Harmful ingredients in mainstream cleaning products are linked to chemically induced asthma, lung cancer, skin irritation, eye irritation, and other health issues. When we use cleaning products with harmful ingredients, we are also absorbing these ingredients into our skin. It only takes 26 seconds for a chemical on the counter, floor, or any other surface to permeate through our skin. In fact, 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed directly into our bloodstream. This month, try Pure Haven’s cleaning bundle and receive a FREE gift from me!
#2 – Switch to microfiber cloths and natural sponges instead of paper towels
I absolutely love microfiber cloths and natural sponges. They save money and trees, and clean exceptionally well. Many paper towels also contain dyes and bleach.
#3 – Swap synthetic fragrances and plug-ins for natural air fresheners
Since I switched to all-natural everything I’ve become very sensitive to synthetic fragrances, perfumes, and colognes. Instead of adding chemicals to your home, a great alternative is to add some literal green! There are many plants that naturally purify and actually absorb harmful toxins from the air, as was discovered by NASA in 1989. Some of these plants include the peace lily, spider plant, bamboo palm, and Chinese evergreen. If you’re looking for natural scents to accent your home, Pure Haven’s essential oils or all-natural soy candles are great alternatives to harsh synthetic scents!
#4 – Reduce, recycle, reuse
Repurpose old items instead of throwing them in the trash. I don’t mean hoard junk, but if you find an item that can be used as something else, such as a storage container, jazz it up, and re-use it! Use an old wooden crate as a container for an herb garden! There are endless opportunities to repurpose items!
Be mindful of what you buy and consume. Don’t over purchase food if you know it will go to waste! Clean out your fridge often. If you have a bunch of wilted vegetables, great! Make a tasty soup or dish with it! If your veggies are too-far gone, start a kitchen scrap compost!
Make a conscious effort to buy and use less plastic. Stainless steel straws, reusable water containers, glass baking dishes, reusable shopping bags are wonderful alternatives. Buy dry goods in bulk and store them in containers at home. Use beeswax paper and switch to biodegradable dog waste bags.
#5 – Donate
Instead of throwing items that are perfectly usable that you aren’t interested in repurposing in the trash, why not donate them instead! Donating clothes, furniture, and housewares is a great way to spring clean your home, but also to off-set trash that goes to the landfill. A helpful tip: Go through your closet every few months. With the exception of seasonal weather clothing, if you can’t remember the last time you wore it, get rid of it! Someone else can have the opportunity to love it!