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Go Green: Eco-Friendly Household Cleaners

Carly Sutherland

Carly Sutherland

Certainly we all know that we should be using safe and ‘green’ household products, unfortunately not everything found on a store shelf is created equally- or quite frankly, safely. As it turns out, the regulation of chemicals in household products in lacking- as in there is no federal regulation. Many products contain corrosive, toxic chemicals which very well might “clean” your home well, but certainly don’t do much to protect the health of you and your loved ones. These toxins can leave terrible residues (especially harmful to food surfaces and ingesting), and contribute to indoor air pollution- or potentially even health ailments. According to Experience Life Magazine, the average household contains about 62 toxic chemicals. We’re exposed to these toxins regularly- from household cleaners to beauty products and fragrances, the list goes on. Experience Life goes on to say- Ingredients in common household products have been linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption and neurotoxicity. However, the manufacturers of these products insist that these toxic ingredients aren’t likely to cause ailments, but when we’re exposed to these ingredients routinely (and in many combinations) it’s nearly impossible to accurately gauge the risk posed to the consumer. Choosing safe and reliable products is so important to our wellbeing as well as those around us. Although you may find it hard to navigate at first, finding green cleaners is actually very easy!

Instead of continuing the use of harmful (to both you and the environment) chemical cleaners, try an eco-friendly all purpose cleaners instead. The benefits are undeniable. Of course, the safest alternative to harmful products are DIY cleaners- vinegar, baking soda, essential oils etc. However, we don’t always have the time to make these. The important thing to remember is that just because a product is labeled “green”, “natural”, or “biodegradable”, doesn’t necessarily mean that it is indeed a non toxic product.

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DIY Clean!

Although a lot of great products for cleaning exist, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming when choosing how to clean your home. You and your family will certainly appreciate the decrease in toxic and unhealthy matter in your home after the switch.

Here are a list of ingredients which you can use safely in your home. It’s so simple to clean with these common products, anyone can DIY! Their uses can be easily searched on the web. The possibilities are endless. From unclogging drains, washing clothes or removing stains from the carpet- the true path for DIY household cleaning requires very few products indeed. Here are the essentials:

Baking Soda, Castille Soap, Lemon Juice, Washing Soda, Vinegar, Aromatherapy Oils (For air purification and scent purposes)

Ingredients Matter!
If you’d prefer to purchase cleaners rather than do it yourself, there’s good news! There are plenty of household cleaners on the market which are safe, healthy, and eco-friendly. It’s as simple as this- look at the ingredients! If the product which you choose doesn’t tell you what’s in it, do not purchase it. If a label says “Natural”, “Eco-Friendly” or “Non Toxic”, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is. It can be a helpful start when searching the shelves for a safe product, but verify it by looking at the ingredient list! EWG has an incredibly beneficial resource- a Guide to Healthy Cleaning. In this guide, they rate products based upon their health safety. If you’re unsure if the household cleaner of your choosing is safe, check it on the guide!

Although there are certainly more toxins out there than those that reside on the following list, here is an idea of what to avoid:
Ammonia, Antibacterials and Disinfectants, Butyl Glycol, Ethylene Glycol, Monobutyl, Chlorine Bleach, Petroleum Solvents, Phosphates, Phthalates

If you find yourself with questions regarding your new or existing Truland Home, please feel free to contact us here at the office. We hope to hear from you!