Spring Health Clean: Part 4

Spring Health Clean: Part 4

Greening your household cleaners

It’s time to get under your kitchen sink (or wherever you keep those cleaning products) and take some notice to the cleaning products you are using. Take a moment to look at the label. Most store bought cleaners are filled with harmful ingredients that have been linked to many diseases – from asthma to skin irritations and possibly a contributor to cancer.

Be wary of:

Chlorine bleach – It is a poisonous gas (and make sure, if you do use it, never to mix it with acid or ammonia-containing cleaners as it becomes a highly toxic gas).

Phosphates – You will find these mostly in your dish soap and laundry detergents. Phosphates are harmful because when there are more phosphates in our waters, algae blooms will occur and begin to deplete the oxygen in the water. Not good for the fish and other water dwelling animals.

Glycol ether, alkylphenol ethoxylates found in window cleaners and laundry detergents may be a contributing factor to many nose, throat and lung irritation ( liver too, as, it has to detoxify it!), and skin irritation.

Labels need to be read fully even if they read, natural, biodegradable or nontoxic.

Begin using:

Lemons (cuts grease, smells great and even can lift stains) and, white vinegar (mix with water – 1/4 cup of vinegar to 1 cup of water).

Mr. Myers, Ecover, Bon Ami and Seventh Generation products are fabulous eco- friendly companies.


Heather Manley N.D.

Dr. Heather Manley, who in 2001 received her medical degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, is a practicing physician whose primary interest is preventative healthcare for families.

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