I do love yummy smelling things. What girl doesn’t, really? One thing I really hate though is an overly chemical or artificial smell. I can’t even walk through the cleaning and laundry aisle of the grocery store now without having to pick up the pace. I didn’t realize it before, but I am actually quite sensitive to these scents. It wasn’t until I switched to my green cleaners that I noticed a huge difference. Fewer migraines (or headaches at all), I no longer need to use my asthma inhalers and I’m not having to use eyedrops all the time for the itchy eyes I used to have. I had NO IDEA that the things I was using to clean my house were causing me problems, I just thought I was one of those people who would suffer from allergies all the time. After I switched and my symptoms went away, a lightbulb went off in my head.
We’ve kind of been programmed to think that your house isn’t truly clean unless it smells like lemons, pine trees, or “mountain breeze” (whatever the hell that smells like). In reality, clean doesn’t smell like those things at all. In reality, clean smells like absolutely nothing at all. Those fragrance additives that we equate with cleanliness don’t actually indicate that something is clean at all! The truth is that lots of the favorite common cleaners contain some really crappy things for your health like bleach and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). The reason these things are so crappy is because they are designed to linger in the air so you keep smelling that “clean” smell for hours later. They are emitted as gases and contains things butane, propane, and ethanol. I’m sure that I don’t need to tell you that these are toxins. As you can imagine, they’re not very good for you. Or your home. Or that child over there that’s licking the floor you just cleaned.
We all want to do the very best for our families and would never intentionally put our children’s health at risk. If you have a child that seems to be exhibiting allergic type reactions, you might want to take a look at what you’re using to keep your house clean as one of the culprits. It’s so often overlooked because we think that our cleaning products are supposed to kill germs and make things safe for our families, when in reality they could be doing some serious damage. There are even studies now being done that are starting to show a connection between the chemicals in household cleaners and children’s behavioral issues. My friend Bonnie posted about it not long ago.
I’m not the cleaning police, I don’t claim to be. I just want to share what works for me and what I noticed in myself and my home when I switched from conventional household cleaners to what I’m using now. As I said, we’re all trying to do our very best. Sometimes you do want a little lemony freshness in your life and that’s ok! I do too! So I like to add a drop of lemon essential oil into my spray bottle every so often to satisfy that urge.
I’m not a fan of using vinegar and baking soda to clean either. I hate that vinegar smell, it’s a harsh acid and it’s actually not as cost effective as what I’m using now. Bonnie actually did a detailed post about this too if you want to check that out.
In case you’re wondering, I use Shaklee cleaning products in my home. The Basic H2 is the main work horse and it’s a cleaning concentrate that is diluted with water to make glass cleaner, all purpose cleaner, and degreaser. It’s very cost effective and lasts FOREVER. I’m still using the bottle that I bought in October 2013!! You can’t argue with me that spending $11.05 on a bottle of cleaner that lasts over a year and a half is too expensive. You’d have to spend about $3400 in conventional household cleaning supplies to get the same amount of clean that is in one bottle of Basic H2 AND that’s not even mentioning the 108 pounds of packaging waste that would be going into landfills.
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