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Goodbye Toxic Chemicals, Hello Spring Cleaning Alternatives


The countdown for Spring is on! With only 10 days until the season arrives, it is time to think about spring cleaning! Even though Spring cleaning can be a great way to refresh from the winter season, it is important to check what exactly is in household cleaners used around yourself, family and even pets.


Unfortunately, a lot of basic household cleaners contain toxic chemicals that can cause more harm than they do help when cleaning. When purchasing cleaning products make sure to check the ingredients label to avoid toxic chemicals. The Cleveland Clinic states, “specific chemicals in all-purpose cleaners to avoid include, ammonia, ethylene glycol monobutyl acetate, sodium hypochlorite and trisodium phosphate. It is best to avoid these chemicals as they can negatively impact everyday life (Cleveland Clinic).


While doing a ditch and switch from toxic chemicals to better cleaning alternatives can be overwhelming, there are ways to make safe cleaning easy! When shopping for a new product keep a list of toxic chemicals to avoid readily available. Another great way to add in cleaner products is by making your own. Try Dr. Bronner’s 18-In-1 Castile Soap for more than just body wash! Dr. Bronner’s castile soap can be used for dish soap, laundry soap, mopping and all-purpose cleaning spray! (Cleaning Spray: 1 L purified water, ¼ cup of your favorite Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap)



Safely experimenting with DIY cleaning products can also be a fun alternative way to get rid of common household products containing toxic chemicals. Try this Cleaning Spray Recipe:


Lavender and Tea Tree Essential Oil Cleaning Spray


· ½ teaspoon Lavender Essential Oil

· ½ teaspoon Tee Tree Essential Oil

· 1 teaspoon Unscented Liquid Soap

· 15 Fluid Ounces Purified Water

· 16-Ounce Spray Bottle


Instructions:

1. In spray bottle, combine soap and essential oils.

2. Top with water, replace lid and shake until blended

3. Spray on surface and wipe clean with a damp cloth



Happy Spring Cleaning!


















References:


Cleveland Clinic. Household Chemical Products and Their Health Risk. 2018. 2022. <https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/11397-household-chemical-products-and-their-health-risk>.


Recipe from INFRA