10 Steps to Creating a Toxin Free Home

10 Steps to Creating a Toxin Free Home #FightToxins

When I first became a mother I started to think long and hard about the chemicals we bring into our homes. And the number surprised me. Shortly after this realization I began creating a toxin free home in the hopes that my kids wouldn’t be exposed to the majority of the 80,000 synthetic chemicals introduced into the market since the Toxic Substances Control Act was passed in 1976.

Recently I’ve teamed up with Seventh Generation to help spread awareness about the importance of chemical reform in the United States. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed in 1976, and unlike other major environmental laws, has never been updated. As it currently stands, tens of thousands of potentially harmful chemicals continue to be used in the marketplace since the 1970’s without proper testing and without disclosure by the companies that produce them.

Scientists have linked exposure to toxic chemicals to many health risks, such as Cancer, Alzheimer’s, learning disabilities, asthma, birth defects, and various reproductive problems. And those aren’t health risks I’m willing to expose my kids to.

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10 Steps to Creating a Toxin Free Home

Are you ready to fight toxins? Lets start at home.

Here are 10 steps to creating a toxin free home:

  1. Use non-toxic cleaning and washing products when possible, like Seventh Generation products that don’t release toxic chemicals into the air. This means chlorine-free products and cleansers with natural cleaning properties.
  2. In the shower and by the sink, fragrance-free, vegetable-oil-based soaps are a healthier choice and can be found at a variety of locations.
  3. Open your windows, when possible, to circulate fresh air in your home.
  4. Use exhaust fans in the bath and kitchen and attic that ventilate outdoors to circulate any toxins in the air outdoors.
  5. When re-painting your home, consider low- and zero-VOC paints now commonly available at paint stores. Be aware that even though the chemicals in these low- and no-VOC paints don’t off-gas, they are still present so make sure to air out the spaces you are painting.
  6. Avoid new furniture coated with polyurethane. To avoid this exposure, look into purchasing furniture made of whole wood, glass, metal or chrome.
  7. Purchase clothing, sheets and mattresses made of natural materials, such as unbleached cotton, wool and hemp as opposed to synthetics which are made with chemicals.
  8. When choosing flooring, consider natural fiber carpeting such as wool, sisal, cotton or jute, laid with solvent-free adhesives. Synthetic carpeting — made from petroleum-derived plastic fibers — is usually installed with solvent-based adhesives, which emit toxic gases believed to create asthma, dizziness, headaches, and other allergic reactions.
  9. Avoid plastic food packaging. Consider swapping plastic out for stainless steel or glass. And ditch the plastic bags and purchase a good set of reusable bags (or make your own!).
  10. Purchase non-GMO and organic whenever possible. If you can’t afford purchasing all organic food, take a look at the “Dirty Dozen” list and find out what foods are recommended to be purchased organically.

How are you creating a toxin free home?

The Importance of Professional School Cleaning

This post is brought to you by Jani-King.

It is very common for instances of influenza and the common cold to increase when the school year begins and the students return to class. In some cases, these illnesses are inevitable but there are ways to reduce the number of individuals who get sick.

Be aware of some of the most common signs of colds and flu in children including symptoms like; sore throat, headache, cough, and nasal congestion. Catching these signals early on can help reduce recovery time and helps to prevent symptoms from spreading to teachers and other classmates.

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Get Sparkly Clean The Green Way with Fish Window Cleaning

This post and giveaway featuring Fish Foam is sponsored by Fish Window Cleaning.

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I’m all about using green cleaners and more eco-friendly products in my house. We’ve been great about stocking up on vinegar, baking soda, tea tree oil and more to keep our house clean, disinfected, and still free of chemicals. But when I heard of Fish Window Cleaning and their Fish Foam product I knew I wanted to learn more.

You see, while we’ve switched to green cleaning products, the one area of the house that never seems to get completely clean are our exterior windows. It doesn’t help that I HATE cleaning windows. So when I was asked to check out and review Fish Foam I figured it couldn’t hurt.

And I have to tell you… for a green cleaning product, Fish Foam got my dirty, disgusting exterior windows sparkly clean! [Read more…]

Naked Clean Brings Probiotic Cleaners to You

I received a 3-hour cleaning from Naked Clean Probiotic Cleaners in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

Naked Clean Probiotic CleanersFor the past few months I’ve been on the hunt for a great cleaning company that not only did a great job but fit our budget.

Working from home means that not only am I constantly aware of the messes around me but I also have a lot of guilt about the mess because I’m home with it.

