Not only is spring a perfect time to freshen up your house when it comes to scrubbing baseboards and washing blinds and all those “cleanliness” tasks, but it’s also an idea time to think about the unseen invaders lurking in your home

That’s right– dangerous toxins!

It’s beginning to be common knowledge that many of the beauty and skincare products, cleaning supplies, foods, kitchen items, and even furniture, decor and clothing in our homes contain harmful chemicals that make their way into our body through our skin, our mouths, and our lungs.

Though invisible to the naked eye, and often absorbed in minute amounts, these toxins have very real and serious effects.

So what do we do about it?

Never wanting to overwhelm anyone, I opted not to run a formal day by day challenge to hold you accountable to setting goals and accomplishing them. That can be a useful way to do it, but I know that as an eager, but very busy mom, I sometimes get idealistic and bite off more than I can chew when it comes to making healthy changes for myself and my family.

What I opted for instead is to run a “Spring Clean the Toxins” month, where we will be sharing information and helpful resources on various toxins, with ideas for you to make simple changes to avoid them. These posts will not be every single day, but interspersed throughout the month, giving you regular food for thought.

The point isn’t for you to take on each area that we post about. Instead, we hope to:

  1. Bring some awareness to toxins that you might not have known were in your home or in particular products, and to educate on what makes those toxins so harmful in the first place.
  2. Point you to resources for those who are ready to pursue removing that particular toxin from their lives as much as possible.
  3. Suggest simple steps that you can take to make it happen.
  4. Have a permanent resource so that when you decide you’d like to switch to a homemade air freshener (for example) four months down the road, you know where to find the info that you need.

Ready to get started?

For those who feel eager and ready to jump into the task of detoxifying their homes and lives, I’ve gathered up as many previous posts written by myself or my contributing writers, touching on various elements of avoiding toxins or switching over to more natural and healthy alternatives.

This list includes helpful posts from the archives, and will also be updated throughout the month as new posts go up:

Cleaning

Two Recipes for Odor-Eliminating, Air-Freshening Sprays

Back to the Basics: Frugal, Non Toxic, Green Cleaning

Forget the Bleach: How to Use the Sun to Whiten Your Whites

Clean Your Shower or Bathtub Simply

A Natural Stain Remover that Really Works

The Stain Removal Trick that Saves Kids Clothes, Money and My Sanity

How to Get Set in Stains Out of Almost Anything

Non-Toxic Disinfectants

Better, Cheaper, Safer 4-Way Soft Scrubber

Non-Toxic Cleaners You Can Make at Home

Natural and Eco-Friendly Laundry Soap Review: 5 Moms Test and Compare

Beauty, Skincare and Hygiene

Gentle, All Natural Deodorant Stick Recipe

My Frugal Beauty Routine

My Mama Cloth Adventure and Review of Four Sources

Naturally Female

My Thoughts on Sunscreen Part 1 and Part 2

Safe and All Natural Beauty Products You Can Make at Home

Making My Own Shampoo and Conditioner (Using the No ‘Poo Method)

How to Wash Your Face Using the Oil Cleansing Method

Identifying and Avoiding Toxins in Beauty and Personal Care Products

Gardening/Yard Care

Natural Weed Killer Recipe

Heirloom Seeds: What They Are and Why I Think You Should Grow Them

Naturally Controlling Pests in the Organic Garden

In the Home

Harmful Handwashing: The Dangers of Antibacterial Soaps

How to Protect Your Family from the Dangers of Formaldehyde

How I Stock my Natural Medicine Cabinet

Using Houseplants to Reduce Toxins and Grow Fresh Air

In the Kitchen

My Simple Cast Iron Care Routine

The Great Debate: Washing Our Fruits and Vegetables

The Dirty Dozen: Making the Most of the Money You Spend on Organics

Using Stoneware for Baking and Cooking

31 Ways to Use a Mason Jar in Your Kitchen

Babies and Children

Safe and Natural Children’s Toys

Healing Rashes While Cloth Diapering

Children’s Sleepwear: Avoiding Flame Retardent Chemicals

General Ideas

9 Toxins to Remove From Your Life

What will you do next?

I find it helping when making changes like these to pick one or two that I’m ready to focus on next, and create goals or timelines for myself to ensure that the changes actually happen.

Is there an area that stands out to you? 

Maybe it’s getting rid of the teflon in your kitchen and moving towards cast iron or stoneware instead. Maybe you’ve recently heard some concerns about antibacterial soap and you want to consider whether you should stop buying it. You might choose to replace one conventional cleaner with a more natural one, like a soft scrub or air freshener. Or as a green thumb, learning to use plants in your home to effectively reduce toxins might be right up your alley.

The options are limitless, but all you have to do is start somewhere. Anywhere.

And it really doesn’t matter what it is, just that you’re making changes towards healthy living in small but positive steps.

Take your pick (and keep watching throughout the month for more ideas), then write your goals in your planner, on a white board, on an index card stuck to your fridge… anywhere that you’ll see them and be reminded.

Tell us… what will you do next as you move towards a less toxic home and lifestyle?