How necessary are all of the products you use around the house everyday? Some women recently shared with me which ones they could not live without, even if they knew the product might be harmful to their health. They included, hand soap, dish soap, disinfecting wipes, disinfecting spray, shampoo, commercial oxygen bleach cleaner, and candles. The good news is that there is what environmentalists consider a safer or simpler version of just about every type of household product. The first step toward finding the alternatives is to educate yourself about the products and the ingredients they contain. The Environmental Working Group
provides a database of information about ingredients of concern. Consult with your doctor or other medical professional about your specific concerns and sensitivities.
When I asked a group of women if they would take the time to make their own cleaning products so they could know what was in them, 6 out of 10 said yes or maybe, with the other 4 saying they would not. Of course, no one in the group knew what all of the ingredients were in products they had already purchased. The experts say it's nearly impossible to know, because makers are not always required to disclose everything in their products. 6 our of 10 also didn't seem to understand what was in antibacterial soap. If you are interested in making some of your own cleaners, you can check out the information about Green Cleaning Parties
Half of the group I asked said they still use plastic in the microwave. However, Women's Voices for the Earth
suggests that we now avoid microwaving plastic.
What type of household product can you not live without? Have you tried the more natural alternative, and how did that work out? We'll post your comments below. Thanks to everyone who has participated in Detox Your Home week!
Labels: green cleaning, home, natural