While cleaning products are meant to clean, their impact on your health may be a little more than you bargained for within your home and body. Many of us were raised to use some of the most hazardous products on the planet and not think anything of it, but we should give it a second thought and focus on using natural cleaning products as opposed to the everyday cleaners you can pick up at just about any store.
Why, exactly, you might ask? It’s been reported that in the year 2000, household cleaning products caused about 10 percent of all toxic exposures that we know of, according to U.S. Poison Control Centers. (1) This was around 206,636 phone calls and 120,434 of those calls reported exposure to children under the age of 6. That’s not all. These cleaners can cause severe burns internally and externally if inhaled or touched and in some cases even death if ingested. That’s why we need to throw these common household cleaners that may include harmful substances like triclosan and phthalates and opt for natural cleaning products and safe eco-cleaners instead.
Best Homemade Natural Cleaning Products Recipes
A clean home is very important since toxic mold and mildew can easily build up and cause many health issues. However, you have choices. There are what’s known as eco-cleaners, as I mentioned above, and it’s worth learning about them. You can try some of the more cleaner eco-friendly versions out there, and you can try making your own cleaning products, like my Homemade Melaleuca Lemon Household Cleaner using some essentials oils and a few other clean, environmentally friendly ingredients to help combat those tough, hard-to-clean areas while keeping your home germ-free.
If you choose one of the green cleaning products out there, you still need to read the labels, even of the top green products on the shelf. The National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) is working very hard to ensure safety regulation, but we still have a long way to go, which means it’s your responsibility to be educated. The NRDC has a Health & Environment program working toward protecting families from toxic chemicals that can cause diseases, such as asthma, autism, problems in children and cancer, to name a few. And children and pregnant women are most susceptible to these dangers. (5)
The EWG reminds us to completely avoid unnecessary cleaners, such as oven cleaners and drain cleaners, which are highly toxic. They suggest using a drain snake or plunger in drains and to try a DIY oven cleaner using baking soda and water.
There are lots of homemade cleaning recipes, products and ingredients out there, and here are a few you can try: