Staying healthy is something I always strive to stay on top of. I’m definitely a proponent of natural and chemical free products. I was thrilled when a fellow health advocate blogger reached out to me to write an article for my blog all about this very subject. This week I’m happy to share with you a great guest post from Bri Pruitt. Read below Bri’s quick and easy guide on how to detox your bathroom!
Bri is a wife, mom, Registered Nurse and Certified Health Coach. She turned her health around by eliminating common toxins from her body and home. She is passionate about guiding moms through eliminating toxins so that they can have a truly happy and healthy family. Learn Bri’s top ways to naturally boost your immune system here. Find Bri at www.hippiedippiemom.com, on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube.
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Quick And Easy Guide On How To Detox Your Bathroom
You might be surprised how many harmful toxins are lurking in your bathroom. Having a clean bathroom consists of so much more than the cleaning products you use. In this post, I hope you’ll discover how to easily clear the toxins out of your bathroom. This way you’ll be able to begin having a healthy family and healthy lifestyle.
Studies find that 85% of the risk of chronic disease is due to poor lifestyle choices and toxic overload.
‘Chronic disease’ includes everything from asthma to eczema to high cholesterol to diabetes to cancer and everything in between. Data from the National Survey of Children’s Health reported an estimated 54 percent of US children have at least one chronic health condition. The rate for adults is even higher!
One area where we come into contact with MANY toxins is in the bathroom. Just with personal care products alone, women come into contact with hundreds of toxins. Here’s a quick and easy guide on how to detox your bathroom.
How To Detox Your Bathroom:
- Cleaning products. You’ll want to get rid of any products that contain the following chemicals. Chlorine (typically found in toilet bowl cleaners, scrubbing powders, mold/mildew remover). Ammonia (typically found in window cleaner; ammonia is poisonous if mixed with bleach). Triclosan (typically found in ‘antibacterial’ soaps and hand sanitizer) and Bleach.
- Makeup. Avoid talc, fragrance, parabens and phthalates.
- Shampoo/conditioner. Avoid fragrance, parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate.
- Shower curtain. Shower curtains contain harmful chemicals like phthalates (gives curtain it’s bendi-ness) and when the hot water hits the curtain, these chemicals are released into water and air.
- Toothpaste. Avoid fluoride, artificial sweeteners, triclosan.
- Feminine care products. Avoid conventional feminine care products because they contain a variety of toxins. Also avoid cotton that has been sprayed with pesticides, bleach fragrance and aluminum.
- Toilet paper. Avoid conventional toilet paper because it’s been bleached and/or has had chlorine applied.
- Deodorant. Avoid aluminum, fragrance, parabens, triclosan, phthalates.
Why You Need To Avoid These Chemicals?
The above-mentioned toxins can contribute to problems such as respiratory issues, asthma, headaches, cancer, weight gain, Alzheimers’, skin issues, neurotoxicity, hormone imbalances and much more! These harmful toxins also get rinsed down the drain and end up harming the environment as well. So these are important factors to keep in mind why you need to detox your bathroom.
When I’m coaching clients on what to avoid, I also like to show them products that are safe to use. Trying to find non-toxic options to replace all those listed above can get overwhelming. I’m here to make the process of eliminating toxins easy for you. So here are some of my go to non-toxic bathroom products.
Non-Toxic Bathroom Products
- Cleaning products. These are hands down my fave cleaning products! I highly recommend using EWG.org to check how safe your cleaning products are. Even if they use words like ‘natural’ or ‘green’, they may still have toxins in them.
- Makeup. My favorite brand of non-toxic makeup is Alima Pure. They use great ingredients and non-nano particles. You can find Alima Pure and other brands of non toxic makeup here.
- Shampoo/conditioner. My favorite brand is Desert Essence. I get the fragrance free shampoo and conditioner and then add my fave essential oils to it.
- Shower curtain. The best non-toxic alternative for a shower curtain is a glass shower door. I realize this can be pricey, but just something to do in the future.
- Toothpaste. I LOVE this mint chip toothpaste from Dr. Brite. It’s delicious, has ingredients I know and gets a 1 from EWG. They also have a Berrylicious flavor that my daughter loves.
- Feminine care products. I like the brands Natracare, Seventh Generation and Rael. I get the Natracare and Seventh Generation feminine care products delivered to me monthly from Grove.co (they also have other great non-toxic items).
- Toilet paper. There are a couple options out there for chlorine free toilet paper, but Seventh Generation was the brand I found to be most cost effective.
- Deodorant. Purely Great deodorant has the EWG verified stamp on it. Here’s the lavender deodorant. Other options that received a 1 rating from EWG are: Crystal unscented roll on deodorant, this one from Tom’s of Maine and Thai brand.
No Need To Get Overwhelmed
Don’t get overwhelmed feeling like you need to rush out to replace all the listed items. Take baby steps to detox your bathroom. Taking 1-2 items at a time will still be eliminating a good number of toxins from your bathroom!
I’ve created a course that goes more in depth on the harmful toxins that are found in our personal care products, as well as baby skin care products. The course is called ‘Beautifully Safe Skin’. It consists of 4 short modules that cover how to have great skin using food, eliminating chemicals, reducing stress, and essential oils in DIY recipes. I provide printables and extra resources so that you’re able to confidently remove toxins from your personal care products!
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Thanks Bri for writing such a great and definitely informative article on how to detox your bathroom. I already see some items like plastic shower curtains that I need to try to eliminate from my bathroom. I also just switched to an all-natural Schmidt’s deodorant that works really well.
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Ah! The easy way out is to not be conscious about ingredients, but it’s so important to consider what is the products we use in our homes and on our bodies for sure. <3
Oh yes, we can pick the ignorant way and go on our merry way. But health is so important so we really do need to look into all that might be lurking in our houses.
As far as deodorant goes, I really like this brand called routine. Their natural deodorant recipe includes ethically sourced Canadian beeswax, coconut oil, and various flower extracts depending on what scent you’re using. I have their kind Whoa Blackberry Betty, and it smells amazing!
Oh really, I haven’t heard of that brand. I need to look into it. Thanks for the tip.
This sure was very insightful. I never thought that cleaning products and shower curtains are so harmful. Since we don’t consume them, or put on our body. But this information is surely gonna make me rethink and change a lot of stuff.
That’s great to hear Karishma. So happy you found the post informative. Have a great week.
Now this is what I need to do!! I wasn’t aware how much my bathroom might be effecting my family and our lives. But this makes so much sense!! Guess who having a bathroom overhaul later today. So many chemicals I don’t want in my home xx
Oh yes Tahnee, happy to hear you’re going to tackle this. Go for it!!!
Such a wonderful post!.
I’m so glad I got to see this today!.
I’m gonna implement this soon!!!
Thank you so much Enele. Happy to hear this is helpful to you.