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Moms First: Creating a greener, toxic-free home

WSBT 22

We all want to make our home safe for our families but some research shows we are more exposed to harmful toxins inside our houses than outside.

One Michiana mom is on a mission to create a healthy home by dumping mainstream cleaning products and instead using natural ingredients that many of us already have in our homes.

"That was very shocking to me, a lot of items especially cleaning items don't even require the ingredients on the container,” said Former Geo-Spacial Analyst, Anne Veselik.

Veselik says when she stopped working to stay home with her four children she began a toxic free lifestyle.

"In the last 50 years, we have increased the ingredients over 80,000 chemicals. Many are not regulated, they are not tested before it goes into market and we think they are all tested before they go into market and that is not the case,” she said.

Veselik says after a lot of reading and research she has found some healthy home hacks.

"I went with vinegar and water, baking soda and simple things and it works great and it’s easy to refill and I don’t have to run to the store all the time,” she said. “Things that you can add to the home to help purify the air are plants.”

Veselik avoids dryer sheets and instead uses organic wool dryer balls.

"These dry your clothes, they fluff your clothes while they are drying, they reduce static, they absorb moisture and reduce drying time and help with your energy bills as well,” she said.

According to her, candles can be a major concern.

"Most generic candles are toxic because the base product is parafin wax and they are petroleum which is a byproduct, it’s literally the bottom of the oil barrel,” Veselik said.

But there are other organic options for candles.

"The best ways to start pure, organic coconut wax into a candle melt this plugs into the wall, there’s no flame all you have to do is click it and turn it on,” she said.

Her mission is to help other families begin their journey to live a healthy, toxic free, lifestyle.

"I spent a lot of time at night folding laundry and watching documentaries and I thought this is something I thought I can teach my kids. We need to eat cleaner, be greener in the house and be more eco-friendly,” Veselik said.

For more ideas and healthy advice follow this link: https://www.ewg.org/

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