Step-by-Step Toxin-Free Living: Week 1

 

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Welcome to this week-by-week simplified version of going completely non-toxic!

My dream since starting Grace Blossoms was to walk families through the non-toxic process step-by-step, and I am so blessed to say it’s finally here!

Prerequisite

Please don’t let this shy you away from this amazing transformation! I just want to make sure that we’re totally clear about what is needed to walk through this together.

You agree to ditch fake stuff.

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Before you even think about jumping into this class, I have to ask (even beg if I must!) that you rid your home of any and all synthetic fragrances.

It’s painful. I know it is because I’ve done it.

Survived the marital argument about wasted money. Cringed as years of finding my favorite scents got tossed into the oversized garbage bag.

BUT.

It. Is. SO. WORTH. IT!!

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Go ahead. Take the plunge.

Here are some main offenders you’ll need to hunt down:

-air fresheners

-candles (yes, even soy and other “special” ones)

-wall plug-ins

-wax melts

-fake, store bought essential oils (yes, those are synthetic!)

-room sprays

Why is it so important to completely rid your home of synthetic smells?

Our homes are 3-5 times more toxic (AKA carcinogenic, hormone disrupting, respiratory debilitating, developmentally harmful, environmentally harmful) than the outdoor pollution because of toxins in our homes. Synthetic fragrance is a HUGE contributor!

Ready? Drumroll, please…

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That mountain fresh scent you’ve come to love? It’s killing you.

Man, do I hate being the bearer of that bad news.

So many people get angry hearing it, but I only share it with love and because I know it will help your family in so many ways.

Decisions, Decisions…

Okay, you’ve got to figure out what kind of non-toxic kind of person you are. There are three types:

Type 1: The Hardcore DIY-er.

You’re cool with stocking up on all the ingredients and going boldly into the DIY lifestyle.

Type 2: The Straight Shooter.

A person who just wants the link to whatever works so you can move on with life.

Type 3: The Combo.

If you’re like me, you’re a combination of both, so I’ll offer both each time we make a switch.

Laundry Detergent

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Option 1: Simple and Awesome DIY Recipe!

You’ll want to bookmark this amazing DIY detergent recipe that has been our family’s go-to for a while now.

Best DIY Laundry Detergent Recipe: DIY Laundry Detergent

Option 2: Links to Non-Toxic Detergents

Keep in mind that the only one you can actually count on never going toxic is the Young Living option.

There have been many times when I’ve found that after a good amount of time using an off-the-shelf product, they’ve changed their formula, and it no longer is clean enough for our home.

Young Living’s Thieves Laundry Detergent: Click HERE

Attitude Little Ones Laundry Detergent, Fragrance Free

I wanted so badly to give you this big list of detergents you could click and buy, but this was the only one that rated an “A” and also had no concerns for asthma, cancer, environmental,Β Skin Allergies & Irritation, orΒ Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity.

If you’d like to go to EWG’s website to see all those who rate an “A” feel free, but I must warn you against any that have a scent.

There’s a serious misconception that fragrance is somehow natural when it’s labeled as something we commonly use (i.e. grapefruit, lavender, eucalyptus), but the truth is that unless it discloses that Young Living is supplying its oils to create a fragrance, you’re getting synthetic fragrance, which means you’re messing with your body’s hormones, increasing your cancer risk, etc.

Real Life Use

As a mom running every which way, I must say I really don’t mind the five minutes it takes to make the DIY detergent. The links in the recipe lead to buying in bulk, which means I have all the ingredients I need to make this about once a month for a little over $3 per month, saving me lots without much trouble.

Fabric Softener

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One of the worst offenders when it comes to our home’s air quality is fabric softener and dryer sheets. They release fragrance that sticks to your clothes and whose chemicals enter into your blood stream through your largest organ-your skin.

Option 1: Super Fast DIY

This DIY is literally two ingredients. You can add dryer balls to the dryer with a few drops of essential oils (we like the Premium Starter Kit options of Citrus Fresh, Lemon, or Lavender).

DIY Recipe Here:Β Β 2 Ingredient Fabric Softener

Option 2: Links to Non-Toxic Fabric Softener

So many people have fallen in love with throwing a Young Living baby wipe in the dryer as their dryer sheet that I have to share it!

Young Living Seedlings Baby Wipes:YL Baby Wipes

Attitude Little Ones Fabric Softener-Fragrance Free:Ewg.org Approved Attitude Little One’s Softener

Real Life Use

Mixing two ingredients together once a month for a few bucks and reusing our dryer balls whenever we want a little extra fragrance is my personal choice because it’s just too easy not to!

My boys are older, but we still find ourselves in need of wipes now and then after snack, especially if we’re on-the-go, so I am definitely considering grabbing some Seedlings wipes!

Final Thoughts…

Just by removing all air fresheners from your home and switching your detergent and softener, you have created a much cleaner and safer environment for your family!

While the idea of pulling all the toxins from your home can be daunting, please remember that what you’re doing this week is making a huge difference and to give yourself grace through this process.

You will get there, and I do so wish I would’ve done it this way instead of the panicky, scrambled way I learned.

Please feel free to message me on my Facebook page or to post your own thoughts and questions on this week’s switch on that platform, so we can all work together toward a better, cleaner, and safer future!

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