Do you know how many harmful chemicals are in your home? Most don't even think twice about the toxins in their cleaners and personal products, which we use almost every day.
Disorders such as ADD, ADHD, autism, cancer, and auto-immune diseases are on the rise. Many scientists believe that the harmful chemicals in our own homes are playing a vital role.
I have EoE (an auto-immune disease), and though replacing toxic products in my home and in the food I eat have put my auto-immune in remission. My health suffered for many years, including low energy, brain fog, and more!
What can you do about it to protect yourself and your family? Change out to these more natural products and save some money at the same time!
Be sure to read to the bottom for a free guide to find out what your toxic score is.
Consider using these natural alternatives:
1. Vinegar. Vinegar has many uses, such as cleaning many surfaces as well as softening clothes. Try Vinegar for:
- Coffee and tea stains
- Carpet stains
- Cleaning drains
2. Hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is another natural agent that can help you with the laundry. It can be used in the place of bleach and can even get rid of bloodstains. Use it for mold in a spray bottle in combination with two parts of water in the bathroom.
3. Tea tree oil. Tea tree oil can be used on mold and mildew stains instead of harsh bathroom cleaners. The oil should be mixed with water and sprayed onto the offending area. Don't rinse.
4. Baking Soda. Baking soda has many household benefits. You can even use it in the place of drain cleaner: pour a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by boiling water. For tough clogs, follow with vinegar. Try baking soda for:
- Cleaning burnt on spots at the bottom of pots and pans
- Dissolving grease on kitchen areas
- Getting rid of offending odors and stains from clothing and carpeting
5. Lemon Juice. Lemon juice is a completely non-toxic alternative to many cleaning agents. It can be used to clean and freshen up pots and pans, as well as aluminum and porcelain surfaces.
6. Washing Soda. Like some of the other alternatives, washing soda has many cleaning abilities. It can be used to soften water, clean walls, or even remove stains and grease. It's important to use caution when using washing soda because it has been known to irritate mucous membranes.
7. Soap. Of course, most of the cleaning supplies you use contain soap to some degree. However, soap is usually packaged with other ingredients, some of them being harmful chemicals. Soap, in its natural and pure form, can make an excellent cleaning agent alone.
Other Household Changes
There are some other changes you can consider making to your home and getting rid of harmful cleaners. Instead of using air fresheners and other scents to mask odors, you can make it a point to get more fresh air into your home by opening windows. I also like using a diffuser with essential oils.
Also, consider a no shoes indoors policy, so that family members aren't dragging in dirt. It's always a good idea to stay on top of a cleaning schedule. When everything is fresh and clean on a regular basis, you won't have to worry about using harsh chemicals to cut through layers of grime!
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