Having had M.E when I was in my teens I became very conscious not only of the chemicals in our food but of all the products we have in our home that potentially contain ingredients that could cause sensitivity in my body.
Did you know the average home contains 62 toxic chemicals?
Of those 62 there are 8 that are most commonly used which are:
These are found in the fragrances used in products and they are known endocrine disruptors. Although exposure to phthalates mainly occurs through inhalation, it can also happen through skin contact with scented soaps.
Perchloroethylene or “PERC”
These are used in Dry-cleaning solutions, spot removers, and carpet and upholstery cleaners.It is a neurotoxin. The route of exposure is most often inhalation
This is used in most liquid dishwashing detergents and hand soaps labelled “antibacterial.”
It is an antibacterial agent that can promote the growth of drug-resistant bacteria. Studies have shown that if it gets into rivers it is toxic to algae. It is a probable carcinogen.
Quarternary Ammonium Compounds, or “QUATS”
These are used in Fabric softener liquids and most household cleaners labelled “antibacterial.” Like triclosan they help breed antibiotic-resistant bacteria. They’re also a skin irritant.
This is found in multipurpose cleaners.
It causes sore throats when inhaled, at high levels glycol ethers can also contribute to narcosis, pulmonary edema, and severe liver and kidney damage.
This is found in polishing agents for bathroom fixtures, sinks and jewellery. Ammonia is a powerful irritant.
This is found in Scouring powders, mildew removers, laundry whiteners, household tap water. It is a respiratory irritant and may be a serious thyroid disrupter.
Found in oven cleaners and drain openers.It is very corrosive and can burn the skin.
A shocking list I think you will agree.
I feel it is so important to consider a holistic approach to cleaning your home and not use anything in it that you wouldn’t ever mind getting on your skin.
Whilst there are great brands out there like Ecover it is also very easy to make your own green cleaning products. Here are a few ideas…
Plants – Replace your plug-ins and air fresheners with plants like spiders plants and palms, which naturally clean the air taking out contaminants like carbon monoxide and benzene whilst also reducing odour.
Palo Santo – Burn incense such as Palo Santo or resins to positively clear negative energy in a space.
Tea tree oil – For an alternative to chemical disinfectants and sanitizers include antibacterial and antifungal tea-tree oil. Mix a few drops of tea-tree oil and a tablespoon of vinegar with water in a spray bottle for a safe, germ killing, all-purpose cleaner. Add a couple of drops of lavender essential oil for scent.
Vinegar- This is a great all-purpose cleaner great for mirrors and windows and also works as a clothes softener if you add a teaspoon to your washing machine.
If you save up your lemon or orange peels you can add vinegar to them and let them sit for 2 weeks then use as a citrus surface cleaner.
Toothpaste – This is another good cleaner especially useful for cleaning metal work.
Baking Soda – Mix with water and use as a great natural oven or surface cleaner