Spring Cleaning, the Non-Toxic Way

Spring is right around the corner, and as the weather warms up, it's the perfect time for the age old ritual of spring cleaning your home. The featured video also gives several pointers for "dusting off" your health and fitness routines, to demarcate a fresh start.

In this article, I'll focus on spring cleaning your home, as this is an area where many unwittingly introduce more unnecessary toxins into their lives.

The typical American home contains about three to 10 gallons of toxic materials1 in the form of household cleaning products. Indeed, the very things you use to clean your house are actually among the primary sources of toxins and indoor air pollution you expose yourself to on a regular basis.

Even "green" alternatives can contain harmful ingredients. It's unfortunate, but the terms "green" and "natural" are really nothing more than marketing terms, and they do not automatically equate to safety.

Moreover, many ingredients do not even have to be listed on the label in the first place, which makes it even more difficult to discern what you're being exposed to. The manufacturers have conveniently lobbied the government to exempt them from this requirement, so they can purposely omit any ingredient that is considered a secret formula from its label. Not surprisingly, many of these non-disclosed ingredients are actually toxic.

Which Are the Worst Offenders?

Of particular concern are chemicals known or suspected to be carcinogenic. Others can disrupt your endocrine system and/or may cause reproductive harm—both of which are serious concerns if you have young children in your house.

When the chemicals in common household products such as cleaning sprays and laundry detergents hit your skin and lungs, they go directly into your bloodstream, bypassing your liver and kidneys, which are your body's natural defense system against toxins. Just one application of a typical household cleaner can leave dangerous chemicals lingering in your indoor air for hours on end.

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