Are you in full spring-cleaning mode, yet?  I absolutely love this time of year — out with the old and in with the new.  Tidying up your home and your life can breathe such a breath of fresh air into your life.  However, one important aspect of cleaning is the household cleaners you use, and I wanted to share some of my favorite information on healthier versions of those cleaners. 

Normal chemical-laden household cleaners can make it hard for us to breathe, cause our eyes to water, or even lead to health concerns we certainly want to bypass.  As someone with an autoimmune disease and/or other chronic condition, these types of chemicals can sometimes negatively affect our immune systems, which can flare symptoms, so it can be better if we can use a healthier or more natural version to get the job done. 

Unfortunately, these damaging chemicals are found in everything from our fabric softeners to our soap-scum removers, and everything in between.   

The smell-good factor is what causes a lot of problems.  Chemical cleaner manufacturers want us to feel like our homes are fresh like lemons, but they’re still loaded with chemical agents we release into our homes with every scrubbing.  Go look at your cleaning products and read the ingredients. Do you see DEA or TEA?  These ingredients, among many others, can be carcinogenic and should be avoided.   

What You Should Look for Instead 

If you must buy cleaners to clean your home, first look at the labels. If it says “danger,” “caution,” or “warning” on it, it’s best to keep walking. Choosing non-toxic cleaners is always best for your home and for your overall health.  

Another great option is to go with plant-based formulations over petroleum-based. Don’t fall for terms like “natural” or “eco-friendly” though. You should keep reading the packaging to be sure those claims are legitimate. If it contains “solvent-free,” “no phosphates,” or “no petroleum-based ingredients” on the packaging, it’s a much safer and greener choice than those that do contain them. 

Clean Even Better 

If that sounds overly complex, well, it can be! You can simplify cleaning by making your own chemical-free cleaners that are eco-friendly and safe to use with ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen right now. You just need BPA-free containers to store them in, and you’re all set. 

Baking soda, lemon juice, and vinegar are some of the common cleaners you can use in your home for a glistening, grease-free clean without causing damage to your health or the environment.  

Here are a few to try! 

– All-Purpose Cleaner 

This one is great for getting stubborn stains off surfaces. 

– Kitchen Cleaner 

If you hate cleaning that fridge out, this one makes it easy and takes all smells away.  

– Super Scrub 

This is great for all surfaces except granite and marble. 

If you’re searching the internet for a few other alternatives, here are some additional suggestions you can buy instead: 

Regardless of whether you make your own from a variety of ingredients or if you purchase a toxin-free version, by using safe cleaners in your home, you’ll have a fresher spring-cleaned home you’ll genuinely enjoy without any dangerous toxins lingering behind! 

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