30 Days to a Toxin Free Life! (You can print the above printable HERE 30 Days Toxin Free Home)
2- Dish Soap
3- Plastic Food Containers, water bottles and wrap
4- Dishwashing Soap or Powder
+ Diethanolamine, according to the CDC, this is known to cause cancer, have moderate allergic reactions, and contribute to kidney damage.
+ Formaldehyde – the IARC states this as a know human carcinogen.
+ Phthalates- these are found in the fragrance and are not listed on the label. According to the IFRA, there are 3,059 materials that are used in fragrance. Phthalates are considered endocrine disruptors by the EWG.
+ Benzene – according to the EPA and EWG, it is linked to cancer, developmental problems, and endocrine disruption.
5- Frying Pans
Did you know that the most popular cookware are non-stick pans and the are also the most controversial? According to the Environmental Working Group, nonstick coatings can “reach 700 degrees Fahrenheit in as little as 3-5 minutes, releasing 15 toxic gases and chemicals, including two carcinogens.” There are non-stick pans that ARE non-toxic you just have to do your research. I found that a Cast Iron pan to be the most “green or non-toxic” we have THIS Cast Iron Pan, just read into how to properly take care of them! I am looking at getting THIS set of green pans, still doing my research
- Pit tip: If your body odor continues to linger, you may want to take a deeper look at your diet + lifestyle choices. Eliminating processed and refined foods, eating lots of leafy green vegetables and getting regular exercise can help support the detoxification process and promote balanced pits – and better B.O.!
- Pit tip: When you allow your body to detox through sweat, you’ll be less likely to detox through your skin (aka breakouts + blemishes). Get active, move your body and make the switch to a natural deodorant that doesn’t prevent perspiration!
8- Face Cleanser
You’ve likely heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” And the same theory holds true for your skin: What you apply to your skin is absorbed directly into your body. Considering that the skin is your body’s largest organ, it’s crucial to know what you’re putting into your system.
But if you’ve ever turned over the packaging of your favorite facial cleanser, you noticed a long list of ingredients you didn’t recognize?
1. Sodium lauryl sulfate
9- Face Moisturizer
One of the most common cosmetic ingredients mainly used as preservatives in makeup products that stop bacteria, yeast, and mold from growing. This ingredient has another side to it; it can mimic estrogen (female sex hormone) very well. Due to this, it is believed to be the cause of breast cancer in many women. Parabens easily get absorbed in the body and are detected in many breast cancer tissues. (article source). Did that just make your stomach sick? It did for me. STOP USING toxic products!!!
Parabens are found in makeup products, body washes, deodorants, shampoos, facial cleansers and more!
Instead ditch those toxic ingredients and make your own so you know exactly what is in it!!!! Plus- my skin as never looked better.
Glow Moisturizer- this is the ONLY moisturizer I use. You can mix up the combos based on what your skin specifically needs. I love frankincense to help with fine lines and wrinkles, geranium for brightenintg, copaiba to soothe any inflammation and healing. Here is the basic recipe:
- 4 tbs Jojoba Oil (I use jojoba because it closely matches the oil naturally produced by the skin and won’t clog pores)
- 10 drops Frankincense
- 5 drops Geranium
- 5 Drops Copaiba
(I also love adding patchouli, purification, rose or blue tansy as well).
Mix in a 2 ounce dropper bottle and apply by putting it in the palm of your hand and rubbing on like lotion. Don’t forget your neck and chest!
PS- if you are breaking out, there could be something deeper. Hormones? Not enough sleep? And more. (Read more about hormones and oils HERE)
10- Shower Curtain
Phthalates are sometimes used to soften the plastic that goes in shower curtains. Phthalates has been associated with causing harmful effects in children. Opt for a shower curtain that is phthalate-free. I use THIS cloth fabric liner that is non-toxic and I wash it every two weeks.
11- Body Wash
12- Air Freshener
I would avoid these ingredients after searching online- oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxateI. Similar toxins in fragrances. I have used THIS Aveeno Sunscreen (rated a 1-2 on EWG) for my kids for awhile.
I also love Young Living mineral sunscreen (item number 24137)
14- Insect Repellent
Bug killers should be avoided inside (and ideally outside) of your house, as researchers have linked the insecticides to neurological damage in children. Scary!! For outdoors I try to just use citronella in a diffuser, non-toxic and free of D.E.E.T or petroleum. I also make my own bug-off spray!
