When was the last time you really stopped and thought about the products you used in your home?
Are you prone to chronic unexplained illness?
The sinister answer could be sitting under your kitchen sink.
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Truth time: I like clean floors. And like I mentioned in a previous post about toxins and fragrance, I like things to smell good.
Before I started to be more conscious of things like this, I was addicted to all things Good Smelling. Citrus sprays, woodsy candles, scented plug-ins, heavy duty cleaners with that “just cleaned” smell…
I have 2 small children (ages 3.5 and 2), a dog, and a cat. And a husband who would quite literally live in his own filth if not for me. **Love you, sweetie!**
Needless to say, my floors are regularly filthy and my house has a certain… putrescence… that I used to cure with magical Harambe Tears scented candles and all sorts of sprays.
I started doing research and found out how bad that shit was for you. It’s reported that the quality of indoor air is up to 5x worse for you than outdoor air. Part of the reason is all the toxic sprays and cleaners and candles we use.
Side Effects of Toxic Chemicals
Unfortunately, in the cleaners we are conditioned to accept as safe and affordable lurk a lot of hidden dangers.
Here is just a basic rundown of ingredients you ought to try to avoid long term exposure to:
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate
So, why exactly are they bad? Among other things, the following long term effects of toxic chemicals exists:
- Respiratory illness
- Hormone disruption
- Skin issues
4 Ways to Rid Your House of Common Toxins
I wanted to share some toxin free cleaning tips that I have started using in my home to improve the air quality and hopefully the health of my family.
Dump out the liquid that comes in the wet mop canister, and clean it with vinegar and hot water. Pour in a 1/2 cap full of Thieves Household cleaner or a comparable toxin free multipurpose cleaner. Fill the rest of the way with warm water, and add a few drops of Pine essential oil for extra oomph.
For sinks and toilets
Spray Thieves cleaner, sprinkle on baking soda, add a few drops of Citrus Fresh oil, and pour in some vinegar. It leaves the room super fresh.
For room sprays
Order glass spray bottles online and fill with water, witch hazel, and your essential oils of choice! The limits are really endless with this. It just depends on your smell preference. I love Lavender and Citrus Fresh.
Grab a diffuser! It is cheaper than candles ultimately (a good diffuser can last years), and wayyyy better for you.
Here are some additional resources I recommend:
There are options. Getting these toxic products out of your home isn’t always “easy” but it is simple. Ditch, switch, and be better for it.
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Which of these different ways to rid your house of toxins have you tried before? What is your favorite non-toxic cleaning life hack? Share it with me in the comments below!
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