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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Spring Cleaning With Your Easter Guests In Mind

Spring is here! Easter is coming fast, and you need to prepare your home for all of your incoming guests. While you’re tidying up your home, might as well nip Spring Cleaning in the bud! We have formed the perfect list for Spring Cleaning that includes preparing for your guests. Let’s get started with the basics!

The Basics:

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1. Start by dusting all surfaces, corners, edges, fans, lights, and doors. Knock that out first. It sounds like a lot, but it should be quick, fast, and easy.

2. Move on to washing all baseboards, wiping switches, doorknobs, countertops, vents, and anything else you can think of that might need wiping. While you’re at it, go ahead and spot clean the walls.

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3. Go through each bedroom and bathroom collecting pillows, blankets, rugs, towels, bedding, and any other laundry that needs cleaning. Wash and put away all items. If you have any questions about deep-cleaning rugs, check out our previous post specifically about Deep-Cleaning Rugs, and it will give you all the information you need to know.

4. Clean and wipe down all appliances big and small. This includes everything from your fridge to your washer and dryer to your food processor. EVERYTHING. Try to get under all the appliances too, because that’s where most dust and build up is.

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5. Tackle the bathrooms. Scrub all toilets, tubs, and showers. Scrub the bathrooms the guests will be using a couple times extra!

6. Vacuum, rotate, and flip all the mattresses in your home. Many people look over this step very often, but this is very important. It keeps your mattress from wearing out so easy and helps it last longer.

7. Wait until you’re completely done and steam vacuum and mop the entire floor of your home. We say to wait, because everyone loves those vacuum lines and you won’t be walking over what you just cleaned.

Deep Spring Cleaning:

If you want to get really intense with your cleaning skills, go the extra mile with these next steps.

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1. Clean the fireplace. You might be covered in soot when you’re done, but don’t worry! It will all be worth it when your guests compliment you on how surprisingly clean your fireplace is.

2. Sweep the front porch and the patio. Once you get all the leaves and nonsense brushed off them, try to deck brush them. This should make them look brand new. If you don’t know how to clean your deck or patio properly, just follow our steps in our previous Deck and Patio post.

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3. Defrost your freezer. Clean it out. Throw out the stuff you’ve been saving (and been thinking you’re going to use) for just too long. This goes for the fridge too. We all have that bad habit of leaving items we don’t use in there way past their expiration date, because we purely just don’t notice. What did you say? Might as well tackle the pantry as well? Right you are! Go ahead and clean out and reorganize your pantry. It helps for stocking up food for Easter guests.

4. Deep clean the oven. This is a big one since you’ll probably be using it for Easter dishes. If you don’t clean it, the oven can actually change the smell and taste of your food.

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5. Wash all your window, window tracks, and curtains. Those get dusty and dirty too!

6. Our last deep clean for the home is cleaning out your closet. We know, we know. No one wants to give away any clothes ever, but we have a few simple rules to make it easier on you. If you haven’t worn it in a year, give it away. You aren’t going to wear it “someday”. If it doesn’t fit, give it away. If you say it will fit after tailoring but never go get it tailored, give it away. You’re never taking it to get tailored. If it doesn’t fit your lifestyle, give it away. Those are all the rules. Simple and easy to follow. Clearing your closets will also free up room for your guests coming to stay with you.

Extra Preparation for Guests:

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1. When you are making the beds, be sure to put extra blankets on it. While you’re in the guest room, check to make sure there is a luggage rack or a bench for your guests to place their bags on while they’re there.

2. Place a candle in the guest room along with a basket full of anything they might need during their stay, such as disposable razors, mouthwash, extra toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, etc. Make sure you’re stocked on toilet paper and extra towels as well.

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3. Place current magazines and books around the house as easy reading for your guests.

4. Stock your kitchen with extra coffee, tea, creamer, and sugar. More people in the home means more coffee is going to be made.

5. Make sure there are no burned out lights. Double check the rooms the guests will be staying in.

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6. Last but not least, wash your pets! This might seem like a funny cleaning step, but it is completely necessary. Pets carry dirt and smells while they run around the home causing the smell to waft through the home in every room. It’s smart to just wash them once a month anyway to keep them and everything else clean.

Now, you should be fully prepared for your Easter guests and anything that might come your way! You can now focus on your guests and this wonderful holiday!

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