The Common Cleaning Products that Could Be Hurting Your Fertility (and What to Use Instead)
But there’s one sneaky source of harmful hormone disruptors you might not know about: your cleaning products. Maybe you always assumed that to get your home spic and span, you needed to rely on harsh bleach and chemical-laden cleaners. But using these products regularly and living with their residue over a lifetime can cause hormonal issues that negatively impact your periods, fertility, mood and more.
Research shows that many of the chemicals found in everyday house-cleaning products are bio-accumulative and super toxic, meaning that once they’re in your system, they actually stay there and allow for increased free radical damage, making you more vulnerable to autoimmune diseases and cancers.
Think “green” is clean? Think again.
Maybe you’ve been stocking up on “green” household cleaners at the grocery store and feel good about your supposedly “natural” purchases. Well, it might surprise you to know that not all “green” cleaners you find at big box stores are all that they claim to be, and some can even be just as bad as conventional cleaners. That’s because there are, unfortunately, no laws in place that demand companies are transparent about all of the ingredients in products. This means they can make false claims about how environmentally and health-friendly they are.
This can all sound overwhelming and confusing, so I want to help you clean up your cleaning products and share with you how I keep my home fresh and free of harmful chemicals and pesticides.
The hormone-safe alternatives:
Before I dive into what I use to clean, I’ll first share where I buy all my favorite products. I’ve recently become obsessed with an amazing new company called Thrive Market. Thrive combines the quality of Whole Food with the price point of Costco and the convenience of Amazon. Amazing, right? They have the best prices on a lot of our non-perishable staples and household items. In particular, I’ve bought all of the natural, hormone-safe cleaning products I share below on Thrive Market.
Now that you know where to go, it’s time to start shopping. Here are my recommended product swaps...
Instead of this: Conventional brand or big box kitchen and bathroom cleaners.
Use this: Seventh Generation cleaning products. I use these on everything from the toilet to the kitchen sink. With concentrated thyme oil as a central ingredient they make a good degreaser too, plus they smell great!
Instead of this: Tide-style laundry detergent.
Use this: Orange Oil multi-use cleaner, which can also help you with cleaning the dishes, mirrors, and the toilet bowl. Or try out the Seventh Generation Free & Clear detergent.
Instead of this: Tide or other harsh spot stain removers.
Use this: Hydrogen peroxide will get any stain out, even from a pure white shirt. Pour some of the stain and then wash in the washer as normal.
Instead of this: Bleach products like Ajax and Comet.
Use this: Arm and Hammer baking soda. I use baking soda in my laundry loads to keep my clothes crisp, clean, and fresh – I add one cup on top of the clothes themselves and then wash as normal with the above detergents. I also use it to disinfect the floors – a mix of baking soda and water will kill bacteria because it neutralizes the acid they produce. It’s completely non-toxic – in fact I even suggest using it to treat greasy hair!
Instead of this: Swiffer WetJet and all similar products.
Use this: Steam vacuum! We fill our Bissel Steam Vacuum with a mix of water and baking soda and use it to deep clean our wood and tile flooring. It keeps all my house floors squeaky clean with hot hot steam, which is so important to me now my daughter is crawling.
Instead of this: Glade Plug-Ins.
Use this: Electronic essential oil diffusers provide a beautiful house-wide scent, plus you’re getting all the health benefits of the oils, which you can tailor to your specific needs whether that’s for concentration in your home office or to relax in the evening.
And always remember, that once you have the right information about how your body really works, you can start making health choices that finally start to work for you! You can do this – the science of your body is on your side!
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