What would it be like to scrub out my shower with Rosemary and Lime instead of Bleach?
Let me just tell you…
My first desire to search for healthier solutions came when my firstborn had arrived. He was beginning to get under the cabinets and I knew there had to be a better way than how I’d grown up.
I also knew essential oils were the way to go. Powerful, potent, antimicrobial, antibacterial, disinfectant, antiviral, you name it it’s anti-everything!After doing some research, I had enough information to begin – first with recipes, later it became material for Green Cleaning classes. Those are some of my favorite classes.
How did we get so toxic?
When cleaning something 4 things usually have to take place, Think TACT:
Abrasion (elbow grease)
What we’ve done in the last 100 years is basically eliminated 3 out of the 4. By upping the chemical composition, time, elbow grease, and heat can be completely eliminated from the cleaning process. So we don’t have to work as hard to get things to be the brightest and the whitest. Sounds good except when you start seeing the negative results of those chemicals on our bodies.
So you wanna go green?
When I first started I was overwhelmed. How many recipes do I hafta try before I find something that works? Well, if you’re like me (and tend to overcomplicate things) making the transition can be a lil nutty.
Couple things to keep in mind to keep your sanity.
- Keep it simple. No seriously. Remind yourself of this often. I once started this paleo diet (while I was pregnant) and threw out all our processed foods and yet I had no clue what I was doing. Yikes! It was a rough start until we got the hang of it. With transforming your cleaning products, start gradual and take the pressure off yourself. Every little step helps.
- Start with your waterways. Anything that goes down the drains, eventually comes back through our kitchen taps. Some of the most toxic chemicals in the household go down drains (Toilet cleaners, Drain-O, etc). Start there. Begin to exchange toxic cleaners for the safer, natural alternatives that are healthier for you and the environment.
- Next tackle your All Purpose Cleaners. I’d love to scare you with the statistics on some of these products and how they are found to be endocrine disruptors, carcinogenic and cause blindness. Not to mention how these chemicals can be found in our spinal chord, nerves and fat cells. We’re literally consuming chemicals! No wonder we don’t feel well. I’ll save the bad news for my live classes. Bad news usually comes before good news, right?! Hit your All purpose (Bedroom/Kitchen/Bathroom) Cleaners next. This will greatly reduce your toxic load and did I mention, easier on the wallet?
- The Great Outdoors is what should be converted last. Any kind of chemical in your garage for outdoor use.
Find what works and stick to it! Although it seemed complicated, EVERYTHING has gotten so much simpler. I absolutely love that my house is so fresh and so clean (with a dog, cloth diapers and toddler life in toe!) and when my children are up under cabinets, I’m not too concerned they’ll swallow something toxic. My products have been replaced with natural alternatives for a fraction of the cost. And best yet, most of these items can be found in your house already. It’s just a matter of putting it all together.
I hope this generates more interest in going green and reducing your toxic load. It really is worth every bit of the effort. I’d love to have you come to one of my classes to learn more. Feel free to contact me anytime for more info.