In the last blog of this series, you learned why we want to remove toxins and how to make the switch with laundry. Next up is cleaners. Please don’t take my word for all of this, I really do want you to consider your own research. I mean, I know I am telling you my truth and its all good and that, but there is so much more to learn.
For the next 30 days remove all candles, plug-ins and cleaners.
**Take all of these things, put them in a plastic rubbish bag and put them in the garage for the next month.** Seriously. Pay attention to the conventional household cleaning products tucked away in your cabinets. I’d look at a label and it would say, “Hazardous to humans and domestic animals. So why would anyone want to use that?”
Plug-ins, candles and cleaners all emit respiratory (among other) disrupting chemicals. Just the same as with laundry, they end up in our water source and have impacts to the planet too. There are over 500 potential chemicals that can be used under the single name “fragrance” found on the label of many products, not just perfumes and colognes. Fragrances are found in air fresheners, room deodorizers, cosmetics, fabric softeners, laundry detergents, candles, and many other products. Manufacturers are not required to list all ingredients on the labels of these products. They also don’t have to reveal the specific ingredients that qualify as “fragrance” to regulating authorities because they are protected as trade secrets.
According to EWG.org Top Scoring Factors: Poor disclosure; High VOCs; May contain ingredients with potential for nervous system effects; acute aquatic toxicity; skin irritation/allergies/damage.
Some of those ingredients are:
Phlalates: major endocrine disrupter
Triclosan: an aggressive antibacterial agent that can promote the growth of drug-resistant bacteria. Its also found to be a potential carcinogen by the EPA.
Chlorine: The health risks from chlorine can be acute, and they can be chronic; it’s a respiratory irritant at an acute level. But the chronic effects are what people don’t realize: It may be a serious thyroid disrupter.
Ammonia: It is used alot for windows as it leaves so streaks, but has a major impact on your lungs.
2-BUTOXYETHANOL: Found in most multi purpose cleaners and the law does not require 2-butoxyethanol to be listed on a product’s label. According to the EPA’s Web site, in addition to causing sore throats when inhaled, at high levels glycol ethers can also contribute to narcosis, pulmonary edema, and severe liver and kidney damage.
There are so many more, but I would overwhelm you with names you (or I) can’t pronounce.
Air Fresheners just cover up smells and cause major allergies. Cleaners act in the same way. In addition, if you have animals or children, they are crawling around on the floor so the chemicals are on their skin. To top it off animals lick their paws and ingest it and kids inevitably end up with their fingers in their mouths. I’m sure it doesn’t taste good, but I hate to think of the long term effect of that! I had a friend that I have been helping on this journey send me a picture of her 2 year old helping to clean with Thieves cleaner. It was so cute. She said, “now he can help, I could never have let him be helping when I used the other stuff, I was too afraid.” Just for the record, I am not, nor was she supporting child labor but what kid doesn’t want to help their parents? I still remember my toy vacuum – it was awesome! 😉
I’m talking Windex, Febreze, Clorox, soap, the whole nine yards. I’m sorry if you think something like simple Green is better. Its actually one of the worst! You’d think with a name like that it would be. So misleading. 🙁
What do to? Try Vinegar and Water (add some essential oils) or essential oil based cleaners like Thieves household Cleaner. You can use this as a multi purpose cleaner that even does great on windows!
Baking soda makes another great cleaner for anything you need a bit of abrasive action.
Whether you need Garbage disposal tabs or carpet freshener, google recipes. There are so many awesome ones out there! My favorite carpet freshener is as simple as 2 cups of baking soda, 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oil. Shake well and leave it to ‘marinade’. Sprinkle over carpets and vaccum it up after about 10 minutes.
A diffuser and essential oils will add an amazing smell and air quality with benefits. Everyone in the house will benefit.
A simple spray bottle with water and essential oils will make a really nice air freshener for the bathroom. Everyone needs something in there! You are inspiring me to blog my recipes for sprays. I will get to it.
Lemon essential oil is great to remove sticky substances and to add anywhere you need extra cleaning power.
Mark your calenders! I want you to reflect one month from now, how different you feel.
Until next time for Step 3! I will be covering personal care, so don’t replace your bubble baths and lotions and potions if you can avoid it. 🙂
Love and Light