Does Your Home Need to Detox?
Did you ever notice that every home has "it's unique aroma" that greets you and your guests when they enter your front door. It's the odors from the food we cook, the pets we have, the bathrooms, our cleaning products etc.-
If you are using store bought cleaning products ( and who isn't?) to clean your house or get rid of odors, these products are probably the most toxic items in your home. These toxic cleaning products may be affecting you and your family members and you may not even know it.
After getting a strong whiff of a strong bathroom cleaner I was using, I realized that it couldn't be good to be inhaling it. I started to look for better alternatives.
Does it Matter? Yes!
Cleaning Products are labeled"Caution, Warning, or Poison" because they contain harsh chemical and toxins that we don't want to be exposed to!
Toxins may be inhaled into our lungs, our children's lungs and our pet's lungs
Toxins may be absorbed into our bodies through our skin
Toxins may be stored in livers, kidneys, or other organs and interfere with the organ's function
Toxins may aggravate allergies, head aches, immune system, or hormones
Toxins get stored in the body and may interfere with fat storage and weight loss
Toxins are bad for the environment ( our soil and water)
The United States Environmental Protection Agency
My sister in law works for the EPA ( US Environmental Protection Agency). She recently shared a handout that they had published that suggested that the public consider using more natural products to clean their homes because of the toxic and dangerous element in store bought cleaning supplies. They say in the article:
"Consider reducing your purchase of products that contain hazardous ingredients"EPA Website
Top 10 Hazardous Household Chemicals-
The Global Healing Center published a list of the 10 most toxic Household chemicals
which included bleach, air fresheners, furniture polish, antibacterial cleaners, oven cleaners, etc. click here to see full article on Top 10 Hazardous Household Chemicals and explanations at Global Healing Center.
What Do I use instead that is safe?
I've been using baking soda, vinegar, essential oils, castile soap, etc and find they make great DIY cleaning products and are a safe choice to keep my home chemical free, clean, germ free ,and smelling fresh, clean, and beautiful without the use of dangerous toxic chemicals !
7 Essential Oils That Disinfect and Clean
Lemon, Tea Tree oil, Peppermint, Cinnamon, thyme, Lime, Theives
Cleaning Formulas I make
Basic Ingredients Needed:
Baking Soda ( store brand runs about 59 cents)
Liquid Castile Soap ( I buy Dr. Bronners at Vitamin Shoppe for about $6 - very pure for cleaning and for personal use- it's much more expensive at Whole Foods, Rite Aid, Amazon) \
White distilled Vinegar- any supermarket
Rubbing Alcohol -( cannot use vinegar or citrus on granite or natural stone)
Essential oils: I only buy Young Living
- 7 Essential Oils That Disinfect and Clean
- 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid castile soap ( or natural dish soap)
- 5 drops lemon or orange essential oil ( cuts grease, antibacterial, and smells great)
- 5 drops of tea tree oil ( anti fungal)