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10 Simple Steps to Creating a Healthier Home

So you have been reading about  Reducing chemicals in your home and making changes and you are sitting there scratching your head wondering where to start? If you are like me, you would think you need to get it ALL done at once. Then do nothing at all. I want to take a moment to encourage you! So my encouragement to you is to start small and in one room. 

Here are 10 simple steps you can take in your home, and you can help others make in their homes to reduce chemicals.

Purify your indoor air because the level of your indoor air may be 2-5 times higher in pollution than outside of your home.  You can purify your homes air with:

Get rid of dust which contains a mixture of dirt and soil, along with pesticides, fungal spores, pet dander, human hair and skin.  But, here is the real issue:  the chemical make-up of dust.  Chemicals shed from all sorts of products, including your furniture, mattresses, electronics, plastics, shoes, bedding and fabrics, and end up settling in the dust.  These chemicals include flame retardants, pesticides, phthalates, and others.  Children are especially vulnerable to contaminated dust, since they play on the floor, and are low to the ground stature wise, and pound for pound, are smaller.  You can Keep your home dust free by:

Avoid antibacterial soap, which hasn’t been proven to be any more effective than natural soaps, and contains the nasty ingredient, Tricolsan, which is an endocrine disruptor. Read More here: Triclosan

Skip canned goods.  Most canned foods use a liner that contains BPA that leaches into our food.

  •  Buy in bulk, fresh or frozen whenever possible and freeze in smaller containers
  •   Use your Silicone Lids to cover your food instead of plastic wrap

Ditch the dryer sheets because they may contain higher levels of phthalates than any other product in your home.  (Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors.  Exposure to phthalates mainly occurs through inhalation, it can also happen through skin contact with scented soaps or dryer sheets. Read more about Phthalates here.)  I love the Norwex solution...

 Avoid nonstick cookware.  It may contain chemicals such as PFOA's Perfluorooctanoic acid) and PTFEs.  Both of these kinds of chemicals are used for stick and stain resistance, and both are suspected carcinogens.

 Avoid using the self-cleaning feature on your oven, because some parts are treated with nonstick coatings, and can give off toxic fumes.   

Take off your shoes  in your home. Your shoes bring in a toxic load of chemicals like pesticides, lead, and even DDT, which was banned in the US in 1972. 

 Forget fragranced candles, perfumes, and air fresheners.  They usually contain phthalates, which disrupt hormones, particularly in children.  “Fragrance” is a euphemism for nearly 4,000 different ingredients.  Instead, opt for:

Read labels of personal care products, and educate yourself on companies that are truly green.  Some chemicals in personal care products to avoid are Triclosan (aka Triclocarban, Microban, Biofresh), Synthetic fragrances, Formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasing chemicals, Parabens, etc.  Choose to:

Start small.  Take one new idea or area of your home at a time.  Once you feel you have a good grasp of how to reduce chemicals in that area, move on to the next area.  There is a fantastic website, called that has tips of the month for you to follow. The Environmental Working Group has a fantastic site too with lots of up to date information.  Their website is

I know this may be a lot to take in.  For me, once I knew all of this stuff, I knew, and I couldn’t and can’t go back to how I used to live.  I have 4 beautiful children who depend on me to make the best choices for them.  I do not want to wait for someone to do the studies and to make chemical regulation a priority.  We are the studies and that is scary.  I choose to opt out and use products I know and trust. 

Which leads me to this, I have a big purpose. Sharing Norwex one home at a time helps create Safe Havens and make a difference in others lives. Whether people purchase from me or come to a presentation to learn about toxic chemicals, then go home and make a healthier choice is what is important to me. Let me help YOU create a Safe Haven for you and your family.

If you would like more information about how you can become a Healthy Home advocate by becoming a Norwex Consultant, please contact me. You can find out more information here. If you are interested in hosting your own party and earning products for free, please contact me here.

Through Norwex, I get to make a change the world, one household at a time!  Thank You!

Chrissy D