From radiation, EMF’s, petrochemicals, chlorinated chemicals, plastics, BPA, brominated fire retardants, and formaldehyde; we come into contact with many cancer causing chemicals and toxins daily.
I don’t mean to scare you, but the truth is we absorb them, eat them, breathe them and drink them without even knowing it!
Have you ever given thought to the products you use to clean your home with?
Think about it… when you take a hot shower or bath, you open up your pores – especially on the bottom of your feet, which allows you to absorb more chemicals into your body. So you guessed right!
That bleach filled chemical cleaner you used to scrub your tub with is entering into your bloodstream every time you jump into a hot shower!
Scary, I know.
Chlorinated bleach, phosphates, fragrances and ammonia are just some of the nasty ingredients lurking in many household-cleaning products.
Our skin is our largest organ and absorbs everything into our bloodstream, which is why we need to become more conscious of the products we use around our house. Let’s face it; we are physically touching these products by scrubbing our floors and tubs, cleaning mirrors and polishing furniture.
What goes on the skin, goes in the skin. Imagine all those chemicals circulating around your system? Yikes!
Many store bought cleaners contain warning symbols and signs such as “poison,” “irritant,” “danger” or even “inflammable.” In fact, many state to keep away from children. Of course we use precaution when using these products and our intentions are not for our children to touch them, but if your entire house is cleaned with chemicals and toxins, everyone in your household at some point is coming into contact with them.
Rebecca Sutton, PhD, a senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), explains, “In terms of household cleaners, neither ingredients nor products must meet any sort of safety standard, nor is any testing data or notification required before bringing a product to market.”
Bottom line, we are left to fend for ourselves and do our own research.
Here’s a list of ingredients to watch out for when purchasing store bought cleaners. Note that this is a small list and many ingredients and chemical agents are approved each year.
- PHTHALATES – Are one of the most abundant environmental contaminants. You’ll find these in many household products such as air fresheners and dish soaps. In fact, Phthalates are a family of over 20 different compounds used as ingredients in paints, inks, and cosmetics. If you see the word “fragrance” on a bottle, good chance it contains phthalates. Companies do not need to disclose what their scents are made of. Steer clear of this ingredient, as it is a known endocrine disruptor.
- NONYLPHENOL ETHOXYLATES – NPE for short, this hormone disrupting chemical is used in many industrial soaps and detergents as well as plastics. Good chance it’s lurking in your plastic water bottle!
- AMMONIA – found in many furniture polishers and window cleaners, this ingredient leaves your windows streak free and shiny, but unfortunately it’s a strong irritant and can pose potential issues with asthma or bronchitis.
- CHLORINE – typically used in many bathroom-cleaning products such as toilet bowl cleaners, chlorine has been linked to many respiratory issues. Plus, it’s in our drinking water too! So not only are we inhaling it and absorbing it through our skin, but we’re drinking it as well.
- TRICLOSAN – a very common ingredient in dish soaps, hand soaps and laundry detergents, triclosan is used as an antibacterial agent. There have been no studies showing that these antimicrobial ingredients even make us healthier or are safe for use. It has been linked to endocrine disorders and deemed a potential carcinogen.
- PERCHLOROETHYLENE – PERC for short is used in many carpeting cleaning products and dry cleaning solutions. As a neurotoxin and carcinogen, this is definitely one ingredient to avoid.
So what can you use instead?
There are many natural brands and companies on the market that you can trust, but it’s simple and easy to make your own non-toxic cleaning products at home.
You can disinfect your home, clean your toilet, make your own dish soap and laundry detergent and polish furniture with a few simple ingredients.
Follow these simple Do-It-Yourself natural home cleaning recipes below:
Clean Air: Add 5 drops grapefruit seed or 10 drops tea tree/eucalyptus in 1-2 liters of water into a humidifier or air conditioner to disinfect the air and deter mold growth.
Dish Soap: Use equal parts borax powder and washing soda to clean greasy dishes. Add in essential oils like orange or lemon to cut grease.
Disinfect House: Control bacteria and mold by adding 20 drops of grapefruit seed, or up to 50 drops of tea tree or clove to a bucket of water and mix well. Use this to mop floors, wipe counters, sinks, bathrooms, tubs and toilet. Add 5 drops of grapefruit seed to a spray bottle with water and spray onto shower tiles to discourage mold growth.
- Drain Cleaner/Unclog: Pour ½ cup baking soda and ½ cup vinegar down the drain. Let sit for an hour, and then run hot water into drain. Try unclogging drain with plunger first to dislodge any debris.
- Floor Cleaner: Use washing soda with 2 tablespoons of borax to deter insects. Add white vinegar to your rinse with sweet orange or lemon for natural shine and fresh scents.
- Furniture Polish: Use filtered water to dampen a cloth. Add a few drops olive oil to the cloth and polish furniture.
- Laundry Detergent: Use ½ cup borax powder per load of laundry or combine with washing soda for extra cleaning power. Add 5 drops of pine spruce or lemon essential oils for added smell and disinfecting.
- Smells: Basement, carpet, pet smells – sprinkle dried herbs such as thyme, lavender, rosemary around the floor. Sweep up after a few hours (or days). This absorbs odor and repels insects.
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Pour 1-cup borax into toilet with ¼ cup lemon juice or vinegar. Let sit overnight, then scrub with brush and flush.
- Window Cleaner: Mix 2 tablespoons distilled vinegar in 1 liter of water in a spray bottle. Clean windows with newspapers for no streaks.
Pick up a few spray bottles, grab yourself some essential oils and head on over to the health food store to get most, if not all the ingredients listed above. As you can see, you can use ingredients such as borax, washing soda and baking soda for many dirty jobs around the house!
If you’re curious to do more research into chemical cleaners, I suggest visiting EWG.ORG and search their extensive database of personal and household products. You can even search by brand. It’s such an informative site and a great tool to use when shopping.
Although it make take time to make the switch to all natural cleaners and make your own, it’s important to understand the risks associated with many store bought brands.
Start eliminating your household cleaning products one by one, and before you know it, your house will be free of chemical cleaners. You’ll breathe easier, live healthier and greatly reduce your exposure to toxins.
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