So far, it’s been all about improving our nutrition and health from the inside, but today we switch gears and start making sure we are avoiding toxins from the outside too!
Everyday we are exposed to hundreds of chemicals in the air, water and our environment, and many more through products we use in our homes and beauty care. Cleaning products tend to be the worst offenders and are some of the most dangerous to have around the house with kids.
Most cleaning products contain harsh solvents, detergents and fragrances as well as harmful chemicals like bleaches, ammonia, sulfates, and parabens. If you’ve ever read the back of a bottle of cleaning spray or bleach, about the damage those chemicals can cause to skin, the respiratory track, eyes, lungs, etc, plus the warning “Can be fatal if swallowed.” Not particularly things you want under your sink with kids around!
As with many things, making your own can save you a lot of money on cleaning products and is much healthier!
What I Use:
Personally, since I discovered Microfiber for cleaning, I don’t use anything else! A product that cleans naturally with only water… I was sold! (Tip: you can also add a couple drops of lemon essential oil for a fresh scent while you clean!)
If you haven’t tried microfiber, the basic idea is that the microscopic fibers in the cloth pick up much more dirt, bacteria and germs than regular cloth. I’ve even seen microfiber alone take off a huge streak of butter on a window (don’t ask….)
My favorite microfiber products that basically clean my entire house are:
- The Antibac Envirocloth- a Heavy duty microfiber cloth with silver fibers embedded in it to kill bacteria and germs. It cleans everything from my cabinets to counters to stainless steel appliances. I also use it to clean my bathroom and can literally clean the bathroom from top to bottom with it. I now keep one microfiber cloth in each room for fast cleaning.
- The Polishing Cloth- I use this on windows for a natural streak free shine with no chemicals. I use one half wet and one half dry and just wipe down with the damp and dry with the dry side. This also works great for polishing mirrors, appliances and electronics.
- The Dusting Mit: Actually picks up dust, even the dust that collects on top of fans (unless perhaps you dust those more often that I do and don’t have dust on top of your fans…). The kids love using this one too and I don’t mind because no chemicals are involved.
- The Telescopic Mop- Hands down my favorite because it lets me mop my entire house without chemicals in 10-15 minutes! It uses a heavy duty microfiber pad that can be machine washed and no bucket or chemicals are required! They even make a kids version of all of the above and my kids love to use them!
The company I get my microfiber from has a household package that contains the Envirocloth, Polishing Cloth and Dusting Mit, as well as a mop starter set.
You can also make your own DIY cleaners and disinfectants for your house, laundry, etc for pennies and they often work as well or better than chemical-laden store bough options. These are a few of my favorite:
Make Your Own Natural Homemade Laundry Detergent-Video Tutorial
Natural Stain Treatment Reference Sheet [Printable]
Natural Homemade Laundry Detergent
Natural All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe
Natural Oven Cleaning
Natural Homemade Glass Cleaner Recipe
Easy Homemade Scouring Powder Recipe
Natural Cleaning and Organizing Checklist
Natural Bathroom Cleaning
Natural Kitchen Cleaning
I want you to see how awesome natural cleaning can be too, so I’m giving away a Microfiber Cleaning Package that includes: A Microfiber Mop and a microfiber cloth package! [Note: For anyone who entered before now: Norwex contacted me and they do not allow giveaways of their product (even though I had purchased the products myself). As per their rules, I have removed their products as part of the giveaway and will be substituting with other microfiber products of equal or greater value. I apologize to those who were hoping for Norwex products and will make sure the new prizes are a suitable substitute]
Enter in the widget below and one lucky winner will win this package on Friday, July 27th! After you enter, leave a comment telling me the cleaning job that you have the toughest time switching to a natural option for!
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What is your toughest cleaning job to do naturally? Share below!