Yet another post in my blog series to inspire small steps toward holistic wellness....because large, grandiose changes rarely stick. For long lasting change, baby steps are the way to go. So today let's talk about a way to decrease some of the toxins in our lives.
Awhile back, I wrote a blog post about natural cleaners, because I believe this is another easy way to detox our lives. The cleaners we often clean our homes with are nothing more than toxic chemicals. Sure they kill bacterial and viruses and make the house smell nice, but what we are really doing is filling our homes with toxins.
Now, I’m not saying to toss all your cleaners today. Start with this….remove all cleaning products from your KITCHEN. Get an inexpensive spray bottle and fill it with white vinegar. This is an inexpensive and much healthier option. (If you need an abrasive cleaner, us a sprinkle of baking soda.)
The kitchen is that last place you want to use store-bought cleaners. While spraying the cleaners around the kitchen, you are not only breathing in those chemicals, you are also contaminating counters, cutting boards and ultimately, your food. Who wants that?
Now, if you are like most people, you are worried about the smell of vinegar. Yes, it is likely to remind you of coloring Easter eggs. However, as soon as the vinegar dries, the smell is gone and you are left with the clean smell of…nothing.
If you don’t like the smell of nothing, dab a little lemon juice or a good essential oil on a rag or paper towel and wipe it around on your counter or the sink faucet. Just be sure that whatever oil you use is suitable for ingestion (many aren’t). Another option to freshen the room is simply to create a potpourri pan on your stove. All you need is a small pan of water and some smell good items such as an orange slice, cloves & cinnamon or lemon & rosemary. Let your spice rack scent the kitchen!
Making this one small change, will decrease toxins in your home and therefore from your body as well…taking you one more step in the direction of holistic wellness!
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Tracy Martorana is a Nutrition & Wellness Consultant, Meditation Instructor and Herbalist...hoping to inspire you to live your life from a place of Holistic Wellness.