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3 Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Healthiest Home Yet

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Non-toxic spring cleaning tips

The daunting chore of spring cleaning marks an opportunity to make your home less toxic. There are many hidden hazardous chemicals in common cleaning products and household items—from glass cleaner to hand soap to your living room sofa—so we’ve compiled a short to-do list to help make your home safer. This list is not extensive, but it’s a start. And, by completing these three simple tasks you can start removing many questionable chemicals from your family’s abode.

Alright, let’s detoxify:

  1. Ditch antibacterial & toxic cleaning products:
  2. Did you know that products labelled “antibacterial’ or ”antimicrobial” contain pesticides? Or that many common cleaning products contain ingredients like ammonia and coal tar dyes? Unfortunately, American manufacturers are not required to warn consumers about the health and environmental hazards associated with long-term exposure to chemical ingredients in cleaning products.

    Preventative measures: forgo cleaners with a laundry list of chemical ingredients. Try ones with simple, non-toxic ingredients. Some reputable brands to consider are Method, Molly’s Suds and Seventh Generation. Or, save some money by trying these easy-to-make homemade mixtures:

    General cleaner: one part white vinegar and nine parts water—spray it on and let it dry on its own. When you’re finished cleaning, dump the solution down your garbage disposal or toilet. (bonus tip: add lemon juice for increased odor control)

    Glass cleaner: mix one part white vinegar with one part water, and spray.

    Kitchen counter cleaner: first, wipe your surface with hot, soapy water using unscented castile soap and then follow with a vinegar-water solution. (bonus tip: spray a little hydrogen peroxide after using your vinegar-water mixture to kill extra germs)

  3. Avoid flame retardant chemicals and chemical barriers:
  4. Some are potentially very harmful, like: Flame retardant chemicals surround us. They can be in everything from our curtains, bedding and carpet to our couches, mattresses and other upholstered furniture. And some are potentially very harmful, like:

    Halogenated flame retardants: (also known as organohalogen flame retardants) contain chlorine or bromine bonded to carbon.

    Organophosphorous flame retardants: contain phosphorous bonded to carbon.

    These chemicals are seriously everywhere. According to the New York Times, “Flame retardants have been found in Antarctic penguins and Arctic orcas; in North American kestrels and barn owls; in bird eggs in Spain, fish in Canada and, indirectly, in bees — honey from Brazil, Morocco, Spain and Portugal has been found tainted with flame retardants.

    Refresh your bedroom and nursery with mattresses, as well as sheets and pillow covers, made without flame retardant chemicals or chemical barriers. Avoid new furniture that has a tag that says “complies with California Technical Bulletin 117.” California requires all upholstered furniture to be flame retardant and nearly all furniture sold in the U.S. is compliant with California law.

  5. Go unscented (for the most part):
  6. “Whether it’s your car air freshener, laundry detergent, cologne, or ‘pine fresh’ after shave, if it’s scented, it’s likely laden with phthalates,” according to the Center for Environmental Health (CEH). In other words, anything labeled “fragrance” or “perfume,” if not derived from natural ingredients like essential oils, may include questionable chemicals. Heather Patisaul, a phthalate researcher at North Carolina State University told CEH, “You’ll usually just see the generic term ‘fragrance’ to describe a proprietary mixture of chemicals.”

    To avoid irritating allergens, buy unscented products (that are also free from harmful chemicals… see Tip #1… even unscented products can contain harmful ingredients) and stop using air fresheners. To deodorize your home, try opening up a few windows and setting out a cup of baking soda.

PS. Don’t forget your four-legged family members. Artificial and various natural scents can really irritate a dog’s nose. Their sense of smell is way more sensitive (about 10,000x more!) than ours.

We hope you have found these simple spring cleaning tips informative and useful. Join us. Make a pledge to detoxify your house, for your safety and for our plant. Please share your non-toxic spring cleaning tips with us on Twitter by tweeting @NaturepedicYou —Happy detoxifying!

Over One Third of Children’s Toys and Products Contain Chemicals that are Linked to Learning and Developmental Disabilities

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011


non-toxic safe baby toysWe all like buying toys for our kids. We usually have several in the toy chest even before the baby is born. Shortly after birth little boys are often presented with footballs and miniature hockey sticks; (more…)

New Study Reveals Toxic Chemicals in Flooring and Wallpaper. Are They in Your Child’s Nursery?

Monday, October 25th, 2010


Whether you’re a DIY’er or having your child’s nursery (or any other part of your home) renovated or decorated professionally, you might want to take a look at the recent study done by HealthyStuff.org (more…)

Some Kids’ Products from China Not in Compliance with Toxic Chemical Regulations

Thursday, September 30th, 2010


phthalates in kids productsAs of February 2009, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) banned the use of phthalates, chemicals that soften PVC so it can be used as a waterproof vinyl covering in crib mattresses, in (more…)

How the Chemicals in Your Life Are Affecting Your Unborn Children

Sunday, May 30th, 2010


eliminate toxic chemicals if you're pregnantIf you’ve been reading our blog, or keeping up with news items (including a piece on 60 Minutes that aired just a week ago), you will know that many of the items in our everyday lives contain potentially (more…)

More Mainstream Media Coverage Brings the Dangers of Toxics to the Forefront

Sunday, April 11th, 2010


The truth about the effects of toxic chemicals in our everyday lives is getting more mainstream media attention now than ever. Just last week, Time magazine published a list of ten common household toxins (more…)

Toxic Chemicals Are Putting Your Children at Risk

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Check out the startling details in a new health report from Safer Chemicals Healthy Families.

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New Study Links Phthalates to ADHD – One More Reason to Use Organic Crib Mattresses

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010


cdc_logoIt is troubling to see how many children are suffering from ‘learning disorders.’ Parents are tearing their hair out trying to find solutions, and often resort to putting their kids on drugs when they (more…)

Update on Phthalates Ban in Crib Mattresses

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009


He loves his Naturepedic phthalates-free mattress!

He loves his phthalates-free natural crib mattress!

First, a brief recap:

(If you don’t know about the chemicals (more…)

New Phthalates Research Indicates Male Children Less Male in Play

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009


Thumbs up for no phthalates!

Thumbs up for no phthalates!

A new study shows that kids don’t have to sleep on crib mattress with phthalates (more…)