A clean home is something most of us desire. Having a clean home keeps germs away and reduces allergies from dust and other pollutants. However, many of the products we clean with are toxic to our health and produce fumes that are highly irritating to the eyes, nose, throat and lungs. In fact, some cleaners are among the most toxic products found in the home.
Fragrances are added to many cleaners, most notably, laundry detergents and fabric softeners which may cause acute effects such as respiratory irritation, headache, sneezing, and watery eyes in sensitive individuals or allergy and asthma sufferers.
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found that one-third of the substances used in the fragrance industry are toxic. To make matters worse, companies are not required to list their ingredients, but merely label them as containing “fragrance.”
Other ingredients in cleaners may have low acute toxicity but are proven to contribute to long-term health effects, such as cancer or hormone disruption.
While the chemicals in cleaners foam, bleach, and disinfect to make our dishes, bathtubs and countertops gleaming and germ-free, many also contribute to indoor air pollution, and are poisonous if ingested. There is no safe exposure level according to the EPA.
Over 100,000 children under the age of 6 are sickened by household cleaners each year.
The most acutely dangerous cleaning products are corrosive drain cleaners, oven cleaners, and acidic toilet bowl cleaners. Ingredients with high acute toxicity include chlorine bleach and ammonia.
So how do you know if your products are harmful? Look for labeling that reads, “DANGER, WARNING, CAUTION, TOXIC, CORROSIVE, FLAMMABLE, POISON”
So how can we clean our homes safely and effectively? Skip the toxins and start cleaning your home with essential oils! Essential oils protect against seasonal and environmental threats. They naturally kill bacteria, germs, fungi and mold.
Oils are multi-purpose and can be used to clean your house but also for many personal care needs.
Essential oils cost pennies per drop so you can save money on cleaning products and make your own!
Essential oils have antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antibiotic properties, which makes them ideal for cleaning. Here are some popular ways to use essential oils for cleaning:
- Lemon- dissolves sticky residue, cleans greasy messes, polishes furniture
- Melaleuca – kills mold, toilet bowl cleaner, all purpose cleaner
- Lavender- all purpose cleaner, freshens linens, add to wash loads
- Wild Orange – degreases and shines, add to all purpose cleaner for a great scent.
Some additional products to have on hand for natural cleaning are:
- White Vinegar- which kills germs, cuts grease, deodorizes and dissolves mineral deposits.
- Baking soda-scrubs, whitens, deodorizes, cuts grease, mildly abrasive and absorbs odors.
- Carrier oil- such as almond, coconut or olive oil for polishing furniture.
- Castile soap- which is a vegetable based soap to be used for personal care needs and for household cleaning.
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