Keeping ourselves clean, wearing clean clothes, living in a clean home, working in a clean office, etc. are all generally considered healthy, if not simply socially preferable. However, the majority of products available for us to use to attain this state of cleanliness, are in fact not healthy. Most products contain toxins which are actually detrimental to our health! Tragically ironic, I know. But, fortunately, there is also some good news.
First, there are the basic cleaning agents that our (great-) grandparents used (white vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda are among them), and there are a few companies which are offering non-toxic, healthy for humans and the planet cleaning products. One of those is fellow-Vermont company Seventh Generation. In addition to creating natural cleaning products, they offer a list of simple cleaning habits (listed below) to adopt as part of maintaining a healthier home, workplace and lifestyle.
1) Use cleaning products made from safe natural and not-toxic ingredients to prevent exposure to the hazardous synthetic chemicals conventional cleaners often contain.
2) Dust with a damp cloth to ensure that household dust, which can collect toxins, is removed from surfaces and not stirred back into the air.
3) Open windows and doors occasionally (even in winter!) to rinse out any air pollutants that have accumulated inside.
4) Don’t use aerosol products. They fill your home with microscopic droplets of whatever is being sprayed. These droplets remain suspended in the air for hours and are easily inhaled.
5) Avoid room deodorizers or other air “freshening” products, which are frequently made from unhealthy chemicals.
6) Don’t use any pesticide products in your home, your yard or garden, or on your pets. Instead, supplement a preventative strategy with natural pest control methods.
7) If you decide to use them, keep conventional cleaners and other chemical products out of your children’s rooms.
8) Use chlorine-free dishwasher detergent. The chlorine in conventional detergents is easily vaporized by hot dishwasher water and then released into your home’s air.
9) Ask guests to remove their shoes when entering your home. That way, they won’t track in pollutants.
10) Buy a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. These special filters trap unhealthy dust particles.
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