This Earth Day, April 22nd, I decided to do something different… I taught a “Green Cleaning Class- Getting Rid of the Toxins in the Home. I literally think I gave the attendees nightmares from what the everyday household chemicals can do to the body as well as the detrimental global impact they make.
In this class, I talked about where the “disposable society” came from and the progression that’s it’s made over the last 100 years. Did you know that we have over 85,000 synthetic household chemicals and add another 500 to the mix every year? Did you also know that the EPA back in 1986 stated that our indoor pollution was 2-5x worse than outdoors?! Yikes! We’re killing ourselves! DID YOU ALSO KNOW THAT YOU CAN CLEAN YOUR ENTIRE HOUSE WITH LESS THAN 10 NON-TOXIC INGREDIENTS THAT ARE SAFER AND CHEAPER?!?! AHHHHHH!!!!
Ok, I’ll try not to be so dramatic.. I am thankful that more and more people are asking questions about everything- where things came from, what’s in their food, their global impact, toxic load to the body and environment, etc.
So what are some simple solutions needed for green cleaning?
-And I personally use essential oils to kill mold/mildew, disinfect, and clean the heck outta everything.. It’s been great to be able to scrub down a shower with essential oils (Rosemary, Lime, Lemon, etc), being pregnant with my 2 year old son around and not have to wear a gas mask or be afraid of inhaling toxic fumes.. Pest control? Same idea: lots of unwanted visitors are repelled by basil, peppermint, lemongrass, eucalyptus,etc. Who knew?!
With these ingredients, you can basically get rid of the household chemicals and everyday cleaning products.
A quick recipe for you to try:
1/2 cup Baking Soda
1/2 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Castille Soap
10-20 Drops of Essential Oils (Rosemary, Lime, Peppermint, Lemon, Melaleuca, etc)
I’ve changed up recipes to suit my taste. The experimentation can be fun. So my advice is to find what works for you and know that Green Cleaning is a process… It’s difficult to go “Cold Turkey” unless you have solutions ready to replace. And don’t just dump or throw out the old hazards. Find the local chemical drop off center and do your part!