Nurturing Your Nervous System At Home: A Chiropractor’s Guide to Detoxifying Your Home

This article was provided by Dr Kylie Foster, of Organic Family Chiropractic.

In our fast-paced world, our homes should be more than just a place to crash at the end of a long day. They should be sanctuaries; spaces that nourish our families bodies, minds, and spirits.

But what if I told you that your home could be harbouring hidden toxins that compromise your health and well-being?

As a chiropractor specialising in optimising nervous system function in young and growing families, I’ve seen first-hand how daily stressors can wreak havoc on our bodies, leading to a host of health issues from headaches, digestive problems and low energy levels. That’s why I’m passionate about helping my patients in practice not only regulate their nervous systems but to also empower them with tools to maintain this balance.

One crucial aspect of this toolkit is reducing the chemical load on our bodies, starting right in our own homes.

From the air we breathe to the products we use, every aspect of our surroundings can either support or undermine our nervous system’s well-being.

In this article, I’ll delve into one crucial aspect of detoxifying your home with navigating your cleaning products.

By making simple swaps in this area, you can significantly reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals and create a safer, healthier space for you and your little ones.

  1. Embrace the Power of Vinegar: White vinegar is a powerhouse when it comes to natural cleaning. Its acidic nature makes it effective at cutting through grease, grime, and mineral deposits without the need for harsh chemicals. Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle to use as an all-purpose cleaner for countertops, sinks, and windows.
  2. Harness the Freshness of Lemon: Lemons aren’t just for lemonade – they’re also fantastic natural cleaners! The citric acid in lemon juice helps to break down dirt and stains while leaving behind a refreshing scent. Combine lemon juice with water and a splash of vinegar for a homemade surface cleaner that’s gentle yet effective.
  3. Get Back to Basics with Baking Soda: Baking soda is another versatile ingredient that can tackle a wide range of cleaning tasks. Its gentle abrasive action makes it ideal for scrubbing away stubborn stains on surfaces like countertops and bathtubs. Mix baking soda with water to form a paste, or sprinkle it directly onto surfaces before scrubbing with a damp sponge.
  4. Say Goodbye to Synthetic Fragrances: Many conventional cleaning products contain synthetic fragrances, which can contain a cocktail of harmful chemicals known as phthalates. These chemicals can disrupt hormone balance and negatively impact nervous system function. Opt for fragrance-free or naturally scented cleaning products, or add a few drops of essential oils like lavender or tea tree to your homemade cleaners for a pleasant aroma without the toxins. I adore Cotswold Remedies Essential Oils for their high quality, natural, organic and ethical oils.
  5. Choose Plant-Based Ingredients: When shopping for cleaning products, look for options made with plant-based ingredients rather than harsh chemicals. These products are typically gentler on both your health and the environment, making them a win-win choice for detoxifying your home.
  6. Read Labels Carefully: Not all “green” or “natural” cleaning products are created equal, so it’s essential to read labels carefully. Look for products that are certified by reputable third-party organisations which verify that products meet stringent safety and environmental standards and look for minimal ingredient rather than a vast array of them.
  7. Save Money With Eco Shops That Provide Clean Products You Can Refill: A huge benefit of refillable clean products is that they often allow you to customise your cleaning solutions to suit your specific needs. Many eco shops offer a range of eco-friendly cleaning concentrates that can be diluted with water to create various cleaning solutions, from all-purpose cleaners to window sprays. This versatility not only saves you money by reducing the need for multiple products but also minimises the environmental impact associated with producing and transporting multiple individual products. The gorgeous Eco Able in Cirencester provides an easy environment to refill in so you can have happily browse at their beautiful organic, non plastic and other reusable cleaning products too!
  8. Start Small and Swap Gradually: Transitioning to natural cleaning products doesn’t have to happen overnight. Start by replacing one or two products at a time as you run out, gradually building up your collection of non-toxic cleaners. This approach makes the switch feel more manageable and sustainable in the long run.

By making these simple swaps in your cleaning routine, you can significantly reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals and create a healthier home environment that supports your nervous system’s health.

Remember, every small change counts, so don’t underestimate the power of simple, natural solutions when it comes to detoxifying your home. Your nervous system will thank you for it!

In my next article, I’ll be looking at how we can make switches to our personal hygiene. From shampoos to tampons and nappy creams, we’ll be tackling it all!

Happy Switching!

Kylie xo