There still might be snow on the ground, but March 1 begins my spring cleaning routine! It’s time to get rid of the dust and dirt and prepare the house for warmer weather.
However, if you clean with commercial cleaning products, you could be introducing hundreds of toxic chemicals into your home. They can trigger responses like asthma attacks, skin irritation, respiratory problems, and can even cause endocrine disruption.
Check out this breakdown of Lysol’s Lemon Breeze All Purpose Cleaner: it’s ingredient list includes:
- QUATERNARY AMMONIUM COMPOUNDS, BENZYL-C8-18-ALKYLDIMETHYL, CHLORIDES – Aquatic toxicity, respiratory effects, general systemic/organ effects
- ALKYL DIMETHYL BENZYL AMMONIUM CHLORIDES (C12-16) – respiratory effects, general systemic/organ effects
- ETHANOLAMINE – respiratory effects, general systemic/organ effects, skin irritation effects/allergies/damage
- FRAGRANCE– skin irritation/allergies/damage, acute aquatic toxicity, nervous system effects, respiratory effects, biodegradation
- FD&C YELLOW 5 – cancer, acute aquatic toxicity, chronic aquatic toxicity, general systemic/organ effects
- DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL BUTYL ETHER – cancer, developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects, damage to DNA, respiratory effects, digestive system effects, nervous system effects, skin irritation/allergies/damage, damage to vision
Uh yeah… Those are not things that I want to INTRODUCE to my home. I’d rather rid my home of these toxic ingredients and use more natural cleaner methods.
Now, buying all natural cleaners can be expensive. In many cases, it’s hard to find the “right” natural cleaner for the problem and even some products that are labeled “natural” and “safe” are quite the opposite.
One sure-fire way to ensure you have the best natural cleaners is to make them yourself! Check out my list of cleaners and click on them for the full recipe:
- Natural Citrus Cleaner
- Beeswax Furniture Polish
- Natural Wood Cleaner
- Natural Laundry Soap Without Borax
- Using Cola As a Cleaner DIY
- Spring Cleaning With Essential Oils
- Pot and Pan Cleaner
If you have any questions or are looking for a more specific cleaner, make sure to give me a shout-out in the comments! I’m always up for creating new cleaning solutions.
Now, onto today’s Wellness Wednesday!