BUG OFF SPRAY
2 ml spray bottle
1 oz of witch hazel
3-5 drops each of citronella, lemongrass, peppermint and lavender (find the oils I use HERE)
Fill the rest up with distilled water
“This body butter melts on the skin, a little goes a long way!”
- 1/2 cup Shea butter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (hard at room temp)
- 1/4 Carrier oil of choice (fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba)
- 45 drops of essential oil (I like a combination of 3 oils at 15 drops each)
- Micha powder for pigment (optional)
In a double boiler melt together Shea butter, coconut oil and sweet almond oil, stirring constantly. Put immediately in the fridge to set up. Once opaque and cooled, use a hand mixer to whip it up. This part takes about ten mins. Halfway through whipping, add the oils and optional Micah powder for pigment.
Young Living Lavender hand and body lotion (item # 5201), and their Coconut-Lime Body Butter (Item #20225).
This one may seem counter-intuitive, but some of the supplements available are full of artificial sweeteners, flavors, and chemicals. I love to drink a post-workout drink, and I have fallen in love with AminoWise (item #20083) from young Living. It is a smooth taste and plant-based! It helps to rebuild the cellular breakdown that occurs during workouts and can shorten recovery time.
Another supplement that I would recommend adding to your routine is MultiGreens (item #3248). Packed with spirulina, alfalfa sprouts, bee pollen and more, this supplement helps glandular, nervous system and Circulatory function.
17- Medicine Cabinet
- Check for any expired medications
- Get rid of any prescription that is not currently being used
- Made with plant-based, naturally derived ingredients.
- Gives skin a healthy glow.
- Buildable Color
- Brightens Complexions
- Blends Well
- Prevents Dryness
- Moisturizes and Softens
- Absorbs Excess Oils
- Vegan-friendly foundation Formula (and never tested on animals)
Young Living– You can buy a makeup starter kit HERE or check out Savvy Minerals HERE
19- Household Cleaner
20- Laundry Soap
If you have been following me for awhile, you have likely heard me talk about Laundry Soap and why it’s important to find a nontoxic option for your household. Laundry is actually a REALLY good place to start when examining the toxins in your life. Clothing, sheets, and towels that you wash at home come in direct and constant contact with your skin which is the largest organ in your body. The chemicals from the detergent you use pass right through your skin and into your bloodstream without any filter. Laundry Detergents contain hormone-disrupting fragrance and fragrance binders (to make that scent last and last) that wreck havoc on your cellular makeup and confuse your endocrine system. Some important things to avoid: If your laundry comes out smelling like ANYTHING, there is a fragrance binder in the detergent. All scent can be added in the dryer.
In addition to Thieves Laundry soap, we also like the products from Dropps. See more about their products and get a discount code here (I always do fragrance free)
21- Fabric Softener
Softeners work by coating your clothes with a thin layer of potentially toxic chemicals, such as quantenary ammonium salts. These can cause skin irritation, respiratory problems and headaches. Did you know that most dryer sheets sold today contain Chloroform? It is on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list as a Neurotoxic and carcinogenic. As an alternative and honestly more cost effective, I use wool dryer balls from Amazon and drop one or two drops of Purification oil on the ball. My laundry smells fresh, has no static and no toxins.
A reader told me that you can use white vinegar in the Laundry room as a natural fabric softener. … A half-cup of white vinegar when added to the final rinse, on the other hand, will soften fabrics and leave no residue at all. I have been adding vinegar to my towels when I wash them and it works great! (PS- I use Molly’s Suds on my whites).
22- Baby Products
23- Hair Products
The truth is that a plethora of commercial brands use ingredients that make your hair glow, but which also damage it in the long-term, stripping it of vital proteins and moisture. Let’s take a look at some of the worst harmful chemicals you need to avoid. (article source)
- Coal Tar. Yes, seriously. Coal. Tar. Coal tar is found in numerous anti-dandruff shampoos, as well as dry skin treatments. Naturally, companies don’t list it on their packaging as “COAL TAR”, but instead they list it as a color + number.
- Lead is another known carcinogen that can cause cancer, and yet some hair care companies continue to use it in their products. You can find it in hair dye, as well as lipstick.
- Sodium lauryl sulfate comes under various names, including laureth sulfate and ammonium laurel sulfate. For this simple reason, it isn’t always easy to detect. It’s as though the hair care companies are deliberately trying to disguise it! You will find SLS in cleansing agents and industrial detergents, such as garage floor cleaners, but for one reason or another you may also find it in some of the world’s leading shampoos!!!
