A clean home reduces exposure to allergens, pesticides, consumer chemicals, pest droppings and urine, and reduces shelter for pests. It is important to keep your home clean, so here are our recommendations for maintaining a healthy environment for a healthy life! Women use an average of 12 products a day, containing 168 different chemicals, while men use fewer products, they still consume 85 chemicals daily (Toxic Beauty, 2020). Switching out your commercial cleaning products for more organic and simple options is a great way to reduce exposure and consumption of complex chemicals!

Soap! The best artillery to have in your cabinet; soap isn’t just for hands and dishes; it is multi-purpose and can clean anything. The most underrated and often overlooked product out there when it comes to household cleaning. Castille soap is a great option since it is biodegradable, non-toxic, and safe for babies, pets, and adults alike. Make sure to choose a fragrance-free option, when possible, as ingredients used for fragrance can cause respiratory irritation, headaches, sneezing, and water eyes in those with multiple chemical sensitivity, allergies, or asthma. 

Note: It’s not recommended to use this soap with vinegar-based cleaning solutions as it leaves a white filmy residue on surfaces. 

Vinegar & Water; a 50/50 mix works as a great disinfectant, the acidity also cuts through grease making it a good cleaner for the countertops, the stove and other high traffic surfaces. The acid in vinegar works to kill bacteria and viruses by destroying their cell structures. When researchers tested vinegar against commercial cleaners, they found that vinegar killed a variety of household pathogens including certain strains of the flu! So, to those questioning if vinegar is just as effective, it is an economical and effective solution backed by science! 

Note: Vinegar should not be mixed with chlorine bleach because this can create toxic gas and corrosive acids – both extremely hazardous.

Baking Soda is a great way to keep drains odour-free and unclogged. Keep the sink, tub, and shower drains clean with baking soda. Run hot water through the drain before pouring in 1/2 cup of baking soda. Let the baking soda sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with hot water to wash away musty smells and debris. Baking soda also works as a great abrasive to dislodge dirt and can be used to scrub off hard water buildup, grime, and stains. Sprinkle baking soda across bathtubs, toilets, tiled surfaces, and tile grout for an extra helping hand!


Hydrogen Peroxide is commercially available. 3% hydrogen peroxide is a stable and effective disinfectant when used on inanimate surfaces (CDC, 2021). Peroxide kills most bacteria, viruses, fungi and germs at large! It is also virtually odourless and colourless making it a much better choice over rubbing alcohol or other alternative commercial disinfectants. It’s a nice option if you need a deeper clean to remove stains, disinfect surfaces, or get rid of mould and mildew; making a versatile multi-purpose cleaner that can be used in any room of the house.

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References:

Chemical Disinfectants | Disinfection & Sterilization Guidelines | Guidelines Library | Infection Control | CDC. (2019, April 4).
https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/guidelines/disinfection/disinfection-methods/chemical.html

Statistics Canada. (2021). ASEQ-EHAQ. Retrieved December 9, 2021, from
https://aseq-ehaq.ca/en/environmental-sensitivities/statistics/

Toxic beauty. (2020, April 1). Harvard Health.
https://www.health.harvard.edu/womens-health/toxic-beauty