Natural Home Cleaning and Fertility

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guest post by Michelle of Open Eye Health

While cleaning products may not be something we give a lot of thought to (unless we run out!), what you use to clean your home can actually be very important when it comes to fertility. When you think about it, we are exposed to the products we use (some maybe on a daily basis) through contact with our skin, fumes in the air, and cleaned surfaces where chemicals might linger.

Unfortunately, many mainstream cleaning products (including everything from dish soap to toilet cleaners) contain a number of toxic and seemingly unnecessary chemicals. In fact, it might surprise you that out of 80,000 chemicals used for various activities throughout the United States, only about 5% have been tested for their effects on reproductive health.

So while much uncertainty remains with regards to the true safety of cleaning chemicals and their combinations, research indicates that certain toxins from cleaning products actually do accumulate in the body and that exposure to some can even cause hormone imbalances and in turn negatively affect fertility. As a young woman with dreams of a big family, this information was more than enough for me to switch my home over to natural cleaners (which I have now come to love!).

Some of my favorite natural cleaning products are:

  • Baking soda, an odor absorber that also acts as a mild cleaning abrasive
  • Distilled white vinegar, my all-time favorite for its many uses, disinfecting properties, and ability to cut grease
  • Liquid castile soap, such as Dr. Bronner’s, which foams nicely and can be used for dish soap or general household cleaning purposes
  • Club soda as it can help to lift fresh carpet stains as well as polish a number of household items

 

Other great natural solutions to try would be Donielle’s wood polish or my homemade foaming hand wash. Once you start minimizing your exposure to cleaning chemicals at home, you might even find that a lot of natural solutions can save money, an extra benefit!

Just remember that the idea is not to feel overwhelmed or that you must change over to natural cleaning products all at once. It can take time to find out what natural cleaners best fit your needs and a great thing to do is simply phase out any chemical cleaners that you have and replace them with safer, more natural alternatives when they run out.

However, if there’s a big change that you really want to make today, avoiding some of very most toxic household cleaners- oven, drain, and toilet bowl- is a great start. This alone could make a big difference to your indoor air quality and overall chemical exposure.

And one last thing you can do to improve your indoor air quality (which is often actually much more polluted than outdoor air!) is to simply open the windows and allow air to circulate throughout the house whenever possible. For most of us, it is finally the time of year where we can do this regularly! If that’s not the case for you though, certain houseplants can also be a great help with removing toxins.

Michelle has a passion for natural health and green living. She enjoys sharing ideas for making both of these simple on her blog, Openeyehealth.

 

 

 

Sources:

http://fertility.amuchbetterway.com/toxins-fertility/

http://www.womensvoices.org/our-work/safe-cleaning-products/learn-more/household-hazards/

 

 

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About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.

Comments

  1. I read an article the other day that recommended water (or vinegar) and rosemary essential oil and lavender essential oil. Super cheap and incredibly effective on my sticky counter tops!

  2. Hello! First of all I have to say, I love your website!! Second, I have a question: I live in a foreign country with really bad draining system. We have drains in the floor of many of our rooms of our apartment and they frequently smell really bad (I think we get drainage from other floors – gross, I know). Any tips or solutions for a healthy way to clean these out and help with the odor? Most people here pour bleach or toilet cleaner in them once a week to clean but I’d rather avoid that. Thanks for any help you might have!

    donielle Reply:

    @Sarah, Vinegar? Usually I just use white vinegar in place of bleach so maybe that would help? Healthy bacteria like yeast can help break stuff up too (it was recommended to me to put a bit of instant yeast down the drains for our septic system). That’s about all I can think of!

  3. A hint for floor drains is to sprinkle 3 or 4 tablespoons of baking soda down them followed by vinegar. It will foam up but let it set awhile then flush with some warm water. Do this at least once a week. Also depending on what type of system it is you may be getting sewer gas. If this is the case you must keep enough water in the line to close the trap ( a U shaped pipe where the bottom of the U needs to remain filled with water to prevent gas backup). Another tip is to try desperately not to allow longer hair to go down your drains. This, combined with grease(oil) or soap scum is what causes clogging.
    My mother used to use lye to clean out clogged drains. It is a natural product but quite toxic and can cause chemical burns if not used carefully, it is also hard to find. I have used it on occasion, found it only at a hardware store. Make sure you follow the directions if you choose to use it.

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