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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.

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

3 Flu Prevention Tips for Battling the Cold and Flu Season!

 3 Flu Prevention Tips for Battling the Cold and Flu Season!

Crisp Autumn Day

Football season is in full swing, apple picking time is here, and the leaves are beginning to turn. Fall has arrived. However, we all know the cool crisp air also marks the start of cold and flu season.

We’ve all been there when one child comes home sick and you have to go into defense mode trying to prevent the spread of illness to the rest of the family.

 3 Flu Prevention Tips for Battling the Cold and Flu Season!

It’s that time of year

What are some good ways beyond hand washing to prevent the spread of the germs?  The Dr. Doormatblog is here to help with your defense and to clean up once the illness has run its course.   Check out these 3 tips for battling the bugs this coming cold & flu season!

1.    Wash it out. If one family member comes home sick get everyone’s sheets and blankets in the laundry ASAP. Beds are an easy harbor for germs- especially because kids tend to put schoolbags and books down on them to study. Make sure to use hot water! Is your washing machine clean?

Also make sure to wash pillow covers from the couch, stuffed animals, towels, backpacks and jackets as needed.

2.   Quick Wipe Down. Do a quick clean with a natural disinfectant of the following high-use spots: Door knobs, handles on the refrigerator, sinks/faucets, bathrooms, kitchen table, remotes, video game controllers, toys and backpacks. 

Looking for an easy, natural disinfectant? Vinegar is a great solution! Read about more natural ways to disinfect here. You’ll  be pleasantly surprised that most of this list is probably already in your cabinets!

Wiping down your car is important too- give your steering wheel, window controls, seat belt buckles, car and booster seats some attention. 

3.   Let the Air Flow. Get fresh air moving through your home by opening windows and running fans. You can also try spraying an all-natural disinfectant air freshener. Stagnant air flow and constant recirculation harbor germs especially in bedrooms and playrooms.

 3 Flu Prevention Tips for Battling the Cold and Flu Season!

No need to gear up with a HazMat suit

A fresh breeze will make everyone feel better and keep the air moving. 

Make sure your fans and window casings have been cleaned recently to prevent the spread of dust and grime!  In addition to these three tips I also throw the toothbrush away and start fresh.

 

What are some cleaning methods you use during cold and flu season? We’d love to hear them- share with us on Twitter & Facebook!

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

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