The Squeaky Green Home

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My new year’s resolution this year was to slowly make-over the personal care and housekeeping products in our home. With Christmas money, I converted my cosmetics to a brand that used fewer ingredients that are known carcinogens. A month or two later, as my most-used household chemicals were getting low, I switched to a plant and mineral-based all purpose cleaner. Recently, we got around to choosing a better laundry detergent.

By now, you’re likely asking, “Why?!” What’s wrong with the stuff I’ve been buying? We all want homes that are safe, clean, and healthy. My intention is not to point out the bad, as much as it is to tell you about what is better. No one likes scare tactics, so my desire is to present you with a list of facts and leave the decision up to you.

Statistically, the chemicals used in our topical cleaning products that you get from the grocery store are linked to issues like asthma (seriously – is it really okay that you need to turn the exhaust fan on to clean your surfaces?), reproductive issues, headaches, eczema (rubber gloves anyone?), disrupted endocrine systems, and even cancer. That is not okay.

What ingredients should you look out for as you choose your household products? The most common ones to watch are Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Triclosan, Parabens, Aluminum, Mineral Oil, Synthetic Fragrances, and Phthalates.

Is there a  quick way I can look up the products in my house and see if they are safe? Yes! www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners is a great resource (you can look mainstream brands up or score the ingredients of lesser known brands to see how they rate).

The good news is that there are so many options for cleaning with natural substances. Baking soda and vinegar really, truly works! There are plant-based solutions available, too! In addition to these, I like the added sparkle and purity that cleaning with essential oils brings.  

There is so much to learn about creating a healthier home…. so much that we want to invite you to a free educational class on the topic! It goes live on September 15th at 7:30 CST (but you’ll have a chance to look at all of the information after the event is complete, too). Join the event here. We hope to see you there!

What is one thing you’d like to learn about, in terms of safe household care? Comment below and tell us!

Laurel West

Happy Wife. Mom of Three. Homemaker. Christ Follower. Multigenerational Texan. Chai Addict. Photographer. Health Nut. Natural Birth Junkie. Classically Trained Soprano. Founder of Adventures in Oiling. Amateur Graphic Designer.

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