Use natural and non-toxic cleaning products in your home.
I do this and I think you should too. Maybe you don’t care what I think but if your reading this, maybe you do, just a little.
Nasty Stuff-Chlorine, Formaldehyde, Chloroform, Lye, Hydrochloric Acid, Ammonia , Phthalates, Parabens, Petroleum Distillates, VOC’s…these are the worst offenders causing a whole spectrum of health problems that you probably don’t want to know about but should. I don’t have kids but I care deeply about how and what I surround myself with and if I had children I’d probably be even more fanatical about this topic (I’ve been known to buy bleach on occasion and use products that may contain Lye and maybe a hint of Ammonia-I’m not perfect, I confess!).
Now that I listed the Nasty why the HECK would you want to use toxic products? Hello?
From my experience there are 2 reasons people haven’t already made the switch to non-toxic:
1.) They think that toxic means cleaner…!*@#???=healthier (please refer to the Nasty above, does that seem healthy to you?).
2.) They think natural means more $$
Seriously, do you want to have anything with a skull and crossbones in your house (and I’m not talking about your sense of fashion or your funky taste in art)?
I don’t and sense I’m not paid to endorse any products here (or anywhere) I’m not going to. I’m sure you know how to use a search engine of your liking to find the ton of websites, books and blogs out there that already give you the specifics about what to look for and how to make your own-it’s easy and cheap (so you can eliminate #2 from your excuses now).
As for #1, there are a lot of germaphobes out there and I’m not one of them. I’m very healthy, I don’t get sick often (neither does my husband) and I spend a lot of time in my home (I work from home) so something must be working for us. If this is your excuse for not using natural cleaners than I urge you to do a little research and give some products a try, you just might find that they smell better, don’t require using heavy duty plastic gloves to apply and work just as well as the toxic avengers!
One note of warning, so-called “green” cleaners are a big area of revenue for business but not all products are created equally. Some “green” products are nothing more than the same old toxic cleaners diluted and with “essential oils” added. Beware, read up and be a smart consumer (read the ingredients). Seriously, it’s not that much work and you and your family are worth it.
Your life is worth living well so don’t pollute it when all your trying to do is clean it up a little!
PS. For those of you who are lucky enough to hire cleaning help, supply them with the cleaners you want them to use in your home and make sure they are using them:)
- Wednesday::Wellness (hkpowerstudio.wordpress.com)
- How To Make Your Own Non-Toxic Cleaning Products (huffingtonpost.com)
- The Toxic Tradeoff: What Happens When Some Products Go Green (greenbiz.com)
I’m currently reading The World According to Monsanta … very, very scary … chemicals and toxins are everywhere these days.
I use natural cleaners- and yes- you do need to read the label. Sometimes it’s positively surprising how bad some labelled as ‘natural’ are.