How many of us use rubber gloves each time we clean our homes? For many of us, it’s not likely, and if we remember the jaw-dropping stat from my very last post, anything applied to your skin can be absorbed into your blood stream in as little as 26 seconds. So just like you are concerned about the beauty products you’re applying topically to your skin, wouldn’t you also worry about cleaning products coming in contact with your hands?
Luckily, some of the cleaning products you can use to naturally clean your home, might already be in your cupboards. I’ll start with those:
- Distilled White Vinegar
- Baking Soda
I recommend buying an empty spray bottle and filling it with vinegar. After you spray vinegar on the surfaces you want to clean, sprinkle baking soda over it and watch it begin the fizz. As soon as that happens, I already feel like the mixture is “getting to work”! If the smell of vinegar bothers you, I recommend adding a few drops of essential oil to the mix (peppermint, rosemary, lemon or lavender would be my top choices). After you scrub the mixture, just rinse or wipe down and your surface will be clean as a whistle. As for the lemon, I like to take a half of a lemon and scrub my sink with it adding a little baking soda too. It always ends up so shiny and smells amazing. For floors, just using a part vinegar/part warm water solution will do the trick.
There are a few cleaning products I can’t live without that are not DIY:
- Seventh Generation Disinfecting wipes
- Seventh Generation Disinfectant Spray – Lavender, Vanilla & Thyme
- Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds
- ECOS glass + surface
- Thrive Market all-purpose cleaner
The disinfecting wipes are my go-to because I have a toddler and a 90-pound dog. I have containers of wipes throughout the house and when one pees somewhere, throws something messy or I just need to sanitize something they are easy to access. The disinfectant spray is only used if someone in the house is sick. I will go around spraying the house like I’m on an episode of Supermarket Sweep (please tell me some of you remember that show?) Anything Dr. Bronner’s is just but only use a drop or two of the Sal Suds (it is that potent). I’m probably going to need to do an entire post on Dr. Bronner’s because there are so many different ways I use it (including to steam clean my carpets).
I usually purchase these products from Thrive Market. If you’ve been thinking about giving the online shop a try I highly recommend it. I’ve been a member for 2 years now and I’ve saved hundreds of dollars. If you haven’t heard of Thrive, think of it like Costco meets Whole Foods. Costco wholesale type prices with Whole Foods type quality. Using my referral link will get you an extra 25% off your first order and there is a 30-day free trial.
You’ll hear me reference the Environmental Working Group (EWG) a ton because it is a tremendous resource. Their mission is “to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education, we drive consumer choice and civic action.” Just like they have a reference guide for beauty products, they also have a guide for healthy cleaning.
I really don’t want to name names, so I’m not going to, but this rating is for one of T H E most popular detergents used to “wash” the dishes we eat off of.
How insane is that? Some concern for cancer, breathing, skin allergies/irritation, and our environment! Not to mention poor ingredient disclosure – shouldn’t we know what’s in the products we’re paying for?
Again, I don’t say this to bash a certain company, even though I disagree they’re putting their products on the market, I say this to encourage you to act on your power of choice. Choose safer products because they are made of cleaner ingredients that won’t do more harm to your home than good. Use the resources available to you at no cost (EWG) and make your own well-informed decisions. Why? Because your life depends on it.
Here is my go-to line up:
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