Toxins inside your home

Woman cleaning the counter  in the kitchen

There are 5 common ingredients to avoid in personal care and home cleaning products,

  1. Parabens - A type of preservative. Shampoos, hair dyes, tanning sprays, sunscreen and deodorants.
  2. Phthalates - Are plastic bi-products found in cosmetics, soaps, perfumes, hair spray, nail polish, detergents and household items that can give off gasses. Plastic shower curtains and toilet paper.
  3. Synthetic fragrances - Mostly derived from petrolium. Perfumes, body scents, detergents, fabric softeners, dryer sheets, soaps, shampoo, conditioner, air fresheners and scented candles.
  4. Triclosan - Began as an antibacterial agent used only in hospitals.
  5. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/SLS - Emulsifier or foaming agents found in shampoo, soap and toothpaste.

Here are a couple of ideas on do-It yourself cleaning products

You can make your own cleaning supplies to avoid toxic chemicals often found in store-bought products. It’s simple, easy, and may save you a few bucks, too.

All-Purpose Cleaner

This simple solution can be used on most surfaces.

  • Mix a solution of 1⁄2 water and 1⁄2 white vinegar in a spray bottle.
  • Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. I like to use lavender, lemon and tea tree.
  • Use as you would any other spray cleaner, without the toxic chemicals!

A Natural Scrubber

This natural scrubbing solution will help cut through grime and soak up odor.

  • Mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with a cup of water or just apply baking soda directly on the surface you want to scrub.

  • Apply a generous amount to the area that needs to be cleaned.

  • Leave paste on for 15 minutes before scrubbing off with a scrub brush.

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