The grass is turning green, the flowers are blooming and the trees are getting leaves. There’s no doubt Spring is here! My favorite part of Spring is taking a week off to deep clean our home. There’s nothing like an uncluttered and clean home to start this season feeling fresh and happy.
Most people use this time of year to clean parts of their home that are often neglected. While having a clean home is important, what you use to clean your home with is even more important. Did you know that common household cleaners contain ingredients that have been linked to health issues like endocrine disruption and even cancer?
There are many chemicals I try to stay away from; some of them are: Formaldehyde, Chlorine, Fragrances and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. You will see those in most products but there are other toxic ingredients you should stay away from – learn about them on this list.
However, you can have a clean house while avoiding toxic chemicals. The easiest way to avoid these harmful ingredients is by making your own cleaning supplies at home. It only takes minutes and it’s much more affordable than buying them premade at a store.
You can also avoid toxic chemical by buying safer products, like plant based cleaning supplies. If you’re just beginning your journey, it can be overwhelming to figure out which cleaning products to buy. The Environmental Working Group has a great database of cleaning supplies database of cleaning supplies, you can type the name of the product and it will give you a rating based on how toxic it is. This is a great site to check if you’re unsure about what you’re buying or if you want to check a product you already have at home.
In today’s segment I showed you how to make 2 of my favorite non-toxic cleaners and had one more on display. If you missed the segment, check it out here:
Get the recipes to all these DIY products by clicking on the image below:
Want to make even more recipes? Check out of DIY natural cleaning section.
If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed and are not sure where to start, check out this post with tips on becoming a toxic-free family and this one on how to clear your home of toxic cleaning supplies.
Green Spring Cleaning Tips:
Make the most out of Spring Cleaning by following these simple tips:
- Clean parts of your home that are usually neglected, like inside your refrigerator, windows and kitchen cabinets.
- Do deep cleaning on areas with lots of traffic, like the living room, dinning room and especially the bathroom.
- Go over your kids toys and give away the toys your kids are not using. A great hack is to put a box inside a closet where you can put toys that your kids lose interest in. When the box fills up, give those toys away.
- Go to your closet and get rid of everything you haven’t used in the last year. If you haven’t used it and don’t want to get rid of it, think about why is that?
- Don’t forget to use non-toxic cleaning supplies, whether you buy them or make them at home.
- Everyone loves a house that smells nice! Consider using essential oils and a diffuser instead of candles or scented items. A lot of toxic ingredients lurk in those products that smell nice.
Want to learn how to make more DIY products? Attend my free workshops:
When I started this journey it was a little overwhelming and sometimes I wasn’t sure if I was doing things the right way. Now that I’ve had a little more experience making these recipes I’d love to show you how to make them.
I’ve partnered with Whole Foods Market to do a FREE workshop series. Every month we gather at Whole Foods Market in Friendship Heights to learn how to make different DIY products. These events are not only free but so are all the ingredients we use and you get to take home the products you make. How awesome is that?
Sign up here to be notified of my next workshop – hint it’s going to be in April and the theme will be Green Spring Cleaning. You’ll learn to make some of the product you saw on this segment and more.
I hope that you feel inspired to get rid of toxic cleaners and start your green journey! You don’t need to make drastic changes. Little changes end up making a big difference in your family’s health.
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