Green Cleaning Movement
Have you ever wondered what is hiding in your cleaning products? 2-Butoxyethanol, Triclosan, Perchloroethylene, Formaldehyde, Ammonia, Sodium Hydroxide, Quaternary Ammonia Compounds, Chlorine, and the list goes on! These are cleaning agents that not only “clean and disinfect” our home but are making their way into our bodies, our baby's bodies, and our furry friend's bodies; ultimately being absorbed straight to our organs! Therefore many people are switching and/or incorporating eco-friendly cleaning products into their homes.
Essential oils have been used for centuries; dating back to 3500 BC! How cool is that?! All-natural cleaning products are free of harsh chemicals, free of phosphates, free of chlorine, free of formaldehyde, biodegradable, carbon neutral, naturally derived, sustainable manufacturing, nontoxic, and again the list goes on! Think about when you spray your kitchen counter down and then use it for prepping your food. The chemicals that were used on that counter are transferring to the very food that you are putting into your body.
Below are just a few of the essential oils that are found in eco-friendly cleaning products & the amazing benefits they provide:
- Lemon – antiviral, cuts grease, and has an uplifting smell
- Lavender – fabulous for laundry. It helps keep those musty odors from forming in your washer/dryer. It also prevents mildew & mold from forming.
- Tea Tree (Melaleuca) – antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, and antiviral. It is also a great cleaner for mildew & mold.
Some of the best places to find all-natural cleaning products for a great price is Trader Joe's, Target, Jewel, Mariano's, Whole Foods, and your local health food store!