It may not be pleasant to think about, but chances are our homes probably aren’t as non-toxic as we’d like them to be. Modern carpets, paints, furniture, and cleaners all contribute to the problem, and it can feel like there’s not much we can do. Enter Kelly Love, one of the cofounders of Branch Basics and an expert on simple and easy ways to create a safer, low toxin home.
Branch Basics makes a completely non-toxic and multipurpose natural cleaner that I love. In fact it’s the only one in my pantry right now! I can make everything from hand soaps to dish soap to all purpose spray (and even laundry detergent!) all from one bottle.
Kelly and I talk about what the biggest offenders are when it comes to problems in the home, and how to stop feeling helpless through education and product choice.
Episode Highlights With Kelly Love
- Kelly’s story of how avoiding toxins changed her life
- Why your house probably isn’t as non-toxic as you think
- The importance of actually getting certain products out of your house (not just stopping using them)
- How even small exposure to certain chemicals can turn genes on and off
- Why we can’t rely on labeling to tell us everything
- The #1 illness in children and why toxins are a big contributor
- A healthy approach to dealing with bacteria and viruses
- How to balance your skin microbiome (while staying clean)
- A common preservative to avoid if you have asthma or allergies
- And more!
Resources We Mention
- Branch Basics Use code Mama15 for 15% off starter kits
- Stink: Why Are Toxic Chemicals Hiding in America? (Available on Netflix)
- Blog Post: Why Kids Need Dirt
- Blog Post: How I Use One Natural Plant-Based Cleaner to Clean the Whole House
- The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox (book)
- The Read Aloud Family (book)
- Air Filters
- Berkey Water Filter
More From Wellness Mama
- 180: How Hidden Elements in Your Home Affect Your Mood & Health With Branch Basics Founder Marilee Nelson
- 348: How to Minimize Your Exposure to Toxins & Effective Detox Protocols With Dr. Sandison From Neurohacker
- 113: Toxic Metals That Cause Fatigue and How to Detox Them
- 198: How to Be Green Enough & Avoid the Worst Offenders in Your Home With Leah Segedie
- 175: When Natural Doesn’t Mean Safe & Creating Non-Toxic Homes With Green Design Center
- Do We Really Need Air Filters? (+ Reviews)
- The Best Houseplants for Purifying Indoor Air
- The Best Water Filter For Home Use (Pitcher, Charcoal, Under-Counter)
- 10 Toxic Ingredients to Avoid in Personal Care Products
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