NON TOXIC CLEANING BRAND: BRANCH BASICS (PRODUCT SWAP OF THE WEEK!)
Did you know that xeno-estrogens (“fake” chemical estrogens that disrupt our hormones) are found in thousands of personal care and household products? Think: makeup, skincare, perfume, laundry soaps, floor cleaners and more! Not only does this jeopardize our hormone health, but it poses a risk for children and pets who can be especially sensitive. It can also pollute the air in your home, as well as waterways. It only makes sense that harsh chemicals would cause a harsh reaction in our bodies, and for something we use almost daily, it’s important to start thinking about making the switch to non-toxic products!
This week we are focusing in on cleaning products as one area to switch to non-toxic products!
Some problematic ingredients that are common in cleaning products include: perfumes or ‘parfum’ and synthetic fragrances, ammonia, formaldehyde, chlorine, bleach, preservatives, dyes, and sulfates.
These chemicals make their way into our bodies, our air, and into the environment. This is why swapping to safer products not only benefits our health, but it is more sustainable for our planet!
OUR PREFERRED NON TOXIC CLEANING BRAND:
Branch Basics is a great place to start your journey to going green when it comes to cleaning products. Not only are they human safe, plant and mineral based, fragrance free, biodegradable and never tested on animals, but they are refillable, which means less plastic bottles going in the garbage! You will also be spending much less replacing your products over time.
Where to start? Their Basic Starter Kit is a great way to set yourself up for success. You will be able to replace your all purpose cleaner, hand wash, bathroom cleaner, and laundry detergent in one swoop. This kit will get you 3 bottles worth of each cleaner! After you go through all your product, you just replace the concentrate, add water, and keep on cleaning!
If you are wondering if the products you already have on hand are safe for you and your family, the best thing to do is investigate the label. Are there fragrances / parfum? Chlorine? Ammonia? Don’t let these things scare you, just remember that it is a process to change to a non-toxic lifestyle, but awareness is the first step! Once you know what you’re working with and what ingredients to look out for, you can decide on the changes you want to make. Do you want to start by swapping out your purpose cleaner? Your laundry detergent? If you’re overwhelmed, take it one step at a time! Focus on products you’re running low on, and use the Think Dirty and Skin Deep apps to find the best swaps to replace them.
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