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Bathrooms. We all have ’em, we use them, and we all have to clean them.
Have you ever looked at the ingredient label on your bathroom cleaners?
The first time I really read the back of my bathroom cleaner, was about 10 years ago. I was cleaning my tiny, unventilated bathroom while my one year old was napping. I planned on giving him a bath first thing after he woke.
While cleaning the bathroom, my eyes started to sting and my throat began to burn. I looked at the label and it said scary things like, “Warning. Keep out of the reach of children” or “Do not breathe spray” and best yet, “Eye and skin irritant. Do not get in eyes, on skin or clothing.”
That’s when it hit me. I was scrubbing my tub with this cleaner with all of these crazy warnings, that caused my eyes and throat to burn, and then planned on sitting my baby’s little naked bottom directly on the same tub. Granted I would rinse away the cleaner but trace amounts would still be left behind. That was my aha moment that led me down the path to clean living and using non-toxic products.
Once you start learning about the potential dangers of the ingredients in conventional products, there is no going back. The knowledge snowballs and before you know it, you start researching the chemicals in body products, then in food and on and on.
Our bodies fight off all of these dangers and filter out a lot of the harmful chemicals. But when they are in our food, our cleaning and body products and our air, the body can’t keep up and the chemicals start to take a toll. You can’t be 100% toxin free but proactively limiting the chemicals will help you feel and stay well.
Health is priceless.
Below is a list of the most common toxic ingredients in most commercial bathroom cleaners.
2-BUTOXYETHANOL: A skin and eye irritant also associated with blood disorders. This chemical is listed as a toxic substance under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act due to the understanding that it is harmful to human health.
Ammonia: Vapours may irritate the skin, eyes, throat, and lungs
MEA (monoethanalomine): Known to induce asthma in workplace settings
DEA (diethanolamine): Mild skin and severe eye irritant.
Fragrance: More than 3000 chemicals are used in fragrance mixtures. Many are irritants and can trigger allergies, migraines, and asthma symptoms.
Buying a bottle of $3.99 cleaner from the store is super easy and convenient. I get it. People are busy. Easy and convenient is pretty awesome. The following bathroom cleaner recipe is still very easy and convenient after you build up your cleaning and body products inventory. Plus, you can really save some dough after your initial purchase of bulk ingredients.
The following is a bathroom spray cleaner recipe. If you need to do some heavy cleaning, this DIY Soft Scrub will do the trick.
2 cups water
2 cups white distilled vinegar
40 drops of essential oil – You can use single oils or combine based on smell and cleaning ability. I personally use doTerra oils for their potency and purity. If you would like to learn more about the oils, just let me know and I will be happy to elaborate.
- Lemon – fresh, clean scent. Antiseptic and disinfectant properties.
- Tea Tree – antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiseptic and antiviral.
- Lavender – delightful, summery scent. Disinfectant properties.
- Eucalyptus – natural germicide.
- Peppermint – antibacterial.
- Mix water, vinegar and oils in a spray bottle.
- Shake gently to mix.
- Spray surface and wipe with a damp cloth.
Now you can rest assured that your bathroom cleaner will not warrant a visit from the hazmat team if it gets spilled. 😉
If you are not into making your own bathroom cleaner, check out these more natural alternatives to conventional products.
Here are a couple of other natural ways to keep your home clean.
Do you make your own cleaners? I would love to hear about them!