Making Our Homesteads Less Toxic - PVP36

Show Notes

Many folks start thinking and learning about toxic chemicals after learning about and buying organic and pesticide-free food or having a bad experience with a particular product that contains toxic chemicals.

Detoxifying our homesteads can take work, research, and time but one step at a time we can move towards a less toxic homestead and a less toxic world.

Here are a few things that you might want to consider:

  • Cleaners.
  • Personal care products.
  • Toilet paper, paper towels, feminine hygiene products manufactured using chlorine.
  • Paints, finishes, wall paper glues, wall-to-wall carpeting, and other materials that contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other chemicals that we should avoid.
  • Water--consider the water you are bathing your largest organ in--your skin.
  • Investigate each product you purchase, each ingredient that you include in a homemade product.
  • And that's just for starters.

There are so many books out there now to help you kick toxic chemicals to the curb. Here are a couple of my favorites:

  • Annie Berthhold-Bond (1999). Better Basics for the Home: Simple Solutions for Less Toxic Living. Three Rivers Press. ISBN: 0609803255. This book includes recipes that work for everything from milk paint and toilet bowl cleaners to lip balms and deodorants. Also included are ratings for building materials so that you can compare common options.
  • Debra Lynn Dadd (2011). Toxic Free: How to Protect Your Health and Home from the Chemicals that are Making you Sick. Tarcher. ISBN: 9781585428700. Debra is an incredible lay investigator of toxic chemicals and products. This most recent iteration of her book on living a cleaner life is just a terrific resource to keep on the bookshelf and her website is a great resource too. 

Essential oils are very popular right now and there is tons of guidance on the internet and in books. Essential oils can be key ingredients in homemade products and the best resource to understand them in terms of safety is:

  • Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young (2014). Essential Oil Safety, second edition. Churchill Livingstone. ISBN: 9780443062414. If you are serious about the safe use of essential oils this book is the one and only go to book. Keep in mind that just because something is organic, from the earth, and has all sorts of wonderful properties doesn't mean that it will be safe in large quantities or over a long period of time. Consider how much plant material and so forth it takes to create essential oils.



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