Cleaning products are loaded with toxic chemicals. Why? Because using naturally-based ingredients are more expensive but not using them can also come with very dangerous consequences for our health. See these 5 Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes for your entire home. Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes
A home should be a place of refuge, a place where you and your loved ones feel comfortable, protected and happy. At the core of this is a sense of safety and security, an environment of peace that comes from knowing your home is filled with people and products that you trust.
With so many under-regulated and misleading household cleaning products on the market, knowing what is safe and what isn’t is overwhelming. But I’m here to reassure you that a sparking clean home doesn’t require harsh chemicals. In fact, those chemicals may leave behind residue that is even more harmful than a little soap scum.
Toxic Chemicals Found In Our Cleaning Products
Toxic chemicals can be found in all sort of cleaning products around our home. Because we breath them in, touch them and exposure our bodies multiple times a day to many different chemicals it is important to understand what is in your cleaning products. Below are some common chemicals found in cleaning products:
Phthalates: found in any product that comes with fragrance listed as an ingredient such as air fresheners, dish soaps, laundry soaps, etc.
Triclosan: said to help with anti-bacterial properties, this ingredient is mainly found in soaps
QUATS: found in fabric softeners and household cleaners
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate: household clenaers, dishwashing detergent, toilet bowl cleaners (read more for a full list)
Why Does It Matter?
While no one can avoid exposure to all toxic chemicals, you do have the power to significantly reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals by using toxin free cleaning recipes and products. But why should you care so much about using toxin free alternatives? Because your health matters.
As a young 27-year-old, I thought I was immune to many chronic sickness, illnesses and diseases. As a matter of fact, I was incredibly intentional about by food choices, daily exercise and using natural alternatives for my home. But when my body started to fail me while pregnant (read more here) I took a closer look at my life.
After delivering my daughter 9 weeks early, I had plenty of time in the NICU to research the cause of my body malfunction which was incredibly concerning given the fact that I had successfully carried two previous pregnancy past term. The more I research the more I learned that I was a victim of “greenwashing“. I was duped and mislead by many of these companies that claimed to be healthy, natural and safe for my home.
In reality not only were they using toxic products, these toxic products are linked to things like diabetes, asthma, infertility, reproductive issues, thyroid issues and so much more. My body was failing because I put my health in the hands of someone who didn’t really care.
So Now What?
The good news is that you don’t have to give up your health to have a clean home. You can take control of your health by making a few changes. One change would be to vote with your dollar. There is an ever-increasing number of effective cleaning solutions that don’t include toxic ingredients. Using the Environmental Working Group’s Healthy Guide to cleaning can help you purchase products from companies that make eco-friendly and naturally derived solutions, supporting a world where humans and nature live together in harmony – the way it was meant to be!
A second alternatives would be to take full control into your own hands,skip the label reading all together and make the cleaning solution yourself! You can make many easy DIY formulas from ingredients you probably already have in your pantry from vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils.
Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes
I love incorporating essential oils into all my cleaning recipes because not only do they illicit a beautiful smell, they have the ability to boost our immunity, manage our emotions and unlock many other benefits in our body. They are a toxin free alternative to so much in our home.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.