In Healthy Living, Wellness

As spring makes her beautiful debut it's natural to feel the urge to throw off the heaviness of winter and tackle some deep cleaning projects. Whether you are starting in your home or at your office, spring cleaning can reduce your anxiety and increase your productivity. However, popular cleaning products are often irritating to your lungs and skin and some even contain known carcinogens! It's important to be picky about what you put into the air around you-particularly if you have kids or pets. 

5 common cleaning Ingredients To avoid

Before you go to the store to stock up for spring cleaning, here are a few items to avoid. Often when using these ingredients you'll feel the urge to cough or find that you get a headache after you clean. 

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    Ammonia. This is most commonly found in glass cleaners. Try using a spray bottle of lemon juice and a clean microfiber cloth instead.
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    Chlorine Bleach. It may feel unsatisfying to clean your toilet without using any bleach, but a more natural cleaner can be equally as effective and far better for your health. Allow vinegar to sit in your toilet for a few minutes then sprinkle in baking soda and scrub it out with your normal toilet brush.  Add a few drops of essential oil if you want a scented option. 
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    Volatile Organic Compounds. If you rely on air fresheners to keep your home pleasant then you are almost certainly breathing these in. Instead mix 2 tsp vodka, distilled water and your favorite essential oils into a spray bottle. This easy solution is equally effective and much better for your lungs. 
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    Formaldehyde (sometimes listed as formalin). Unfortunately many laundry detergents and dish detergents are guilty of using formaldehyde. Read the ingredients carefully and check the shelves for a natural alternative to these household basics. 
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    Sulfuric Acid. This sneaky ingredient is in many things so always read labels before you buy. It's especially common in toilet cleaners and drain cleaners. If you're struggling with a clogged sink then start by mixing 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup table salt and pouring it down the drain. Follow that with a cup of heated vinegar and allow it to sit for 15 minutes before rinsing. 

Completing a deep clean of your home or office is sure to leave you feeling more relaxed and better able to focus. However, using harsh chemicals can have concerning effects on your health. Check your supplies for the ingredients mentioned above and invest in a few basic alternatives instead. 

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