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Beginners Guide to Non-Toxic Cleaning

Beginners guide to non-toxic cleaning

Non-toxic and natural cleaning products have been a huge trend lately. It becomes so overwhelming as to what is actually a good choice. But here is a couple of steps to make the choices a little easier.

1.Review your products

Go through all your current cleaning products. If there is any type of warning label, caution sign, or anything indicating the product is dangerous…You should probably get rid of it. If it is dangerous enough to warrant a warning label do you really want to use it on the surfaces you prepare foods, or have it come in contact with you skin while you are cleaning.

If your product contains fragrance it is most likely full of chemicals. Companies do not have to list what makes up a fragrance on the ingredient list, they just list fragrance. This is an easy way to improve the air quality in your home and remove so many chemicals. Buying unscented products is an easy way to remove chemicals.

2.Replace as you go

As you use up a product it is time to replace it with a natural one. I do not endorse simply throwing away all of your products at once to replace them with natural ones. It is expensive. As a recent college grad there is no way I would have been able to do it this way. However, if you feel compelled, have the resources and would like to then go for it.

Replacing the items as you go it gives you time to research the best options.

I love using the EWG and ThinkDirty to research new products. They give straight forward ratings and they list what ingredients are good and bad. It helps when you are new to be able to see why each item has its rating to you can keep a look out for the same bad ingredients in the future.

Here is a link to the EWG cleaning product list https://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners

3.Repeat often

As you begin to learn more about what ingredients are harmful, and what kind of natural cleaning products you like this process gets easier. I repeat this process and go through my cleaning supplies every 3 to 6 months. I find products that I had though were the best option, but have since found better ones. I find brands I enjoy more, or believe in their mission. A lot of times I find that there are ways I can DIY the product for dollars less.

What do you think about transitioning to natural cleaning products?

~Millennial Green Girl

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