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Toxins in the Home: Detox and Green Your Home

 Toxins in the Home: Detox and Green Your Home

Rid yourself of harsh chemicals when you clean to reduce toxins in the home.

Those striving to eliminate toxins in the home often find that it’s more of a journey than a destination. It seems there’s always something more that can be done to make the home safer, cleaner, and healthier to live in.

Read on to learn a few ways to detox and “green” your home that many people tend to overlook.

Harsh Chemical Cleaners

Are you using harsh cleaners like oven cleaner or Drano? These can be replaced with more natural, non-toxic alternatives. SlightlySteady offers a natural way to clean the oven, while it’s common to use boiling water as an alternative to unclog drains.  commercial products exist, as well.

Check out my list of cleaning chemicals to avoid, too.

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 Toxins in the Home: Detox and Green Your Home

When’s the last time you washed your bags?

Most people end up getting sick after catching something from germs and viruses they come into contact with while out in public shopping, eating, or taking part in other activities. Well, you could be bringing home more than you bargained for from the grocery store if you don’t wash your reusable grocery bags on a regular basis!

Choosing reusable bags is a great choice to make for the environment, but be sure to wash them as you use them so that they don’t harbor harmful germs and get your family sick. Your food offers a direct path for germs to enter the body, so hygiene is super important in that area.

According to The Kitchn, “A study released a couple years ago gave scary figures on the bacteria levels of reusable bags, but ultimately concluded that shoppers just need to keep their bags clean. Machine- or hand-washing bags ‘reduced bacteria levels to almost nothing,’ they reported.”

Clean Kids

Finally, take a moment to think about what your kids are bringing home from school and daycare not only on their hands and clothes, but coats, backpacks, books, and other supplies. Be sure to clean these items thoroughly on a regular basis – inside and out!

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This adage applies to the home as well – it’s more efficient to eliminate toxins from the source than it is to clean and remove them from the home. Keeping things clean on an ongoing basis (using nontoxic cleaners, of course!) is the best way to detox your home overall.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

5 Easy House Cleaning Habits to Keep Your Home Clean

 5 Easy House Cleaning Habits to Keep Your Home Clean

Teaching good house cleaning habits as you go and as they grow.

Coming home to a clean, organized space is always much more relaxing than arriving upon a cluttered, messy home. If you’ve ever wondered how some people seem to keep their home clean and tidy all the time, you’re in luck: there are specific habits that you can learn that make it easier to keep the chaos in check.

De-clutter

It’s amazing how quickly clutter can add up in the home. Spending just a few minutes each day de-cluttering will really help you keep your home more organized. Just choose one area per day – a drawer or closet shelf, for example – to tackle and organize.

Clean As You Go

It’s easy to fall into the habit of doing a “big clean” every week or two, but it is much more effective to break up tasks daily and “clean as you go” instead. There are a few ways you can implement this habit. For example:

  • Wash dishes as your meal is cooking and as you use them rather than waiting until they are piled up on the counter.
  • Put away out-of-place items as you move from room to room.
  • Keep a bottle of your favorite bathroom cleaning spray with paper towels under the counter. Wipe off the bathroom counter and mirror after you brush your teeth.  keep cleaning supplies readily available.

When you make this a habit, you’ll find yourself noticing new ways to clean as you go all the time!

Identify Your Trouble Zones

We all have those areas in our home that end up serving as a “dumping ground” for bags, keys, mail, and other odds and end. Identify those zones in your home and create a place for those things.  I placed a set of hooks in the hall closet for keys.  No more searching for keys.  Hang a shoe bag on the inside door, all those pockets are great for gloves, sunglasses, and umbrellas. Regularly clear those trouble spots out to keep them in check.

Chore-a-Day

There are always going to be days when you just don’t feel like cleaning. Even so, strive to complete even one chore on those days, no matter how small it is. Simple tasks like dusting a room, sweeping the kitchen, or wiping down the bathroom take just a few minutes. As they add up, these little tasks are what keep your home clean.

