Once you start using clean and more effective products, it can be difficult to go back to using conventional products from big box stores. As someone who tends to be skeptical, I always do my research and recommend that you do the same. However, you’ll find it hard to return once you start swapping out your toxic cleaning products. To make the transition easier, we’ve come up with a few practical steps to swap out toxic cleaning products without feeling overwhelmed.
If you haven’t seen it yet, we published a blog post discussing harmful ingredients to avoid and safer, non-toxic alternatives to look for when choosing cleaning products. You can find more information on this topic in our article “Why Use Non-Toxic Cleaning Products.”
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What’s the Big Deal?
We are exposed to hundreds of toxic chemicals in our beauty and cleaning products daily.
Did you know that it only takes 26 seconds for something (chemicals) to absorb into our skin and get into our bloodstream? This is a very short span of time! If we think about how often we use chemicals in our daily, weekly, and monthly routines, we can realize how much we could potentially be exposing ourselves to harmful substances. Moreover, we should also consider the adverse effects of inhaling toxic chemicals.
Starting to think about where to begin can be overwhelming. But don’t stress! Making small changes can lead to considerable improvements in the long run. If you educate yourself, you’ll be surprised how quickly you can implement changes in your home.
Swapping out chemical cleaners for a steam mop is a great way to start cleaning your floors. I use a steam mop to clean all the floors in my home, whether they are made of tile or hardwood. As for my area rugs, I use a carpet cleaner, but that’s a topic for another day!
Using a steam mop is efficient and chemical-free, killing 99.9% of germs.
For steam to effectively sanitize, the water used must reach a minimum temperature of 212 degrees Fahrenheit. However, not all steam mops are designed to achieve this temperature and sanitize properly. Therefore, when buying a steam mop, ensuring it can reach this temperature is important. Additionally, it is important to exercise caution when using steam mops, as the high temperature can cause severe burns.
We previously published a blog post on the benefits of using steam mops and a few helpful tips titled “Why I Prefer to Use a Steam Mop.”
Swap Cleaning Products
If you regularly watch TV or are on the internet, you are bombarded with ads from the “top” companies. Psychology works because we are told these products are the best, will work the best, and have the best ingredients. And we believe it because it is on TV, so it must be true.
We need to start relying on our research and education on what is “good” for us and our families. If we have learned anything over the past several years, it should be to do our research.
It turns out we don’t need harsh chemicals to get our homes clean. However, there are smarter ingredient choices out there if you do your research. Using naturally derived products with plant-derived ingredients can work just as well or better.
If you are looking for safer and more effective cleaning solutions, click here.
Toxic Ingredients to Stay Away From:
- Chlorine Bleach – I have used this many times in the past in bathrooms to get rid of mold or mildew. Afterward, it felt like my lungs were on fire. That’s because Chlorine bleach can permanently damage skin and attack membranes in your respiratory system.
- Ammonia – This is also a chemical that, with exposure, can cause immediate burning of the nose, throat, and respiratory tract.
- Parabens – You may have heard a lot about Parabens recently, which is for good reason. They have been known as endocrine disruptors. The EWG has a lot of information on Parabens. Which you can read here.
- Formaldehyde – When used, it can cause an allergic reaction in the skin, burning and watery eyes, nose, and throat, coughing, wheezing, and nausea.
Safer & Non-toxic Ingredients to Look for:
- Essential Oils – Essential oils are nothing new. They serve many purposes, including fragrance and topical remedies, and they also have cleansing properties.
- Thyme Oil – We plan to go much deeper into all the benefits of thyme oil. However, the natural oil from the herb thyme is proven to kill viruses and bacteria.
- Citric Acid – Citric acid is found naturally in citrus fruit. It is an effective alternative to harsh chemicals that dissolve hard water, soap scum, and mineral deposits.
- Sodium Citrate – A mineral salt derived from citric acid. It is natural and comes from plants and animals. What does it do? It is a natural, effective alternative to synthetic stabilizers.
Switch to Essential Oils for a Safer Alternative to Candles and Fragrances
Did you know companies can use the term “fragrance” to add ingredients without FDA regulation? Many companies use this as a loophole to add ingredients under the word “fragrance,” which is considered proprietary and protected.
Essential oils are a great choice. They are nothing new and serve many purposes, including fragrance and topical remedies, and they also have cleansing properties. Be sure to research where you buy your essential oils. Not all oils are created equal. I like to buy them from my Wellness Store because I know they are tested and are pure. If you want more information on where I buy my essential oils, click here.
If you enjoy the ambiance of candles in your home like I do, consider replacing them with flameless alternatives. I recently discovered a remote-controlled LED flameless candle with several advantages, including programmable settings for 2, 4, 6, and 8 hours, adjustable brightness, and adjustable flicker mode.
Making the switch to non-toxic cleaning products can seem daunting, but taking small steps can significantly impact your life. Once you take the first step, you’ll be motivated to continue. Which practical tip we shared today will you implement to replace toxic cleaning products in your home? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.