Ahhhh, the weather is getting warmer and the windows are being opened to let the fresh Spring air flow through the house. Nothing beats that first burst of fresh air circulating through the room. It airs out the home and creates a resurgence of flowing energy and inspiration. It also creates a cloud of dust and debris that has been hiding in the cracks from the winter months.
It is time for some Spring cleaning. But, that can be a double-edged sword! Spring cleaning brings renewal and life into your home while cleaning out the bacteria and infection that may be lying in the cracks and crevices. The problem is that most of the cleaning products that are conventional and easily accessible are quite toxic and can cause more harm than good to you and your family. You might be cleaning out the dirt and debris in the immediate, but you can also be setting your family up for major health issues down the road.
Did you know?
The typical American home contains about three to 10 gallons of toxic materials in the form of household cleaning products? The very thing that you are using to clean your home and make it healthier for you is actually creating a more toxic environment.
First, let’s take a sneaky peek into the world of cleaning products…
Cleaners that contain chemicals known or suspected to be carcinogenic are super worrisome. Other chemicals can disrupt your endocrine system and cause harm reproductively.
See, when the chemicals in common household products hit your skin and lungs, they bypass your liver and kidneys (your body’s defense against toxins) and go directly into your bloodstream. This then quickly affects every area of the physical body and gets trapped in the fatty tissue. Overtime, toxin build-up occurs and physical symptoms begin to emerge.
Just one application of a typical household cleaner can leave dangerous chemicals lingering in your indoor air for hours on end!
On mercola.com, Dr. Mercola provides a list of some of the most offending ingredients in common household cleaners and detergents and how they can harm your health. Check out this list below-
|Glycol ethers– Widespread use in paints, perfumes, soaps, cosmetics, and foods. Cause fatigue, lethargy, nausea, and possible liver and kidney damage||Phosphates – Manufacturers have reduced eliminated phosphates from laundry products, but no action has ever been taken on dishwasher detergents. Causes widespread environmental damage4||Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including 1,4-dichlorobenzene – Cause nose and throat irritation, dizziness, and asthma|
|Phthalates – Cause reproductive harm, endocrine disruption, cancer, and organ damage||Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), a common ingredient in laundry detergents and all-purpose cleaners, is banned in Europe, and known to be a potent endocrine disrupter, causing male fish to transform into females||Petroleum solvents in floor cleaners may damage mucous membranes|
|Perfumes – Cause headaches, sinus problems, and asthma||Formaldehyde, found in spray and wick deodorizers, is a suspected carcinogen||Butyl cellosolve, found in many all-purpose and window cleaners, may damage your kidneys, bone marrow, liver, and nervous system|
|Chlorine – irritating to your skin, eyes, and lungs||Ethanolamines – irritating to the skin, eyes, and lungs||Sodium lauryl sulfate: skin irritant, eye irritant, and potentially carcinogenic|
Let’s get real with some real life examples
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has been on a mission to educate and provide easy access for consumers to understand what they are putting on and in their bodies, in the environment, and how it impacts your health and the world around you. Here, you can discover a super helpful list of common, everyday products that line the shelves of your local grocery store. This is EWG’s Hall Of Shame when it comes to toxic cleaning products. How many do you have in your home?
How can you kick the toxins to the curb?
First, it is all about getting in the know. When you become aware of reality, it is much easier to change it. See, so many of your current health concerns and obstacles may be stemming from the products in your home and/or they may be exacerbated by them.
There are plenty of healthy alternatives out there that are safe, non-toxic, AND effective. One of the things I always worried about was the effectiveness in the less harsh, natural products. But, more and more research is showing that they are just as effective and way more healthier for you and your family.
There are products that you have sitting in your cabinets right now that you can choose to replace the harsh chemical cleaners. Check out this list below!
Natural Recipes That Rock!
Finding solid recipes that actually work can be quite daunting. I have my go-to’s for cleaning, but my go-to’s may not be your favorites. I personally love using vinegar, olive oil, baking soda, lemon and lavender essential oils, and coconut oil the most for my cleaning and deodorizing.
An article called “ 27 Chemical-Free Recipes for DIY Spring Cleaning” on greatist.com gives a super helpful list of DIY natural cleaners for almost anything you would need in the home!
Natural cleaners you can find at the store
If you are just not into the DIY house cleaning or don’t have the time to devote to it, it is becoming easier and easier to find quality brands that are safe and effective and right in your local grocery story. Some of my favorite brands are:
- Seventh Generation
- Grab Green
- Dr. Bronner’s
- Eco Me
If you want to dive into a few of them and see what they are best used for (and you want to learn of a few others), here is a handy article that gives you 12 natural and eco-friendly products, most of them that you can find on your grocer’s shelves right now!
Take action now! Where can you start to swap out the chemical-laden, toxic cleaners in your cabinets? Make a list of what is not so healthy that you currently use and start by swapping out 1 or 2 of your current products. You can either choose to buy a non-toxic product at the store or make your own formula. That is up to you! The key thing is to bring empowerment and health to your home and doing that by slowing ridding your home of the products that diminish your health. What are you going to start with?
Go to the comment section. Make a comment and let me know what you have struggled with, what you have tried, and what your action plan is. The best discussions start between like-minded friends! Share this with your friends and get more people in on the action.
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