Creating a NonToxic Home

Did you know a study was recently released that linked national brand cleaners with lung damage?  It’s true! Using the conventional cleaners as little as once a week was like smoking a pack a day of cigarettes for 20 years!

Plus, they found that women who used the cleaning products had increased rates of asthma.

Crazy, right!

So what’s a person to do? All natural cleaners are easier to find in many parts of the country, and they have fewer synthetic chemicals than the mainstream cleaning brands in the study. But guess what?!?!

Things you already have in your home can be great cleaners. White vinegar, baking soda, water and essential oils can get the job done without the toxicities of the conventional name brand cleaners, and without the 20 pack a year habit!

I use OnGuard essential oil from doTERRA to clean everything from my hands to my living room. It’s a blend of 6 essential oils, and studies out of John’s Hopkins University show it’s effective at killing bacteria and the flu virus. I use this mixed with water and white vinegar to clean ALL the surfaces in my home. I use a 32oz glass bottle and fill it with 1/4 c. white vinegar and 10 drops of OnGuard essential oil. I also usually add a citrus oil to make the room I’m cleaning smell good. My faves are Wild Orange or Grapefruit. I’ll add another 10 drops of either of those, and then fill the rest of the bottle with water. This pretty much cleans whatever needs cleaning in the house. If there’s something sticky, I just let it sit for a minute and then come back and easily wipe it off.

I don’t have to worry that years down the road I’ll have lung damage just from cleaning my home! Plus, the good news is that because the products are nontoxic, the kids can help clean, without me worrying that the cleaning products will hurt them and their lungs.

Check out how it fared against some of those traditional cleaners you can get in the store!

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