I recently read the information below from EWG environmental working group and found it very helpful. I personally choose to use natural products at home from cleaning supplies to cosmetic supplies. I find joy in making my own soap, massage oils, lip balms, hand soaps and much more.
There are simple and inexpensive ways to maintain your own health, the health of loved ones and specially the health of our environment.
Here are some examples:
Using vinegar to clean your wood floor, surfaces, counter top, bathroom tiles and etc.
Use essential oils of cinnamon, cloves, rosemary and lemon on your water spray bottle and spray corners of your windows, rooms, tiles to get rid of mold.
For healthy skin and hair? Simple, just add a few drops of Lavender or tea tree essential oil on a base of sweet almond oil and rub on your skin daily. You may also want to try pure organic coconut oil on your skin.
Concerned about the sun? Use natural sunscreen without oxybenzon and make sure it contains minerals zinc or titanium in it’s formula for maximum UV protection. Check the EWG website for more information. http://www.ewg.org/.
Below are some of their recommendations:
Simple tips to protect your family’s health while you clean your home:
1. Less is More
Dilute your cleaning supplies according to instructions and use only what’s
needed to get the job done.
2. Open the Window
Clean with windows and doors open so you don’t trap air pollution inside your home.
3. Use Gloves and Other Precautions
Cleaning chemicals may harm or penetrate skin and eyes – check warning
4. Keep Kids Away
Children are more vulnerable to toxic chemicals. If they like to help, let them
clean with soap and water, not toxic cleaners.
5. Avoid “Antibacterial”
If your family is generally health
If your family is generally healthy, there’s no need to use potentially toxic “anti- bacterial” products, according to the American Medical Association. Wash your hands with plain soap and water.
6. Never Mix Bleach with Ammonia, Vinegar, or Other Acids
These combinations can produce deadly gases.
7. Don’t Be Fooled by Labels – Buy Certified Green Products
Label claims aren’t always true. Cleaning supplies certified by Green Seal or
EcoLogo meet green standards.
8. Try Natural Alternatives
Experiment with non-toxic options like vinegar and baking soda.
9. Take Care with Pine and Citrus Oil Cleaners
Avoid using these cleaners especially on smoggy days, when the ingredients can react with ozone to produce cancer-causing formaldehyde.
10. Skip the Biggest Hazards
Avoid air fresheners, use a baking soda and water paste to clean the oven and
tackle toilet stains, and use a mechanical snake to unclog the drain.
This information is for educational purpose only. Any concerns please consult with your physician.