The decision to start creating a healthy home is not always an easy one. Many people feel overwhelmed and confused by the process. I often hear questions like: What is a healthy home? Where do I begin? What might be toxic for me and my family? Remember, changing to a healthier way of life is a learning process. It does not happen overnight. Each move is a stepping stone toward the goal of healthier living. Be patient. This should be an exciting and positive experience. Here is some information to help you on your journey.
Most detergents, commercial cleaning agents and personal hygiene products populating grocery shelves contain chemicals that can contaminate our homes, contribute to health complaints, and end up in our environment, affecting plants, animals and our ecosystem. These daily-used products may contain formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, toluene, as well as many other chemicals. It is important to educate ourselves about the products we use and understand how they can affect us. By switching to natural home cleaning and personal care products, you can reduce possible harmful exposure, while promoting a healthier home and planet. Continue reading “A Healthy Home – Some Steps to Take”
A new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics involving children and household cleaners has found children ages 1 to 3 account for 72% of cleaning product poisonings, with 40% of poisonings coming from cleaners in spray bottles. Chemicals in bleach, dish soap and window cleaner (to name a few) can be deadly if ingested. Colorful packaging and fruity smells of some of these products can make them all the more appealing to your little ones.
If you must use these toxic chemicals, make sure they are tightly sealed and locked away from curious little fingers. Keep cleaners in their original containers so you know exactly what they are. It may be tempting to place them in pretty containers but confusion is less likely to occur if you know exactly what is in the bottles.
The better option is to stop purchasing these items and start using things like baking soda, vinegar and lemons to brighten your laundry, clean your sinks and wash your windows. These are all things that you have around your house and you won’t have to worry about calling poison control if your toddler starts sucking on a lemon. The great thing is that you can also get your kids involved with cleaning around the house. Don”t know how to make your own cleaners? Well, Google is only one click away. Almost 200,000 results popped up when I typed in “make your own non-toxic cleaners.”
Our facebook fan page had a great post about many different ways you can use baking soda, from brushing your teeth to cleaning your floors. Do you have any green tips for house cleaning?