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No excuse.

By now, you already should be more mindful of the damage that everyday commercial products can do to your bodies. Most household and hygiene products have a plethora of chemicals in their ingredients lists, which can be unsafe. Chemicals are toxic and harmful for you and your family. When you clean your home, clothes, car, and even yourself with these everyday products, you are breathing, touching, and coming into contact with toxic chemicals and their byproducts. Imagine the cumulative effect of all of those chemicals.

In my opinion, going the more natural route is not only better but also easy to do. Natural, organic, and nontoxic products may be associated with high cost and, in many cases, may not be things that most family budgets could afford. But there are locally made ones that are more affordable and are just amazing. Or better yet, find one in your own kitchen.

When you buy, look for products that are biodegradable, allergen-free, and nontoxic. Stay away from those that have parabens, phthalates, and the undefined elements of "fragrance." This goes for household cleaners, laundry detergents, and hygiene and beauty items. Do your research and find out what products are free from these harmful ingredients.

For even cheaper solutions, look no further than your own kitchen. I guarantee you that there are items in your fridge and at your pantry that you can use to make all-natural cleaners. The three ingredients that you can use as homemade cleaning agents are baking soda, vinegar, and lemons. These three play huge roles in my home, although I also use commercial products that are as green and as chemical-free as I can get them. Often, I would combine my green cleaners with homemade cleaning recipes to boost functionality and cleanliness.

Baking soda is a powerful natural cleaning agent. It can pretty much clean everything. In our home, I use it as an oven cleaner, veggie scrub, toothbrush cleanser, and laundry brightener, to name a few. Lemons are antibacterial and they smell so fresh. Use it to clean your glasses (mixed with water); deodorize your microwave; and sanitize your cutting boards, which is so important because bacteria love to grow on them, especially the wooden ones. Vinegar is another powerful, natural cleaning agent. You can use vinegar and water to clean practically anything--stains, windows, toilets. I even use vinegar as an ant deterrent in my Singapore home.

Many people believe that homemade and green cleaning products don't work as well as the commercial ones with chemicals. I don't find this to be particularly true (except in terms of fragrance). But if you want to add more cleaning power to nontoxic cleaners then do your research on how to combine both homemade and nontoxic cleaners for extra cleaning power. For example, mix baking soda with your dish soap and it becomes a powerful scrub. Or add a cup of baking soda to your laundry with nontoxic detergent and it will brighten and make your washing load cleaner. This is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg of green living. You can also make your own soap, facial cleansers, colognes, shampoos, and more.

Protect yourself and your family from exposure to these harmful toxic substances. There are no more excuses. It is now simpler and more affordable than ever to live green. www.glamomamas.com; info@glamomamas.com;Instagram/@amandagriffin_j.

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Title Annotation:Moms & Kids
Publication:Manila Bulletin
Date:Sep 26, 2015
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