Growing Organically | Green Cleaning
I’ve done it, you guys! I’ve accomplished my 2016 resolution by completing my growing organically series and choosing better and healthier options for myself all year. I have to say, I’m pretty proud of myself since the majority of people (including myself) don’t make it past the first few months. My mind and body are also grateful for these changes that I’ve made. 🙂
For my final month, I’ve decided to replace all of the cleaning products in my home with green options. There are many benefits for using environmentally friendly cleaning products in our homes, and as a new year begins, I recommend you making this switch as well. We all know the most common New Year’s resolutions are related to family time, fitness, weight loss, getting rid of debt, and our health. But when we think about our health, we normally don’t think of cleaning products. The thing is our cleaning choices actually do play a factor into our wellness. After I read more about it, I now believe that every expectant mom and parent needs to make this same change. Here are a few reasons why you should start green cleaning too!
1. Reduce Your Exposure to Toxins
This is one of the easiest ways to reduce your family’s exposure to toxins. When you don’t have toxic fumes to worry about, there is no need to worry as much about proper ventilation or indoor air pollution. It’s shocking to discover all the different, harmful chemicals that are in our every day cleaners. Not only that, by switching to green cleaning products it also eliminates the toxic residue on all surfaces. This means you won’t have to wipe down your counters that come in contact with food which will eventually be eaten. When you have kids, food gets everywhere and then eaten. You’ll feel better knowing that there will no longer be toxic residue lingering in your home.
2. No Need to Change Cleaners When Pregnant
We always want to do what’s best for the baby during pregnancy and after birth. We may be concerned that things are not clean enough for the baby, but a lot of women don’t even think twice about the cleaning products they are using while expecting a child. These chemicals and fumes are not good for either of you. With green cleaning the products will make you feel better, literally. Unlike conventional cleaning products, you’ll feel better knowing that what you’re using won’t harm you, your family, your expecting child, or your pets. Suddenly you will realize that symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, skin rashes, headaches, and more may “mysteriously” disappear once you stop using toxic cleaning chemicals. Considering many of the hazardous chemicals in conventional products are often carcinogens, neurotoxins, mutagens, teratogens, or endocrine disrupters, it is definitely worth ditching them in favor of natural green cleaning products.
3. Your Kids Can Clean with You
We all want our kids to be able to pitch in with the household chores, but with conventional cleaning products, you should think twice. It’s comforting to know that by choosing green cleaning products, cleaning the house is a safe chore for every family member. How wonderful would it feel to have cleaning products that would be safe for your kids so that they can help YOU with the routine cleaning chores?! I think all parents would agree that that would be fantastic! Here you go, kiddos. You can scrub the toilets, too. 😉
Also, did you know that the use of commercial spray cleaners has been linked with increased rates of asthma, especially in children? Even infrequent usage of these types of cleaning products can trigger an asthma reaction, which is one of the most common causes of school absences among children.
4. Don’t Have to Lock Up Cleaners
The National Poison Control Center lists cleaning supplies as one of the top 5 classes of products for which they receive calls. That means that if your child gets a hold of it even one time, you could have a very serious emergency on your hands. Because you know that everything gets in their mouth. On the other hand, most green products are not toxic and aren’t nearly as dangerous. So even if they decide to try a taste, you won’t have to rush to the emergency room. Peace of mind is everything!
5. Not Have to Worry about a Toxic Cocktail
When you have conventional cleaning products, you could be potentially concocting a dangerous and toxic cocktail. When several are used in the same place at the same time, you need to be extra careful with your children and pets immediately after. This is why selecting only environmentally friendly cleaning products is critical to maintaining our health and a satisfactory level of cleanliness and disinfection in our homes.
6. Better for Our Environment
Many household cleaning agents contain harmful chemicals like ammonia, petroleum, and phosphorus. When using these cleaning products to wash clothes, dishes, and even flush the toilet bowl, it is possible that the chemicals are being sent back into the water supply and nearby rivers, streams, or lakes. Not only can they come back into the water you drink, and the water that you shower with, but they also have a negative impact on the environment and wildlife. The fishies will thank you. 😉
7. You Can DIY Your Own Recipes
Making your own cleaning products is cheap and easy! Personally, I am terrible at all things DIY so I have decided to go with the Honest route. But if you are wanting a different option and still want to reap all of these wonderful benefits, you can find tons of green cleaning recipes.
8. Clean Up Your Indoor Air
Indoor air levels of many pollutants may be two to five times, and occasionally, more than 100 times higher than outdoor levels. This problem is exacerbated when we clean in small unventilated spaces such as a windowless bathroom, where levels of cleaning chemicals in the air can be highly concentrated. Indoor air pollutants are of particular concern because most people spend as much as 90% of their time indoors. In fact, National Cancer Association released results of a 15 year study concluding that women who work in the home are at a 54% higher risk of developing cancer than women who work outside the home. That’s major.
Also, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) have been associated with a host of health problems like damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system. These compounds are released when products are used and stored and can also linger in the air long after use. That’s nothing to cough at.
All of these reasons are why I am breathing easier — literally. I know that I am not exposing myself and my family to these problems now that I’m cleaning with products that are truly green. Cheers to that, mamas!