As a child, I hated cleaning day, but not for the reasons you might think. I disliked it because of the strong chemicals used to clean the house. The harshly strong scents of ammonia, starch, and chlorine bleach hurt my nose, gave me headaches, and caused skin rashes, but I didn’t connect my symptoms with cleaning products until I was an adult.
Most people don’t associate their home-sweet-homes with toxins but many homes are unknowingly filled with them. And many commonly used cleaning products are just as bad, if not worse.
Scented laundry detergent, fabric softener, and dryer sheets
Mold and mildew
Toxic gases from: carpeting and rugs, shower curtains, sheets and towels, and dry-cleaned clothing to name a few
- Plug-in, spray, and other air fresheners
The library has many books to help you green your house for the environment and your health.
You can clean your house with borax, baking soda, lemon juice, and white vinegar. Even old-fashioned, been-around-forever Bon Ami cleanser is non-toxic or you can buy many of the green cleaning products available everywhere now in ready-made formulas including Seventh Generation, J.R. Watkins, and Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day to name a few.
For more ways to detox your home of harmful chemicals that cause allergies, headaches, and skin irritations, here are a few suggestions:
Toxic Free: How to Protect your Health and Home from the Chemicals that Are Making You Sick
by Debra Dadd-Redalia
Home Safe Home: Protecting Yourself and Your Family From Everyday Toxics and Harmful Household Products
by Debra Lynn Dadd
What’s in This Stuff? The Hidden Toxins in Everyday Products and What You Can Do About Them by Pat Thomas