I don’t know about you, but Spring isn’t the only cleaning season around our home. With two cats, a dog and a full grown child (husband), things don’t stay very tidy very long.
On top of the day to day vacuuming and wiping, more heavy duty cleaning is required weekly. Between the floors, bathrooms and kitchen, there are always lots of areas to clean and keep clean.
If you know me at all (and/or if you read this post) you know I’ve really transitioned from using conventional, commercial products to using safe, non toxic and eco-friendly cleaning agents for a number of reasons. It amazes me how many deadly and hazardous chemicals are in the products we use to clean our dishes. What makes you think that if water alone can’t rid dirty dishes of food, that it can rid those same dishes of the chemicals we soak them in? Same goes for laundry and floors and counters and anything else you clean.
While some of the healthy products are a little more pricey up front, it doesn’t compare to the cost of the damage we cause to our bodies and that of our pets and kids when we use products full of dangerous chemicals.
So how do we decipher the good from the bad? Great question. It takes a lot of research and digging to get to the core of this issue. Many companies don’t disclose ingredients on cleaning products and make it a very difficult task to find out. Luckily, the Environmental Working Group (aka EWG) is putting together a “Cleaners Database” to help you out, which they expect to release this fall. In the meantime, however, they just released their Hall of Shame showcasing the worst of the worst cleaning products. I urge you to check it out, you may be surprised at what you see, and it may be that firm kick in the butt you need to clean up your cleaning act.
Two more guides EWG offers are (1) the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, where you can read the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen lists, and (2) the Skin Deep sunscreen database to find the safe sunscreen that fits your family.
Have you switched or have you considered switching to all natural, non toxic, cleaning agents? Why or why not?