Chemical Free Products and Cleaning Tips

chemical free cleaning products and tips
As we better educate ourselves on the chemicals we put in our bodies and those we breath in our households, which products are the safest to clean with? What are some other home hazards we’ve likely over looked? Sarah Wallace from the Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center gives Breezy Mama tips on chemical free cleaning products, how to make your own and other tips for keeping your family healthy!

From Sarah:

If the common smell doesn’t already give it away, you can tell from looking at the list of hard to pronounce ingredients, that there are some unsafe chemicals in your common household cleaners. This article references 8 of the most harmful chemicals that you might encounter in your cleaning products. Or even easier, Huff Post has unveiled a handful of the most harmful products you could buy for home cleaning.

Natural Cleaners

Whether it’s natural and organic store bought cleaners, or DIY homemade cleaners, there are so many safe options for your household cleaning needs. A few recommended store-bought natural cleaners are:

DIY All-Purpose Cleaner

If you’d like to opt for the homemade option, there are tons of recipes with many ingredients that are probably already in your home! You can find an extremely detailed list of helpful ingredients to keep on hand, and recipes for different natural cleaners here. A top recipe, would have to be the universal all-purpose cleaner – see graphic above!

It’s super simple, and you can use it on just about any surface you need to clean. DIY household cleaner recipes are great because there are none of those scientific sounding, impossible to read chemicals hiding inside. The ingredients are exactly what you put inside, so you can rest assured knowing that you are not breathing in something potentially harmful while you clean!

MAA_Spring_CleanSafe & Natural Seasonal Cleaning

Many people make a note to “Spring Clean” when the winter comes to an end, however, once a year might not be enough! A good rule of thumb is to do a whole-home cleanout at the end/beginning of each season. This is the best way to make sure that your home is not only clean and healthy, but also safe for you and your family!

Two keys steps to making your seasonal cleaning successful are: finding and eliminating potential household hazards, and using natural cleaning products. By first detecting where your home could be hiding potential dangers, you can get rid of those, then use non-toxic, healthy options to clean your home to it’s fullest potential!

Potential Dangers- Toxic Materials

While it’s nice to believe that your home is always a safe place, you must keep in mind that depending on when and where your home was built, there may be possible material dangers. One very scary material is asbestos. Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that becomes toxic when airborne. It was commonly used in many home products, including but not limited to vinyl flooring, insulation, roofing and siding, in homes built before the 1970’s. The material was once thought of as a miracle because it is fire resistant, however, it was then discovered that the material can cause many illnesses and diseases, such as mesothelioma – a rare, but preventable cancer.

Another toxic material is lead. While there are regulations preventing the use of lead paint, it can still be found in older homes. Lead in paint can be extremely dangerous, and the consumption can lead to kidney and nervous system damage, as well as delayed development and stunted growth. This is extremely detrimental to children, who might find the taste of it to be sweet.

How to Fix it – Consult the Pros

In order to avoid toxic materials in your home, always be on the lookout for hazard areas. As far as asbestos goes, you’ll want to consult a professional if you have a home built before the 1970’s and find damage to vinyl flooring, insulation, siding, roofing or piping. It is also extremely beneficial to have your home tested for lead paint. Being proactive is your best option for avoiding these potentially harmful materials!

Next time you start thinking about your seasonal cleaning, take a few moments to plan your course of action, seek out and deal with potential dangers, and equip yourself with safe cleaning products. The extra prep and hard work will pay off once you’re house is extra safe and squeaky clean!

About the Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center

The Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center is an online resource for patients, family members and caregivers dealing with mesothelioma cancer. They provide up to date information about mesothelioma and other medical conditions relating to asbestos exposure. Their goal is to provide information so visitors can easily access doctors and clinics to receive medical attention for their diagnosis. For more information visit: www.maacenter.org.

 

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