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My Healthy Home: It’s More Than Fitness

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These days my healthy home is about more than fitness. I have learned so much about healthy eating and getting in shape over the past two and a half years, but now I am taking things up a notch. My main goal for my entire family is to help encourage each of them to live a healthy and more productive life. For my husband that means working out daily and eating way more fruits and veggies (this has been a struggle, but we’re getting there), and for my children it means teaching them and modeling for them a lifestyle that is active, with clean foods, and healthy choices that I hope they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. So what else could I possibly need to change? We are eating clean”er” and I have everyone on a workout/sports schedule, but over the past two months, I have been bombarded in every way with messages about toxins in our home.

If you’re thinking I’m late to the party, I know. Trust me, I have seen a thousand blog posts about homemade cleaners, and the toxins hiding in my home, but up until this point I just really haven’t been too interested in educating myself on the matter. Until now! Like I mentioned in my previous post on The Dangers of Household Cleaners, I have been learning so much about groundwater contamination, pollution, social responsibility and running a sustainable business, so I couldn’t help but be curious as to how I may be contributing to these issues. After some serious research, I will admit I’m kinda mad at myself for not looking into this sooner.

I’ll be honest, I have made a mockery of “crazed women” who wanted to battle the various carcinogens invading their homes. My take on it was that well, pretty much everything can be linked to cancer, so why worry about it. But after doing my homework (literally) I have a new appreciation for all of the information that is available concerning toxic chemicals we should avoid.

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Another issue I’ve always had with getting rid of these chemicals is the same issue I struggled with when I wanted to return to clean eating… The Cost! I was afraid that changing to toxin-free cleaners and health and beauty products would cost me an arm and a leg, so I avoided it. Do I know that it will be cheaper in the long run if I don’t get cancer? Yes mom, I know, but let’s get real, it’s not easy to spend more money on products that don’t immediately prove to be superior.

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After everything I learned, I finally bit the bullet and went to Walgreens to see how much it would cost me to purchase products that were not made with harmful chemicals. First impressions? It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Actually, the prices were very reasonable. Walgreens has a product line called Ology that does NOT contain any of these dangerous chemicals (five of these chemicals are discussed in depth in my previous post):

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Not only do they avoid using these chemicals, but the products are also free of dyes and artificial fragrances.

After the affordability of the Ology line from Walgreens was addressed, my other concerns were: Would these products actually clean our home and laundry as well as our old cleaners, and would I like the shampoo, conditioner, and soap, because I will be honest… I’m kind of picky when it comes to my health and beauty products. I am pleased to say that not only does every single Ology product pass the “does it actually work” test, they also smell wonderful! I personally love smelling the fresh and comforting lavender scent on my clothes and around my house (and don’t tell anyone, but even my husband appreciated the aroma of his freshly washed uniform). 😉

Other things you should know about Walgreen’s Ology line:

– They do NOT test on animals (which we greatly appreciate because I can’t imagine anything being tested on Sophie, Dynamo, or Lizzie (dog, guinea pig, and a bearded dragon in case you were wondering).

– They are endorsed by Healthy Child Healthy World, an organization that supports safer products and responsible businesses.

– They are 100% tree-free! Seriously, and they make toilet tissue, facial tissue, and paper towels! I didn’t know that was even possible!

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You can find Ology products in your local Walgreens stores in hair care, soap, paper goods, and cleaning aisles.

So now that I’ve shared what I’m doing to make my home healthier, I would love to hear from you! What do you do to make your home a healthier place to live?

 

 

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Julie Wood

Tuesday 29th of April 2014

I have seen these products at Walgreens and I will have to take a closer look and see about getting some of them. I like that they are not tested on animals, and that they are tree free, That is awesome. Thanks for sharing this with me.

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