Episode 013: Cleaner Cleaning: Detoxifying Your Household Cleaning Products
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We started with Episode 011: Sun Exposure & Safer Sunscreens.
And today we’re talking about cleaning up the cleaning products we use in the home.
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Here’s what we discuss in Episode 013 – Cleaner Cleaning: Detoxifying Your Household Cleaning Products:
Just like we said in Episode 12 on Cleaner Beauty, don’t freak out. You can go slow and replace things one at a time as you run out.
- Keep in mind that just because we do not eat or drink these products, we DO inhale them and they DO absorb through our skin. (In fact, we actually ARE eating the residue of whatever is on our dishes).
- Keep in mind that the FDA does not regulate terms like ‘natural’ or ‘nontoxic.’ “Greenwashing” is a thing — it refers to the practice of some companies using nebulous buzz words and nature-inspired marketing or packaging to make a product appear or sound more natural than it actually is. So, we have to do a little bit of due diligence to vet companies who are truly doing a good job with their formulations.
- I use essential oils in a diffuser rather than synthetic air fresheners or candles with fragrance. I like the Now brand of oils for this because they are pretty widely available in health food stores or on Amazon. But I also love the oils available through Mountain Rose Herbs, and they have plenty of organic oils as well, which is what I buy for using them medicinally (topically only – we do not ingest). Another company I love is Plant Therapy. They even have kid-safe blends for all different kinds of situations where the body might need some specific support.
- My favorite combo for a fresh, clean smell in the house is lavender + anything citrus (grapefruit, wild orange, lemon, lime, bergamot, etc.).
- My diffuser is really old and not sold on Amazon anymore. But this is the one I am ordering for my living room because it is quiet and beautiful. And this is the 2-pack I am ordering to keep in the kids’ rooms.
LAUNDRY / DISH / HAND SOAP:
- Look on the label and try to avoid phosphates, optical brighteners, chlorine, dyes, fragrance.
- I like the Grab Green 3-in-1 laundry pods
- Molly’s Suds is made locally right here in St. Pete
- Fit Organic has a full line of cleaning products, including laundry detergent
- “Free & Clear” usually refers to fragrance, but still might contain phosphates and sulfates, etc.
- I use Seventh Generation sometimes because it’s widely available at retail stores like Target and Publix, but some have a good score on EWG (the Environmental Working Group) and some do not, so you have to be careful. I avoid sodium lauryl sulfate and some Seventh Generation products contain SLS or one of its derivatives.
- Mrs. Myers is great for hand soap (also widely available at Target, Publix, etc.)
- Dr. Bronner’s castile soap can be used to make all kinds of DIY cleaning products. Here’s a post with 13 ways to use castile soap.
I mentioned buying a couple glass spray bottles like these if you want to make a few cleaning solutions at home, using essential oils.
GET YOUR KIDS INVOLVED. They can help you make safe homemade cleaners and then you can also get them more involved in taking care of the home, without worrying about toxic exposures.
DRYER BALLS (ugh). Get the sheep kind like Haley has so you can name the sheep!
Dryer sheets contain chemicals known to be endocrine disruptors, known to cause respiratory problems, as well as negatively affect the Central Nervous System.
WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR:
Read labels and try to avoid Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, “Fragrance”, Triclosan, etc.
LOOK YOUR PRODUCTS UP in the Skin Deep Database (there’s an app! It’s called “Healthy Living”) through EWG.
This is Haley’s Lavender countertop spray that she actually found at Toys R’ Us (which is out of business), but just goes to show you that good stuff is out there!
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