The chemicals in standard cleaning products get into your skin when you touch them and into your lungs when you breathe them in. They can irritate your eyes, skin and lungs. If they can’t be removed by your organs of elimination, they are stored in your liver or in the fat cells throughout your body. Next time you’re in the store, notice how the aisle with all the cleaning supplies smells? Sometimes the chemical smell is so strong it’s sickening. Do you really want to use that to clean your home and fabrics?
Did you know that researchers have identified almost 300 chemicals in the umbilical cord of a newborn baby? What a way to start life. We don’t need to keep doing this to ourselves.
Non-toxic cleaning products are every bit as good as chemical cleaners for most household cleaning jobs. They may cost a few cents more to purchase, but will help save your health and the health of the planet. That is priceless and the savings financially can be huge as well if it spares you an illness.
I’ve used plant based laundry detergent for years and my clothes come out just as clean as the petroleum products. I just bought a bottle of Ecos detergent scented with organic lavender essential oil and it smells heavenly. Once you smell a naturally scented product, you’ll never be fooled by synthetic fragrances that smell like the chemicals they are made of.
With consumers becoming more environmentally aware, big companies are jumping on board to provide plant based, biodegradable products for most cleaning jobs. Smaller companies have been providing quality products for years. Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap is used in many homes. I clean my bathroom with it.
It’s even easy to make your own green cleaning products. A spray of equal parts distilled white vinegar and water cleans kitchen countertops. Baking soda is a great deodorizer for drains and refrigerators. Mix equal parts of baking soda and borax to make dishwasher detergent. One quarter cup should do the job. Safe for septic systems too. As a matter of fact, baking soda is great for your septic system because it offsets the extreme acidity that corrodes the tank. Chemical cleaners are very acidic.
It’s best to purchase fragrance-free products because synthetic fragrances are made up of an average of 17 chemicals each. Some of these are classified by federal law as hazardous or toxic.
If you enjoy scented products, add in essential oils yourself or make sure the product is scented with essential oils. Be a detective. Even products labeled as ‘green’ can have synthetic fragrances in them. And our laws don’t require manufacturers to tell you that.
So here’s the challenge for this week. Even if you have chemical cleaners to use up, purchase two green cleaning products to replace them with. Or make your own. The ultimate goal is to replace all your general cleaning products over time. But two non-toxic cleaning products is a good place to start.
Will you make a commitment to this wellness challenge? If so, tell us about it in the comments section. If you already use environmentally friendly products, great! You’re all set for this challenge. What green products do you use? Which are you going to try?