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3 facts on toxic substances in your house cleaning supplies

Most of us take special care to get our houses clean and nice smelling. But have you ever thought of how many toxic substances are contained in our daily use house cleaning supplies? Take a look at 5 stunning acts on toxic substances in cleaning supplies, which contaminate our homes and threat our health.

Toxic substances in cleaning supplies

  1. Using dish washing supplies can increase the risk of developing colon cancer risks by 38 %!

    Most dish washing supplies contain surface active substances. They help to clean off fat and keep our dishes shining and clean. However, few of us know that these toxic substances get stuck to the dish surface and stay there for good. They are really hard to wash off. If you do the manual dish washing, it takes up to 30 seconds of rinsing your dishes in hot water to get off most of the surface active substances.

    This means, you and your family daily consumes some amount of these toxic substances and increase your chances of developing colon cancer by one third!

  2. Chemical scents and aromas are toxic for your lungs and respiratory system

    We love it, when our homes smell nice, especially in such amenity facilities, as bathrooms and toilets. The easiest way to attain the desired effect is to use spray chemical scents. Most of these scents are toxic substances. The same is true about aromas, used in detergents or fabric softeners.

    Using these chemical scents you risk to develop such grave conditions, as asthma, various types of allergic reaction, respiratory organs’ irritation and inflammation, etc.

  3. Spray window cleaners are toxic substances and should be used with gas masks on

    The are one of the most dangerous household cleaners. Most of such windows cleaning sprays or furniture cleaners contain a number of toxic substances. For instance, most of them contain chemical scents, chemical coloring agents, spirits, ammonia, etc. When you spray them, these toxic substances go straight to your respiratory tract and even as deep as to your lungs. This can lead to various respiratory tract diseases, allergy, and asthma and eventually this may lead to cancer.

These 3 facts about toxic substances in your household cleaning supplies are alarming. Every time you clean your home and think, you provider safer living environment for your family and kids, you actually contaminate it with toxic substances and make it dangerous for dwelling. Take a look at the top 4 easy green and safe homemade cleaning products you can use to make your home a safer and cleaner place.

How to get clean house: practical tips for busy moms

Clean house is the joy and pride for many women. And, being so busy with kids, families, jobs, responsibilities, shopping, social involvement, and on and on, clean house becomes a dream hard to achieve.

cleaning houseThis is another one of our female dreams about clean house: getting our hubbies and kids help us to clean it.

Today this dream of mine has come true and I have few practical tips to share with you.

I had two very busy working weeks. I had absolutely no time to do home choirs house clean. So, by this weekend I got a huge mess out of it. My mother came over to stay couple of days. Yes, she has done some dishes, big thank you. But, she also got ever nagging and bagging me about the mess and telling me how bad I am to work instead of house clean.

I got up this morn in bad mood, obviously. I felt so overwhelmed with cleaning to do. But, I somehow got started on it. And, few household simple life miracles happened to me:)

1. The start was hard, but then I got inspired and things started to roll for me. I planned to do some minor cleaning, just to get stuff out of my way. But, I ended up doing major cleaning. And, I enjoyed it thoroughly. That’s the frist miracle.

2. All my family caught my inspiration and started to clean with me. My husband gave me a BIG hand in cleaning today. We moved away sofas, shelves, wardrobes, cleaned it all behind them. My babies helped me to sort out their toys and even agreed to give away part of them (we have way too many toys at home).That’s my second miracle.

3. My mother is HAPPY now. And, that is a miracle on its own. What is more, she is happy with me and with what I do.

4. I got all the cleaning, moving furniture, vacuuming, dusting, washing floors, sorting out toys, sorting out clothes on our shelves done in just 90 min. That is a big miracle number four.

So, here are my easy housecleaning and housekeeping tips to share:

To get clean house you need to:

1. Get started

2. Get inspired and start enjoying what you do

3. Turn some good and fast music on

4. Turn off TV and cartoons (this would get the distractions off the way for your hubby and kids)

5. Stop nagging them about helping you and start inspiring with your personal example and humor

6. Expect miracles to come your way.

3 cleaning secrets to keep your house shining at all times

I have to be honest with you, a year ago my house used to be a complete mess. I dreaded those unexpected visits of my friends or relatives. I just could not have anyone over. If we planned to invite someone to visit us, this meant a day or two of urgent cleaning for me. Now, I have a very good reason to excuse myself for such a mess. I have two young kids of 4 and 1 years of age. I work 5 hours a day. I used to do all the washing by hand and I still hand wash my dishes.

But, I did not feel happy or content living in all that mess, neither did my husband or kids. I got sick and tired of all my relatives speaking their minds out to me and no help from them. So, I only had to pray for a miracle. And, I got one. I have stumbled on the Flylady.net and a book by Marla Watson. It is a pretty simple book to follow. At first, I did not think much of it. But, I had nothing to lose, so I gave it a try… and it WORKED!

So, if you can at least partially relate to my story, here is my first practical cleaning tip. It really worked for me: Use the alarm clock, when cleaning.

Here is what you do: you set the alarm clock for 15 min and get to work. First select the area for cleaning. Do not attempt to clean the entire house all at once. It won’t work. I used to spend hours cleaning my house with no visible result. I made my heart fail at the very thought of cleaning.

So, you select just one area or one room of your house and get to work just for 15 min. Do not try to do the in depth cleaning during this time. Just try to get rid of the biggest mess in the area: make up your bed, put away all the clothes or other stuff, laying on the beds or floor. Try to dust, sweep and wash the floor or vacuum. That’s it. Do not set a goal too large to accomplish in 15 min.

Here is where the miracle comes in: if you focus on cleaning just one area and spend just 15 min on it, you will be amazed at how much you can accomplish in that short time. Even little effort counts, especially if it is a very targeted one. You will be amazed to see, what difference it makes to clean one area for 15 min with alarm clock. In my next post on cleaning tips, I’ll share my personal ‘cleaning miracle story’. To be continued…

Cleaning tip on dish washing sponges

Eco friendly tip for dish washing spongesThis tip would work well for you, if you do dish washing by hands. I do. And I use up lots of these small dish washing sponges every month.

Being an eco minded person, I feel bad about using these sponges and throwing them away after just 2 or 3 days of use. You know, you should not really use them longer than few days. They make a great environment for bacteria. If you use them longer, they turn into a bio hazard objects in your kitchen.

But, these sponges are hard to recycle. In my area no one recycles them. People just throw them away.

So, here is my cleaning tip: you can sterilize these sponges! Just put them into your microwave for 1 min. The key is to put a wet sponge in. If you try to microwave a dry sponge, you risk to get your microwave on fire. But wet sponge does not get burnt and gets sterilized with all the bacteria in it killed.

So, you can use them longer and be a less of a litter bug 🙂

Operation “resque my home”, home tips

I have to be honest, house cleaning used to be one of my nightmares. It took up all my time, lots of work and very little satisfaction. That was the case untill I found this: http://flylady.net/

Flylady was the answer to my prayer. I still cannot believe how well it works for me! I have not turned into a model housewife yet. But, my house is not a chaos anymore. At least the biggest part of it. I am planning to share some of my personal experience and tips that really work and make our life better when it goes about house cleaning.