When you think about creating a healthier home for you and your family, your mind might immediately go to all the things that you need to buy such as ingredients for healthier recipes or fitness equipment. However, creating a healthier home doesn’t just involve adding things to your lifestyle. It also requires you to get rid of the things that have been holding you back from success. In this post, we’ll talk a little bit more about the things you need to toss today to create a healthier home environment.
5 Things You Should Throw Away for Better Health
If you’re ready to start making healthier changes, get your garbage can and recycle bin ready, and toss these 5 things:
- Old Plastic Containers
Go through all your plastic food storage containers and toss any old containers or those that are marked with a 7 or “PC.” These are the types of containers that can contain BPA, which can leech from the container after several trips through the dishwasher. Be sure to throw away any warped or cracked containers when you come across them, and avoid heating meals in these containers in the microwave as this can also cause the chemicals to leech. For a safer alternative, look for glass food storage containers.
- Plastic Cooking Utensils
Plastic cooking utensils tend to break down over time. You may have already witnessed this when you noticed your ladle get soft when stirring a pot of soup or see that your spatula has the corners melted off. When the plastic starts to break down, it gets into your food, which essentially means you’re eating plastic. Replace your plastic utensils with those that are made from sturdy and non-reactive materials such as wood, bamboo, or stainless steel.
- Soda and Junk Food
When it comes to creating a healthier diet, the easiest way to avoid temptation is by getting rid of any junk food that you may be tempted to snack on throughout the week. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or just adopt a healthier overall diet, you can start by getting rid of soda, candy, chips, and other junk food in your pantry and refrigerator.
- Air Fresheners and Chemical Cleaners
Though you may not realize it, some common chemical cleaners and air fresheners that you’re using in your home on a regular basis could be impacting your indoor air quality and ultimately, your family’s health. Toss these cleaners and opt for natural cleaning options that work just as well without exposing your family to toxins. If you’re worried about the cost of replacing all of your home cleaning supplies with natural alternatives, start by getting rid of a few each month until you have all new cleaning supplies. Making your own natural cleaning supplies out of common household items like vinegar is also a fun and affordable option.
What you spend your time thinking about most is often influenced by what you keep around you in your home. Consider tossing any items that don’t serve a specific purpose or exist to make you feel good. For example, if your laundry room is cluttered with matchless socks, old dryer sheets, and other junk, get rid of it. The less clutter you have in your home environment, the more space you have to think positively.
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