Wellness

Cleaning Toxins

We all love a clean house. We probably don’t like cleaning it, but we love the result! But do we actually think about what we are cleaning with? Is it safe for me? For my kids? For my pets? Unfortunately, the answer is most likely no. Many of the cleaning supplies on the market are toxic and contain harmful ingredients such as:

• Phthalates- known endocrine disruptors and are found in fragranced cleaning supplies
• Perchloroethylene (PERC)- neurotoxin found in spot removers and carpet cleaners
• Triclosan- an aggressive antibacterial agent that promotes the growth of drug-resistant bacteria
• Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (QUATS)- another type of antimicrobial that also breeds antibiotic-resistant bacteria and a skin irritant found in fabric softener and anything labeled “antibacterial”
• 2-Butoxyethanol- a powerful solvent that can cause a sore throat when inhaled, narcosis, pulmonary edema and damage to your liver and kidneys and is found in window, kitchen and multipurpose cleaners
• Ammonia- a powerful irritant that can cause lung and breathing problems and is found in polishing cleaners for bathroom fixtures, sinks and jewelry and is also found in glass cleaner
• Chlorine- a respiratory irritant and thyroid disruptor that is found in scouring powders, toilet bowl cleaners, mildew removers and laundry whiteners
• Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)- extremely corrosive (can cause extreme burns if it touches the skin) and can cause a sore throat when inhaled; is found in oven cleaners and drain openers

I don’t know about you, but I do not want to expose myself or my family and pets to those kinds of toxins, when there are simple household cleaners that can easily be made out of natural ingredients. Here are some examples:

1. Baking Soda- clean, deodorizes, softens water
2. Lemon- protects against household bacteria
3. Borax- cleans, deodorizes, disinfects, softens water
4. White Vinegar- cuts grease, removes mildew, odors and some stains
5. Washing Soda- cuts grease, removes stains, softens water and cleans tiles, sinks and tubs
6. Isopropyl Alcohol- powerful disinfectant
7. Cornstarch- cleans windows, polishes furniture, shampoo carpets and rugs

Also, here is a recipe for a safe, homemade multi-use cleaner-

• 3 tablespoons Castille soap
• 1 cup Baking Soda
• 15 drops essential oil of your choice

Just mix it all together and get to cleaning! Do you already use homemade or natural cleansers? Let us know below!

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