Cre­at­ing a nat­u­rally healthy home for win­ter well­ness

Keep­ing the fam­ily healthy can be chal­leng­ing, par­tic­u­larly over the win­ter months. If your home is warm, in­su­lated and free of nasty chem­i­cals, you’re off to a great start.

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Not all chem­i­cals are bad, wa­ter is a chemical af­ter all, but there are some chem­i­cals used in ev­ery­day prod­ucts that we should all try to avoid. eco­s­tore pride them­selves on pro­vid­ing house­hold prod­ucts which are health­ier and safer for your fam­ily. Mal­colm Rands, founder of eco­s­tore shares some tips to help keep your fam­ily safe at home.

IN YOUR LAUN­DRY

Many laun­dry prod­ucts con­tain chem­i­cals that can re­main in your clothes even af­ter the fi­nal rinse, so they are up against your skin day and night where they may cause skin ir­ri­ta­tions such as eczema and der­mati­tis.

Look for laun­dry prod­ucts that are free of En­zymes and Op­ti­cal Bright­en­ers, known skin ir­ri­tants. If any­one in your fam­ily is par­tic­u­larly sen­si­tive, they may be al­ler­gic to fra­grance so try fra­grance free prod­ucts.

IN YOUR KITCHEN

Re­search shows that rou­tine use of anti-bac­te­rial clean­ers and dis­in­fec­tants could be do­ing more harm than good, con­tribut­ing to the rise in al­ler­gies and the de­vel­op­ment of ‘su­per bugs’. It’s a good idea to save dis­in­fec­tants and anti-bac­te­rial clean­ers for sit­u­a­tions that re­quire se­ri­ous heavy-duty clean­ing, in­stead choose a stan­dard sur­face cleaner for day-to-day use.

Look for a spray cleaner that is free of nasty chem­i­cals like Propy­lene Gly­col and Ben­za­lko­nium Chlo­ride.

En­sure young chil­dren are in an­other room or out of the house if you’re clean­ing with strong smelling clean­ing prod­ucts.

Avoid air fresh­en­ers, these can con­tain hun­dreds of fra­grance chem­i­cals in­clud­ing ph­tha­lates which can in­ter­fere with your hor­mones. In­stead open a win­dow to al­low fresh air to cir­cu­late.

IN YOUR BATH­ROOM

Many chem­i­cals used in body care prod­ucts are known skin ir­ri­tants; they can dry out the skin by strip­ping away its nat­u­ral pro­tec­tive oils mak­ing way for con­di­tions like eczema and der­mati­tis to de­velop.

Look for plant based body care prod­ucts that are free of chem­i­cals like Co­camide DEA/MEA, Sodium Lau­ryl/Lau­reth Sul­phate and Co­cami­do­propyl Be­taine (CAPB). Shorter, cooler show­ers are also a great way to avoid dry­ing out your skin.

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