You decide.

The knowledge of essential oils having beneficial cleaning properties is becoming more and more widespread, and CareyKindly is here to spread the word even further.  I've listed the ingredients used in our products, along with their benefits around the home.  For comparison sake, I've also listed some ingredients in common household cleaners and their dangers.

The Good Stuff....
  • Lavender - Lavender doesn't just have a nice perfume although the fragrance is very pleasant.   It's so pleasant, in fact, that lavender is a common oil used in aromatherapy for relaxation and mood lifting.  However, it is also a natural antiseptic, anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral.   For our products, I use high quality essential oils and a vinegar infused with organic dried lavender flowers.
  • Eucalyptus - Once you get a whiff, you'll remember eucalyptus from cold remedies and Noxzema.  Its benefits go far beyond being a chest decongestant and pore cleanser though.  Like lavender, it's also a natural antiseptic, anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral, and an excellent deodorizer. It's also an excellent grease cutter and killer of soap scum.   For our products, I use high quality essential oils.
  • Orange oils -  Orange is a fresh, clean scent.  For aromatherapy, orange is used as a mood lifter, and it is a powerful cleaning agent.  Our orange oils come directly from orange peels through an infusion process with vinegar.  Orange oil is antiseptic, and it cuts grease.   
  • Lemon oils -  Lemon is another fresh, clean scent, and it's used to help alleviate headaches in the aromatherapy world.  Our lemon oils come directly from lemon peels (like with orange) through an infusion process with vinegar.  Lemon oil is antimicrobial, antiseptic, antibacterial and insecticidal.  
  • Vinegar - Vinegar is edible and biodegradable.  It is non-toxic and not harsh on the environment, and it's also a disinfectant, antibacterial, deodorizer, grease remover, stain remover, and soap residue remover. 
  • Baking Soda - Baking soda is biodegradable, non-toxic, and a common ingredient in cooking.  It's a mild abrasive and deodorizer, making it ideal for scrubbing sinks, counters, and cleaning grout.  You can even use it to unclog your sink when followed by vinegar.
  • Salt - Salt is biodegradable and non-toxic.  It is good for deodorizing and has abrasive properties, making it a great ingredient in scouring powders.

Now, the not so good...

  • Bleach - Chlorine bleach works as a cleaner because it is strongly corrosive, and it's one of the 3 most common ingredients found in household cleaners.  The fumes can irritate and burn the eyes, skin and lungs.  Mixed with ammonia or vinegar, chlorine bleach will release toxic gases, such as ammonia gas which can be fatal if inhaled.  Oxygen bleach is a less toxic alternative, but can still cause eye and throat damage and is harmful if swallowed. 
  • Ammonia - Ammonia is also a common toxin used in household cleaners.  Ammonia can cause severe eye irritation, headaches and lung damage.  It's also extremely poisonous to aquatic life.  So, any ammonia that is washed down a drain when someone uses a cleaning agent with this ingredient is poisoning our water. 
  • Formaldehyde - Yes, you read that correctly.  Formaldehyde is a common ingredient in household cleaners.  In the home, formaldehyde is found as a preservative in air fresheners, spray starch, shampoos, deodorants and many other products.  The problem is, it's not always listed as an ingredient. And sometimes it's listed as part of another ingredient.
  • Borax - Borax, yes even the commonly thought non-toxic borax, can be harmful. Borax (sodium tetrahydrate decaborate) is an eye and throat irritant, and can cause corneal damage If ingested, borax can cause headache, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, and upon entry into the body,, borax becomes boric acid.   Borax and boric acid interfere with sperm production, damage the testes and interfere with male fertility when given to animals by mouth at high doses. Boric acid produces developmental effects, including reduced body weight, malformations and death, in the offspring of pregnant animals given boric acid by mouth.  The MSDS sheet for 20 Mule Team Borax is available here.
So, it's your decision.  Do you want to clean your home with chemicals that have harmful effects on our bodies and on the earth, or would you like to join the movement towards healthier and more eco-friendly household cleaning solutions?  If you don't buy green and non-toxic cleaners, please at least consider making your own.  Non-toxic, green cleaners are simple, and the ingredients can usually be found at the grocery store.  Not to take away from what CareyKindly does, it takes extra time and energy to make these cleaners, and if you want nice, infused vinegars, you need even more time and patience.    But if you don't want to buy from me and others like me, I do hope you'll make the extra effort and create your own. 

Namaste,

Dawn


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