Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Toxin Number One: Household Cleaning Products Part 1

Believe it or not, but household cleaning products are among the worst for toxins and chemicals in the air. When I was asked which one had the most chemicals, indoors or outdoors, I automatically thought, "Outdoors!" Well, you know, all the exhaust and different chemicals and polutants in the air have got to make it the worst. But when I learned what all is in my home, I knew I had a serious toxin problem inside.

How could it be so bad in my home? "Dishwashing detergent, oven cleaners, laundry detergent, floor and furniture polishes, air fresheners, hard-surfce cleaners (especially kitchen cleaners), antibacterial cleaners and soaps, dry cleaning, carpet and upholstery cleaners, and toilet cleaners"1 to name a few. Kind of overwhelming, isn't it? Should I just throw all of it out and go buy the non-toxic stuff? I've seen the prices for those cleaning products. There is no way I can afford them. I know it's an investment in my health, but when you don't have the money, you don't have the money!

I have discovered, though, that it is not necessary to buy the expensive products. In my next post I'm going to go through the list and give alternatives for the horrible chemicals we practically spray in our faces! These alternatives are cheap!! You'll wonder, just like I did, why I ever used the bad stuff in the first place.

1. Maximized Living Makeover by Lerner, Loman, and Majors p. 40.