It’s that time of year again. Spring Cleaning! It’s a necessary evil.
Keep this in mind as you scrub away.
According to New Scientist, frequent use of aerosols and air fresheners caused mothers 25% more headaches, 19% were more likely to suffer from depression and infants less than 6 months old has 30% more ear infections, 22% were more likely to suffer from diarrhea.
Those who wish to use non-toxic cleaning supplies are cautioned to be alert. Although many cleaners will advertise that they are ‘natural,’ claiming that a product is ‘natural’ is an unregulated term.
What is your defense? Read the labels. Try to find the following substitutes:
•Grain alcohol vs. toxic butyl cello solve
•Coconut or plant oils vs. petroleum in detergents
•Plant-oil disinfectants (eucalyptus, rosemary, sage) vs. triclosan
Many healthy cleaning materials can already be found in your home; plain soap, water, baking soda, vinegar, washing soda (sodium carbonate), lemon juice, and borax. These products will not harm your body and they are easy on your budget.
Luckily healthy cleaning products are becoming easier and easier to find. Here are a few brands you can look for: