A Clean Home, But At What Cost?

A Clean Home, But At What Cost?

Everyone loves a nice clean home.  But do you know the implications of all the cleaning chemicals we use daily?  Our home is where we sleep, spend much of our time and where we care for our families…including our fur babies!

Most of us know that we are exposed to hundreds of chemicals a day that are not good for us.  (some websites estimate in the thousands).   These show up in our carpets, upholstery, building products, paints, cleaning supplies and simple things like air fresheners and candles.

Some of these chemicals are more harmful than others.  Many we can not avoid as they are simply in the air we breathe.   With that said, I believe we should be doing everything we can to make sure to minimize the ones we are exposed to.  The damaging effects of harmful cleaning products can be acute as in breathing problems while using them, burns on the skin, as well as long-term effects on our bodies such as cancer and reproductive challenges.  

As a business owner (and who I am as a person) I made the choice to use eco-certified products and eco-friendly products as my main cleaning supplies in my cleaning business.   Now, I have to admit that when I started the business I did a lot of research on products but even now a couple of the ones we use (not our primary) I have since discovered are not as healthy as they claim.  Uggh.  Back to the drawing board on a couple of our products.  

Why I chose to use eco-certified and eco-friendly cleaning supplies…..
  • Simply, it is the responsible thing to do
  • For the health of our bodies
  • Preserving Earth
  • It is better for our fur babies
  • As a mother to a young daughter, I want to do my best to not cause more damage to this earth for her life and her children’s (should she choose to have kids…..that changes daily!).
Here is a general guide when looking for cleaning supplies:
  • Look for fragrance-free – unless scented with pure essential oils
  • Free of triclosan and quaternary ammonium compounds
  • Don’t use toilet cleaners, oven cleaners or heavy-duty degreasers that contain hydrochloric acid, phosphoric acid, sodium or potassium hydroxide, or ethanolamines.
  • Don’t use products made with triclosan, an antimicrobial (increases allergen sensitivity and can mess with your thyroid function

My goal with this blog post was to educate people and give them the tools to make the best choices….that is what I am all about!

Now, I know what you are saying…..I have tried some organic style cleaners and they just don’t clean the same.  True.  I feel your pain.  It took me a long time to find products that we are happy with and are effective…..and I am still looking for some new ones!

One of the best things you can do is to regularly clean your home.  Letting it build up makes it harder to clean the layers of dirt and grime and then you will want to use the higher toxic cleaning chemicals that typically work better on large buildup (a little less elbow grease would be required!)

Embarrassingly, I know this first hand.   I despise cleaning the bathtub!  I will clean my whole house 9 times before I clean the bathtub.  And when I get to it…..well, let’s just say it takes a few rounds.  This is why I hire cleaners myself!  Regular cleaning makes it considerably easier when using Eco-friendly products.  

If you want to investigate eco-friendly cleaning supplies and/or you want to look to see how “toxic” your current ones are, head over to www.ewg.org

Here’s to a happy, healthy clean home for you!

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