You may be thinking about removing the toxic cleaning products in your home but feel overwhelmed at just how many there are. In Toxic Free, Robin Konie of Thank Your Body shows you how to gradually ease yourself into using easy homemade products made from simple and cheap ingredients. It’s so easy!
Over 500 toxic chemicals are hidden in the average home. Although many have claims to be organic, herbal or natural they are anything but. Beyond cleaning products, these chemicals lurk in personal care and beauty products. Used on a daily basis, they add to the toxic burden your body has to deal with.
According to Robin,
Cancer, pregnancy complications, hormone disruption, asthma and other illnesses have all been linked to the toxic chemicals found in commercially produced household products. What’s worse is that many of these chemicals are not even listed on the product label, leaving you entirely in the dark about what you are spreading through your home and putting directly on yourself and your children!
Federal regulation does not require chemicals to be tested or proven safe before manufacturers include them in consumer products. As a result, you may have noticed there is an ever growing list of products and chemicals found harmful to humans only after they have been released to the public. The only practical solution is to reduce or completely avoid products that may contain toxic substances, especially in the home where many of Americans spend the majority of their time.
People with any health challenge at all will be burdened with these toxins and will have a harder time healing. It is important to get rid of the toxins in the home!
There are just a few basic cleaning products that serve well in many other products. These are, vingar, washing soda, castille soap and some essential oils.
Where to Start
Trying to make all of these cleaners would get anyone a bit overwhelmed! Her advice? Start with one.
Robin give advice on how to start to chip away at these products. Starting with a simple All Purpose Cleaner is a great tip!
The basic ingredients for many of the recipes make up a two page list that goes from Apple Cider Vinegar to White Vinegar and everything in between. Since essential oils are included in the recipes, there is a Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils section.
I don’t know much about essential oils and so I was very interested in this section. There is also a lot of information about which essential oils to use and when not to use them and lots of other pertinent information.
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup washing soda
- 1/2 cup castile soap
- 25 drops tea tree essential oil
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- Mix the baking soda washing soda and liquid soap in a medium sized container until it forms a paste like consistency
- Add essential oils and mix thoroughly
I don’t know about you but I hate any commercial bathroom cleaners — they are sooo toxic and standing in a confined space and breathing it in is not what I would call healthy.
However, it is important to get the scum off the bathtub and tiles. I am actually excited to try this cleaner!
There are over 70 recipes in this book! I’m sure you can find a few that would suit your needs!