Ditch Conventional Cleaners
How ironic it is that the products we use to clean our homes are actually having the opposite effect! Yes, conventional cleaning products remove soap scum, mold, and dirt. But they are actually replacing those nasty things with things that are even worse for us – chemicals. I used to have itchy, red hands and dizziness when cleaning with conventional products. There are thousands of chemicals in household cleaners that negatively affect you, your family, and the environment. When we clean with these chemicals, we’re inhaling them and ingesting them. They’re also absorbed into our skin when we touch them. Add it all up, and you’ll realize that you are exposed to way more toxins than you first imagined. In fact, the average person is exposed to more than two million toxins daily! Wow! Let’s take a look at some of the nasty ingredients found in conventional cleaners:
Harmful Chemicals in Cleaners
Quarternary ammonium compounds – an agent that breeds antibiotic-resistant bacteria, skin irritant, may cause respiratory disorders, found in antibacterial cleaners, air fresheners, and fabric softeners.
Sodium hypochlorite – “bleach” known to contribute to asthma.
Ammonium hydroxide – “ammonia” known to contribute to asthma and other lung conditions; eye and throat irritant; found in window cleaners and oven cleaners.
Diethylene glycol monomethyl ether – “DEGME or methoxydiglycol” found in degreasers and heavy-duty cleaners, causes reproductive issues, damages the developing fetus.
2-Butoxyethanol – “2-BE” known to cause liver and kidney damage; found in glass cleaners, laundry stain removers, carpet cleaners.
Triclosan – a probable carcinogen, an aggressive antibacterial agent that breeds antibiotic-resistant bacteria, found in liquid dishwashing detergents and hand soaps labeled “antibacterial”
Coal tar dyes – a known carcinogen, artificial coloring agents made from toluene, xylene, and benzene.
Monoethanalomine – “MEA” a known carcinogen; found in laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaners, floor cleaners, degreasers, and dish soap.
Diethanolamine – “DEA” a known carcinogen; found in laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaners, floor cleaners, degreasers, and dish soap.
Triethanolamine – “TEA” a known carcinogen; found in laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaners, floor cleaners, degreasers, and dish soap.
Phosphates – causes blood pressure, heart, and kidney problems; found in laundry detergents, dishwasher detergents, bathroom cleaners.
Now is the time to inspect your household products and evaluate their toxicity. A much easier way is to use the Think Dirty App for smartphones. The app allows you to scan the product’s label in order for the app to give you a rating (1-10, 10 being the worst). Let’s just say, I was horrified the first time I did this! I scanned my personal care products too, and was alarmed at how many carcinogenic products I had been applying to my face and body! Be aware of what you are inhaling, absorbing, ingesting! Take a close look at everything you eat, wear, and use in your home. Don’t remain ignorant. Many of these toxins are carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, skin irritants, and pollutants that lead to degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.
So, what are you cleaning your home with? Get your Think Dirty ratings and report back! This part is always fascinating!
By ditching these products and replacing them with safe cleaners, you are limiting the amount of toxins you and your family come in contact with every day. This switch can take a lot of effort and time. It can be especially overwhelming if you just don’t want to give up what you’re used to and comfortable using. But when you have something driving you to this goal, it becomes so much easier! Figure out what drives you to have a chemical-free home. Is it to protect your children’s health? Is it to keep you and your spouse’s health in tip-top shape? What is your driving force to have a clean and chemical-free home? My driving force to keep a chemical-free home is my future babies. I want the best for them. And I want the best for them before they even enter the world. I want a healthy body to grow them in and nurture them. I know that many chemicals wreak havoc on a developing fetus or seriously mess with hormones. I want my babies healthy and unaffected by toxic cleaners, lotions, and whatever else goes on or in my body.
How I Made the Switch to a Chemical-free Home
The first step to a chemical-free home is to rid your house of the chemical products. There are two ways to do this: ditch it all right away, or gradually phase them out. I chose the second option because that was what worked for me at the time. The best cleaner that I found was Young Living’s Thieves household cleaner. I love this super effective, Christmas-smelling stuff! It has no chemicals, no dyes, no artificial fragrances. It’s the best thing out there, seriously. I use it to clean everything. And I mean EVERYTHING. I use it to clean countertops, toilets, mirrors, floors, clothing stains, the oven, refrigerator, etc. One bottle lasts a good long while since it is super concentrated. It doesn’t make my hands itchy; and it doesn’t cause fainting spells or dizziness. In fact, the bottle says to just drink lots of water if it’s ingested. Wow! No need for the Poison Control Center here. So, after getting this awesome Thieves cleaner, I invested in some green cleaning essentials like: baking soda, glass spray bottles, Castile soap, lemons (or lemon juice), and distilled white vinegar. I also had my essential oils that came with my Young Living starter kit. A lot of these oils can be used for cleaning – lemon, Thieves, Purification, and Peppermint. Some other essential oils that I’ve invested in are Tea Tree (Melaleuca), Rosemary, and Eucalyptus. These “green cleaning” ingredients make cleaning quite cost-effective, and fun if you like DIY’s. You can make toilet pods, stain removers, garbage disposal bombs, and more using Thieves cleaner with baking soda, Castile soap, and other ingredients.
If you want to follow the same steps I did, here’s a recap:
- Ditch the toxic cleaning products
- Get a Young Living starter kit
- Purchase a chemical-free cleaner (I recommend Thieves household cleaner)
- Add baking soda, lemons/lemon juice, Castile soap, glass spray bottles, and vinegar to your new cleaners supply
- Use essential oils like Tea Tree, Rosemary, Peppermint, Lemon, Purification, Thieves, and Eucalyptus (click here to buy the Young Living starter kit that comes with many of these oils)
- Make some fun DIY recipes
By following these steps, you’ll be making your home a clean and healthy living space for you and your family. You’ll be supporting your health and even your bank account. After all, you’re not buying 30 different cleaners anymore!