I’ve always been a sickly child and my mum has always been a clean freak (sorry mum!). Instinctively I had some inkling that these 2 might somehow be related. Fast forward 35+ years later, I learnt I was right.
There is practically non-existent regulations on what toxins are allowed in our homes. Ingredients that are known to cause all kinds of illnesses like asthma, eczema and even cancer. Here’s a fun fact, 1 in 7 asthma cases can be linked to the use of chemical spray cleaning products at home.
Let’s go back to me being that sickly child. I did the full childhood illness thing – asthma, digestive issues, eczema, frequent bouts of coughs and flus. Drove my mum mad and perhaps that drove her to clean more!
So how does cleaning chemicals affect young children?
The image below explains how children and cleaning chemicals simply don’t mix.
Now that we know better, we can do better for our children. To take the work out of housework as you spring clean this season, I’d like to share 3 handy tips for a healthier cleaner clean.
1. Start with the right cleaning products
We may not knowingly invite toxins into our homes/bodies but the truth is, the chemicals we use to keep our homes clean may be causing harm to us and our family’s health. Toxins absorbed through our skin and lungs are even more dangerous than digesting a non-organic fruit. That is because they bypass our body’s natural defense mechanism against toxins – our digestive system. They go directly into our bloodstream and to our organs where they wreck their havoc.
The easiest way to start detoxing your home is to avoid chemical-based cleaners altogether and switch to natural alternatives.
2. Ditch the artificial air fresheners
This is known as the next 2nd hand smoke and it’s the most unnecessary source of toxins we should have in our homes. Artificial air fresheners contain a cocktail of unknown and usually toxic chemicals. At the back of some supermarket aerosols, they actually say “Dangerous when inhaled”.
Try this alternative home fragrance recipe to instantly uplift and refresh the air at home:
**Lemon & Lavender Natural Home Fragrance**
- 1 whole lemon sliced
- 1 cup of dried lavender
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 quart of water
- 2 to 3 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)
- Bring the water to boil
- Add the above ingredients, squeezing the lemons and adding both the rinds and juice.
- Allow to boil for a few minutes to release the scent, then reduce to a simmer.
- In about 30 minutes, your whole house will smell wonderful!
You can put it in the fridge and reuse for several days.
** Please note that this is a home fragrance recipe and is not intended for consumption.
3. Toxin free pest control
One big issue that we commonly face in this warmer weather is the annoying bugs and insects that come along with it. So instead of polluting the air at home with conventional and toxic pest repellents, try this simply natural remedy instead:
For your own dust mite repellent spray, try mixing either Clove, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint or Rosemary oil into a spray bottle of water and use it to mist your bed lightly. Allow the spray to air dry. Mites detest these scents and will stay away from them. For additional pest control, try a mixture of Basil and Lemongrass to not only repel dust mites, but also fleas and lice.
Article written by Pearl, founder and owner of Resparkle Organic Cleaning Products.
“My vision is healthy homes for everyone. Resparkle goes beyond mere home care products. It is a way of empowering us with the opportunity to make small but positive change to our everyday lives. I truly believe that together, we can spark a movement that will shape the health of our homes, our community and our planet.”