Changing your diet is a great way to start on the road to health and happy hormone balance. But your environment can also a large factor in your own personal health. Taking a good look at the products you bring into your home in order to clean it and make it smell nice could be disrupting your hormones.
Have you ever really looked at the chemicals you use in your own home?
Conventional cleaners are full of toxins and chemicals that have been associated with birth defects as well as reproductive problems. Unfortunately manufacturers are not required to place their ingredients on any sort of label. So let’s just look at some of the ingredients that are most common in products.
Alkylphenolic compounds are surfactants and used in all-purpose cleaners as well as laundry detergent. These compounds have also shown to be endocrine disrupters, which means they mimic the hormone estrogen and cause problems with your hormones that regulate reproduction and the development of a baby.
Perchlorethylene, or PERC is found in carpet cleaners, spot removers, de-greasers and also in dry cleaning fluids. This toxin is important to stay away from because when it is inhaled, it can actually be stored in our fat tissue (known as a bioaccumulative toxin). This toxin has also been shown to negatively affect babies in the womb as well as contaminate breast milk.
Petroleum distillates are not only found in hand dishwashing liquid, paint thinners, stain removers, furniture polishes, and oven cleaners, but also in lip gloss and perfume. Exposure to this chemical can cause problems with the respiratory, immune, and most important for those trying to conceive, your endocrine system.
So are these cleaners disrupting your hormones?
If I listed all of the chemicals in regular cleaners, we’d be here all day. But the gist of it is this: we’re bringing chemicals into our homes that get onto our skin (because many of us don’t wear gloves like the bottles recommend) and we breathe them in while we’re spraying and cleaning. Sometimes we might even ingest them if an object hasn’t been rinsed off appropriately!
So how do you keep these hormone disrupting chemicals out of your body? You keep them out of your home and use natural cleaners.
But don’t worry, you don’t need to run out to the store and spend tons of money on the natural products either, though you can if you lack time but not money…
Many of you even have these items in your home already! Here’s a cheap, natural way to keep your house clean.
Here’s what you buy at the store:
- one large bottle of vinegar (approx. $2-$3)
- one large box of baking soda (approx. $2)
- one large bottle of hydrogen peroxide (approx. $2)
- two small spray bottles (approx. $2-4)
- one single spray top (or another spray bottle if you can’t just find the top) to use on the hydrogen peroxide bottle as it needs to stay in the brown bottle
Total spent: $8.00
- castile soap (available on Amazon)
- essential oils (lemon, orange, tea tree, and peppermint are common for cleaning) (available on Amazon)
Quick and easy cleaners that won’t wreck your hormones:
For an all-purpose cleaner you can use straight up vinegar (or dilute it half and half if the smell is to strong for you) in a spray bottle. Add a few drops of essential oil if you’d like a bit more germ fighting power and/or scent. And don’t worry about your home smelling like pickles, the smell vanishes rather quickly.
*cost per bottle – .10 to .20 depending on dilution and EOs used.
Have a tough cleaning job like a tub or messy stove top? Sprinkle some baking soda around and spray with vinegar. Although this does work very well, you do need just a touch more elbow grease than when you use the highly toxic cleaners. Adding a bit of salt can give you extra scrubbing power.
*cost per bottle plus soda usage – maybe .50 to .60
For a great disinfectant spray the counter down with hydrogen peroxide and follow-up with straight vinegar. When using both together they somehow activate disinfectant properties. I love using this after I cook each night! (make sure you do not mix them beforehand, and always keep the hydrogen peroxide in a dark bottle. Otherwise the hydrogen peroxide will break down and become useless water)
*cost per bottles (one of each) – .30 to .50
As you can see, with such a cheap alternative to toxic cleaners, there really is no reason to overload your home and body with chemicals that disrupt your hormones!
You can also check out the many cleaners I’ve come up with over the years as well as other non-toxic ways of living here – 31 Days to Cleaner Living
What are your favorite homemade/natural cleaners?