Where you start and end your day! - THE BATHROOM

Did you know that your morning routine exposes you to well over 100 different chemicals? You have already read about the toxic chemicals in the products you may already use to clean your bathroom. And you have also read about how inhaling these products can be really bad for you. 

The steam from the water opens up your pores, creating an open-door policy for all those toxins to just come on in and join the blood-stream. The question is, if you wouldn't drink it, why would you slather it on your body? The effect is the same. 

1. Say goodbye to brands which contain triclosan 
When you brush, you swallow a little bit of toothpaste. If your toothpaste contains triclosan you could be exposing yourself to a really bad chemical. Triclosan accumulates in your fatty tissues and is believed to interfere with normal thyroid hormone function. Put something better in your mouth instead: a good, clean, natural toothpaste. 

2. Antibacterial soaps are pesticides. Some of the ingredients in them are used to kill bugs.
Most of them aren't even effective at killing viruses or bacteria. Various chemical companies have made a fortune pushing their "evil bacteria ads". The problem is that what most people believe about cleaning is that it is hard work and requires mountains of chemicals and detergents to do the job right. This is more the message of clever marketing companies dedicated to selling you more and more products usually comprised of harmful chemicals cocktails to do a job that is never done. However, with the right tools and information, cleaning does not have to be harmful or a chore and you CAN spend less time cleaning and more time living – without sacrificing the results! 

3. Personal Care products contain parabens 
Parabens can be found in most common personal-care products and are considered a risk for breast cancer. Check before buying any products and ditch it if it contains anything ending in "-aben." 

4. You may not know what your tub tastes like, but your kids do
Your shower curtain or liner could be made of PVC. PVC contains phthalates. Phthalates are toxic chemicals used to make flexible plastics. They can produce some adverse effects inside your body like reproductive disorder and breathing difficulties. It would be best to shop for a cotton, hemp or  canvas alternative. 

5. Why do I have to hold my breath when cleaning the shower? 
Residues can be left behind by bathroom cleaners containing hazardous ingredients. You have probably experienced difficulties in breathing, nasty fumes and the occasional headache from using a new bathroom spray that promises to work super-easy. Headaches are your body's way of telling you "Stay away from this, it isn't good for you." It's best to avoid sodium dichloroisocyanurate ethylene glycol ethers and chlorine bleach. 

6. Flush the toilet with the lid down. 
The average toilet is flushed five times per day. Of course, low-flush toilets use less water per flush. There are various models to choose from. Also remember, most disinfecting wipes are only used once. Thankfully, there are long-lasting microfibre versions like Ha-Ra® available. 

7. Circulate air regularly 
Air fresheners could contain pesticides. Some air fresheners can mask bad odors by inhibiting your nose's ability to smell them. They're not getting rid of anything except your nose's abiltiy to smell. A better and safer solution is aromatherapy or essential oils. You could also hang a spring of dried eucalyptus from your shower head. The steamy water will activate the natural essential oils. 







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