My mother taught me what a well-kept house should be. As I took on the role of “chief house cleaner,” in my own home, I followed her example. I used bleach to clean my counters and toilets. Ammonia to clean the tile floors. As time went on, I changed from bleach and ammonia to name-brand chemical household cleaners.
Although I had a clean home, there was one question I failed to ask myself. “Am I providing a safe home for my family?” I say NO.
According to the American Lung Association, “Many cleaning supplies or household products can irritate the eyes or throat, or cause headaches and other health problems, including cancer. Some products release dangerous chemicals, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
VOC’s and other chemicals released when using cleaning supplies contribute to chronic respiratory problems, allergic reactions and headaches. Cleaning supplies and household products contains VOC’s can include”:
- Aerosol spray products, including health, beauty and cleaning products
- Air fresheners
- Detergent and dishwashing liquid
- Rug and upholstery cleaners
- Furniture and floor polish
- Oven cleaners
Potentially dangerous chemicals can be found in every room in the home. (Cleveland Clinic) Keep in mind that most household cleaning products and pesticides are reasonably safe…”
I ask… Are you and I willing to use products that are reasonably safe?
and What can you and I do to make sure we are providing a safe home for our family?
We have 3 choices:
1) Choose products that don’t contain VOC’s, fragrances, irritants and flammable ingredients.
2) Use natural ingredients that you have around the home such as:
- White Vinegar
- Baking Soda
- Olive Oil
- Washing Soda
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Essential Oils
3) Plant-Based Cleaners with Essential Oils
You may wonder do these “natural ingredients” kill the germs and keep my house as clean? Let’s explore a couple
Vinegar: According to ABC news Australia “Vinegar, is about 5 per cent acetic acid. The acid kills bacteria and viruses, by chemically changing the proteins and fats that make up these nasties… When researchers tested cleaning products against alternatives like vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, they discovered the neat vinegar killed a range of household pathogens.
In conclusion, I still follow my mom’s excellent example of having a well-kept home. Although, instead of chemicals I now clean with natural and plant-based products. Why? To keep my family safe. My hope for you is that you’ll do the same.
Please look for my next Blog Post, “Recipes for Natural Household Cleaning”.