Frownies has the highest of standards when it comes to skin care product ingredients (#ingredientsmatter) so considering how much time and energy we spend on making sure what we put on our skin is healthy we must also consider ALL the products in our home environment. we think of skin as a barrier to the outside harmful chemicals but really our skin is a living breathing organ. To protect the whole body we must also make sure the products used around us are not only safe but promote and protect your body's health.
The chemical industry has successfully brainwashed the general public into associating its various chemical-based home “cleaning” products with sanitation. These products are in tens of millions of people’s homes, and are anything but safe. You want your homes to be a safe place for your families and friends, but how can you secure that safety if you do not know what toxic, cancer causing chemicals are hiding in products.
Cleaning products including those branded as “green” contain hidden carcinogens: 1,4 dioxane (also present in many laundry soap products, even those branded “natural”), Chloroform, and Phthalates and toluene (reproductive toxins). Toxic substances are not always listed in the ingredients; this makes it difficult to trust what is safe for you and your family to use in your home. Here you can find a list of household cleaning products as well as alternative non-toxic options.
Harmful Home Cleaning Supplies
known Germ-killers for taking on cleaning your home are some of the MOST DANGEROUS chemical solutions residing in your home. Every harmful chemical found in personal care products, is also found in household cleaning supplies. In addition EVEN WORSE substances such as:
- Lye (acorrosive acid)
- Chloramine gases
- Lists of hormone-disrupting chemicals (a major contributor to cancer)
NONE OF THESE CHEMICALS ARE NECESSARY!
Basic ingredients such as water, vinegar, and baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) are just as effective with no toxicity! There are safe alternatives even for tough jobs like degreasing and scrubbing. Start thinking, “make your own” when it comes to cleaning supplies. If you try to avoid certain products you will go crazy, because basically all of them are full of hidden toxic chemicals. It is easier to focus on which solutions are safe than weed through commercial product.
Safe Alternative Multipurpose Cleaning potions
½ cup vinegar
¼ cup baking soda
2 quarts of water
(Add a small amount of lemon juice, vinegar, and borax to make the solutions more potent)
- CitraSolv (contains no harsh solvents or synthetic detergents)
- Bon Ami (safe, all natural, powder cleanser for scrubbing sinks/showers)
- 3 parts vinegar to 1 part warm water (to clean windows)
- BioShield (premixed safe, non-toxic)
- Ecover (premixed safe, non-toxic)
- Seventh Generation (premixed safe, non-toxic)
- Shaklee (premixed safe, non-toxic)
- Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Liquid Soap:
a. Mopping: Pour 1/2 cups of soap in 3 gallons of hot water.
b. Windows: Add a tablespoon of soap into a quart of water in a spray bottle. Follow up with pure club soda or half vinegar/half water to prevent streaking.
c. All-Purpose Cleaner: Pour 1/4 cup of Dr. Bronner's soap into a quart of water in a spray bottle.
The laundry cleaning industry is a purveyor of the poison 1,4-dioxane (a chemical byproduct that results from a cheap chemical processing method often used in the personal care product industry). The worst quality brands being the most popular. Some of the “green” brands were found to containing high levels of 1,4 dioxane (Sad face)!
Safe laundry detergent brands
(showing undetectable levels of 1,4 Dioxane:)
- Clorox Green Works Natural
- Life Tree laundry Liquid
- Method squeaky Gree
- Seventh Generation Free & Clear
Safest Most Toxic-Free Laundry Detergents
(According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Ecover ZERO Laundry Liquid Concentrate)
- Biokleen Laundry Liquid, Citrus Essence
- Planet 2x Ultra laundry Detergent
- GrabGreen Delicate laundry Detergent Pods
- Sun & Earth Laundry Detergent
- Green Shield Organic Laundry Detergent
And again… Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Liquid 1/3-1/2 cup of soap for a large load; some recommend combining 1 cup baking soda or Borax, and diluting with water
Safe Dish Soap/Washing Detergent
As well we laundry detergent, hand soap, and home cleaning supplies, dish soaps are full of endocrine-disrupting chemicals, carcinogenic substances, and other unknown byproducts of questionable origin. When looking for safe alternatives to big name brands turn to:
- Seventh Generation
- Earth Friendly, Better Life
a. Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Liquid Soap: Dr. Bronner's recommends diluting the soap 1 to 10 with water, and then squirting the diluted mix onto a scrub brush. This only works when hand washing dishes, and not in a dishwasher.
b. DIY Dish Soap: 2 parts Borax 2 parts washing soda (derivative of baking soda), 12 parts Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds, and 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oils.
Safe Air Fresheners
Air fresheners are unregulated and among the most toxic products in the home. ESSENTIAL OILS ARE THE ONLY SAFE ALTERNATIVE for keeping living spaces freshly scented; use all natural essential oils with water in a diffuser.
- “The Jasmine”, by Stadler Form of Switzerland (water-based ultrasonic diffuser
- doTERRA Aroma Ace “cold diffusion” diffuser
- Améo Essential Oils
- doTERRA (essential oils)
- Young Living (essential oils)
- Mountain Rose Herbs (essential oils)
- Hopewell (essential oils)
- Air Therapy Freshening Mist air fresheners pre-made with JUST essential oils.
- The shower curtains most people use, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) shower curtain liners are incredibly toxic! Often outgassing dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as:
- Endocrine (hormone) disruptors
Healthy Shower Curtain Solution
Opt for an inexpensive PEVA vinyl shower curtain. Also Hemp-based shower curtains such as the ones by Rawganuque are an eco-friendly option.
It may seem “safe” to use big brand names that we commonly see advertised but the fact is these products are cancer causing. Understanding businesses are trying to make as much money as they can (and are willing to compromise public safety to do so), will help you grasp this horrific hard truth. We want you to see there are other options. If you want to cancer proof your life it may take some of you choosing to make new, and better choices about health and happiness! From Skin care to home cleaning products health is always the first priority for Frownies Family members!