I also feel guilty when I take time away from work to clean up the house. It’s a total lose-lose situation.

So when I heard about Naked Clean I knew I had to check them out! And luckily they wanted to come to my house to clean up and show me the power of probiotic cleaners. How could I say no? [Read more…]

Green Cleaning with Seventh Generation Products

It’s no secret that I prefer green cleaners when keeping my house sparkly clean (ok… it’s hardly ever sparkly but…). I also love to use green cleaners on our clothing and on our bodies. With Seventh Generation products I can not only keep my house clean, but my family and their laundry clean as well.

Over the past few weeks I have been sampling a few Seventh Generation products that were sent over to me for review. And I have to say that I might not go back to what I was using before.

Not only did I love the fresh, clean scents that the products came in, I loved that none of the products I used irritated mine or my family’s skin. And coming from someone with sensitive skin, that means a lot!

Seventh Generation Products in the laundry room

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White Cloud Puts Green Cleaning Within Reach with Living The Green

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of White Cloud for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Most of us know the positive feeling of accomplishment we get when we do something to help the environment, right? Maybe we recycle empty cereal boxes and milk jugs, maybe we make a conscious decision to use less water, maybe we purchase eco-friendly products for our homes, or maybe we choose to cloth diaper our children instead of using disposables.

Regardless of how we help, we know it feels good to help and we want to do more! And even small baby steps to green living are the step in the right direction to becoming eco-conscious.

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Take Care of Your #DirtyLaundry with Biz Stain Fighter

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Biz Stain Fighter for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

The worst part about keeping up with the house are the piles and piles of laundry. With 4 people under one roof this pile up happens fast.

I’ve never been great at cleaning nor have I ever enjoyed cleaning. And laundry is probably the least enjoyable cleaning task I have to do. Sorting, reading labels, making sure stains are properly treated, using the right amount of detergent. All of these things just mean more work for me.

Laundry basket

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Deep Spring Cleaning with CLR Bath and Kitchen Cleaner

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of CLR for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

While I love having a clean house, I hate doing the actual cleaning. I force myself to pick up after the kids and my husband in order to have a semi-decent home but I absolutely hate deep cleaning. And the worst part of cleaning? The kitchen and bathrooms!

In an effort to making my weekly cleaning a bit easier I’ve come up with a cleaning schedule to stick with so that I’m not overwhelmed when it’s the day before a playdate or having guests over for dinner. By doing a few basic things each day I’m able to focus on the larger picture when we have to deep clean.

Normally I’ll use water, vinegar, and tea tree oil to do my light dusting and cleaning around the house. But when it comes to deep cleaning the bathrooms and kitchen I grab my CLR Bath & Kitchen Cleaner.

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5 Easy Ways to Get Kids Cleaning


I’ve always looked forward to the day that I could put my kids to work. I remember my mom doing it and at times felt as if I were a slave. Laundry, dishes, bathrooms, and more. I hope I pulled my fair share of the weight in the chores department but there was always something to do!

So now that my son is nearing an age where he is more than capable of helping out I’ve started to find that making a game out of cleaning is the best way to go about getting him involved! Here’s what we’ve been doing:

1. Stuffed Animal Hoops –

This is basically a game of basketball but you use shopping carts and strollers instead of hoops. You try and throw as many toys into the shopping cart as possible and than race them down to the playroom to dump out.

2. Food Hockey –

My kids are messy eaters. Crumbs fly everywhere! And when our dog isn’t inside to clean up what’s left on the floor, my kids are expected to sweep up the rest. But we make a fun game out of it!

One kid holds the dust pan while the other sweeps the crumbs in the direction of the pan and tries to make as many crumbs go in as possible. Usually I have to start out by making a small pile

3. Messy Suds –

Bathrooms aren’t the most fun room to clean (what room is??). So we make a fun game for the kids and let them sit in the tub with some soapy water and wash everything around them with washcloths. Not only is the tub clean, the kids come out sparkly as well!

Afterwards I simply spray a bit of water/vinegar/tea tree oil solution on top of the clean walls and tub and wipe once more. But all of the heavy scrubbing is left to the kids.

4. Floor Skating –

When we mop we have fun! While I go around mopping the floor with either our steam mop or our regular mop, I have the kids behind me with towels under their feet to skate across the floor. And while we do get a bit wet and slip a LOT we have a great amount of fun while cleaning.

5. Color coordinating –

When sorting clothes to take to the washer and dryer, my kids help by picking out the colors, whites, and reds.  Sometimes when I’m feeling especially evil I will have them sort the colors even more.

