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The Spring Cleaning Guide For Your Non-Toxic Home

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The day finally arrives, and with your open windows, you take a deep breath. Father Winter has blown the coop! Mother nature bought you spring again. But that wind from the window brought a dusty bunny wild wild west style rolling down the hallway (wild west whistle – you have to imagine it, I can’t figure out how to write it in words) – And just like that, spring cleaning has. to. happen. today. No questions, put on the sweats, and turn on my  Spotify Spring Cleaning Playlist.

But wait, you need the supplies you need, and didn’t you just read something the environmental working group wrote about how the chemicals in cleaning products are barely regulated and don’t even have to list the chemicals they use?

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Have no fear! I am here 🙂 Let’s talk about all things cleaning and how to do it in a non-toxic way that still gets the place clean. Now don’t cop out of me, this isn’t. like deodorant, where you can say, “It didn’t work for me” after one use! Switching over from harsh chemicals to more natural ingredients may take some time and get used to!

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The Not As Good Chemicals for Cleaning (we could call them toxic chemicals)

When it comes to non-toxic spring cleaning, it’s best to avoid chemicals that can harm both people and the environment. Here are four common household chemicals to avoid: ammonia, bleach, sodium hydroxide and synthetic fragrances.

First up, ammonia. You’ll find it in lots of cleaning products, especially those meant for cleaning glass. But watch out! Ammonia can be pretty dangerous if you accidentally swallow it or if it touches your skin or eyes. And, let me tell you, breathing in those fumes isn’t a walk in the park either—it can seriously irritate your lungs.

Now, let’s talk about chlorine bleach. It’s a go-to for cleaning and disinfecting, but have you ever noticed that strong smell? Those fumes aren’t great for your lungs, and bleach can be super risky if you accidentally mix it with other cleaners. Plus, it’s not exactly gentle on your skin or eyes either. In my opinion it’s the most toxic product out there.

Next up, sodium hydroxide, also known as lye. This powerful chemical is hiding in some drain cleaners, oven cleaners, and other heavy-duty cleaning products. Trust me, you don’t want this stuff touching your skin or eyes—it can cause severe burns and an allergic reaction. And if you happen to ingest it, it’s toxic.

Lastly, let’s chat about synthetic fragrances. If you’ve seen my ebook on the #1 ingredient to get out of your house, then you know my stance. They’re added to lots of household cleaning products to make them smell nice. But, many of these fragrances contain chemicals that can harm not only you but also the environment. Some of these chemicals, like phthalates, have been linked to hormonal disruption, respiratory problems, and other health issues. Plus, if you have allergies or asthma, synthetic fragrances might make things worse.

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The Good Chemicals for Non-Toxic Spring Cleaning

I hope you now see a good reason why having a clean house with safer alternatives is important! Are you ready to leave those dangerous chemicals behind? Here is the ingredient list that we do want to use in our non-toxic spring cleaning are things like:

  1. White Vinegar: Vinegar is a natural, non-toxic cleaning agent made from fermented acetic acid. It’s safe to use because it effectively cuts through grease, removes stains, and eliminates odors without causing harm to your health or the environment.
  2. Baking Soda: Baking soda is a gentle yet powerful cleaning agent that does a great job of neutralizing odors and helps remove stubborn stains. It’s safe to use because it’s a natural, non-toxic substance that won’t harm your health or the environment when used for cleaning purposes.
  3. Lemon Juice: Lemon juice is a natural, non-toxic cleaner with antibacterial properties. It’s safe to use because it effectively breaks down grease, grime, and stains without introducing harsh chemicals into your home or negatively impacting the environment.
  4. Essential Oils: Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts that can be used for their natural cleaning and disinfecting properties. They are safe to use because they are derived from natural sources and provide a chemical-free alternative to traditional cleaning products, while also leaving behind a pleasant fragrance.
  5. Hydrogen Peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide is a safe, non-toxic cleaning agent that can be used to disinfect surfaces and remove stains. It’s effective because it releases oxygen when it comes into contact with organic material, breaking down bacteria and other contaminants without harming your health or the environment.

The EWG Verification = The Best Non Toxic Spring Cleaning Products

Right now, as I type this there are only 71 products that are granted the Environmental Working Group Certification. Yep, you read that right. 71. In the ENTIRETY of the cleaning industry. From every general cleaner to laundry detergent and beyond.

