Just eating clean moves us a step forward in our lives in terms of wellness, but using toxic cleaning supplies may move us two steps back. Usually common household products (paints, cleaners, beauty products, air fresheners, etc) contain VOCs. "Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are a large group of carbon-based chemicals that easily evaporate at room temperature. Breathing low levels of VOCs for long periods of time may increase some people’s risk of health problems. Each chemical has its own toxicity and potential for causing different health effects."

 springcleaning

A more in depth explanation of VOC:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/voc/

And wouldn't it be nice to simplify our life? There are simple, humble ingredients that we can eat and clean with that keep our body 'clean' (or toxic free).  Lemons, vinegar, baking soda are those 'clean' ingredients. 

Lemons:

They smell nice and fresh, they are antibacterial, and are a natural whitener

Vinegar:

Makes a great all-purpose cleaner (especially streak free windows and spotless dishes)

http://www.vinegartips.com/scripts/pageViewSec.asp?id=7

 

Baking soda:

 

  • Toothpaste: use once a week since it is very abrasive. Try oil pulling afterwards for maximum freshness
  • Odor eaters: put baking soda and some essential oil inside a sock, tie the top, and stick inside shoe at the end of the day. 
  • Pots/pans and grout scrubber
  • Carpet deodorizer: in a mason jar add baking soda and essential oils. (Use cinnamon powder for a fall time smell). Close lid, shake to mix, then sprinkle on carpet/rug. Leave for 15 minutes then Vacuum. Good for cars as well.

 

http://os.care2.com/care2/#!/entry/51-fantastic-uses-for-baking-soda,525d4ed5da27f5d9d035b35a/1

Castile soap:

An additional cleaning agent that is effective in cleaning but I would NOT recommend eating;) That would set itself apart from the others but it is still used in many ways:

http://web.archive.org/web/20130622115329/http://www.hotmesshouse.com/2011/10/10/castilesoap/

Bottom line:

Since we don't live in a bubble, we can only strive to create a less toxic surrounding especially where we live.  Keeping a good supply of vinegar, lemons, and baking soda can help simplify our life with their many uses.

Wishing you vibrant health,

Christina Barnes

Health and Wellness Coach

Barnes Healthcare Services - "We Take Care of People"®

 

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