By: Dr. Francesca Vazquez
Changing your life for the better doesn't always have to be a lengthy and complicated process. It can start with the basics... such as what products you use to clean your home and the food you store in the fridge. These two simple (yet powerful) tools have a way of transforming your life from the inside out.
According to the National Environmental Trust group, some hazardous chemicals found in traditional cleaning products can act as carcinogens, reproductive toxins and impact the respiratory system. They affect the environment as well as the air you breath in your home. By simply switching these products to healthier (greener) alternatives, we may begin to feel more at ease in our home and reduce risks for our pets, kids, and selves. The same way the food we eat impacts the way we feel in our everyday life, the products we're exposed to have the power to alter our mental and physical health.
We've created a guide to make the transition easier. It's not necessary to throw all your cleaning products out but rather, try replacing them with greener options once they run out.
Here are our top non-toxic cleaning products (and probably all you really need):
1. Laundry Detergent
Created with plant-based derivates and free of harmful chemicals, this Seventh Generation laundry detergent takes out even the toughest stains. If you want to add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, right into the washing machine, your clothes will come out smelling even better! Any Seventh Generation products are highly recommended as a greener, healthier alternative.
2. All purpose Cleaner
This All purpose cleaner (by Better Life) is 100% safe and free of toxic chemicals. It is made with soap bark, coconut and corn, 100% plant-based with no harmful chemicals. It can be used on all surfaces and they also have the option of purchasing wipes.
3. Toilet Bowl Cleaner
No need for bleach and clorox for the bathroom! Instead of having to open doors and windows to get through the aftermath of cleaning, choose a cleaner that won't feel toxic or give you any headaches. This GreenShield Toilet Bowl cleaner leaves a fresh, clean scent (making it easy to breathe!).
4. Floor Cleaner
Meyer's is an excellent, all-natural brand. We love their multi-surface concentrate as a floor cleaner but it can be used on all surfaces as well. Our favorite scent is lavender but feel free to try their rosemary scented option too!
If there's any 1 product you should consider replacing immediately, it's your dishwasher soap. We use this product on a daily basis and clean the surfaces we use to serve our food on! Our favorite is the Seventh Generation natural liquid soap. Its non-toxic formula works just as well as your regular dish liquid and won't create any harm!
Source: The EveryGirl