On a quest to detox your home? One of the best places to start is your bathroom. Toxins can lurk everywhere in this small space — from chemical-laden conventional cleaners to toxin-filed personal care products. (The bad guys that can disrupt your hormones!) But the good news — it’s easy to swap out toxic bathroom products for greener, healthier alternatives. Here are three steps to try right now…
Swap out conventional tub and tile cleaners for baking soda and vinegar. Did you know that white vinegar kills roughly 82 percent of surface mold and can help prevent mold outbreaks in the future — and its mildly acidity is also great for breaking through soap scum? To make your tub and shower sparkle, spray with a 50/50 vinegar/water solution and wipe clean. For spots that need scrubbing, make a simple cleaning paste from two parts baking soda and one part water. Add a few drops of lemon essential oil for a pleasant scent.
Ditch toxic air fresheners for natural essential oils. According to a Natural Resources Defense Council study, 86% of synthetic air fresheners (i.e., Glade) contain hormone-disrupting phthalates and neuro- and- immunotoxins, including BHT, acetaldehyde and propylene glycol. These are the last things you need! For a naturally fresh scent, try our favorite DIY bathroom spray recipe.
Essential Oil Bathroom Spray
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon vodka or real vanilla extract
20 drops lavender essential oil
15 drops orange essential oil
5 drops bergamot or lemon essential oil
Add ingredients to a small spray bottle. Shake gently before spraying.
Take a “Marie Kondo” approach your bathroom cupboards. Go through your collection of shampoos, soaps and lotions, and carefully check the ingredients list for each one. You can ask Marie’s favorite question, “Does this spark joy?” But also ask yourself the more practical question, “Do I really want to put these ingredients all over my body?” Have fun shopping for natural beauty care products or try these easy DIY alternatives.
|Want more home detox and natural cleaning tips? Read our blog: Green household cleaning with non-toxic chemicals.|