Did you know that cleaning product companies aren’t required to disclose all the ingredients in their products?! With thousands of new toxic chemicals being introduced each year by the cleaning industry, that can make it really tough to make good choices when it comes to the products we are using in our homes.
Which is why I’m sharing a simple natural cleaning guide with y’all. Because I remember about 10 years ago when I had no clue where to start living a healthier life and natural cleaning products were a whole new world to me! It seemed really intimidating!
What I’ve learned though, is that natural cleaning can be really simple, healthy, and much less expensive then commercial products lining aisles and aisles at the grocery stores. And I absolutely do not have to sacrifice cleanliness or pretty scents to have a toxin free home.
Simple Natural Cleaning Guide:
- Decide to make the switch. Commit to being more aware of what you’re using in your home. Reading this guide is a great start!
- Learn what to avoid. And here’s a good rule of thumb – avoid “fragrance” as that’s a sneaky word for “toxin” in the commercial cleaner world. Watch the video above where I break down some of the top offending toxins to avoid (and WHY to avoid them), like phthalates and triclosan.
- Gather Natural Ingredients and Supplies. To make this switch, you’ll need some basic ingredients. You probably already have a lot of these on hand – vinegar, baking soda, castile soap, and essential oils. You’ll also need a few spray bottles and labels (here’s some free printable labels)
- Start replacing your old cleaners with DIY alternatives (or trusted brands like doTERRA or Mrs. Meyers). The video above has some really excellent recipes. You can also download this eBook for more ideas!
- Toss the Toxins RESPONSIBLY! After you’ve taken an inventory of what you need to replace with natural alternatives, you’ll likely want to get rid of all the old toxic cleaners you’ve been using. I highly encourage this! But please do so responsibly. Don’t flush them, trash them, or pour them in your yard! Check out Earth911.com for safe disposal guidelines in your zipcode. (read more about how to dispose of toxic cleaning supplies here)
Now, I love checklists, do you?? Well, here’s really comprehensive supply checklist to get you on the path to natural cleaning. And, if you’re looking for a fun, supportive community to help you along the way, be sure to go join my free Facebook Group – we’re even doing a live natural cleaning challenge from May 21st-27th 2018 and there will be a prize at the end!