Spring Cleaning – Goodbye toxins!

This week try spring cleaning your cleaning products cupboard. Toss out the toxic chemicals and replace them with more natural options that are friendlier to the environment and to your body. It’s a decision that will benefit your entire family.

The products you use on your counter tops and floors, toilets, sinks etc get inhaled into your lungs and make contact with your skin on a daily basis. Then they end up in your body and over time can weaken your system and some say they can even be the cause of many different diseases.

A few years ago we decided to get rid of all the chemical cleaning products in our house and go with the greener stuff. I wasn’t sure if all this natural stuff would actually clean as well as the strong commercial brands we were used to. But they did- you just need to use a little more elbow grease! Go muscles!

We tried several different brands before we settled on the ones that we felt worked best. Check out these natural products to help keep your home clean and healthy – sans the nasty, irritating chemicals.

Seventh Generation – http://www.seventhgeneration.com/

great laundry detergent, diapers, and all purpose cleaner

Nature Clean http://www.naturecleanliving.com/node/427

they have a huge line – fantastic laundry detergent, oxygen bleach and disinfecting spray that is safe for cleaning the kids toys!

Methodhttp://methodhome.com/

awesome antibac spray for kitchen and bathroom, good hand soaps

Plain old Vinegar and Water – you can make this all purpose cleaner yourself with 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup water in a spray bottle

To find out more about toxin free cleaning solutions for your home and family check out this great site that was developed by the Environmental Health Association of Nova Scotia.

 http://www.lesstoxicguide.ca/index.asp?fetch=household

Happy cleaning!

2 thoughts on “Spring Cleaning – Goodbye toxins!

  1. Hi Jasmin!! I am really glad to stay in touch through your blog. I was thinking of you on Sunday – mother’s day. Your blog is a great idea – and the most recent post actually confirms some of my own choices for cleaning products. We started using non-toxic products at the farm at Denbigh, to keep our soil and wetlands as pure as possible. As far as we know, the farm never had chemicals dumped on the land, so we are very lucky to spend some of our time there. If you and your family ever feel like visiting, you are always welcome. You could “book” in for a few days some time, and we’d let you have the run of the place. Big hugs, Kate.

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  2. Vinegar. It has no chemicals, and it’s CHEAP.I read that Clorox green pruotcds are nothing but a marketing gimmick. You have to watch out companies are cashing in on the popularity of green pruotcds. Do some research and you will find you can clean cheaply and greenly with the simplest pruotcds vinegar and baking soda are very popular.I read in National Geographic recently that clover was very common and wanted in lawns years ago, until a marketing campaign by a pesticides company convinced Americans that it was a weed. Years ago, my mother cleaned with vinegar what happened? A marketing campaign convinced her that chemicals could do it better. Now we’re at a point where it’s hard to imagine differently.But my floors have never been so clean as when my husband switched to vinegar.ETA I have used Seventh Generation dish liquid. Unlike other dish liquids, it doesn’t contain petroleum. However, this is hard to get in my area (and I would use more petroleum trying to find it than I would save by using it!).

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