Toxins in Household Products Can Cause Severe Health Issues
Like in most of the typical homes, we used to have dozens of liters of toxic, hazardous household products; everything from bathroom, glass and toilet cleaners to dishwashing and laundry washing detergents and similar.
Back then I didn’t know that a huge amount of toxins in household products (often omitted from product declarations) is proven to cause severe hormonal disruptions, respiratory issues, irritations and cancer.
Additionally, the labels “green” and “natural” are nothing more than pure marketing and often these products do contain dangerous chemicals.
That’s why you have to do your research and make sure the products you buy and use are safe.
Natural Alternatives and Safer Commercial Products
The white vinegar and baking soda are among the best natural alternatives and can do almost anything in terms of cleaning.
I use them for de-clogging drains, stain removal, vinegar for disinfecting. Add some tea tree oil and you can have a good and safe anti-mold cleaner. Lemon juice and salt combined, can nicely clean stainless-steel sinks, bras, and rust stains.
When it comes to laundry washing I use Indian Wash Nuts for children clothes and Ecover Zero (see below) for the rest.
I never use fabric conditioners/softeners, instead I use Dryer Balls and add couple of drops of lavender essential oil to the rinsing cycle.
Key Things to Consider
- Get rid of your toxic housecleaning products and start using white vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice and salt instead.
- You can find a bunch of the DIY recipes on the internet, but if you are not into DIY, a good commercial alternative is Ecover Zero that can be found on US and European markets. I use Zero Washing Powder and Zero Laundry Liquid for laundry washing and Ecover Zero Dishwasher and Zero Washing Up Liquid for dish washing.
- You can see here that Ecover Zero depending on type of product is either in Category A (safest) or B, based on the research conducted by Environmental Working Group.
- Before you buy your cleaning product even if it is advertised as “green” or “natural” make sure you check if it considered safe by Environmental Working Group www.ewg.org