healthy home How to Make your Cleaning Routines Healthier |
By Jody Hobbs Hesler
It may be tempting to enlist heavy-duty cleaners off the store shelf to make your home sparkle, but it’s not necessary. With a little know-how the goodies in your kitchen cupboards can do the job. For a healthier home look for simple, natural ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, olive oil and borax that all can clean as well as their less eco-sensitive grocery store rivals without polluting your air or the watershed. Do your best to avoid products that use these harsh chemicals: silica; trisodium nitrilotriacetate; methylene chloride; naphthelene; ethoxylated nonylphenol; 2-butoxyethanol; toluene; xylene (courtesy of the Labor Environmental Alliance). Largely because of commercial cleaning products, our indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than the air outside. But you don’t have to sacrifice health for a clean home. Nontoxic DIY cleaners deliver considerable power at minimal cost. It sounds too simple, but removing shoes in your home (and asking guests to do the same) keeps all sorts of chemicals, pesticides, and other pollutants from being tracked
through your house. (Seventhgeneration. com) If you hire someone to clean your home look for local companies, such as One Clean World and Charlottesville Sanitary Supply Corporation, that offer green cleaning services. One Clean World adds essential oils to their natural cleaning products for those who want their clean homes to be fragrant homes. You can also green your home improvement projects by watching out for toxins and fumes in your materials. For example, when painting choose low- to no-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paints. Another simple change is to use diatomaceous earth (DE), which is made of cracked seashells for natural pest control. It’s food-grade, so you can use it outside or even on your pets’ hair without worrying if a pet or child might ingest it.