For those of you taking part in my 10-day detox you’ve made it to day 3! You may have felt a little more tired today as your body is really starting to clean out those toxins now; muscle aches and moodiness can sometimes surface as well. If these things happen just know it’s all temporary and is part of the process.
A detox should not just be about the food you take in, it should also be a time when you take a look at what’s in your surrounding environment. So, today I want to touch on detoxifying the cleaners in your home.
It’s time for spring cleaning, and therefore time to check in on what exactly you are pulling out of your cupboards. Is it generic, store-bought cleaners like Mr. Clean or Lysol? Is it homemade or reputable, eco-friendly cleaners? If your answer is the generic option, here are 2 important reasons why you should re-think your cleaning regime.
- Most of those store-bought cleaners (even including some brands that claim they are
“green”) contain harmful chemicals, chemicals that are known to cause cancer, disrupt hormones, negatively affect the nervous system, and cause allergic reactions & skin irritation. If you are currently pregnant, trying to conceive, or have small children at home these chemicals could be especially harmful.
- Watch for and avoid the following chemicals: 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (allergen that forms cancer-causing chemicals), BHA (causes skin depigmentation), DMDM Hydantoin (allergen that forms cancer-causing chemicals), triclosan (may disrupt growth hormones from the thyroid), boric acid & sodium borate (unsafe for infants), dibutyl phthalate & toluene (causes hormone disruption; also found in nail polish)
- The list to avoid is much longer than above, but a general rule of thumb is that if you can’t understand multiple ingredients in a product than it’s likely not safe for your family.
- It’s not necessary. Homemade and eco-friendly cleaners work well, are much safer for your entire family, and can be more cost-effective as well.
For more information on specific cleaning products, be sure to check out cosmeticsdatabase.com; this site rates most cleaners by giving them a score out of 10 (10 being most hazardous to your health). For tips on how to go green, have a look through Ecoholic Home by Adria Vasil (she provides examples of homemade cleaners, as well as safe store-bought options).
My Favourite Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner:
- This recipe is so simple to make, very cost efficient, and is a safe & effective cleaner; in my books it’s a must have in every home
- In a reusable spray bottle, combine 1 part water and 1 part white vinegar with 20-30 drops of thieves essential oil (this is a combination of essential oils that provides anti-bacterial & anti-viral properties)
- Give it a gentle shake and use for cleaning everything from kitchen countertops to mirrors to bathroom surfaces and more
Happy spring cleaning!