Oct 6th, 2015
Did you know the average household contains about 62 toxic chemicals? We’re exposed to them routinely — from synthetic fragrances to oven cleaners. Ingredients in common household products have been linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption and neurotoxicity and even affect our METABOLISM, THYROID GLANDS AND BELLY FAT! That’s right, our belly fat!
Check out what these common household cleaner ingredients are doing to our bodies:
Bisphenol A (BPA): Used in polycarbonate (#7) plastics, in the lining of canned food, and in cash register receipts, BPA has been shown to increase insulin resistance and initiates cells to hold onto more fat.
Instead, look for stainless steel or glass containers and eat more fresh, organic produce versus canned foods.
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA): are used in non-stick and stain-resistance applications (Teflon, waterproof clothing, stain repellent on carpeting and mattresses, and microwavable food items). Studies have shown that exposure to PFOA leads to obesity in later life. Also affecting our thyroid glands (which are important regulators of hormones that control weight).
Instead, look for cast iron or stainless steel for cooking and glass for baking.
Phthalates: a synthetic chemical used in PVC plastic (polyvinyl chloride) and are found in everything from toys, lunchboxes, shower curtains, fragrance and air fresheners. They’ve been shown to lower testosterone and metabolism levels, which causes weight gain and muscle loss! Avoid plastics with a #3 resin identification code and
Instead, use fragrances with 100% natural essential oil alternatives and steer clear of plastics with a #3 resin identification code!
Atrazine: a pesticide that slows your thyroid metabolism and is found in tap water. Pesticides have been linked to increased BMI in children and insulin resistance in rodents.
Consider a home water filtration.
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs): are used as flame retardants in electronics, furnishings and building materials. According to a 2011 UC Berkeley study, PBDEs are found in the blood of up to 97% of Americans and are known to interfere with hormone functioning, especially thyroid hormones.
Most common cleaners are also made with toxic chemicals that add pollutants into our home. While it’s good to get rid of dirt, grime and other bacteria that lives on your kitchen counters, you could actually be doing more harm than good by cleaning with certain products. It’s always smart to check the labels of various products for chemical ingredients. Here’s a couple homemade cleaning recipes a few Mommycie moms shared with us:
All-purpose cleaner: make a combination of one part water and one part white vinegar mixed into a spray bottle. This is a germ killing, natural cleaner that is better to use and more safe.
Artificial room deodorizers: If you like a fragrance in your home try to use an all-natural aromatherapy essential oil or unscented laundry detergents.
Glass Cleaner: Combine in a spray bottle:
- ¼ c. cheap vodka
- ¼ c. white vinegar
- 1 Tbsp cornstarch
- 2 c. of warm (not hot) water
We’ve pinned an entire board on our Pinterest with homemade, non-toxic cleaning recipes for our children’s toys, wood floors, vegetables!, toilet-bowl cleaners, laundry detergents AND even how to clean your wooden cutting board! Click here to check them out!