- Isopropyl alcohol is found in numerous hair gels and hairsprays because it is able to hold together a hairstyle’s look. But it also risks snapping your tresses right off. So each time you apply a hair gel, you’re giving this nasty chemical the opportunity to snap away like a pair of barber’s scissors
There are a lot of secret ingredients that come in conventional perfumes and colognes that are not disclosed on the labels. Some of them are so harmful that they have the same equivalent of spraying your body with cigarette smoke or car exhaust. Essential oils are often in perfumes, but not essential oils are the same, fragrance can be found in most conventional perfumes are completely synthetic and are made in a lab. Side note: Always be wary of the word “fragrance.” Do your research on where your essential oils come from (why I only use Young Living).
- balance: lavender, ylang ylang, cedarwood, bergamot
- good fortune: lavender, lemon
- spring fever: lime, grapefruit, geranium
- cottage garden: geranium, lavender
- flawless: geranium, patchouli, frankincense
- peachy: orange, valor, cedarwood
- angelic: white angelica, frankincense
25- Flame Retardants
26- Artificially Sweetened Drinks
27- Hand Soap
DIY Hand Soap
- 15-20 drops total Favorite Combo of Oils (Rosemary and Lemon, Lavender, Theives and Orange.. endless options)
- 2-3 tbs Castile Soap
- 1-2 tsp Vitamin E Oil
- Distilled Water to the top.
28- Makeup Remover or wipe
DIY Makeup Remover Wipes
- 1/2 tsp. Witch Hazel
- 1 tsp. Jojoba Oil
- 1/4 tsp. Vitamin E oil
- Cotton rounds
- Distilled water
- Mason Jar with lid
- 5 drops Frankincense Essential Oils
- 5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 5 drops Geranium Essential Oil
- 1 Tbs. Castile Soap Unscented
Add Witch hazel, jojoba oil, vitamin E, Castile soap, and essential oils into the mason jar. Then add distilled water until the jar is 3/4 of the way full. Screw on mason jar lid and shake till combined…not too aggressive or too much, you don’t want the mixture too sudsy. Add cotton rounds by a small handful at a time. You want to do this gradually to avoid overflow and allow the cotton to absorb the liquid. Really pack those cotton rounds in there.
And just like that you made your own facial cleansing wipes! I use this cleanser at night as a makeup remover before bed. It’s up to you if you want to rinse it off, I don’t. I simply pat dry with a clean soft towel
29- Toxic Relationships
- You’re left feeling emotionally exhausted after an encounter with them.
- They try to intimidate you to get their way.
- They try to control you– and it works.
- They are easily jealous and punish you for your feelings.
- They give backhanded compliments.
- They are self-absorbed. When was the last time they asked you about your life?
30- Personal Care Products
Menstrual Cup: When I announced that I had swapped tampons for a menstrual cup in this post, I think the internet broke. LOL. But, honestly, it is the best solution to your monthly visitor that I have found! It is non-toxic and budget-friendly (imagine NEVER buying tampons again?). It also decreases your flow and can help with bloating and cramps. Read more about it here. But the biggest thing I want to highlight is the TOXIC CHEMICALS in tampons and pads! Tampons contain bleached rayon–YES, BLEACH! Also, tiny bits of cotton can cause small cuts in your vaginal walls–a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
My favorite menstrual cup is here.
If you made it to the end of this list- Congratulations! You are better than before already, with a little extra knowledge on what to avoid!
(If you are interested in getting into oils you can follow me here- @nestingwell or check-out THIS blog post on ordering oils and all of Young Livings Products)
I thought I had really removed all the toxic stuff -but this calendar taught me a few thing!!! Thank you
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Oh thank you!
I want to do this not only for 30 days but forever! is it possible that you recommend other brands and not only Thieves? I can not sign up yet (I’m planning to do in the future) but right now I would love to go slowly and change products as I’m running out of them or monthly (one by one). That would be highly appreciated.
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Hi! You can just buy Thieves at retail….it will last you a really long time. you can buy it at youngliving.com and if you go to my highlights on @nestingwell under ‘thieves” you can see how amassing it is!!!
… or can I just buy a few oils for now from you for example? I don’t want to get the starter kit (can’t afford it yet) but my plan is to do so someone in the future (maybe next gift for Mother’s day!) but in the meantime, I would do dry shampoo for example and I would only need those oils! Kindly let me know.