Nowadays, it is common for people to live with someone else, whether it is a roommate or your parents. This usually means chemical-laden products surround you. In which if you have to reduce your toxin exposure, it can feel overwhelming.
When switching to a non-toxic lifestyle, you may be the only one doing so. Some people aren’t ready to embrace a chemical-free lifestyle. However, this shouldn’t be an excuse.
When it comes to healing anything from SIBO to autoimmunity, your environment plays a significant role. My health journey is what caused me to change my lifestyle.
However, when trying to go chemical-free it can be difficult when you share space with someone.
So what is a girl to do?
This was a big question that I had to answer for myself. I still share space with my parents, so this limits what I can do. It isn’t my home to make radical changes, but I am truly blessed to have a roof over my head. But I still needed to make changes to heal.
I began doing my chores, helping around the house, buying my food, and buying my cleaning supplies. This allows both of us to be happy.
But you can bet your bottom dollar, as soon as I find the place, I will be out of here! The idea of my own space with my own products, foods, and you get the picture.
If you’re in my shoes, Here are 5 things to do!
Tip 1: Lead By Example
By leading by example, there is a good chance that people will become interested in what you’re doing. If you try to push them into it, they will often resist. People resist change (myself 100% included), especially when it comes to non-toxic, chemical-free options.
The reason for the resistance is usually financially driven or just lack of knowledge. Making your dish soap, for example, could pique someone’s interest. This is your chance to teach them something new!
A perfect example of this is my parents asking about the dish soap I make. All it is is castile soap, filtered water, and lemon essential oil. It’s as simple as that!
This was a learning opportunity for my parents, but a chance for me to express my passion. I always recommend buying what you need to heal. More often than not, someone will become interested.
Tip 2: Buy all your own cleaning products (it does make a difference)
This can be hard when cleaning things like the bathroom, but it is still worth it. I personally use my own detergent, hand soap, and dish soap.
That way, I can limit my exposure to toxic products. As for cleaning the bathroom, you can offer to purchase the products. It may be a little extra money, but if you’ll feel better, it’s worth it.
If you have roommates, you can negotiate who does buy what. If you buy all the cleaning products, they can be all the toiletries (i.e., paper towel, toilet paper). That way, there is a balance.
Some of my favorite products are
- Seventh Generation Free & Clear Laundry Detergent
- Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Castile Soap
- doTERRA Essential Oils (i.e., lemon, OnGuard, Tea Tree)
Again, this is another great time for them to see how the products work. People associate fragrance, sizzling, and bubbling as something becomes clean. This is not true whatsoever.
Let others try the chemical-free products, to see their power! Also, if they don’t have to spend money right away, that is a plus.
Also, research products before buying them to ensure you get what you’re paying for. Be sure to check out EWG for products with a score in the green!
Tip 3: Buy Your Own Dishes/Glass Containers
Another great way to keep your toxic load down is to have your own dishes. This is especially important if you’re using your own dish soap. Even though you wash off the soap, the toxic residue is still on there.
The fragrance and chemicals can linger on the dishes and your hands. Storing your dishes in a separate area can also limit exposure. Plus, it is something free you can do.
I personally love Pyrex containers as they’re super affordable. As for dishes, I got basic white ceramic dishes from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.
This is also a great way to be collecting items for when you do move out. You can gradually buy what you need.
Tip 4: See if you can move the cleaning products to outside of the home
Even though the products are stored away, the chemicals still get into the air. For example, think of the laundry aisle at the grocery store and how potent it is…You can practically taste it. To eliminate this, move the toxic products outside, in the garage/shed, etc.
However, if you live in an apartment, it can be harder to find a place. I would look into having them as far away as possible from where you sleep/eat. You can also store them in a separate container as another barrier.
This will help to reduce the toxins in the air your breath. Nowadays, the air in our homes is more polluted than outside. You can also buy an air purifier as well if it is within your budget.
However, if you are the person buying the cleaning products then you don’t have to worry about this.
Tip 5: Move Out
If you make all of the changes above, but your health still isn’t improving, it’s time to move out. Especially if you have severe reactions to the products or other concerns (i.e., mold), some individuals can experience Toxic Overload Syndrome.
Some common symptoms of toxic overload Syndrome Are
- Brain Fog
- Constant Fatigue
- Unable to Lose Weight
- Bad Breathe
- Skin Reactions (i.e. rashes, acne)
- Muscle Aches and Pains, and so on.
These can often be associated with co-infections. The common ones are heavy metal toxicity, gut dysbiosis, and/or autoimmunity. Source: Here
Too many toxins can prevent your body from healing triggering relapses. If you have done everything else to heal but are still struggling, look at your living conditions.
If you receive a doctor’s note for apartments, that can be enough proof to break a lease. However, please speak to your landlord about the policy for your specific apartment/condo.
I truly hope this post helps you to live a non-toxic lifestyle with those who aren’t non-toxic. However, always remember to advocate for yourself if something feels off, do what you gotta do to feel better.
I want to dive into how to detox to remove these chemicals and toxins from your body shortly. I will love to know if there are any other recommendations you have! Thank you for reading, and please share it with your fellow non-toxic friends!