Episode 63:

Toss the Toxins for Your Health

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Did you know that the air inside our homes can be more polluted than the outside air? And you don’t have to live in a home with a smoker for this to be true. In this enlightening conversation with Kelly Love, co-founder of Branch Basics, we learn about the toxins polluting our homes and affecting our health as well as ways to start making the shift to non-toxic living. Kelly shares a lot of useful information on the common household products that are wrecking the most toxic havoc in our homes, and you may be surprised to know that those are cleaning products and synthetic fragrances found in air fresheners and candles. Even more important, she gives us an easy guide into how you can move away from toxins without having to completely change your life overnight. Kelly also tells us the powerful stories behind why Branch Basics was created and how they can help you in your non-toxic journey through a plethora of info on their website and non-toxic cleaning products that they developed through rigorous research and testing.

In the “You Want Me To Do What??” section, Shanna reviews the Branch Basics products and explains why they are such a simple, yet powerful step towards removing toxins from your lifestyle. Nicole talks about her plans to steadily incorporate more non-toxic things in her life by adding Branch Basics cleaning products, getting a clothes line, and maybe even composting.

Episode Recap:

Interview with Kelly Love - 2:18

"You Want Me To Do What??" section - 46:00


  • Branch Basics has three co-founders who became passionate about clean, non-toxic living after having personal experiences with the effects of removing toxins from their lives and the their families lives:

    • Marilee Nelson is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Certified Building-Biologist, and Building Materials Specialist. She showed the other two co-founders the benefits of clean living.

    • Allison Evans is the niece of Marilee and experienced the healing benefits of clean living from her Aunt Marilee after suffering from debilitating illnesses.

    • Kelly Love is friend’s with Allison and joined her at her Aunt Marilee’s during her summer of healing in college.

  • Branch Basics was born of the desire to “get Marilee’s brain on the internet.”

  • When it comes to common ailments like headaches, before grabbing for some aspirin, stop to ask yourself what you’ve been exposed to recently to see what may have triggered it.

  • Start with the removal of harmful chemicals.

  • Toss these toxins first:

    • Pesticides

    • Cleaning products that don’t have an ingredient list or have a caution warning

    • Synthetic fragrances

  • The word fragrance on an ingredient list looks innocent, but can have over 300 chemicals proven to be harmful to health.

  • Tips for Moving Towards a Non-toxic Lifestyle:

    • Non-negotiable - get rid of pesticides

    • For cleaning products that aren’t non-toxic that you want to use, store them in an airtight sterilite container, preferable outside.

    • If you are using cleaning products that aren’t non-toxic, only use them when you NEED them with good ventilation

  • Air quality is impacted by chemicals in cleaning products even when they aren’t being used as the volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds are constantly emitting from the products.

  • Get rid of air fresheners and candles with synthetic fragrances.

  • If diffusing essential oils, get organic products that aren’t processed with solvents.

  • Open the windows for at least 10 minutes every day to help with your indoor air quality.

  • Put your phone on airplane mode and turn off your wifi every night.

  • Mindset is important on this journey to non-toxic living. Don’t operate from being scared because that creates stress in the body, which isn’t healthy. Instead, focus on this as an opportunity to help improve the well-being of yourself and your family.


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