free Video Consultation when best for your schedule. I'm looking forward to talking with you!