Are you concerned about being exposed to unnecessary toxic chemicals? You should be!
According to the Environmental Protection Agency Americans generate 38 million tons of hazardous waste each year.
Tests show that there is so much chemical residue inside the average home, that the pollution inside is 2-5 times higher than the pollution outside!
Many of commercial cleaning supplies that you use in your home every day, including laundry soap, fabric softeners, disinfectants, etc., contain synthetic fragrances and harsh chemicals. Many are very toxic.
To make matters worse these products are not regulated for health risk. Many companies don’t even reveal the ingredients to consumers.
According to an article in WebMD, commercial cleaning products (antibacterials and harsh cleansers) don’t work any better than their natural or non-toxic counterparts, and they damage the environment and potentially put your long-term health at risk.
There are just so many reasons to switch to green cleaning products. It is so much better for your health. Studies have shown that using a household cleaning spray, even for as little as once a week, raises the risk of developing asthma. Many products contain xenoestrogens; which are linked to hormonal issues, weight gain, and cancer. Other chemicals regularly found in your household products have been shown to cause cancer and other diseases.
Going green is also better for the environment. The chemicals in these products pollute our water and damage wildlife. Some of these toxins even make it through our water treatment systems. Changing to greener methods also reduces air pollution, minimizing the impact on ozone depletion and global climate change.
Green cleaning supplies are way safer. Many of the commercial products are caustic, cause chemical burns, and can damage the eyes, nasal passages, and skin. Green cleaners aren’t corrosive and must meet strict standards regarding skin absorption, inhalation toxicity, and combustibility.
The best thing about switching to green products is that you can keep your home just as clean for much less money. Safeguard your personal health and protect the environment by going back to the basics. Make your own products!
You can use hydrogen peroxide instead of bleach, in the laundry or to kill mold and mildew around your tub or shower. Vinegar also kills mold and is a great substitute for ammonia. It can be used to clean glass and mirrors and gets rid of soap scum. Both are great disinfectants and can sanitizes the surfaces of your home.
Use baking soda and/or salt with a few drops of Castile soap to scour kitchen counters, stovetops, ovens, and bathtubs. For tough stains, you can use borax.
Essential oils can also been used as an ingredient in your home made cleaning solutions. These oils have amazing properties.
Essential oils are antimicrobial, anti-fungal, disinfect, kill bacteria, and can even be used as an insect repellant… naturally without dangerous side effects to you, your family, your pets, and the environment. They make excellent cleaners.
Essential Oils have been used throughout history because they are so beneficial not just for cleaning but for detoxing and healing your body.
Multiple studies have shown that diffusing pure essential oils into the air immediately removes toxins, cleans up air, and has a positive effect on your health and your mood.
Essential oils are safe pesticides. Insects and rodents stay away from some oils (like Peppermint, Citronella, Lemon, Eucalyptus to name a few) because they don’t like the smell.
So using essential oils in your cleaning products can increase their effectiveness and bring about many health benefits.
By using simple, traditional, homemade cleaning methods you can clean your whole house for a fraction of the cost and protect your health and environment in the process.
If you should decide that you don’t want to make your own cleaners. Use the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Guide To Healthy Cleaning. They give ratings to more than 2000 products. This will help you to find safer alternatives for you, your family, and the environment. Some products claim to be green and natural and just aren’t.
So if what you’re looking for isn’t on EWG list yet, another way to determine if the products are actually as “green” as they claim is to take a second to read the ingredient list.
Some ingredients to avoid:
Lye or Sodium Hydroxide
NPEs or NonylphenolEthoxylate
I hope with these guidelines it will be easy to keep your home clean without using all those toxic chemicals. Green cleaning is more economical, better for your safety and health, better for your family, and better for the environment too.