Detoxing Your Home of Harsh Chemicals

Unfortunately, harsh chemicals have a knack for hiding away in our everyday items.  Whether it’s our cleaning supplies, hair care products, or sometimes even our carpets (crazy, right?).  And what’s even scarier, harsh chemicals are masters of disguise, so it’s usually pretty hard to even recognize them. 

Luckily, we have a couple of red flags we look for when picking products, so we can choose something that’s going to get the job done without doing a job on the environment or our overall health.  Here’s a few pointers on how you can detox your home and keep those harsh chemicals from sneaking in, too. 

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Ditch your old cleaning supplies

Isn’t it pretty ironic that the household items meant to keep our homes clean are actually one of the top contributors to indoor air pollution?  Funny how that works.  Most generic household cleaners are full of harsh chemicals.  And, even worse, most household cleaners’ product formulas are protected trade secrets, so they don’t even disclose the myriad of ingredients we probably couldn’t pronounce anyways, on the bottle.

Luckily, there’s a ton of natural cleaning alternatives available in stores now.  And, most of these brands are forthcoming with their ingredient list.  So, you’re not stuck playing the guessing game, wondering what you’re actually spreading across your home’s surfaces.  Or, if you really want to know exactly what’s cleaning your counter, opt in to making your own cleaning supplies.  There are tons of safe and effective cleaners that you can make with items you probably have in your cabinet already, like baking soda, vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide.

 Go sulfate-free

You may have caught wind of the sulfate-free craze.  We’re definitely on board.  Sulfates are technically a pesticide and known skin irritant that are stowed away in things like our toothpastes, shampoos, and conditioners.  And, not only that, but sulfates pollute our ground water, and the manufacturing process is not so nice on our earth. 

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But how can we avoid them, because we obviously still need to brush our teeth and wash our hair.  There are actually plenty of sulfate free options on the market now.  Most sulfate free toothpastes are naturally flavored, too, so you can stick to the traditional mint, or if you’re feeling adventurous: hello fennel toothpaste.  And, the hair care industry has been pretty ahead of the curve, seeing as sulfates aren’t super sweet to our hair anyways, so even most big line hair care companies provide sulfate free options.

Basically, the easiest wait to detox your home of harsh chemicals is to shop brands that disclose all of their ingredients.  Because there’s nowhere for these chemicals to hide when a brand is completely forthcoming.  These are the kinds of brands we trust.  And, these are the kinds of brands that aren’t using these chemicals, anyways.

How to get rid of body odor?

As your friend in the deodorant industry, sometimes we get to talk about the things no one else wants to, like body odor.  A very unfortunate truth of life, right?  Not necessarily.  Because you really don’t have to be smelly, even when you’re sweaty.  That’s right, we’re here to teach you how to get rid of body odor.  And, even better, what’s causing it in the first place.

Okay, so let’s get to the bottom of this.  Why exactly do we have body odor?  For starters, you have two types of sweat glands: eccrine and apocrine.  Your eccrine glands are all over, and produce the sweat that’s mostly water, released to help you cool down.  Your apocrine glands though, in areas like your armpits, are the ones sweating out different proteins and toxins.

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Still, the interesting thing is, the sweat itself doesn’t actually smell.  It’s completely odorless.  So unfortunately, eliminating sweat isn’t going to eliminate B.O.  And trying to stop your body from sweating all together with a traditional antiperspirant actually clogs your pores, and can make the stench even worse.

What makes sweat stink is when it mixes with the bacteria on your skin.  So, by neutralizing the interaction between these bacteria and your sweat, your able to get rid of any unwanted smell, while still letting your sweat glands do their thing.

So, yes, sweating is inevitable (and, beneficial).  But smelling definitely doesn’t have to be.  Here’s a few simple tricks to help your body with a B.O. problem.

  1. Don’t skip laundry day

One way to keep sweat from mixing with these bacteria is to keep your clothes clean.  When we don’t wash our clothes regularly, we’re giving these bacteria that extra "in" to jumping on our skin.  So, in order to give our body a helping hand in staying clean and smelling good, we’ve got to stay on top of our laundry.

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  1. Always opt in for a body shower

Keeping our clothes clean wouldn't really matter if we weren't keeping our skin clean, right? Making a body shower part of your daily routine, if it isn't already, is so important in ridding your skin of odor causing bacteria (and, just all bacteria).  Our bodies take on all the impurities of the day, so taking just a couple minutes to rinse our skin does wonders.  Not to mention, a quick shower is a great way to kickstart your day in the morning, or unwind in the evening. 

  1. Swap out your deodorant

Rather than masking your stench with a heavy chemical fragrance, or clogging your pores with a harsh antiperspirant, swap for an option that tackles the real problem.  Choose an alternative that addresses and neutralizes the stench causing interaction between your sweat and your skin’s bacteria.  This way, you let your body do its thing, but you don’t have to worry about B.O. stopping you from doing yours.

We’ve all been a victim of unsavory armpit stench at one point or another.  But we really don’t have to be.  Because we know what’s causing it, so we can take these simple steps to deal with it.

How Do You Know if You’re Moving Your Body Enough?

When reaching for a health goal, we often ask ourselves, “how much time exactly am I supposed to spend exercising?”  Well, the answer to this is relatively simple.  When it comes down to it, you should be moving your body every day.  However, there is a such thing as too much exercise, too.  If you aren’t giving your muscles the time they need to rest and recuperate, you could actually be doing more harm than good.

So, we wanted to clear the air.  And not only help clarify how much you need to be exercising in order to reach your health and wellness goals, but also, just how much you need to be moving your body in general.

Our bodies are our greatest tool.  They are capable of so much, and we need to show our appreciation by keeping them healthy and happy.  We’re all guilty of getting caught up in our busy schedules, and maybe not giving our body’s the little bit of TLC they deserve.

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But, how do we change this?

Think about it this way.  You should be moving your body every day.  This doesn’t mean hitting the gym every day.  But it does mean stretching your limbs and getting your blood flowing.  Go for a short walk when you get home from work, or spend five minutes every morning stretching each muscle.  Our bodies crave movement in order to fight off stiffness and fatigue, especially when we’re most likely spending the majority of our day working. 

When you are trying to reach a specific fitness goal, you’re range of movement obviously has to be a little more intensive than a walk around the block.  But how often you’re pushing your body is still important.  While moving your body every day is necessary, so is a day of rest from any workout.  Your muscles need time to recover from all that hard work you’re putting in.  So, pick a day to skip the gym and stroll around your block instead. 

And, to see the best results when reaching for your health and wellness goals, remember to switch it up.  Challenge your muscles in different ways.  Alternate between running, yoga classes, and riding your bike on different days of the week.  Throw some circuit training and strength building exercises in there, and you’ll be feeling stronger faster than you can even say, “fitness.”

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The goal to understanding whether or not you’re moving your body enough is really just to be in touch with yourself.  Remember it’s important to treat our bodies right by taking them out for a spin each and every day.  But also remember, that our muscles do need rest in order to keep working hard and keep us going.