Natural homemade cleaners get your home clean as a whistle while protecting your loved one from the dangerous chemicals found in many commercial products. Learn the reasons why I started making my own green cleaners.
I'm a clean freak.
I love a tidy, shiny house that smells clean!
The Smell of Clean
What does a clean home smell like to you? I used to love my house to smell like mountain streams, fields of flowers, or whatever season scent was being sold in the household cleaners aisle of my big box store.
Nowadays it smells like nothing.
Even after a complete cleaning my house doesn't smell like much… maybe a little vinegary or a faint hint of essential oils but those odors generally go away in a few minutes.
Why do I care so much about scent and my home? For many years I thought the scent of commercial household cleaners meant that I had a clean, healthy house.
But this could not be farther from the truth. In fact, the artificial perfumes and scents used to make our homes smell like mountain streams or fields of flowers contain toxic substances which can be harmful to our health.
The chemicals commonly used in household cleaners can:
- Act as endocrine disrupters (mimicking or interfering with the function of hormones)
- Act as neurotoxin (adversely affecting the nervous system)
- Be respiratory toxicants (adversely affecting the respiratory system)
- Be reproductive toxicants (adversely affecting the reproductive system), and/or
- Be carcinogens (agents that are directly involved in causing cancer).
Ingredients NOT Listed
Here’s the really scary part, while the U.S. requires manufactures to label hazardous household cleaners (general warning labels that say things like Danger, Poison, Warning, Do Not Drink, Avoid Eye Contact, etc.) the specific ingredients do not have to be listed because they are considered trade secrets.
Let me say that again, the ingredients do not have to be listed.
The bottom line is this –> you have absolutely no idea what you are inhaling or exposing your loved ones to when you use many commercial cleaning products.
No More Artificial Scents
When did I stop associating a clean home with artificial fragrance?
When I was a new mother I realized that I was hearing MANY, MANY tragic stories of young people with terrible diseases: babies and young kids of friends with rare medical conditions, horrible breast and reproductive cancers in friends and coworkers under the age of 40, tumors in people I had known in college.
I started looking for answers and was disgusted at what I found…
- The air inside our homes is at least 2 to 5 times more polluted than the air outside, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- One major cause of this pollution is the cleaners we use? YIKES!
I decided to eliminate as many toxins, additives and artificial ingredients from our home as possible.
(Of course avoiding toxic commercial cleaners is not the only answer to these problems.But I feel better knowing that I am limiting my family’s exposure.)
Learning to Green Clean
Learning to clean more naturally is a process. Just a few small steps each month add up to huge health benefits for our families.
I encourage you to do a little research, take a look around your home and decide what you can eliminate for the benefit of your loved ones.
Easy Beginner Tip
Start a no-replace rule to green your household . When you run out of a commercial product do not replace it, but try to buy or make a non-toxic alternative. Check out these natural cleaning ideas.
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