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The Low Tox Home - How can I keep things hygienic whilst keeping my family safe from chemicals?

We all want to keep our homes clean and free of germs, but many traditional cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can be dangerous to our health and the environment. We tend to feel that commercial products are superior to products we make at home, however this is not always the case. Commercial products can be "overkill" and as we have learned in past years about the body's microbiome, killing off good bacteria as well as bad bacteria can sometimes cause an overgrowth of bad bacteria.

Thankfully, there are a variety of non-toxic alternatives to commercial home cleaning products that are just as effective, and many are even more affordable. The first step to finding non-toxic cleaning alternatives is to read the labels of the products you currently use. To see how to make these with ease, check out my blog here:

These products are easy to make and, if you're time poor, you can order all of these ingredients online and have them delivered. Creating the cleaning products will take minutes.

When it comes to commercial cleaning products, try to avoid anything with harsh chemicals, such as bleach, ammonia, or formaldehyde. The use of commercial cleaning products containing bleach, ammonia, and formaldehyde can be dangerous to both our health and the environment.

Research has shown that these chemicals can cause respiratory problems, skin irritation, and eye damage and disruptions to the natural functioning of our homones and even contribute to the big C. In addition, they can contribute to air and water pollution, and can even accumulate in our bodies over time. For these reasons, it is important to avoid these harsh chemicals and switch to non-toxic alternatives.

Instead, look for products that are labeled "natural" or "eco-friendly". These products typically use plant-based or mineral-based ingredients, and are less likely to contain harsh chemicals or irritants.

Vinegar is a great natural alternative to harsh chemical cleaners. It can be used to clean a variety of surfaces, including windows, counters, and floors. Vinegar is also an excellent natural disinfectant, making it ideal for cleaning bathrooms and kitchens.

Baking soda is another great natural cleaner. It can be used to scrub sinks and tubs, as well as to remove odors from carpets and upholstery. Baking soda can also be used as a deodorizer in the refrigerator, garbage can, and other areas of your home.

Lemon juice is another natural cleaning product that can be used to cut through grease and grime on a variety of surfaces. Lemon juice can also be used to remove soap scum and hard water deposits from sinks and tubs.

Essential oils can also be used to make natural cleaning solutions. Many essential oils, such as tea tree oil and lavender oil, have antibacterial and antifungal properties, making them ideal for cleaning and disinfecting.

Switching to non-toxic alternatives is a great way to keep your home clean while also reducing your family's exposure to harsh chemicals. With a bit of research and experimentation, you can find natural cleaning products that are just as effective as traditional ones, and can be used with confidence.

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