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How To Create Green Homes Using Non Toxic Cleaners

Updated on September 12, 2014

Cleaning Out A Toxic Home

Did you know that... Over 150 chemicals found in the average home have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological abnormalities. (Consumer Product Safety Commission)

There has been a 28% increase in childhood cancer since the addition of pesticides into household products. (National Cancer Institute) i.e., put "Lysol" in the search box at Household Products Database.

ADD/ADHD is epidemic in schools today. Behavioral problems have long been linked to the exposure of toxic chemicals and molds. Use of Ritalin has skyrocketed since 1990.

50% of all illness is due to the poor quality of air inside the home. (1989 State of Massachusetts Study)

Some symptoms caused by formaldehyde are: allergies, cancer, immune system failings, and asthma.

A Green Home is Safer For Our Families

Learning About Safe, Non Toxic Cleaning Products

Most homes - due mainly to ignorance - are full of toxic cleaners and not the best place to spend a lot of time. I'm guilty - at least I used to be. I used a lot of toxic cleaners when I cleaned house, but thank goodness, at that time I was too busy working and raising kids to clean house often. I thought when I could smell that lemony fragrance or pine scent, my home was clean. Nothing could be further from the truth! Clean doesn't have a smell. I actually enjoy cleaning windows and floors now but use green, non toxic cleaners. I am no longer concerned about babies crawling on the floor or even my 4-legged family members licking their paws and ingesting some chemical that could cause kidney damage.

We all want the best for our families and to raise healthy kids. What's under your kitchen sink? Do you have to keep it kid-proof or can your kids help you with the cleaning process (and learn how at the same time)? Next time you go shopping for your cleaning products, take a good look at the labels - both the warnings and the ingredients. Many are toxic (poison) and actually have 'hazardous waste disposal' instructions (i.e., toilet cleaners, oven cleaners, tub and tile cleaners, bleach). Some of the chemicals used have been associated with brain disorders, asthma, lung disease, and cancer.

Toxic Chemicals to Look For - These are Just a Few

There are over 80,000 chemicals used and very few have been tested for human usage. Several are toxic and have been connected to brain damage, asthma, lung disease, and even cancer. To check the products you currently use, go to the Household Products Index. By clicking on each chemical below, you'll see which commonly used products contain it. (Use the Health Affects tab and put the chemical name in the search box, click on 'go' to learn the potential harm.)

Changing Cleaning Brands Isn't All We Did

In addition to changing cleaning brands, we have also removed all carpeting as it's like a magnet for dust and dander, and with 7 dogs and 1 cat - I'm also watching for fleas and/or ticks. I'm lucky enough to use my windows as windows and don't have any coverings - no curtains, drapes, or blinds. They are a great place for particulates. It's not necessarily the cat causing some allergies. Having a great air purifier works wonders for cleaning up the toxic air in your home, along with opening windows for at least 5-10 minutes every day and having green plants throughout.

Most Important - START

One small thing like just changing your laundry detergent would make a huge difference in how much easier it is to breathe. Most folks don't think about being married to laundry detergent but it's in the clothes you wear and the sheets you sleep on, etc. That's about 24 hours a day, 7 days a week that you're wearing and breathing those chemicals.

Any chemicals coming in contact with your skin or the air you breathe can cause damage. It just makes sense to limit that harm.

The Real Dirt on Clean

Check out the only Green Cleaning Products I trust for specifics on any of the products mentioned.

Creating Non Toxic, Chemical Free Homes - Why "Green Goes With Everything"

This great book is available below, but the video gives some highlights of what you'll find on the pages. It's a wonderful gift for anyone who wants to create a non toxic, chemical free and healthier lifestyle.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      It really amazes me that tall these dangerous products have been out there and in our homes, with no one doing anything about it for so long. Thanks for some great info.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      It's really good to see that more and more people are becoming aware of the negative impact that typical household cleaners are having on children. Keep spreading the word!

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      VWright LM 8 years ago

      [in reply to Liz Amason] I think the main reason for that is ignorance. People just don't know. You see ads on TV, the stuff is on the shelves. I, for one, figured these people knew what they were talking about. The thought that there could be potential harm in using them never crossed my mind. I know better now.

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      VWright LM 8 years ago

      [in reply to John Watkins] I agree. I am hoping that as more people become aware and change brands, the many kids who have been affected and put on drugs, will be coming off them. The drugs only mask the issue. They don't remove the cause. That's another topic. :)

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      There are more dangerous products in our homes than we realize.

      Thanks for sharing,

      Lizzy

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      NC Shepherd 8 years ago

      Thanks for bringing this to attention. We all have to be aware and take responsibility for our health.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Traveling a lot, I spend my nights in hotels all over the state. I've found my performance the next day is directly associated with how much "smell" there is in the room. Some of it is overpowering and I've even asked to be moved to another room. Mold is a big issue in smaller hotels as it is so difficult to fight and most commercial products for mold leave a noxious residue.

      Clean air was my first step in changing all that, with the portable air filter.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is wonderful information for all moms and dads. Children and pets are so close to the floor where these toxic chemicals used. Great natural products can keep their environment healthier. Thanks.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      There are so many things we can do to detoxify our homes. Sloane's book and video

      This is great information. There are so many things we can do to detoxify our homes. I have Sloane's book and it is an excellent guide to have on hand.

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        jodynewell 8 years ago

        Fun Squidoo page V, I have spent WAY too much time looking at all your links, just kept reading and learning and clicking and reading , booked mark those I couldn't get to right now. I especially like your MOST IMPORTANT - START, it really is that easy, just START and go green one step at a time.

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        anonymous 8 years ago

        Very nice. Lots of good information. We should all just get started. My favorite product is Basic H2 . It is so versatile. For those who have seen "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" this is my Windex, but toxin-free. It is a miracle worker. I use it fo so many things and everyone should read Sloane's book.

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        VWright LM 8 years ago

        I know once I 'started', it's been like a snowball on a downward slope. The change for us has been nothing short of amazing. - in reply to jodynewell

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