The #1 toxic threat in your home is cleaning products. This is the biggest toxic exposure and something you HAVE to remove as much of as soon as possible.
The everyday things you use inside of your home to get rid of dirt and germs is more harmful than the dirt and germs themselves!
It’s not just the skin contact, it’s what you’re breathing in.
Not only do you have direct skin contact with cleaning products, but it’s the toxic fumes your breathing in and that linger around in your home in the air and on the surfaces for days after you use them. The place where you spend around 50% of your time (especially while sleeping!). What you breath in goes into your lungs and directly into your bloodstream.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that the air inside the typical home is 2 – 5 times (and up to 100 times in extreme cases) more polluted than the air immediately outside.
Chemical household cleaners are responsible for 10% of all toxic exposures reported to U.S. Poison Control Centers.
And let’s not forget, they’re also going into water supplies and contaminating the entire environment – it will bite you in the ass later, it’s like toxin karma.
There is NO regulation of cleaning products!
ALL supermarket chemicals are toxic and filled with toxic chemicals.
It’s the combination of chemicals that makes it so much worse. We don’t know the effects of these chemicals combined – no study has even been done on the combined effects, but research is coming out showing that the effects aren’t additive, it’s multiplied.
Filled with all kids of nasty chemicals:
- petrolium-based chemicals
- formaldehyde (preservative)
- fragrances (considered a trade secret, manufacturers aren’t required to disclose)
DISHWASHING & LAUNDRY ARE THE WORST
Dishwashers and washing machines have vents in them that emits the toxic chemicals into the house.
Researchers found that running a regular laundry cycle with scented liquid laundry detergent emitted more than 25 volatile organic compounds, two of which (acetaldehyde and benzene) are classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as carcinogens and have no set safe exposure limit.
Aerosols and sprays are the worst cleaners
Spray cans (like aerosols) and spray bottles are dangerous because once you spray them, little droplets escape into the air that you can then inhale and then go into your bloodstream. Aerosols contain fluorocarbons which are highly toxic.
TIME TO CLEAN OUT OF THE CLEANING STUFF!
Go through your laundry, kitchen, garage cupboards and round up all the supermarket cleaning products – it’s time to throw them away. Yep, you’re going cold turkey. You WILL survive without bleach, I promise you.
Collect the bleach, disinfectants, waxes, cleaners, sprays, and ANYTHING with the label “antibacterial” or “fragrance”.
Remember to take all cleaning products, especially liquids, to a hazardous waste facility for safe disposal. There are laws against throwing chemicals in the regular garbage! Yep, they’re so toxic you can’t even put them in the bin!
WATCH OUT FOR GREEN WASHING
ALL supermarket cleaners are toxic – even the “green” and “eco” stuff.
Don’t buy into the marketing terms of “natural”, “eco” or “pure” – those terms actually have no real meaning and are just marketing tricks. Especially beware if the products still look and smell like the chemical stuff.
Go DIY natural (see below) or go to the health food store and READ THE LABEL. If you don’t know what the ingredient is – google it. Know what every single ingredient is, and that it’s not toxic, before you buy it.
It’s important to check the ingredients and make sure you understand what each ingredient is. A few of the nasty’s to watch out for:
- propylene glycol
More info on decoding labels: http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/content/decoding_labels
BORAX – NOT SO NATURAL
Also called: sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate
Borax is often including in green and natural cleaning recipes, but it actually can be toxic if it’s inhaled, ingested or from skin contact. It’s also used as a “natural” pesticide to kill ants and cockroaches, so thats a warning sign!
It can cause skin and eye irritations and can disrupt hormones. It’s even more hazardous to children. (It’s also in some goopy toys like play dough or silly putty.
Boric acid (boron) is a close family member of borax and has similar concerns.
THE SOLUTION: NATURAL CLEANING
It’s actually cheaper, easier and simpler to clean with natural products that your Grandma used!
Keep it super simple – use just a few natural ingredients to clean the house.
Keeping it simple is key – if I have to use a different recipe of natural stuff for every single application I just won’t bother altogether.
Once you get the hang of using these ingredients, you will be able to easily apply them to different cleaning situations.
The only two ingredients you need: baking soda and white vinegar.
Baking soda is a naturally occurring mineral, and it’s a mild abrasive that works great as a scouring powder. It cleans, deodorizes and disinfects.
White vinegar is such a great all purpose cleaner. It cuts grease, reduces germs, deodorises and dissolves hard water scale. Use vinegar to clean all types of surfaces – floors, windows, toilets. I use it with baking soda to clean almost everything in the house.
I also have a couple of spray bottles and microfibre cloths to help get the job done.
In #DetoxDoneDifferent, I give you my collection of super simple, DIY cleaning recipes. All the ingredients I use, where to find them and how to use them in all types of cleaning situations – bathroom, shower, toilet, kitchen, oven. Plus recipes for DIY dishwashing detergent, fabric softener, laundry powder and liquid.
Simple DIY recipes for natural cleaning (they are so simple that even I use them!). Plus I also give a list of my top natural product recommendations if you can’t be bothered to DIY.
This is just ONE of the many workshops and bonuses in DDD to detox your entire life and body! JOIN #DETOXDONEDIFFERENT HERE!