Starting a family is one sure way to motivate yourself to clean up your act—from your beauty routine and diet to everyday cleaning products. However, just because something is labeled “all-natural” (pretty much everything is these days), it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s free from harmful chemicals. To help you navigate these tricky waters, I've tapped in on some of the best all natural cleaning products on the market that you should stock up on now, plus some extra tips to get your through the summer months ahead!
Cleaning Up Your Cleaning Products: The first thing that I did when I had a baby was change my cleaning products. Stop spraying disinfectant chemicals around your house like Lysol and wiping surfaces with Clorox bleach wipes. The cleaning products you use, especially those with heavy scents, create the basis of your inside environment. Manufacturers are not required to list the ingredients of household cleaners on the products, and many contain toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde and harsh acids. (ew!) For this reason, the EPA has found the air quality in our homes to be 2–5 times more toxic than the air outside. Ingredients in cleaning products can include endocrine disruptors like phthalates or triclosan, cancer-causing formaldehyde, or can be ‘quats,’ which increase allergies and asthma.
Another tip I got my my pediatrician, nobody should ever use hand soap that says "antibacterial" if they don’t know that it is triclosan free. Pregnant moms should also avoid any kind of air freshener or scented candle, as most contain phthalates, hormone disrupters that are used in fragrance. An alternative would be a soy based candle like these.