Have you ever used a cleaning product and starting coughing because of the smell? Or perhaps after using a cleaner you have loved for years you feel a chest tightness or got a headache? Do you then wonder why this is? Well, the fact is, there are many chemicals in most cleaning products available to us today. It’s truly shocking! Perhaps you are on the other side of the coin and feel as though these chemical cleaners smell great and are the only way to get your home truly clean. If this is you, we get it! We were once there too. Yet, when we learned what these products were doing to our bodies, our children’s bodies and our environment as a whole, we knew we needed to make a change
 Why Green Cleaning
As we’ve gotten older and have children in our homes, we’ve become more sensitive and aware of these strong smelling chemicals in cleaning products. We live in a time where you can go buy just about any so called “eco friendly” cleaning product and think you are doing better. You may be, but also know you could be experiencing “green washing” Well, maybe you are a little. But just because the product claims to be “green”, “natural”, and/or “biodegradable” does mean it isn’t non-toxic. We ourselves have been stunned by this with some of our favorite products over the years. Thankfully, we have found incredible resources to help us identify the “clean” products and then tested the products we use for their effectiveness and ease on our bodies and mother nature.
Why, other than what we previously shared, do we choose environmentally friendly cleaning products? Well, first off, when we use products that are produced naturally we use less water. Also, less energy is used to create and use these products. We are preventing air and water pollution therefore reducing our footprint on our beautiful planet. Did I mention human health preservation?
How to make a Shift
Here are just a few of very common harmful chemicals found in cleaning products. Their uses and how harmful they can be. Don’t worry, we’ve mentioned alternatives that can be used and some of the products we choose to use instead.
1. Ammonia – found most commonly in glass cleaner. It’s been known to be an irritant especially to asthma sufferers.
Alternative: Instead of using this we can use water along with a microfiber cloth.
2. Chlorine – found in most mildew removers can produce fumes that aggravate the respiratory system if inhaled.
Alternative: An easy solution to this is to use Bon Ami or Baking Soda.
3. Sodium Hydroxide -Used in oven cleaners and drain openers. It can be extremely corrosive and cause severe burns on the skin. If inhaled can make your throat sore.
Alternative: Make a paste of baking soda and vinegar instead.
Whether you follow us for tips or invite us into your home, know that we have vetted all of our products for safety and effectiveness. We clean your home like we clean the homes our children live in because we care about your health and wellness.
With many people suffering from allergies and various other health conditions, why would we use these chemicals? We want to do our part to help preserve our personal health, families’ health, and the planet. This is ultimately why we decided to narrow in on this as our cleaning strategy that can be offered to everyone. Yes, EVERYONE!
We use things like peroxide, specific cloths to clean glass and windows instead of having to use a chemical solution. We also use floor cleaners that are vinegar based and make our own toilet bowl cleaning bombs, as well as other cleaning solutions. And they have helpful essential oils added in to aid in ridding of surfaces of bacteria and smell amazing!
So before you hire your next cleaning service or head to Target to get a new bottle of All Purpose cleaner, be sure to do your homework and ask questions. Even before then, check out the products in your cabinets at www.ewg.org. Be prepared to be shocked. But don’t worry! Together, we will be the change!