Did you know that most cleaning products are full of chemicals that can be toxic to your health? The average home cleaning product has 62 toxic chemicals.
Given the sheer number of chemicals lurking in your cleaning products, consider chemical free cleaning to keep you and your family healthy. Read on to learn more.
Are My Cleaning Products Hurting Me?
There are no regulations on what ingredients can and cannot be included in household cleaners. Cleaning product manufacturers do not have to consider your health or safety when creating their products.
Cleaning products loaded with toxins contribute to your toxic load, which is the bodily burden we carry of the chemicals found in our environments. Most cleaning products are full of toxic chemicals that are detrimental to our health. Not only that, they are also harmful to our environment.
Chemicals that you should try to avoid in your cleaning products include
- triclosan, which is linked to skin sensitivity, liver damage, and hormone disruption
- parabens and phthalates, which can disrupt your endocrine system
- ammonia, which causes irritation and negatively impacts asthma
- fragrances, which can trigger allergies and asthma
- sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which can cause skin irritation
- butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), which can cause liver and kidney damage
- formaldehyde, which can aggravate allergies and irritate the skin, eyes, nose, and throat
- DEA, TEA, and MEA, which can all cause allergic reactions and are linked to liver and kidney cancer
Most of us not only have cleaning products full of chemicals in our cupboards, we have different products for every room. Look at the selection of cleaning products the next time you go to the store. There are specialty products for everything: kitchen counters, ovens and stoves, glass and mirrors, sinks and bathtubs, toilets, floors, and furniture.
Despite the many options and the belief that every surface requires a special cleaning product, you can actually get away with having just a few different, natural, multi-purpose cleaners to handle all of your cleaning jobs.
What is Chemical Free Cleaning?
Chemical-free cleaning is using natural products to clean your home. Most often, you can make these natural products at home with things you already have on hand.
Safe ingredients to use in making your own cleaning products include baking soda, soap (try castile soap), lemon juice, white vinegar, alcohol, cornstarch, peroxide, and vegetable or olive oil.
Use these ingredients to make home cleaners that serve multiple purposes. There are many different recipes for home cleaning products available, including glass and mirror cleaner, made from rubbing alcohol, water, and vinegar.
Or all-purpose cleaner, made with borax, washing soda, liquid castile soap, and essential oils to add a pleasant scent to your cleaner (or skip them for a cleaner with no scent).
Not only are these cleaners better for your health and the environment than commercially-produced cleaning products, they are also much more cost-effective. For just pennies, you can make cleaning products that last for months with products you probably already have in your cupboards.
How Will You Change Your Cleaning Habits?
Now that you know how harmful commercial cleaning products can be, how will you change your cleaning habits? Start in each room, replacing your cleaning products with natural ones made at home. Starting small can lead to big changes.
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