What’s lurking in your household cleaner?

I just love finding new, safe and healthy alternatives to what I’m currently using either in my home or on my body. Have you ever looked under your sink at the ingredients of some of your usual household cleaners? Or worse yet, checked the EWG site to find out if what you’re using is healthy or toxic? Eek!

We’ll talk about EWG – Environmental Working Group in another blog. You’re going to LOVE them!

A few weeks ago, I decided to take a closer look at what I was using and I was shocked to uncover what I did. The truth of the matter is, if you’re concerned about your health and helping the environment, your toxic household cleaners will likely be the first to get the boot! And for good reason. The household cleaning industry is largely unregulated and companies aren’t required to include ingredient lists for cleaning products. Go ahead, take a look…I’ll wait here J

I know what you saw on your household cleaner labels, lots of sunshine, butterflies and smiling faces, right?

Companies take full advantage of that lack of regulations to make false claims about their cleaning products and to include toxic chemicals in their products without letting the consumer know. It’s hard to know just how bad these chemical concoctions really are for your health and the environment.

That’s why the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit research organization known for its personal care product database, has created a new database that includes more than 2,000 household cleaners. The EWG ranks the cleaners based on how hazardous their ingredients are and how much information they include on their labels.

Here’s just one of their Hall of Shame Cleaners – Scrubbing Bubbles. I, personally, was so disappointed because their brand mascot, the smiling, scrubbing sponge, is so darned likeable. Likeable to look at, yes, good for your system – NO! This product contains chemicals banned in the European Union including DEGBE, which can and does irritate and inflame your lungs. The EU bans this chemical in household cleaners in concentrations above 3%. This product contains up to 10%.

So here are just a few simple, nontoxic solutions for your home. These are all safe and cheap! And, you probably have all the ingredients to make your own cleaners in your home.

FRESH LEMON – Lemons help get rid of water stains and increase shine. Simply cut one in half, rub it on your sink and shower faucets and admire the shine.

BAKING SODA – Baking soda can be used as a nontoxic scouring agent for scrubbing your sinks, bathtubs and shower floors.

WHITE VINEGAR – One of nature’s best antibacterial and antiviral agents, white vinegar can be used for various cleaning needs. Simply mix one part vinegar with three parts water for a simple countertop spray, or place ¼ cup in toilets for an effective routine cleaning.

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