Well, what if you walk into a room and it smells like absolutely NOTHING? Can it, possibly, be clean?
We live in a society convinced that our homes must smell like vanilla, flowers, pine, lavender, mountain breeze or some crazy combination of these and others FAKE scents. Fake? Yes, I said FAKE!! Each of these, in their natural forms may be well and good…but in most cleaners it is far from natural.
As much as we might enjoy those scents…the fake versions may be doing us more harm than good. The smell is not the ingredient that cleans. The smell is often the chemical that harms. Another part of the problem with this is that the more you smell that particular scent, the more used to it you will become. Pretty soon you won’t even notice it…which usually causes us to use more of the product. It’s a vicious circle. Or downward spiral…
As a Mom of three young children, I am constantly conscious of what chemicals may be entering our house. They come in so many sneaky forms…candles, air fresheners, all-purpose and window cleaners, oven cleaners, laundry detergents, etc. Thinking about the air my family is breathing or clothes that are on their skin or their head on that pillowcase all night long…I want to provide the safest environment for them.
But often times our “safe” place is more polluted than we realize! The air inside our home can be 5 times more toxic than the air outside our home.
I challenge you…take a peek at the labels on the household cleaners you have, right now, in your home. Do they say “WARNING, DANGER, TOXIC?” And those are just the ingredients that are actually listed! Do you want those types of things touching your family or being breathed in by your family?
To look more closely at specific ingredients and/or health effects, check out these two websites:
I have to tell you…this is all very new to me! I have always thought that the house wasn’t clean unless it SMELLED clean. All you have to do is walk in any store that sells household cleaners or laundry detergents and you can smell them several aisles away. But that is the way things have ALWAYS been and everyone else is using them, so that’s what we do!
It often takes a major life event to make even a small change in our lives. Otherwise, most of us just keep on doing what we’re doing cause that’s they way we’ve always done it! I will share my major life event in an upcoming post.
Change doesn’t have to be huge and doesn’t have to be all at once. Little by little and lesson by lesson, we can make a difference. This new series for 2013 is all about those, little by little, changes. As I learn and experiment throughout this New Year, I will share with you; let’s make a safe place for our families together!