Cheryl A. Major

CHERYL A. MAJOR: The Benefits of Organic Cleaning Products

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So many people I talk with are trying to live healthier lives by changing their eating habits, but have you ever thought about your living environment and about the benefits of organic cleaning products?

Everyone wants a clean living or work environment, but cleaning can be hazardous to your health if you use cleaners with harmful toxins. Exposure to these toxins found in cleaning products can worsen asthma and can cause allergic reactions.

You may not even be aware that you’re polluting your home when you clean, but if you check the ingredients posted on the side or back of regular cleaners, you’ll see many allergy and even cancer causing ingredients listed.

Using organic cleaning products offers many benefits that chemical based products do not. By using organic cleaners, you can purge your home of chemical cleaning toxins. Organic cleaning products do not contain the harsh chemicals that can not only harm your skin but which can affect your lungs if you breathe in the vapors.

Cleaning products are used in every room in the house; on counters, floors, and on furniture. Everyone in the house is exposed to whatever active ingredients are contained in those cleaning products. What do you want your family to come in contact with and be exposed to?

The number of children diagnosed with asthma is definitely on the rise, and concerns have been raised by study groups that exposure to the toxins found in household chemicals may be partly to blame.

One form of asthma, called extrinsic asthma, is caused by environmental contaminants. By using organic products, you’ll create a safer home environment for everyone’s breathing. Because they’re non-toxic, organic cleaners are safer to use around kids, and they’re also safer to use around your pets, too.

Organic is better for allergy suffers as well as for asthma sufferers. Going organic cuts down on (and in many cases eliminates) illness brought on by exposure to chemical cleaners. Not only are organic products better to use in your home for health reasons, but they’re also better for the environment.

Chemical cleaners can contain harsh abrasives that damage the surfaces of counters – even granite ones – and bathroom fixtures too, while organic products are gentle and won’t hurt these surfaces. Even when you’re finished using a chemical cleaner, the chemical toxicity can stay on your counters, tubs and toilet for several hours, if not longer, before they completely evaporate.

Organic cleaners can clean as well as (and in many cases better than) chemical cleaners. Plus, there’s the cost involved. Chemical cleaners may seem a lot less expensive, but they’re really not in the long run. The reason is because they don’t last as long as organic cleaning products do, so you have to buy them more often. Because you can use less of an organic cleaning product, it lasts longer and is less expensive.

One of my favorite go-to cleansers is good old fashioned vinegar!  You can use vinegar in so many ways, from laundry to glass cleaner and more.  Discover the benefit of organic cleaning products.  It’s a great way to begin the New Year…with a clean, healthy home!

Next week we’ll talk about some of the most important ingredients to watch out for on the chemical cleaning list so you can begin to be aware of what you’re using to clean your home and where you can make the easiest, most beneficial changes.

Helping You Achieve Major Wellness in Your Life!

Cheryl A Major, CNWC

Cheryl A Major lives in Westford and is a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant. Her TV show, Thin Strong Healthy, airs on WestfordCat and is an offshoot of her blog http://ThinStrongHealthy.com   Cheryl offers ongoing information and personal health coaching to help you feel better and be healthier.  Follow Cheryl on Twitter @CherylAMajor.  She is also a full time residential Realtor with Coldwell Banker with more than 25 years experience.

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