Toxin Free Spring Cleaning Tips

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HeConnection-Health-e-Tips-Toxin Free Spring Cleaning TipsToxin Free Spring Cleaning Tips – “Green” and “Natural” on product labels and ad banners are often nothing more than advertising hype.  A blatant example of using “natural” as a loophole for inserting toxins within the processed food industry: Aspartic acid and glutamate appear naturally within some food molecular compounds. Isolated or “free”, they are neurotoxins called aspartame and MSG (monosodium glutamate).

With cleaning products, the term “Green” is used in addition to “Natural”. Though not always a lie, nevertheless, the buyer beware caveat applies completely. You can practice that well enough if you’re equipped with the knowledge from this article, or you can make own safe and effective cleaners. Here is how.

How to select safe household cleaners

Many cleansers labeled natural or green do not completely disclose their ingredients. Sometimes even going to the manufacturer’s website can leave you clueless. Take that as a bad sign and don’t use it.

Environmental Working Group (EWG), the producers of annual Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists to help consumers avoid produce that is grown with too much toxic material, also has a section on its website to help consumers with household cleaning products. (1)

Here are some toxic ingredients EWG recommends you avoid, either isolated or as part of an ingredient’s name:

  • Dipropylene Glycol or Propylene Glycol
  • 2-butoxyethanol
  • nonylphenol ethoxylates or nonylphen and nonoxynol
  • diethylene glycol monobutyl ether
  • diethylene glycol monomethyl ether or methoxydiglycol.

Even safer, simply ignore products with ingredients that would require a degree in chemistry to understand.

Products that contain “natural fragrances” or citrus oil derivatives such as d-limonene can react with trace levels of ozone air pollution to create formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. Also, some people are allergic to various pine and citrus oils. There are even chemicals that are meant to break down in a time-release manner to intentionally produce formaldehyde as a protection against bacteria. EWG has those listed as well. (2)

Some known safe cleansers and making your own

Any pure traditional soap is safer than most detergents. They can, however, leave a film on some surfaces. To eliminate this film, use plain (cheap) white vinegar with lemon juice.

Baking soda or baking soda and vinegar is useful for many cleaning jobs, even ovens. Spray on some vinegar or a vinegar water solution then spread baking soda over it. Let it sit for several hours then scrub without concern for harmful vapors. (3)

Bon Ami is a scouring cleanser with a long history that predates the introduction of synthetic chemicals into household cleaning. It works very well, better than other commercial cleansers. It’s safe, and it’s cheap! So far it’s sold mostly in health food stores.

A good method for spot cleaning or mopping is to mix a few drops of a biodegradable truly natural dish detergent with a strong solution of cheap vinegar in water. It does the job without toxic fumes. (4)

If you don’t mind putting some time and effort into a safe, effective and safe laundry detergent that you can make with a huge long-lasting volume to save yourself a lot of bucks, you can check out this site for several recipes: (http://tipnut.com/10-homemade-laundry-soap-detergent-recipes/).  It’s best to separate some of the huge volume into a smaller average-sized container that you can shake well before each use.

To safely removing tough stains from fabrics and carpets, Nature’s Miracle stain and odor remover works wonders. It is a bio-enzymatic solution was originally intended for pet stains and odors, which is why it’s available in pet stores or sections. It is pricey, and it does have a touch of citric scent added.

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Our environment, internal and external, indoors and outdoors, has reached a point of inescapable concern.  Taking healthy measures to minimize your exposure and keep your body’s detoxification systems functioning optimally can be of great benefit to long term health and #BloodSugarControl.

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References

  1. http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners
  2. http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/notices
  3. http://www.care2.com/greenliving/five-basics-for-nontoxic-cleaning.html
  4. http://www.care2.com/greenliving/make-your-own-non-toxic-cleaning-kit.html