Similar to the issues we have in the personal care products, the cleaning world is even farther behind. Right now as the laws stand cleaning companies don’t even have to disclose their list of ingredients.

EWG Verification means they met the gold standing in product safety for health and wellness.

“At EWG, we believe all cleaning products should:

  • Be free of EWG’s ingredients of concern that harm health and the environment.
  • Disclose their ingredients to consumers.
  • Meet stringent air quality standards.”
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My Favorite Non Toxic Spring Cleaning Products

Not all of us (and often myself) are interested in DIYing our cleaning products. I don’t have that much time! Here are some of my favorite companies, tools, and household cleaners to help you clean up your house with non-toxic products to amplify your spring cleaning routine with natural products.

Kitchen

  • My favorite dish soap refill – Lime and Green Tea. I have it in this olive oil bottle and often add about ¼ part water to make it pour better.
  • All purpose cleaner! I love an all-purpose cleaning spray. And Squeak is a company dear to my heart because a former Beautycounter consultant started it. It’s also available in a concentrate if you already have your bottles! Your kitchen sink will sparkle.

Living room & Floors

Bathrooms

  • Attitude Shower & Tile Cleaner in citrus zest – No harmful ingredients here! A little hot water and this cleaner and your shower will be clean. This might make me lazy, but i like to clean the shower while I’m in the shower. 
  • Attitude Bathroom Cleaner in citrus zest – super easy to use, safe on all surfaces, in a spray bottle. What else could you ask for?

Mirrors and Windows

  • Attitude Window and Mirror in citrus zest – This is the ONLY one verified by EWG. 
  • All purpose cleaner! Squeak is a company dear to my heart because a former Beautycounter consultant started it. It’s also available in a concentrate if you already have your bottles! Tea Tree oil here helps liven up the smell of your house too.
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Oh, my the oven! 

It definitely needs a fresh start, how do you do that with natural cleaners?

I couldn’t find a single oven cleaner that wasn’t full of harmful chemicals. In good news, our dear friend Baking Soda is the most recommended fix for that. Isn’t it cool what a little baking soda can do?  It was also noted that doing this more frequently than you would one of the conventional cleaners will make this whole process a lot easier. IE. Less elbow grease. 

All you need: 

  • 1/2 Cup Baking Soda
  • 3 tablespoons warm water
  • Clean cloth
  • Gloves or Spatula for application
  • Vinegar or All-purpose cleaner

Instructions:

  • Combine Water and Baking Soda to make a paste-like batter
  • Apply to dirty parts of the oven metal or glass. avoid the actual heating implements.
  • Let sit for 15-20 minutes
  • Wipe up the paste and loosened dirt/grime with a wet cloth
  • Wipe the interior of the oven with a vinegar solution or all-purpose cleaner

Non-Toxic Cleaning Company Company Spotlight Blueland: 

  • Blueland is a minimalist, non-toxic dream. Only 4 of their products are on EWG right now, but 3 of them are EWG verified. I would look at the ingredients of the others – but I love what this company is doing. Took the plastic out of cleaning, and made refillable tablets for pretty much everything from dishwashing tablet (the call it a naked tablet)! to, laundry and more! 
  • I don’t love that their starter pack includes plastic bottles, I would get glass ones that are more reliable and better for the planet. I haven’t tried any of their products, but the reviews are good, I’m excited to keep looking at this company.
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Non-Toxic Cleaning Company Spotlight Attitude: 

  • Attitude is doing all the right things to land in this company spotlight! They’re affordable, on Amazon so you can add it to your cart, offer a steep discount when you do the “subscribe and save”, and have multiple product refills.
  • Best of all? They have more EWG-verified products than any other cleaning company I’ve seen. The variety is A+. The reviews are stellar.

Next Steps to Having a Clean Home

Okay, whew. That was a lot of good cleaning advice and information. Don’t think that you have to make all these changes at once. One of the easiest ways to walk into the non toxic life is to make changes as you run out of things. As you’re cleaning a great way to know what’s going to run out next is to just look – anything that is at 1/4 or less can go on the grocery store or Amazon list to be added to your next shop! 

Now go and enjoy the warmer weather!

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