How to Detox Your Cleaning Products for a Healthier Home
Ever wondered how to effectively rid your home of toxic cleaning products? Well today is your lucky day! We talk about detoxing our body, our liver, detoxing from alcohol and refined sugars, but what about our home?
For a detoxifying experience, you will need to start cleaning your home safely and naturally using cleaning products that are non-toxic. You may be surprised to know that the fresh and clean smell that emanates from using most cleaning products comes from toxic ingredients and synthetic fragrances.
Here are some of the ways you can detox your cleaning products for a cleaner, safer and healthier cleaning experience and a better environment for your family.
1. Don't pollute!
Avoid throwing any of your old cleaners in the garbage- It may seem therapeutic but they do not really belong there and chances are they will end up in a landfill where they will leech these harmful ingredients into the environment. Instead, take them to a local hazardous waste disposal centre as you would do with paints, light bulbs or batteries.
2. Read the labels!
Do some research on every product you buy even if you find a brand you like. You might find a green brand which you believe to be trustworthy but unfortunately there is a very high likelihood that one of the ingredients used is questionable which is why you need to a do a quick check before buying your products.
3. Give DIY a go!
Try some made-at-home products. They are very simple to create and they do not take long to make. Not to mention they won’t burn a hole in your pocket! All you need to do is put some ingredients in a spray bottle and voila! A great example is made from lemon and purification essential oils, filtered water and vinegar. This is an excellent natural alternative to use as an all purpose cleaner. It is also worth noting that essential oils can be very beneficial as natural cleaning agents. See our post on aromatherapy for more info!
4. Is green really Green?
Be wary of “Green” cleaning products. Some brands have adopted to putting “green” and “natural” on their product labels to coax customers into thinking they are purchasing a healthier, clean, alternative. They do not have to list ingredients on cleaning products which mean it is very easy to buy something whose ingredients you have no clue about. There are databases where you can check how “green” a product actually is.
Natural cleaning alternatives
Here are some of the safer, non-toxic alternatives you can use for cleaning instead.
Distilled vinegar (white) is amazing when it comes to degreasing, deodorizing and overall cleaning.
Castile soap which is made from vegetable oils or fats like olive, palm or hemp is versatile and works in harmony with other ingredients or even on its own.
Baking soda’s texture makes it an excellent mild abrasive and it is a great deodorizer. Use it for cleaning toilets and scrubbing sinks. Put some drops of essential oil in a box of baking soda and stir then sprinkle onto your carpet then let it sit for 30 minutes and vacuum for a freshened carpet.
Essential oils are extracted from plants and they have powerful anti-fungal, antibiotic, antiviral and antibacterial properties. They might be a tad expensive but that small bottle will last for a long time plus they will give homemade cleaners a lovely fragrance and they have psychological advantages.