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Spring Clean the Toxins: How to Get Started
Posted By Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home On April 11, 2012 @ 3:00 am In Baby Steps,Living healthy,Natural living,Spring Clean the Toxins | 21 Comments
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 .
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:
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:
Naturally Female 
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.
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 these toxins have very real and serious effects: http://www.youtube.com/user/EnvironmentalWG#p/c/A7356353AEDD10F0
 Two Recipes for Odor-Eliminating, Air-Freshening Sprays: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2011/03/two-recipes-for-odor-eliminating-air-freshening-sprays.html
 Back to the Basics: Frugal, Non Toxic, Green Cleaning: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2010/08/back-to-the-basics-frugal-non-toxic-green-cleaning.html
 Forget the Bleach: How to Use the Sun to Whiten Your Whites: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2011/06/forget-the-bleach-how-to-use-the-sun-to-whiten-your-whites.html
 Clean Your Shower or Bathtub Simply: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2011/03/clean-your-shower-or-bathtub-simply.html
 A Natural Stain Remover that Really Works: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2009/02/a-natural-stain-remover-that-really-works.html
 The Stain Removal Trick that Saves Kids Clothes, Money and My Sanity: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2010/08/the-stain-removal-trick-that-saves-kids-clothes-money-and-my-sanity.html
 How to Get Set in Stains Out of Almost Anything: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2010/08/how-to-get-set-in-stains-out-of-almost-anything.html
 Non-Toxic Disinfectants: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2011/03/non-toxic-disinfectants.html
 Better, Cheaper, Safer 4-Way Soft Scrubber: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2011/03/better-cheaper-safer-4-way-soft-scrubber.html
 Non-Toxic Cleaners You Can Make at Home: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2011/03/non-toxic-cleaners-you-can-make-at-home.html
 Natural and Eco-Friendly Laundry Soap Review: 5 Moms Test and Compare: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2010/11/natural-and-eco-friendly-laundry-soap-reviews-5-moms-test-and-compare.html
 Gentle, All Natural Deodorant Stick Recipe: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2011/09/gentle-all-natural-deodorant-stick-recipe.html
 My Frugal Beauty Routine: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2011/05/my-frugal-beauty-routine.html
 My Mama Cloth Adventure and Review of Four Sources: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2012/03/my-mama-cloth-adventures-and-review-of-four-sources.html
 Naturally Female: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2009/04/its-earth-day-healthy-homemaking-naturally-female.html
 Part 1: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2008/05/my-thoughts-on-sunscreen.html
 Part 2: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2008/05/my-thoughts-on-sunscreen-part-2.html
 Safe and All Natural Beauty Products You Can Make at Home: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2010/04/safe-all-natural-beauty-products-you-can-make-at-home.html
 Making My Own Shampoo and Conditioner (Using the No 'Poo Method): http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2010/04/video-blog-making-my-own-shampoo-and-conditioner-using-the-no-poo-method.html
 How to Wash Your Face Using the Oil Cleansing Method: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2010/05/video-blog-how-to-wash-your-face-using-the-oil-cleansing-method.html
 Identifying and Avoiding Toxins in Beauty and Personal Care Products: http://simplehomemade.net/identifying-and-avoiding-toxins-in-beauty-and-personal-care-products/
 Natural Weed Killer Recipe: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2009/06/natural-weed-killer-recipe.html
 Heirloom Seeds: What They Are and Why I Think You Should Grow Them: http://simplehomemade.net/heirloom-seeds-what-they-are-and-why-i-think-you-should-grow-them/
 Naturally Controlling Pests in the Organic Garden: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2010/07/naturally-controlling-pests-in-the-organic-garden.html
 Harmful Handwashing: The Dangers of Antibacterial Soaps: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2010/10/harmful-handwashing-the-dangers-of-antibacterial-soaps.html
 How to Protect Your Family from the Dangers of Formaldehyde: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2012/04/how-to-protect-your-family-from-the-dangers-of-formaldehyde.html
 How I Stock my Natural Medicine Cabinet: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2012/02/how-i-stock-my-natural-medicine-cabinet.html
 Using Houseplants to Reduce Toxins and Grow Fresh Air: http://simplehomemade.net/using-houseplants-to-reduce-toxins-and-grow-fresh-air/
 My Simple Cast Iron Care Routine: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2010/11/my-simple-cast-iron-care-routine.html
 The Great Debate: Washing Our Fruits and Vegetables: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2009/09/the-great-debate-washing-our-fruits-and-vegetables.html
 The Dirty Dozen: Making the Most of the Money You Spend on Organics: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2009/09/play-it-again-the-dirty-dozen-making-the-most-of-the-money-you-spend-on-organics.html
 Using Stoneware for Baking and Cooking: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2010/11/using-stoneware-for-baking-and-cooking.html
 31 Ways to Use a Mason Jar in Your Kitchen: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2012/04/31-ways-to-use-a-mason-jar-in-your-kitchen.html
 Safe and Natural Children's Toys: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2009/12/safe-and-natural-childrens-toys.html
 Healing Rashes While Cloth Diapering: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2010/08/healing-rashes-while-cloth-diapering.html
 Children's Sleepwear: Avoiding Flame Retardent Chemicals: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2011/10/childrens-sleepwear-avoiding-flame-retardant-chemicals.html
 9 Toxins to Remove From Your Life: http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2011/11/9-toxins-to-remove-from-your-life.html
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