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How to rid your home of 62 Toxic Chemicals

bucket full of chemical cleaner

Keeping your home clean is easier said than done, but did you know that mainstream cleaning products could be adding even more toxins to your home?  We’ve put together this guide on how to clean your home naturally and safely.

Why should we use natural cleaning products?

If you use mainstream cleaning products, there could be up to 62 toxic chemicals found in your home.  Using harsh cleaning products can actually make the air inside your home polluted with irritating airborne particles, often caused by the fumes from chemical-based cleaners. Everything you spray, scrub or wash comes into contact with your skin and can be inhaled, potentially causing skin reactions and increasing the symptoms of asthma and respiratory conditions. We can actually spend up to approximately four years of our lives cleaning, so using natural products is extremely important for our families’ health and wellbeing.

What are the ingredients to look out for in mainstream products?

There are eight chemical ingredients commonly found in mainstream cleaning products, including Phthalates, Butoxyethanol, Perchloroethylene, Ammonia, Chlorine, Triclosan, Sodium Hydroxide and Quaternary Ammonium. These ingredients are used as foaming agents and disinfectants and are found in things like kitchen and bathroom cleaners, dishwashing liquid and even hand soap. Over time, inhaling or handling these chemicals can negatively affect your health by exposing you to potentially hormone and immune system disrupting synthetic substances. These ingredients can also end up in our waterways, harming natural marine life and damaging the environment. Choosing green cleaning products can reduce exposure to irritating chemicals and is just so much better for the environment!

Which toxin-free cleaning products do I recommend?

Ecoegg Laundry Egg

If you have yet to try the Ecoegg Laundry Egg, compared with ordinary liquid or powder detergents, it’s cheaper, easier, and more ecofriendly – and it gets your clothes every bit as clean! Inside the egg are 210 washes’ worth of a pair of minerals which react in water to release a natural cleansing foam that sluices through fabric fibres to flush out the dirt. All you do is toss the egg on top of your clothes, then set it out to dry when they’re done – no measuring and no mess.

Dr Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap Peppermint

With 18 different uses, the Dr Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap is an amazing multipurpose product!  This fresh, minty soap can be used for anything from a shampoo and body wash to a toilet cleaner and bench spray! Best of all, it contains no harsh, skin stripping chemicals such as Triclosan, instead using Coconut Oil, Olive Oil and Hemp Oil in an effective cleansing formulation.

dr bronners cleaning range

Abode Tea Tree Toilet Gel

An ideal alternative to chemical-filled toilet cleaners and bleaching products, the Abode Natural Toilet Cleaner Gel has been developed using only naturally derived plant and mineral based ingredients (most food grade), it does away with the concoction of dangerous chemicals such as bleach, ammonia, petrochemicals and betaines used in most common brands. Toxic fumes and VOCs free. It contains organic Tea Tree essential oil – an extremely powerful and effective antibacterial that leaves your house smelling like a home not a hospital!

Envirocare Enviro Clean Mould Remover and Tile Cleaner

Get your ceramic tiles and other hard surfaces shiny clean with no caustic chemicals, no chlorine, no phosphates, no sodium lauryl sulphate, and no propylene glycol! enviroCare Mould Remover & Tile Cleaner uses biological organic acids to do the job, and it does so much more than just remove mould and clean tiles – it also takes care of rust stains and calcium deposits, and it works on glass and metals like aluminium, chrome and stainless steel, so you can use it on all of your bathroom surfaces and fixtures. It’s even a natural antimicrobial agent that kills mould, bacteria and algae to help keep problems from recurring.

Enviro Clean Enviro Clean Vigor All Purpose Cleaner

enviroCare Earth is an Australian family business based in Perth. Founded in 1994 and now operated by the second generation, they are Western Australia’s oldest environmentally responsible retail brand and were among the first Australian companies to discontinue the use of palm oil. This is a great all- around cleaner that makes routine house cleaning easy. Just apply to kitchen and bathroom surfaces, floors, walls and windows – even carpet and clothes stains – wipe off and you’re done. Its concentrated formula works wonders on dirt and dust, grease and oil, soot and ink, soap scum and much more, and best of all it’s based on natural orange with no chlorine or phosphates added.

Abode Dish Liquid Lavender & Mint

To achieve sparkling clean dishes, I recommend the Abode Dish Liquid Lavender & Mint. This powerful plant-based formula offers a gentle clean without any chemical residue. The best part? It creates a load of bubbles without the use of harsh detergents!