If you hate turning on all the fans and opening all the windows to escape the fumes from your cleaning products, then read on. I don’t like to think that my cleaning products are lacing my home with chemicals so I’ve slowly been transitioning to natural options, even if it costs a little bit more. I don’t have any kids or pets, but I think this is even more pertinent with kiddos and animals crawling around!
It’s kind of messed up that we use all natural, gentle products for babies and then promptly start using more and more chemicals on ourselves and our loved ones as adults. Beauty and cleaning products aimed at babies are usually fragrance-free, natural and gentle for skin and don’t include any hormone disrupting, cancer-inducing chemicals. I am a big fan of the Babygenics line, they have a natural tub cleaner that I use before I take my weekly detox bath, and all surface wipes which don’t have any ammonia, bleach, phosphates, phthalates, sulfates, artificial fragrances or dyes. Perhaps my favorite is the unscented, alcohol-free foaming hand sanitizer because the absence of alcohol means you don’t dry out your skin and the lack of scent means I’m not offending a subway car full of people. Your hands feel very clean afterward instead of sticky and caked with chemicals.
Antibacterial Tea Tree Oil
Sulfates and Triclosan lurk in a lot of our body and hand washes (and toothpaste and other products sigh). Sulfates are very stripping and will dry out your skin, while Triclosan is an anti-bacterial agent that is a hormone disruptor. I am a big fan of this antibacterial hand and face wash with tea tree oil which is naturally antibacterial, so no need for Bath & Body Works. Dr. Bronner’s tea tree soap can also be used for all over cleaning. The Tea Tree scent is so refreshing and makes me think I’m in a spa, plus using it as a body wash can help curb bacne.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is a natural disinfectant, all you have to do is mix it with equal parts water to naturally disinfect surfaces in your home, no rinsing required. Have your mix ready in a spray bottle to have it on hand! It can also be used as a natural produce rinse to clean off pesticides and dirt. The vinegar smell will not linger for long, and you can take solace in the fact that the fumes aren’t causing you any harm. If you need something with a little more grit you can mix cornstarch in the ACV to give your tub a good scrub. Baking Soda may seem like a natural choice but actually, it neutralizes the acidity in the vinegar and doesn’t make it as effective.
Don’t stop until you feel like this! This is one of my all-time favorite bad day movies, Baby Mama. No need to throw away products, just replace them when they’re empty with natural versions.
Do you have any favorite cleaning products? Any natural home hacks? Let me know!