Healthy Homes - Detoxing the Kitchen
Have you ever stopped to think about what is in all your cleaning products?
Let’s talk about the Kitchen.
If you added up all the cleaning products you use in the kitchen you maybe surprised as to how many chemicals that may include.
This is what you will find in my Kitchen cupboard and on the bench:
- Dishwashing liquid
- Dishwashing powder
- Rinse Aid
- Surface Spray
- Stainless Steel Cleaner
- Window Cleaner
- Hand Wash
- Hand Sanitiser.
Now for me I have changed all the above to non-toxic and ecofriendly products (and Australian Made). I did this way back when I started studying my Naturopathic degree once I started to learn about the harm chemicals can cause your health.
So, let us talk about this exposure! If you are washing your dishes in a chemical product either by hand or in the dishwasher, there is a residue of this product left on your dishes. You then put your food on these dishes and consume the food. Hence you are eating some extra chemicals. If there are also chemicals (like pesticides) in your food, you are getting a double hit. Play this out over 3 meals per day plus your glasses for drinking water and your coffee cup, you can see how your chemical load starts to add up.
Then we can add the spray you use to clean up the kitchen, it is contacting the skin and you are breathing it in. If you have rinse aid in the dishwasher there is another hit, and then you wash your hands in a chemical product and sanitise with another.
And this is only the morning routine!
Your chemical exposure in the home is the one area that you have total control over. You can reduce this load exponentially by converting the products in your home to non-toxic products.
In my clinic I often get clients to start doing a stocktake one room at a time. I get them to identify the products in each room that they would need to change. Then slowly as they run out of those products they convert. Once you have done one room you can move onto the next.
I know some people will roll their eyes at this notion (hence my parents and my kids!), but the exposure is very real. There are many conditions that have a toxic component to them, like cancer. Cancer is essentially a dysfunctional immune system. One that has been over run and cannot keep those bad cells from duplicating. Your chemical exposure contributes to this (along with other issues) because while your body is busy trying to deal with the chemical load, by using those lovely antioxidants, the systems that help regulate and keep in check your immune system are then depleted. Hence the balance is in negative and those pesky cells have no competition. Now while this is a simplistic version of cancer, it is really all about balance.
You can help this balance by taking stock of the products you use in and around your house. You will be surprised that it can take only a week before your level of toxicity has lessened the burden on your body.
Don’t just take my word for it. An American study found that there was a 70% drop in pesticides (glyphosate or roundup) levels in 7 days by changing to organic diet.
Another study which is very recent states that:
- Indoor environments can influence human environmental chemical exposures and public health.
- Consumer product chemicals such as phthalates, phenols, flame retardants and per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances are widely detected in the US general population, including vulnerable populations, and are associated with adverse health effects such as reproductive and endocrine toxicity.
- In most cases, although consumers assume chemicals have been tested, limited pre-market safety testing of commercial chemicals occurs.
There are so many areas of your health and your family’s health, that these chemicals can impact, so why risk it. Start making changes today and your body will thank you! You can shop the kitchen range here
This article was written by Jan Caton, BHSc-Naturopathy. Owner of The Conscious Spender, Owner and Naturopath at Magnolia Apothecary.