It’s no secret that conventional household cleaners contain toxic chemicals. But did you know that these chemicals are central nervous system disruptors, known carcinogens linked to cancer and birth defects, and caustic agents that can burn skin and cause blindness?
(If you think that sounds dramatic, just take a look at the extensive caution labels or check out the product on EWG’s label decoder.)
But you’ll be fine if you don’t drink or bathe in the cleaning supplies, right?
Nope. Many of these chemicals are toxic via inhalation. (Ever notice that you get a headache or slight cough after cleaning with them for a while?)
So, instead of “cleaning” your home with chemicals that are toxic for you to touch and inhale, try switching to safer products with natural, plant-derived ingredients.
There are a bunch of brands offering a full line of human- and environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies, many with respectable production and social responsibility standards. Target carries a wide range of options, and most mainstream supermarkets and drugstores are at least starting to stock these products too.
A couple high-quality and affordable favorites:
It’s also surprisingly simple (and cheap!) to make homemade household cleaners, and probably the safest option you can find. Wellness Mama is a go-to source for all sorts of healthy homemade cleaning products–you name it, she has a healthy, all natural recipe for it: