What we clean our homes with matters. #lowtox #thieves #cleaning

A 2018 study in Norway tracked over 6,000 people for 20 years and it found that those who cleaned at home or in an occupational capacity were at a 40% higher risk of developing asthma and experienced more rapid lung function decline than those who didn’t. The author of the study compared the decline as being equivalent to smoking 20 cigarettes a day for the same period of time.*

Another study of 9000 European children aged between 6 and 12 found bleach to be associated with a higher chance of illness. “Passive exposure to cleaning bleach in the home may have adverse effects on school-age children’s health by increasing the risk of respiratory and other infections. The high frequency of use of disinfecting irritant cleaning products may be of public health concern, also when exposure occurs during childhood.”

If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you know I don’t do sensationalism. I don’t do click bait scare tactics.

But these findings are significant. And as someone who develops a headache EVERY TIME she walks down the cleaning aisle at the supermarket, I know that what we clean with matters.

We can’t possibly change or control everything and we aren’t able to eliminate every possible threat to our health. Trying to do so would cause a lot of stress and stress itself is detrimental to our health.

So it’s important to pick our battles. This was a battle I was definitely willing to pick and turns out it wasn’t much of a battle at all. Just a change of products.

Over the next couple of weeks, I’m shifting gears a little from home decluttering and headpsace clearing… to switching out toxic cleaners and replacing them with low-tox alternatives that work, that don’t cost a bomb and that don’t require a cauldron 😉

One of the simplest, quickest and most impactful changes we can make in shifting the health of our home.

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