Did you have asthma as a kid? Or as an adult? Did you clean with organic solutions?
I’m guessing not.
Cleaning the organic way wasn’t a thing back then unless you go pretty far back to the ‘30s when our cleaning products didn’t have harmful chemicals in them.
Is it worth a return to the basics? Or should we be using today’s organic cleaners? Let’s look at how cleaners can affect health and the best options for organic cleaning.
How Cleaning Can Affect Health: Asthma and Beyond
Asthma is one of several health conditions directly tied to cleaners. It’s scary when you or a loved one isn’t able to breathe. Plus, we want to have high energy, which the respiratory and circulatory systems give us 24-hours a day. The two systems work together to give us a beating heart and functioning lungs.
Thank you, body! What a critical and important role. However, those are not the only major organ systems affected by chemicals in our cleaners and everyday products.
Nearly all 10 of our major organ systems are affected. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) mentions a few of the possible effects in their publication, Health Effects of Chemical Exposure.
Here’s A List of the Organ Systems That Could be Affected:
- Nervous system
- Endocrine system
- Cardiovascular system
- Immune and Lymphatic systems
- Respiratory system
- Digestive system
- Urinary system
- Reproductive system
- Integumentary system
We should treat our bodies well at all costs. This includes using organic cleaners.
How to Clean the Organic Way
In short, there are two great options for cleaning the organic way:
Use Time-Tested Products
I’m talking about those used in the ‘30s that have resulted in good health for decades. (Remember when asthma, cancer, and chronic illness rates were much lower?)
Types of Cleaners
- Hydrogen Peroxide, 3%
- White Distilled Vinegar, Natural
- Baking Soda
- Non-Toxic Dish Soap
Check out this article about how each of these can be used effectively.
Why I’m not a fan of lemon or other foods in cleaners:
It just plain makes me feel like my house is unclean when I spread food all over it. There are lots of people that enjoy adding a few drops of lemon (or other citrus) juice to their cleaner. But for me, my brain wonders this, why do we go to great lengths to keep food off of our surfaces and then add food to cleaners that are spread all over our surfaces. It seems weird.
Use Third-Party Certified Products (from a credible nonprofit organization)
To find an actual healthy cleaner, take a look at the product’s certifications or health ratings. Specifically, is it certified as USDA Organic? Or rated as a “Verified, 0, 1 or 2” (healthy) by the Environmental Working Group?
I hear concerns all the time, people thinking that organic cleaners and healthy living are so expensive. That doesn’t need to be the case. Nearly all of these cleaners are low-cost (especially in #1).
Just like conventional cleaners, there are a variety of price points for you to choose from.
Your Next Steps
Choose which option works best for you and start cleaning the organic way! Improve your health and save money in the process.
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Angela Cummings is a writer, organic lifestyle coach, and presenter with a passion for helping people live their best organic chemical-free lifestyle. Since 2014, Angela has been a professional freelance writer and consultant for individuals and companies internationally.