creating a healthy home environment

How I Am Creating a Healthy Home Environment

Over the last few years, I’ve been working on creating a healthy home environment. What exactly is that? Well, for me that’s becoming more aware of not only the products I’m using but also the overall mood in the house. 

Words like vegan, non-toxic, sustainable, and natural have become common in our language. Slowly, I’ve become more aware of products I’m using, activities I’m doing, and the overall environment I’m creating in my home. One of the most difficult parts of creating a healthy home environment, in my opinion, is finding products that work and are effective. 

In this post, I’m sharing with you some products and practices that I’ve been using and implementing for long enough to know that they are indeed effective and have improved my overall health, inside and out. Because here’s the thing, our health is so much more than what we eat and how we move. Our health has a mental and spiritual aspect as well as a physical aspect. 

Please note: This post may contain affiliate links. It doesn’t change anything for you. I only share things I love! Also, I’m not an expert in environmental issues, etc. I’m simply sharing products and practices that I’ve found to help me in my efforts of creating a healthy home environment for myself and my family. My definition of that is likely different than yours. 

Laundry – I do a lot of laundry. (Maybe a little less now that Ethan has gone to college, but I still do a lot.) My sweat stinks. The products that I found that are safe for my clothes and my skin and also takes care of the stink is Molly’s Suds. They have a variety of products, and I’ve used many of them. I especially like the ones that target athletic clothes. 

Cleaning productsBranch Basics. Their starter kit contains a concentrate that you add to various bottles provided and fill with water. The amount of water and concentrate varies based on the type of cleaning solution you need. This stuff works!

Hair care – I thought my hair was okay, but sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know.  Even though I was using hair products that were naturally made, I had the opportunity to try something different. I started with dry shampoo and leave-in conditioner. My hair that used to come out in clumps when I was working in the conditioner stopped. The dry shampoo and leave-in conditioner that was working so well for me was Monat. Eventually I started using the other hair care products and have noticed significant improvement in my hair. Not only does it feel good, it also doesn’t come out in clumps anymore! 

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Skin care – I began using goats milk soap and lotion when our local Bass Farms started selling products at our weekend farmers market. Eventually their line of products grew as did my use of them. 

Words – Yes words can be toxic – the words we speak to ourselves as well as to those around us. For the last couple of years, I’ve done a Weigh Your Words Challenge in my Facebook group. It’s a reminder that the weight of our words matter so much more than our weight on a scale. 

More walking – This is good for my mind and body but also good for the air. Less driving means less fumes put into the environment. 

Yoga – This is another way to clear our minds as well as massage our internal organs in a way that can help with regularity.

Deodorant – As mentioned above, my sweat stinks. I regularly hear about the dangerous chemicals in over-the-counter deodorants, but for the longest time I just couldn’t bring myself to try them. They were often too expensive and didn’t have a good track record for keeping you stink and sweat free. Over a year ago, Dana (who I follow on social media, trust completely, and now call a good friend although we’ve never met in person) convinced me to try Holly’s Keeping It Real natural deodorant. I like the grapefruit scent. It works, and it’s reasonably priced. I started using it last fall, but it got me through a hot sweaty summer so I now stand by this product. 

Makeup – I’ve been using Younique makeup for four years now. I especially love the tinted moisturizer and the mascara, but if you look in my makeup bag, you’ll see that all the products are from the same company. Younique also gives 10% of their profits to survivors of child sexual abuse. This is definitely a cause I can get behind. 

As with all things, creating a healthy home environment is about balance and moderation. I can assure you I have not rid my life of all “toxic” products and practices, but I’m continuing to learn and grow and change as I feel led to do so. Creating a healthy home environment is something I’ll always be working on just as I’m always working to honor this age and stage of life mentally, spiritually, and physically.