Hi I’m Lauren – Holistic Health Coach behind Free Your Fork and I’m here to help you with healthy living without obsessing.
I help people make simple swaps for real food recipes, safer beauty, and a healthier home.
One of the BEST places to start is by looking at the foods you eat + the products you use every single day. Some of these choices might feel small, but shifting these daily habits can add up to some seriously significant change.
Be sure to grab the free checklist below + then read on for 3 safer home swaps to simplify the transition to cleaner household products.
This checklist gives you the same three foundational swaps that I walk all my clients through.
Making these 3 high-impact swaps will help you:
- Transition to safer make-up + skincare + personal products
- Focus on what matters most
- Reduce overwhelm + decision fatigue
- Avoid exposure to harmful chemicals
- Reduce your overall toxic load
- Advocate for industry-wide change
Health is about so much more than just what’s on your plate. What you put in your body matters as much as what you put on it so I’ve curated a list of swaps spanning across all parts of your beauty routine.
Under each one I’ve listed what to avoid + what to use instead + my top picks to help make the switch even simpler.
Here are my top 3 simple safer home swaps!
1. WOOL DRYER BALLS
There’s so much opportunity when we look at our laundry routines! Chances are good that you wash your clothing, towels, and bedding at least once a week. But we wear, wash, or sleep in these fabrics all day long – which means our exposure to any added chemicals is high. Making laundry products a super high-impact place to start. Swap chemical-drenched dryer sheets and fabric softeners for wool dryer balls + natural essential oils. They’re a sustainable, money-saving option. Most dryer balls are good for up to 1000+ washes! Look for them at Target, Amazon, and Thrive Market.
- dryer sheets
- fabric softener
- wool dryer balls
- add a few drops of essential oils directly onto the dryer balls for a light scent – try lavender, lemon, or orange (if you’re new to essential oils, I recommend Young Living for the purest quality + best blends – you can read all about getting started with essential oils on this post here)
Wondering about those “clean” dryer sheets + fabric softeners? Here’s the thing. Even the “clean” options for dryer sheets + fabric softener still have lots of unwanted chemicals, and usually rate as a C, D, or F on the EWG Laundry Guide. Skip the added chemicals + swap to better alternatives.
2. NON-TOXIC DISHWASHING SOAP
We use dishwashing soap or dishwasher detergent daily to clean the dishware + cookware we eat off of, cook our food in, and store meals in every day. So this is a super important place to take a closer look at what’s in the products we’re using. These everyday areas give us a big opportunity to reduce our overall chemical exposure.
- Products containing phthalates, chlorine bleach, dyes, colors, and toxic chemicals
- Including: Palmolive, Method, Dawn, Cascade, Ajax, Finish, Mrs. Meyer’s, Everspring
- Seventh Generation Dishwasher Detergent Packs
- Young Living Thieves Dish Soap + Dishwashing Powder
- Biokleen Natural Dish Liquid
- Earth Friendly Products ECOS Dishwasher Gel
- 365 Dishwasher Pods
Not sure if your dishwashing soap is clean? Use the EWG Dishwashing Guide. I’ll link it here for you if you want to do a deep dive. It’s a great resource for seeing what letter grade (A-F) your product has, to look up individual ingredients and learn more about why they’re considered unsafe, and to scope out other high-rated swaps not listed here.
3. CLEAN-BURNING CANDLES + DIFFUSERS
Freshen the air you breathe in your home or office – naturally! Avoid indoor air pollution and look at what air fresheners + candles + sprays you use. Cleaner candles + diffusers are a simple switch. You might not be able to control the pollution outside of your home or in the city you live, but making sure the air we breathe in our own homes is safe + clean is within our control. And since we spend so much of our time working, sleeping, eating, and living indoors – this is a great place to look for meaningful swaps.
WHAT TO AVOID
- air freshener or fabric odor sprays – like Febreze
- plug-in fresheners – like Glade or Airwick
- candles containing
- parrafin or petroleum-derived waxes
- wicks with lead or heavy metals
- perfumes, phthalates, or undisclosed “fragrances” that aren’t naturally derived
- essential oil diffusers + essential oils
- there’s lots of diffusers to choose from, here’s an affordable bpa-free diffuser and here’s a gorgeous stone diffuser
- you can use the same oils for your dryer balls for your diffuser or experiment with fun blends. I love Thieves and Peace & Calming from Young Living (they have a starter kit that is awesome if you want to try a bit of everything and learn about using essential oils in the home)
- clean-burning candles with:
- lead-free cotton or wood wicks
- wax blends with soy, coconut, beeswax
- phthalate-free + naturally derived fragrances + essential oils
- brands: Pure Plant Home + Woodlot
Unsure about the candles you’ve got? Here’s what to do. Contact a company about their ingredients if you aren’t sure or want to ask what’s in their fragrance. You don’t have to spend time on the phone, just find the “contact” page on their company website and shoot them a quick email.
Tips for Making Healthy Swaps Without Obsessing
Progress > Perfection
Don’t worry about making all these swaps overnight.
Just pick out one or two that excite you the most & focus on making those swaps first. Then pick your next “what matters most to me?” swap from the list until you’ve mastered all five.
Try not to go all Marie Kondo on yourself.
Don’t get me wrong, I adore her. And her show. But this list is not asking you to Kon-Mari every corner of your home. You don’t have to toss everything and start from scratch. Or let your already-paid-for products go to waste. Use up whatever you’ve got and replace it with a better option once you run out. No guilt necessary.
Swaps ≠ Rules
These swaps are just simple ways to up-level what you do / use most of the time. Not to limit and restrict the things you do sometimes.
That other small percentage of things you do every now and then? Let. It. Be. It’s not gonna be what actually moves the needle.
So if you were gifted a gorgeous candle + use it to wind down on Friday nights? No big deal.
Borrowed regular laundry + dishwashing detergents on vacation? Totally fine.