Clean Spring Cleaning (Part One)
You guys, there is no federal regulation of chemicals in household cleaners. And worse, because of the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 tens of thousands of chemicals were grandfathered into the "approved" ingredient list for companies to utilize in the creation of their products. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit organization focused on the environment and public health, the average household contains 62 known toxic chemicals.
That's right, under your kitchen sink is an unregulated mess of dangerous toxic sludge.
This is significant. Even if the bottles are safely locked up, you and your children are still absorbing dangerous chemicals when you walk around barefoot, breathe, crawl, or eat food from the floor.
We cannot avoid chemical exposure all together, but we can at least minimize what is present in our own homes by choosing healthier, safer, natural options.
Going all natural keeps things toxic-free and simple. Start incorporating these ingredients into your cleaning routine. As you use up your store-bought cleaners, replace them with home-made ones to easily complete the transition.
Baking soda is a must-have for every household. It works incredibly well to knock out stains in fabrics and hard surfaces. Used as a bathroom cleaner it helps with discoloration, neutralizes bad odors, and breaks down soap scum. Simply sprinkle and scrub.
Simple white vinegar is great for disinfecting and cuts grease well. Add two capfuls of vinegar to a spray bottle and fill the rest with warm water, voila you have an all purpose cleaner. A few drops of citrus essential oil will help offset the strong odor of the vinegar if that's not your thing.
Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap:
This product is versatile, non-toxic, inexpensive and easy to use. Works great as a heavy degreaser or stain remover, can act as laundry detergent or a general household cleaner. Can be diluted and turned into personal care products.
The pros of this product: smells of lemon, cinnamon and clove. Versatile.
The cons: this is a Young Living product and therefore must be ordered online.
See Part Two of this post for more recipes to get you started.