There will be updates applied in this category when things I use change or I have something specific to share. I’ve converted back to the basics and have decided to go with natural cleaning products; they’re all or mostly natural. My current laundry & cleaning products line up include things that I am currently loving and planning to buy more of. If you have any suggestions, let me know and I’ll definitely check in to them or if you want lengthy reviews on what I have now or what you want to try, also let me know!
Did you know that regular chlorine bleach and even some non-chlorine bleaches are among the most dangerous chemicals produced in the U.S yet many of us use them religiously to whiten whites, clean up, remove stains, etc.. Here’s an excerpt from a blog post written by Melanie Forti, Director of Health & Safety Programs, AFOP, “ As you may know (or even have experienced), the fumes from bleach are very strong. When it’s inhaled, it may cause a variety of health problems. Bleach is very irritating and corrosive to the skin, lungs, and eyes. As well, it has been known to burn human tissue internally or externally. On top of this- it may cause skin rash, extreme headaches, migraines, muscle weakness, abdominal discomfort, esophageal perforation, nausea and vomiting. In addition, it can damage the nervous system.⠀People that have a respiratory problem should avoid the use of bleach because it can worsen especially people suffering from asthma and allergies. Other symptoms may occur such as stinging sensation in the eyes and nose, coughing and breath shortness. Bleach fumes can accumulate and linger in poorly-ventilated homes. Indoor air becomes polluted with toxins, endangering the health of all those who breathe it in. As parents, we hope and try to provide our children with a safe and healthy environment. However when children and pets for that matter are exposed to bleach and bleach fumes they can become very susceptible to the adverse health effects because their immune systems cannot fight off the harsh chemicals and their lungs are smaller and can fill with the toxic fumes. Even the passive or indirect exposure to bleach can cause childhood respiratory illness and other infections.“ Please keep these things in mind when choosing any type of chemical ridden household cleaners for your own home! The above pictured is an awesome choice! I’ll be using it with a couple dashes of a couple different EOs!
Wood dryer balls are so economical and a healthy alternative to dryer sheets! Drop a few drops of essential oils on the wool dryer balls and toss them in the dryer. They’ll scent your clothes and help with the drying process.
Aunt Fannies (discount linked below)
So I will admit I started this “clean cleaning” journey with things like Mrs. Meyers and Seventh generation because… green washing… but I quickly learned that they aren’t all that great either because of the artificial fragrances and other unnecessary additives. Aunt Fannie’s, on the other hand, is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth (along with some other great brands I want to try and will share with you when I do)! I love this stuff. I was so grateful to find this line when searching for natural products to clean well with and not have to worry about them negatively affecting Chloe and these are the ticket. This is the “Healthy Home” bundle that I got when I made my first order and I added the cosmic, probiotic cleaner as well. This bundle comes complete with everything that you see pictured above. I’ll be putting in another order soon but buying in bulk this time. Last but not least, they’re AFFORDABLE! This whole is only $36.99 *que gasps*! I know right?! I’m so excited to be able to offer you all a discount through the company! If you use this code here, you can receive 30% off of your order!
These are hybrid products for me, which prompted me to make this hybrid subsection. : Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds sat in my cleaning caddy for, forever and a day before I ever cracked it open to even try it. Since then, there’s been no turning back. I legitimately buy it by the gallon now from Amazon because it’s a must have. I use it for dishwashing and laundry now which keeps me from having to buy multiple products back at the same time causes me to run through it pretty quickly in comparison to using it for one or the other. I do have a couple other products that I want to try or have tried that I’ll share with you all soon. Sal Suds : This blend smells amazing and is truly a power punch to germs and nasties. I’m sure you can imagine my hurt and despair when I found out they discontinued it at the end of last year; they did say if enough people contacted them out it, they would bring it back! I REVIVE “Clean” Blend add a couple drops to my dish water and a few drops in my laundry as well. While things may get “cleaned” I love using the power of essential oils to disinfect! I’ve gotten pretty stingy with it though and started using some of their other blends because unfortunately, I’m not sure if I’ll ever get the opportunity to get this exact blend again.
I use white vinegar for everything from ant bites to fabric softener. Fun fact: Simply add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to the fabric softener dispenser or to a fabric softener ball. The white vinegar will act as a fabric softener AND it will keep your washing machine smelling fresh and clean! – Clean Mama
A great resource to check the toxicity of your cleaning products out is
EWG, which I have linked! They rate products from A-F, with reasoning based upon the ingredients list and if you have anything that isn’t up there, you can submit it and they will add it to the product bank with a rating.
Let me know of any product recommendations you have in the comments and as I continue to try things I will let you know and could also do full reviews on some of your suggestions or things that I’ve tried if you’d like.