Did you know that the Environmental Protection Agency ranks indoor air pollution from cleaning products amongst the top environmental dangers? If commercial cleaning products pose that great of a threat to the environment, what do you think that means for your health?
If you're anything like me, one whiff of a chemical like bleach is followed by an instant migraine, brain fog, scratchy throat, runny rose, and watery eyes. Other common symptoms upon inhalation of toxic cleaning products include exacerbated asthma and other respiratory illness. Long-term exposure could lead to respiratory disease, heart disease, and, yes, cancer. If you have an MTHFR mutation and struggle to flush toxins from your system, choosing your cleaning products wisely is especially integral to your health. You can't always control what you're exposed to in the outside world, but you can control what you use within your home on a regular basis.
So what are some of these toxic chemicals to look out for? The list is long. In fact, experts suggest that the average household contains 62 toxic chemicals. However, some of the most common culprits include ammonia, phthalates, perchloroethylene (PERCH), triclosan, quaternary ammonium compounds (QUATS), 2-butoxyethanol, chlorine, and sodium hydoroxide.
If decide that you want to make the switch to non-toxic cleaning products, you have two choices. You can purchase alternatives that are non-toxic or you can go DIY and make your own!
Option #1: Purchase non-toxic cleaning products
While you can save a few bucks by going the DIY route, not everyone has the time or desire to do so. Thankfully, there are brands that offer cleaning products that are not toxic to your health and actually are good for the environment! Some great brands to check out include Mrs. Meyers, Seventh Generation, Truce, Better Life, Nellie's, Biokleen, Planet, Ecover, Brandless, Clean Well, and Method. There are many other brands out there, but that is a solid list to get you started in your non-toxic cleaning journey. You can find cleaning products in every category - everything from all-purpose cleaner to dish soap to toilet cleaner is available in a non-toxic formula.
Option #2: Make your own DIY formulas
If you have the time and desire, going DIY is a great option to preserve your health, the environment, AND your wallet! There are so many resources available that offer recipes to do just that. Rather than provide you with those specific DIY projects, I will fill you in on key ingredients that you can use to create your own non-toxic cleaning products. Some of the key non-toxic ingredients include: baking soda, castile soap, vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, and essential oils
There you go! You are now empowered to embark on a journey of happy (and healthy) cleaning.
Do commercial cleaning products make you sick? Have you purchased any non-toxic alternatives or created your own? Tell us about it!