Updated: Jan 7
Toxins lurk everywhere in cleaning products. Not only that, but some "natural" labeled cleaners are just as toxic (if not worse!) than many commercialized products. No matter if you're trying to conceive, are pregnant, or already have a baby or child at home, it’s always a good time to eliminate toxins from your home and replace them with safe cleaning products.
The evidence is clear: toxins in cleaning products are linked to fertility problems, birth defects, increased risk of breast cancer, asthma, and respiratory disorders, as well as hormone disruptions that may lead to morning sickness. But, what about cold and flu season? Shouldn't we disinfect thoroughly, especially during pregnancy or with a newborn at home? Of course, but remember this:
The truth is manufacturers have capitalized on media-driven consumer fears by producing stronger, more toxic, products to falsely ease our concerns. What they haven't told you is that the overuse of antimicrobials contributes to the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which leaves the public with fewer and fewer tools in the fight against infectious diseases and has an adverse impact on our immune system.
Reduce your family's risks during cold and flu season by cleaning often with safe and effective natural cleaners & frequent hand washing.
It doesn't have to be expensive or complicated. Actually, much simpler than you may think! Most people have all the items already in their house to make their own quick, effective and safe cleaning products.
Safe Cleaning Product Guide
In this guide, we will be replacing common cleaning supplies with effective, natural cleaners. There are many great safe household cleaners on the market that can be ordered online, but this guide was designed with what's readily available in local stores found all over East Tennessee in mind. To quickly check the toxicity rating of cleaning products, visit www. EWG.org. And, to check out the toxicity levels of beauty products and food while in stores, download the EWG app!
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1. All-Purpose Spray Cleaner
Seventh Generation Lemongrass Citrus Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner
Whole Foods Market Surface Cleaning Wipes - Minty Fresh
Lysol Power and Free Multi-Purpose Citrus Sparkle Cleaner Spray, Bleach Free
32 oz. Glass Spray Bottle
2 Cups of Distilled Water
2 Cups of White Distilled Vinegar
20-30 Drops of Essential Oils (Lemon is my favorite!)
Mix all ingredients together in a glass bottle and store in a dark, cool place.
2. Hard Surface Scrubs
Bon Ami Unscented Household Cleaner
Mrs. Meyer\'s Clean Day Surface Scrub Lavender
3. Floor Care
Simple Green Naturals Floor Care
Babyganics Floor Cleaner Concentrate
Carpet & Rug Shampoo DIY Recipe
1 Upcycled Glass Jar with a Lid, Cleaned & Dried
1 Cup of Baking Soda
10 Drops of Your Favorite Essential Oil (Mine is lavender for this!)
Add baking soda to the jar and essential oil. Gently swirl to mix and store with the lid on tightly. Sprinkle onto the carpet as a deodorizer and let sit for 10 minutes, then vacuum as normal.
4. Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Seventh Generation Toilet Bowl Natural Cleaner, Emerald Cypress
365 (Whole Foods) Everyday Value Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Lemon Zest Need link
Mrs. Meyer\'s Clean Day Lemon Verbena Toilet Bowl Cleaner
1/2 Cup of Baking Soda
2 Cups of Vinegar
Sprinkle baking soda into a flushed toilet and pour vinegar over it. Let soak for 20 minutes, then scrub with a toilet brush.
5. Drain Opener
Biokleen Bac-Out Drain Care Gel
Earth Friendly Products ECOS Earth Enzymes Drain Maintainer
1/2 Cup of Baking Soda
1/2 Cup of Vinegar
Pour baking soda on top of the drain, then follow with vinegar. Let sit for 20 minutes before running hot water down the drain for a few minutes.
6. Glass Cleaner
Whole Foods Market glass cleaner, unscented
method Glass + Surface Cleaner, Mint
1 - 16 oz. Spray Bottle
1/2 Cup of White Distilled Vinegar
2 Cups of Water
1 TBSP of Cornstarch (Trust me here)
Mix all the ingredients into the spray bottle and gently shake to mix. Use on windows, mirrors, and stainless-steel appliances.
Seventh Generation Natural Laundry Detergent Powder, Free & Clear
Fit Organic Laundry Detergent, Free and Clear
Seventh Generation Free Clear Laundry Packs
Better Homes & Gardens Two pack Wool Dryer Balls
1 Half Gallon Glass Jar with Lid
1 Bar of Your Favorite Dr. Bronner Bar Soap, Grated
1 Cup of Baking Soda
1 Cup of Washing Soda
Mix together and store in an airtight glass container. Use 2 TBSP per load of laundry.
8. Dish Soap & Detergent
Ecos Dish Liquid, Free and Clear
Seventh Generation Dishwasher Detergent Packs, Free & Clear
Kirkland Signature Dishwasher Pacs, Lemon Scent
2-3 drops of dish liquid in dishwasher detergent cup
Fill 2/3 of the way with baking soda
Add salt until the cup is nearly full
Run dishwasher as normal.
9. Cleaning for Baby
BabyGanics - All Purpose Surface Wipes Fragrance-Free
Dapple Baby Stain Remover, Fragrance-Free
Molly's Suds Cloth Diaper Laundry Powder
It's time to clean out the endless toxic cleaners under the kitchen sink or tucked away in the cleaning closet. We are all just doing the best we can for our families, and cleaning shouldn't be any different. Natural products are just as effective at cleaning and are easy to find, and DIY recipes make them extremely economical. You and your family deserve this change