Toxins and Vitality – Can There Be Both? – Part 2

 In Self Care

In a previous post I gave some examples of how we can eliminate some of the toxins we are exposed to through our indoor air. For this post I’d like to concentrate on household cleaning products.

When I start thinking about household cleaning products it brings to mind the bleach commercial where the kids are at school collecting all kinds of germs and when they get home the mom kills off the germs they collected with a cleaning product with bleach in it.

The scenario I just described scares me because it is those germs (really bacteria) that our children collect throughout their daily activities that help build their immune systems. When we continually try and kill off all bacteria our children are exposed to we aren’t giving their immune systems time to develop.

What I have noticed in this mass bacteria killing situation is that the children get sick more often than children who have gotten to experience all the bacteria in their daily lives.

I’m not saying don’t clean your house or don’t take precautions when your child is around sick classmates. I’m saying there are less aggressive ways to handle these situations and in doing so we expose ourselves to less toxic substances, which can also have an ill effect on our health and wellbeing.

Exposure to bacteria is a natural state of being and the beneficial bacteria can do amazing things for our health and wellbeing. So how do we clean our homes and protect our families? Natural cleaning products without toxic chemicals can do the job. A simple solution of 1 cup white vinegar, 1/3 cup witch hazel, 1 teaspoon castile soap and 30 drops each of grapefruit and lemon essential oils makes a great kitchen and bathroom cleaner.

A homemade hand sanitizer can be made from essential oils and aloe vera and can be used in place of chemical containing anti-bacterial hand gels when your children are around sick classmates.

Even something as simple as adding a drop of lavender or cinnamon essential oils to your damp cloth or sponge before wiping down the counters and stove can help kill off bacteria and make your kitchen smell wonderfully.

If you like what you read, please share so we can spread wellbeing one human being at a time.

Want more recipes and tips on how to age better get my book Kaizen: A Toolbox for Cultivating Optimal health print or ebook. Cheers, Nanette

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