June 19th, 2013
| Survivor: Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Carcinogens and neurotoxins in our laundry detergent? And shampoo? This is the second of a three-part series on what is in the cleaners we buy and realistic steps to take to reduce exposure to ourselves and our families.
Last week, I talked about toxic chemicals in your cleaners and personal care products. Today, I'll give you tips to reduce your exposure to these chemicals by changing the way you clean.
If all of this information is new to you, you might be overwhelmed. To that, I advise that you pick one thing and go with it. Every step counts. When you've assimilated that one thing, pick one more thing. Before you know it, you've changed your life.
Where To Start
When it comes to household cleaning items, my top two recommendations are to stop using fabric softener/dryer sheets and to stop using air fresheners, because both of these items have high toxicity.
Fabric Softener/Dryer Sheets:
How To Really Go Green
Gradually "greening" ALL of your household cleaners is the way to go. There are legitimately "green" products available, though you'll need to dig around to find out which ones really are safe and which ones just say they're green on the label. Or you can DIY. Baking soda and vinegar clean almost everything. Added bonus: homemade cleaners are cheaper than their conventional counterparts.
I started with homemade laundry detergent, then dishwasher detergent. I line dry everything (usually outside; inside as needed) and use baking soda to clean the bathrooms. Simple changes, life-saving effects.
Once you're done making changes to your household cleaning regimen, then it's time to move onto your personal care products.
Check back next week for tips on how to reduce your exposure to toxins by cutting back on your personal care items like deodorants and lotions.
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