In honor of Earth Day I’m officially kicking off “Earth Week” with my tips on how to attempt spring cleaning from an eco-friendly perspective. I remember when I first started exploring all of the harsh chemicals that are in traditional cleaning products. It can be overwhelming, it can be downright intimidating. I wasn’t quite ready to wash our clothes only using soap nuts, but I couldn’t see myself returning to trusted brands I’d used my entire life after learning what was in them. It was as if I had swallowed the red pill, I’d seen how deep the rabbit hole goes and I couldn’t go back to my ignorant bliss.
I was originally concerned because my son was crawling, and I needed to know he wasn’t in harm’s way with what we kept under our sinks. So explore I did, and what I found was disturbing. I’d also come to realize that I had adverse reactions to some of the products I had used my whole life and never realized it. So I made some simple changes, slowly and effectively, to better our home environment and rid it of chemicals.
I started in the kitchen and slowly worked my way to the bathrooms. The kitchen housed most of the cleaners in my home since my laundry room is apart of it. I changed out my detergent, dish soap, glass cleaner, dishwashing liquid, and floor cleaner. I found it pretty easy to locate these items at the local grocery store, and a quick glance at the labels let me know what I did and didn’t want in my home. I worked my way to the bathroom and replaced any body wash, shampoo, conditioner, bubble bath. I started with the kids bathroom first, switching out everything all at once can be pricy, but if that works best for you it’s a worth investment.
There’s a rumor that you can’t have clean and chemical-free. This is false. I know lots of people (I was one of them) who don’t feel something (like toilets) is truly clean unless I smell the harsh scent of bleach. There are plenty of way you can get clean, and most importantly, smell fresh and clean without dangerous petrochemicals. One of the most harmful ways to take in chemicals is through breathing it in. This effects not only adults but especially children. It’s imperative to read the labels on all of your air care products, just one ingredient can make a huge difference.
With two rambunctious boys my bathroom can get stinky, and I mean quickly. I found success replacing strong chemicals that only mask smell, with Fresh Wave products made from only natural ingredients like water and plant oils. Easily found at Target and other retailers, Fresh Wave has a line of products that are natural and get the job done. I use their odor removing spray religiously on the kids car seats, this has replaced other well-known fabric sprays that don’t last. I’ve sampled their laundry booster, and it helped get that mildew smell out of my front load washer. But one of my favorite products has to be the odor removing gel, it removes odors using only natural ingredients for up to 90 days! I leave one in the kids bathroom constantly, and use the smaller independent bags in the car.
Just because I’m anti-chemicals, shouldn’t mean I’m pro odors! I’m pretty sure that should be their campaign logo..
Ridding yourself from the binds of chemical induced living isn’t only about buying more stuff. It’s also about clearing out what you realize is no longer necessary. Do I need a multi-purpose spray AND a glass cleaner? Not really. Evaluating what you are bringing into your home is all about being conscious and aware, so that you can make informed decisions. Not succumbing to consumerism and buying a million products that overlap just because the big screen says you need it or should have it. Multi-function products are the best option. Fresh Wave odor eliminator reduces my need for air fresheners or candles in the bathroom. It gets rid of odors from pets, smoke, trash, mildew, food, bathrooms and more.
Removing the need for unnecessary products (especially if riddled with chemicals) not only frees up space under you counter (don’t we all need that), but in your life. It means your spending less on unnecessary crap, and streamlining your cleaning process saving you more time. Time to do other more important things, like enjoying that clean home of yours. Being conscious about where you spend your money and your time is essential to a happy life. We can no longer just float on by doing whatever without any consequences. Buying products from companies like Fresh Wave that are non-toxic, non-gmo, and non-hazardous is about voting for the type of world you want to live in. These companies recycle, and encourage you to as well. It shows they care about our environment and the products they are producing, this is the kind of company I want to buy from because that’s the type of world I need to live in.
I’m a DIY lovah.. I get that this is not for everyone, some people would rather cut their left arm off than attempt making cleaning products. Then this is not for you, or maybe it is… There are plenty of really simple recipes using every day items you most likely have in your cupboard or pantry. At first, this was my go-to. I made EVERYTHING! Floor cleaner, glass cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, dish / hand soap. I was a home cleaning machine! As time goes on this may not always be sustainable. Working longer hours meant I had less time to make these simple recipes and had to focus my time and energy in different ways. But I still make a few of my favorites, just because it’s so simple and they honestly work better than any product I’ve tried. Like ironing starch, this recipe beats any I’ve been able to find at the store.
I hope this really breaks down a few simple steps to introducing much cleaner and healthier products in your home. You can go online an join the #CareAboutYourAir pledge with Fresh Wave today and qualify for special coupons.
Happy Earth Week!
Disclosure: I’d like to thank Fresh Wave for sponsoring this post and providing me with products that keep my home smelling fresh without the toxic chemicals. You can follow Fresh Wave on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!