Cleaning Products That Are Harmful To The Home

     Spring cleaning is here, and in the midst of your spring cleaning, we have some secrets for you that need to be passed around!! There are some cleaning products and solutions that are extremely dangerous to your homes! We will let you know which types, what to look for, and what a good alternative would be.

Greenwashing

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The first category of cleaning products we need to look into is greenwashing products. These are products that say safe, non-toxic, and green, but they tend to be anything but. Many of these products can damage red blood cells, irritate eyes, cause permanent damage, cause severe burns, and may even be fatal! When you are at the store picking up cleaning supplies, read the labels very carefully and pay attention to warnings. Some of these products are labeled poison, danger, or fatal if swallowed or inhaled. Those are the ones you should definitely stay away from. Most greenwashing cleaners are all-purpose cleaners, so to create a natural replacement, mix 2 cups of water, one half cup of white vinegar, 1 teaspoon of dish soap, and 1 teaspoon of baking powder. This will do the trick!

Multi-Surface

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Multi-surface products can be very dangerous to the hormone cycle, odd enough. Many of these products contain nonylphenol ethoxylate, which is the cause of this damage. Instead of going to the store and buying a multi-surface cleaner, you can make one easily and naturally at home! In a spray bottle, combine 1 cup of distilled water, 1 cup of vinegar, 20 drops of lemon essential oil, and 20 drops of tea tree essential oil. These essential oils help clean and remove odors and grime, and they achieve that perfected clean home smell.

Shower Foam & Bathroom Cleaner

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You don’t want to be cleaning your home with dangerous chemicals and especially not your bathroom! Many bathroom cleaners can irritate and inflame the lungs, so when you want some from the store, read the label and stay away from the products that have butoxydigyuol in them. This is the main ingredient that makes them harmful to your family. It is so easy to make homemade shower and bathroom cleaner, though, so we encourage everyone to use your already in-home house products. Mix 2 cups of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of Dawn. It will perform miracles in your bathroom!

Stain Remover

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Stain removers are very tricky. First of all, most of them don’t work, and second of all, you welcoming harmful chemicals into the air you breathe. The chemical placed in stain removers are just generally bad for your body. Read the back label and look for 2-butoxyethanol. This chemical becomes very hazardous when breathed in. How about, instead, you mix one part Dawn dish soap with 2 parts hydrogen peroxide? It’s way more effective and less dangerous!

Oven Cleaner

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The last product we’re going to mention is oven cleaner. Oven cleaner can be one of the most deceiving when it comes to cleaning products, because among many reasons, some labels will suggest opening windows and doors for fresh air when they claim to be fume-free. These products can also cause burning of the skin, lungs, and eyes. We suggest not using a store-bought oven cleaner at all. Instead, try covering the bottom of your oven in baking soda and spray with water. Wait 8 hours and then, scrape and wipe away until it is all clean. Do this to ensure you are cleaning your oven the safest and most responsible way.

Granted these steps will help you achieve a safer home, there are many more home supplies that are dangerous and harmful. The biggest tip we have for you is to read all labels, and if there is a chemical you are unaware of, research it to be safe. The best way to go about cleaning your home, though, is to personally make all natural products especially if you have children and pets living in the home. So Safe. So Simple. So Clean!

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7 Ways To Make Your Bathroom Appear Bigger

 

Whether you live in a teeny tiny apartment or a gigantic house, there is a guarantee that you will have one small bathroom. Every time you go in you feel cramped, almost claustrophobic. We’re coming to your rescue to solve all your “small” problems! We have broken it down into 7 different ways to make the room expand luxuriously.

     1. Pick the perfect theme. The first thing you notice when you walk into a bathroom is the theme or style of the room. Most people go for nautical or “Under the Sea” themed, but we suggest a different take. You want to make it feel clean, but bold. Use white as much as you can, because it gives a soft clean ambiance. Anything bold would go really well in the room as well, just keep it simple and forward.

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     2. Raise up your vanity. A floating vanity is a smart way to add more space. Now, not only do you have countertop space, but you also have space underneath to store bathroom bins. Storage bins are marvelous and so convenient when it comes to hiding all the items you want to keep from getting cluttered on counter.

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   3. Glass doors create great space. We know this next one is not the easiest to change, but keep it in mind when you’re building a home for sure…glass shower doors! Because they’re see through, they increase the amount of space that you can see when you first walk in causing the impression that there is more room to walk around.

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     4. Natural light is key. The colors kind of go hand in hand with the style or theme of the bathroom, but just a reminder that whatever your theme is, use light colors. You want to use the colors that will reflect the lighting, whether it is artificial or natural, you want to bring about more light.

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     5. Mirrors create mindful illusions. We always mention mirrors as being a huge help when trying to create more space. A mirror is a vital part of the bathroom, but you want to make sure that it is a large mirror if it is in a smaller bathroom. Not only will it be more fun when doing your makeup in the morning, but it will also bring about the illusion that there is so much more visible space. It is an awesome trick you can use in any room of the house, but it definitely comes in handy in this situation.

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    6. Corner sinks create space. A corner sink shoves everything you need in the corner, but it has a clear, clean appeal added to the room. It also leaves no room for a cluttered mess on the counter, because it only has enough room on the counter for the essential items.

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     7. Backsplash for the bathroom. The last way to make your bathroom look larger would be another great idea to have before building the bathroom, but it can be done as an update to your bathroom. Putting tile from the ground up the wall to reach the ceiling is our most impactful idea. By doing this, you will emphasize the verticality of the room giving the appearance of a higher ceiling making the room look luxuriously large. The next time you want to revise your bathroom keep our tips in mind!

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