by Angela Orluck Ducklinsky, Orluck Organic
Think of everything you do to keep up your home on a daily basis – the dishes, the laundry, cleaning the windows, floors, countertops and more. Now take a second to check out the labels of all those cleaning potions. Most of the words don’t even look like English and you need an advanced sciences degree to really understand what’s in those bottles. So, when you’re spending all that time cleaning, are you really getting your house clean or are you doing more harm than good?
In addition to lengthy lists of unpronounceable ingredients, any household cleaning products also have dire labels that warn of skin or respiratory irritation, chemical burns or eye damage. And if these cleaners can cause such harm to your body, imagine what they’re doing to the environment. Once washed down the drain they pollute lakes, rivers and oceans and accumulate in wildlife and people. Eventually they also come back to you in the form of the food you eat and water you drink.
So, how do you maximize your efforts and make sure you’re really cleaning green and healthy for you, your family and the planet?
- Read labels. If it says “Danger,” “Warning,” “Irritant,” “Caution,” “Poison,” or something similar, stay away. Look for safer plant-based ingredients instead of petroleum-based ingredients.
- Look around your kitchen. Baking soda, lemon juice, vinegar and water are all very effective and safe cleaners. And they’re much less expensive than anything you’ll find in the cleaning aisle.
- Open a window. Instead of plugging in or spraying cloying artificial fragrances, open a window to make smells and indoor air toxins disappear. If it’s too cold to open a window, boil a bit of water with some deliciously-scented dried herbs (cinnamon, cloves, star anise) on the stove for a natural air freshener.
- Make your home a shoe-free zone. Shoes track in everything from dirt and mud to fertilizers and chemicals. Leave the shoes (and the gunk) at the door and you’ll have less mess to clean.
- Hire green help. When life gets overwhelming and you don’t have time to clean, make sure your cleaning company uses toxin-free cleaning materials so your home really is sparkling.
What areas of your home do you spend the most time cleaning? Are you concerned about toxic ingredients in the cleaners you use?
Orluck Organic-All Natural House Cleaning was founded in 2004 by sisters Katie and Angela. The company currently serves the NW Twin Cities area and offers a more natural approach for both families and the environment. For more information or to schedule your free, in home consultation go to www.orluckorganic.com. Connect on Facebook for more cleaning tips, occasional giveaways and green products we recommend.