You’re no stranger to current health trends: From choosing organic foods to treating ailments with herbs and oils to DIY personal care products, you have probably tried and adopted at least one healthy habit in the recent months.
Maybe you make your own shampoo, whip up a daily homemade smoothie, or firmly believe that coconut oil can solve almost all problems from the kitchen to the bathroom to the bedroom. Whatever the endeavor, the goal was the same: to better your body by consciously choosing what to put in it, whether by way of ingestion (food) or topical application (body care products).
So, it stands to reason that if you hold your body in such high regard, your home should get the same superior treatment—right? After all, that’s where you eat those organic foods, create that homemade shampoo, and use all that coconut oil. It’s the space in which you welcome family, entertain friends, and play with pets.
Your home is where you root the body you care so much about, so of course you want to keep it clean. But when it comes to some of the all-purpose products you’re using, well—maybe it’s time you took a second look at what’s lurking in that bin under your kitchen sink.
Because the government doesn’t require cleaning products to be labeled with their ingredients (or even that those ingredients and products are tested for health and safety), it might be tricky to determine which cleaning products are best for your home. Beware of misleading labels that claim the product is “all natural,” “green,” or “eco-friendly.” Although these labels sound promising, companies sometimes use these terms simply as marketing strategies to mislead customers into purchasing products that don’t actually live up to their claims—a term called greenwashing.
An easy way to check is to visit the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning, type the product name in the search bar, and check out both the ingredient list and safety rating. Find the Guide at ewg.org/guides/cleaners. Use each ingredient on its own, or mix with water to create natural and fresh household cleaners.
Lemon Juice: Clean glass, brighten the shower and toilet bowl, and disinfect surfaces
Coconut Oil: Polish wood furniture, remove soap scum, replace WD-40
Apple Cider Vinegar: Repel fleas, clean appliances such as the microwave, deodorize laundry
White Vinegar: Polish silver, clean windows, neutralize odors, unclog drains, remove stains
Baking Soda: Scrub toilets, tubs, and counters, clean the oven or grill, deodorize carpet