Natural, kid-friendly cleaners for the home

March 16, 2017 | by Heather Bautista, ND, CNS, LDN
Categories: Healthy Driven Moms

Many of the cleaners we use today are filled with toxic chemicals that can be damaging to our health. It can take just 26 seconds for chemicals typically found in household products to enter the bloodstream. 

These toxins can cause a multitude of issues, including: muscle aches and pains, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, excessive sinus problems, gas and bloating, trouble losing weight, puffy, dark circles under the eyes, skin conditions, breathing problems and more.

Although these chemicals may make household cleaning quicker and easier, it just isn’t worth it considering the burden on our health, our children’s health and the health of our environment. 

Many parents want safe cleaners for the home but don’t know where to look.

Chemicals to avoid when using bathroom cleaners or disinfectants include: benzene, toluene, xylene, methanol, and ethylbenzene. These have been linked to issues with the nervous and reproductive systems, as well as increased cancer risk.

Formaldehyde is another known carcinogen that can be found in air fresheners, antibacterial detergents and carpet cleaners. Also, many cleaning products contain phthalates that are well known hormone disrupters.

Bleach is a common household product. It is found in laundry whitening detergents as well as many cleaning products. The odor alone is highly irritating to the eyes and very damaging when it contacts the skin.

These companies have committed their products to be safe for people of all ages and for our environment:

  • Seventh Generation
  • Mrs. Meyer’s
  • Babyganics
  • Method
  • Dr. Bronner’s
  • Biokleen
  • Simple Green Naturals

Keep in mind, the simplest, purest and most cost-effective cleaners are the ones made at home with items that are typically already found on your shelves.

Lemon juice, vinegar and hydrogen peroxide are great alternatives for cleaning windows and cutting through tough grease — and for preventing mold formation, especially in the bathroom. Sea salt and baking soda is useful for scrubbing tough dirt and grime. Baking soda alone naturally deodorizes, cleanses, and lifts stains from clothing. 

So the next time you purchase a cleaning product, take in consideration the ingredients. Being aware of alternatives to harsh cleaning chemicals is a great way to keep you and your kids healthy.

Learn more about children’s services at Edward-Elmhurst Health.

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