There are so many aspects of our lives in which we encounter toxic chemicals, places where we could start making healthier choices for ourselves and the environment and move towards a greener, healthier lifestyle. Some of these unhealthy substances have become so commonplace in modern life that it can be intimidating to figure out where to start.
But you don’t have to make the change all at once. Consider small ways or segments of your shopping, eating or personal care routines that you can change now, and progress to bigger changes later.
One place to start making a change today is the way you clean, whether it’s your home, your clothes, your dishes or your food. Cleaning products contain some of the most toxic materials you will find in the average home, and when you use a cleaning product it releases those toxins into the air you breathe, onto your skin, onto your cooking and eating surfaces.
And worse, when you send them down the drain in your kitchen sink, they’re released into the environment. You can make a big change easily by changing your cleaning products.
But what are some of those toxins in your cleaning products? Here are some examples.
Glycol ethers are solvents present in many cleaning products. Their grease-cutting properties make them popular in heavy-duty kitchen cleaners. Exposure can irritate your eyes and lungs, but over the long term, they can cause anemia, birth defects and damage to sperm.
Phosphates are added to dishwasher detergent to cut grease and reduce spotting and filming, but once released into the water supply it is harmful to the delicate ecosystems in our streams, lakes and rivers.
Often present in commercial spray and wick deodorizers for rooms, carpet and furniture, this chemical can irritate the eyes, nose and throat, causing wheezing, coughing and even bronchitis. It is especially dangerous for children, the elderly or people with asthma.
This chemical is often found in plastic (even children’s toys!). But, if a cleaning or personal care product lists “fragrance” as one of its ingredients, that could be a hiding place for phthalates, too. This endocrine disruptor is linked to obesity, hormone and thyroid imbalances, birth defects and low sperm counts.
How Can You “Go Green”?
So, what can you do to change your cleaning products for the better? There are many natural options that you can turn to. A paste of baking soda makes a wonderful household cleaner, as does diluted white vinegar. A liquid castile soap is just as good for cleaning your dishes (by hand, not in the dishwasher) as it is for cleaning your body.
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