Then they help out by bringing the clothes out to the garage and putting them in the correct bin to be washed. They also love transferring clothes from the washer to the dryer and my daughter gets a kick out of slamming the dryer door shut when it’s ready to be started.

What do you do to get your kids involved?

Natural Cleaning {Review & Giveaway}

Natural House cleaning products are a true cleaning revolution!

Why is it a “revolution?” Because Natural House probiotic cleaning products brings you a revolutionary, new method of cleaning the most dirty areas of your home. Utilizing non-toxic, probiotic cleaning agents, Natural House products are strong enough for commercial clean-up, yet safe and gentle for all of the members of your Natural House.

Here’s a little more info about why Natural House’s all-natural cleaning products are superior to those currently on the market!

  • The products use an eco-friendly cleaning method of probiotics that create a beneficial, odor eating ecosystem to naturally drive out and digest odors at their source.
  • Natural House’s plant-based ingredients are eco-friendly, non-toxic and biodegradable to naturally fight the toughest problems you face in your house.
  • The products, Sinky and Flushy even break down and digest fats, oil, grease, and solid waste to ensure your disposal, pipes, drain lines or septic tank run smoothly.
  • The cleaners contain good probiotics which continue to scour, clean, consume odors, grime, grease, and germs, and they continue to do so until your next weekly treatment!

How probiotic household cleaners work

The surfaces in your house are like a garden. If you don’t seed with good plants, weeds will grow. You have the same choice with your household surfaces: sanitize for a moment with harsh chemicals leaving your surface open to recontamination or seed with probiotics to continuously weed out the bad micro-organisms.

Traditional cleaners “clean” a surface for a moment in time; the second the rag is finished wiping the surface, that surface is almost instantly polluted once again with ambient dust, dirt, and micro-organisms.

Natural House probiotics creates mini-ecosystem on a microbial level that produces enzymes which break down odors, dirt, fats, oil, grease, food scraps, waste and toilet paper products on a continuous basis between applications. This creates a natural, clean, balanced environment that is safe for even the most sensitive members of your natural house.

The action is in the foam! When using your Natural House products be sure and let it foam first to release the cleaning agents before going to the next step on the package directions. The short and skinny of it is this… our natural probiotic cleaners keep on cleaning long after you’ve stopped!

My Review

When I first received my sample of Natural House’s Flushy, Trashy and Sinky I wasn’t quite sure how impressed I’d be. Now I’ve been using natural cleaners for a few years now but I haven’t quite found a solution that worked as well as the chemical cleaners we used to use. But these three natural household cleaning products definitely worked well. And I have to say, I was definitely amused by the names they used for their products. The kids got a kick out of them too. Maybe that’ll get them more interested in helping me clean.

I first started out by using Trashy. I simply sprayed it into my kitchen trash can after I took out the full trash bag and waited for it to dry. I put in a new bag after it fully dried and proceeded to change the trash as it filled up as usual. The one thing I noticed right away was that the lingering old food odor quickly disappeared. We might be the only ones, but whenever we emptied the trash can the odor would waft through the kitchen killing everyone’s appetite (except for the dog’s). But by spraying Trashy once weekly we had no issues with odor.

The second product we used was Sinky. We were planning a party for my daughter and had a problem with the garbage disposal for a while. I tried putting a few thin lemon slices down and running it with hot water but it just didn’t take away the smell. So I eagerly threw in a Sinky pack and waited for the foam. The first time I used it I didn’t see any foam. I thought maybe I had done something wrong so I tried it again. And it was awesome. I could tell everything was working. And it continued to work because we didn’t have any issues with odor.

And lastly I used Flushy. The ease of this product was awesome. Throw it in.wait a bit and scrub! My toilet was sparkly clean. I love how quickly I was able to use Flushy and see results. And being able to use it without getting cleaner everywhere was a great bonus.

Each of these products worked great. And I’m a pretty harsh critic when it comes to cleaners. I still have yet to find a great natural dishwashing detergent so I’m hoping they come up with a product for that soon!

Where to Buy

You can purchase Natural House products directly on their website or you can purchase Natural House on Amazon — This is a nice option for those who use Amazon perks like “Free Super Saver Shipping” or “Amazon Prime.” A 1 month supply of each product is ($4.99) so $15 for a month’s supply of the full set.

If you are interested in Natural House products and want to enter for your chance to win a set of Flushy, Trashy and Sinky just enter through the rafflecopter form below! 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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