If you do no other step, do this one. Crucial to the entire process is the complete removal of toxic cleaning products and pesticides. If you decide instead to store them away somewhere “just in case”, or “see if it really affects me”, you are allowing dangerous chemicals and toxic pesticides to linger in your home and continue to be a detriment to the health of all those you live with. The presence of these products, even in small amounts, prevents the creation of a truly healthy home, hindering the ability for the body to maintain health and/or heal. After reading all the labels, remove ALL pesticides and cleaning products that have toxic red flags from the home and garage (if it’s attached). Note: If you have products you are not ready to part with, ideally keep them in an outdoor storage closet or detached garage. Or, if necessary, keep them in a sealed, airtight container in the garage.
TAKE THIS STEP SERIOUSLY.
You may need to make a few sweeps of your home. Although removing purchased items can be difficult, keep in mind your immune system will continue to be under siege if these products are not taken out of your house, because the chemicals escape through even sealed lids.
YOU ARE ALREADY ON YOUR WAY TO BETTER AIR QUALITY!
Just the simple act of removal improves the air quality and takes a tremendous load off the body’s detoxification system, increasing its capacity for handling unexpected exposures to chemicals, natural pollens, dust and mold. It also strengthens the body’s resistance to viruses and bacterial infection, and frees the body to use its energy to rejuvenate and heal if there is illness.
KEEP IT SIMPLE.
Make this a game! This is an opportunity, not a stressor! Know that every single item you remove will result in an improvement in your home environment, and thus your family’s health.
You did it!
Congratulations! You are already enjoying improved air quality! Stay tuned for the final step tomorrow.
Branch Basics Founder Marilee Nelson discovered that having a truly healthy home enabled her son to begin recovering from chemical injury.
“Our son could not be in our home without having reactions. I kept trying to figure out what else could be done to make it safe for him. I remembered that I had removed all cleaning and personal care products from the house, but kept my favorite ones in one box in a closet. I just didn’t see how keeping them would matter – after all they were closed up in a box. But his sensitivity was so extreme that it was not until I finally removed that one box that he could stay in the house without reacting. The low level chemical soup these products were emitting throughout our home was enough to affect him. This discovery was key as we had finally found our baseline – a healthy home – where he could start recovering.”