Train Your Kids

Moms know just how much disorder kids can add into the mix! Establishing good house cleaning habits with them early on will help you keep your home in order. Even toddlers can learn to put their toys away or place books back on the shelf. Teach these tasks as early as possible and encourage little ones to participate so they can learn to take pride in respecting their things and their family’s space.  How many of us constantly feel like we are cleaning up after our children?  How many of us have given up or heard a friend say I just close my teenagers door?  If you are cleaning up and not teaching as you go then you are an enabler that is only helping to perpetuate this behavior.   Divide and Conquer!  Divide the tasks among the members of the family to take the pressure off you.

Practicing these simple habits will help you maintain a cleaner, more orderly space that you can feel good about.  Your family and friends will feel welcome coming home to a clean and organized home.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

Using Essential Oils Around the Home

Essential oils are more popular than ever these days, and for good reason: they have many useful purposes for health and homemaking.

 Using Essential Oils Around the Home

Natural oils provide many benefits

Because essential oils have amazing health benefits when inhaled, they have loads of benefits over standard, chemical-laden cleaners and air fresheners that do just the opposite for our well-being. Today, I’d like to share a few ways you can use these botanical oils around the home for cleaning and aromatherapy.

All Natural Fabric Refresher

Fill a 4 oz. spray bottle with warm water and add ½ teaspoon of baking soda and 10 drops of your favorite essential oil. Spray on furniture, carpet, drapes and beds for fresh fragrance.  Some people prefer to use lavender, which is calming, in the bedroom and uplifting lemongrass in the rest of the home.

Light bulb Aromatherapy

To get the aromatherapy benefits of your favorite essential oil every time you enter a room, apply 2-3 drops of essential oil to lampshades and bulb covers with a cotton ball. The light will warm the oil and throw scent into the room.

All Natural Furniture Polish

Dust with furniture polish that cleans and uplifts by adding 5-7 drops of your favorite essential oil to 8 oz. of olive or jojoba oil. Use a clean cloth to apply a small amount to wood furniture for cleaning and polishing.

Essential oils come from all kinds of different plants, each of which offers unique aromatherapy and practical cleaning benefits. A few favorites are:

  • Tea tree – antimicrobial and antifungal, energizing and clarifying aromatherapy
  • Lavender – antibacterial, calming aromatherapy
  • Lemongrass – Uplifting aromatherapy
  • Sweet orange – Mood-lifting aromatherapy
  • Cedarwood – Clarifying, calming aromatherapy

If you’re interested in using more natural products around your home, essential oils can be your best friend – especially if you enjoy beautiful fragrances.  Enjoy the holiday season with fresh and natural scents.  Happy Sniffing!

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
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Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

Navigating Through a Sea of Household Chemicals

 Navigating Through a Sea of Household Chemicals

Read the ingredients!

Standing in the aisle of the grocery store, trying to pick out cleaning supplies, can be as challenging and stressful as picking out toothpaste these days.  There are dozens of choices and it can be a daunting, if not overwhelming experience.  Whether you have young children, older children, pets, or just you in the house, you need to be aware and educated.

Are All the Chemicals We Buy to Clean Our Homes Safe?

Where to begin?  I have often scratched my head and thought about my role as a Mom.  In today’s world, we have to be a psychologist, chauffeur, chef, nutritionist, teacher, IT manager and now chemist.  I came across this article written by the Health Information Center at the Cleveland Clinic (216) 444-3771 or toll-free (800) 223-2273 extension 43771 or visit www.clevelandclinic.org/health/.

http://www.clevelandclinic.org/health/health-info/docs/3300/3354.asp

For all of us on the go, I believe this is a great resource to help guide us through the often dangerous and toxic ingredients in everyday household products.  The ingredients are not going away so quickly and we do have choices.  The key is understanding what’s lurking inside the products we’re buying and  understanding how to properly store, use and dispose of them.  Share this with friends and hopefully we can all keep our loved ones safer and healthier in our homes.

 Navigating Through a Sea of Household Chemicals

Does this look familiar?

 

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
Debbie Greenspan's signature
Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.