The word is slowly starting to get out that many of the products used to clean houses across America contain toxic ingredients. Johnson & Johnson just announced that it will remove toxic chemicals from its products by 2015 (you can read the press release from Campaign for Safe Cosmetics here), and while I’m happy to hear the news, I believe it should put on high alert every person who uses their products currently. Don’t you wonder what’s in your window cleaner, for example? Or you dish detergent? Or what, exactly, makes you whites whiter in the wash?
Lucky for us, the Environmental Working Group has published a new guide for consumers: EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning. Here you can look up the household cleaners you use, and find out what is in them and how toxic they are to your family’s health. Did you know that all you need in your cleaning arsenal is baking soda, white vinegar and Dr. Bronner’s castile soap? With these three simple, non-toxic ingredients, you can clean your entire house without any of the harmful chemicals that nearly every mass-market cleaner contains. Your body, and your wallet, will thank you.
By the way, did you know that Sustainable Shanti is a member of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics? We believe people should have access to safe, effective and holistic products that benefit them and the planet.