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March is the official month of Spring cleaning. There is something about the warmer weather that makes me want to organize and make my house sparkling clean. However, have you ever noticed that you get a headache or feel grimy after using cleaning products? I have, so I researched it and wanted to share with you why I’m switching to toxic-free cleaning products and what I am buying.
Why I am Switching
I heard about a Netflix documentary called “Stink!” it’s about a father who ordered clothes for his daughters and noticed a horrible smell on them. He reached out to the company and basically refused to tell him why the clothes smelled so bad. This led to him researching chemicals that are in the everyday products and the negative effects they have.
In a nutshell, the documentary explains that headaches, lightheadedness, skin conditions, and fertility problems, and more could be linked to toxic chemicals in our everyday products. (I recommend watching the documentary because they explain the science behind the research).
I struggle with daily headaches and frequent migraines, I have since I was a little girl. I’ve had tests done, taken medicine, and nothing seems to work. After watching Stink, I thought, what if my headaches are caused by toxins in my home, I just never thought of that because I’ve always been around it.
Benefits of Toxic-Free Cleaners
Here is a list of some of the benefits of toxic-free cleaners.
- Safe around children.
- Cheaper – Products have fewer ingredients or you can easily make your own. Check out this article on 28 ways to clean using vinegar.
- They don’t harm the environment.
- Better air quality
- Makes cleaning easier – You can use one product for multiple things.
- Less clutter
- Less harsh on your skin
How to Switch
- Download the “Think Dirty” app. It’s free! The app grades cleaning and beauty products from 0-9. 0-3 means the product is safe and toxic-free. 4-6 means it has a mixture of good and bad ingredients, and 7-9 means stay away! The app lists the ingredients in the products and explains why the ingredient is safe or toxic. You can easily search or scan products.
- I am a big money saver if you buy a product use it. Scan your current products and write the grade on it. then you know when you run out to replace it with a cleaner one. Or, you can donate your products to a poor college student or something.
- Just because it says “natural” doesn’t mean it is. Ms. Meyers markets themself as being a safe product for your home. However, some of their products are packed with fragrance and have a rating or 8 on the Think Dirty app. Do your research and scan just in case.
- Shop online. There are better options online than in your target cleaning aisle. It will also save you from standing and scanning multiple items.
What am I buying?
All items can be found on Amazon.
- Puracy Hand Soap – Comes in a 4 pack. You can also buy a refill bag HERE.
- Seventh Generation Wood Cleaner – Smells amazing and cleans very well.
- Seventh Generation Glass Cleaner – Leaves ZERO streaks.
- Multi-surface Cleaner – Cuts through dirt, grime, and grease. Essential Oils are used so the smell is strong. I personally like it.
- All Free Clear Laundry Detergent – Comes in pods and liquid. Safe for sensitive skin.
These are the current items that I am using. I plan on switching out all household cleaners and soaps. Puracy and Seventh Generation have laundry detergent, dishwashing, baby products, and other cleaning products available.
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