May 01, 2015 Mandi Meek
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CLEAN

The birds are singing, the clouds are clearing and it’s that time of year again – Spring. I welcome May as it is my month to focus on preparing my home for the warm summer months ahead. As a part of our Dozen Little Things series, we have chosen clean as our challenge for the month.

For those of you who are just joining us, the women at the Kari Gran HQ are committing to one small, incremental change for each month that can easily be implemented – a Dozen Little Things. Our goal is to focus on things that will over time, translate into twelve new healthy habits. This month, we are committing to eco-friendly, green cleaning products and safe spring cleaning. Are you up for the challenge?

For me this challenge will be difficult because I appreciate the smell of a freshly cleaned bathroom as much as the next germaphobe and my boyfriend believes that bleach is the holy grail of cleaning products. However, we have decided to make the switch because not only are we trying to be kinder to the environment, we also want to eliminate our exposure to toxins.

So let’s get started, this weekend’s project is to weed out your toxic cleaning supplies. The Environmental Working Group has a great data base that you can research your products and make educated decisions on what stays and what has got to go.

Here’s a peek at my former favorite cleaner – Clorox Bleach

(Click here for the in-depth analysis)

The primary concern is asthma/respiratory related, and with all the natural allergens in the air this time of year, I do not need to be adding to my congestion.

How about my favorite all purpose cleaner – Method All-Purpose Surface Cleaner, Pink Grapefruit

(Click here for the in-depth analysis)

Again, the primary concern is asthma/respiratory related, but I was surprised to find that a favorite green brand of mine only received a C in the EWG rating scale.

Finally, let’s look at my favorite laundry detergent – Seventh Generation Natural Powder Laundry Detergent, White Flower & Bergamot Citrus

(Click here for in-depth analysis)

Encouraging to know that I have one grade A cleaning product in my arsenal!

The EWG database is a very useful tool to find safe, nontoxic products for all aspects of your life from skin care to produce. I would advise anyone who consults the EWG to ultimately make their own decisions about what products they use in their home. For myself, I am going to strive for A & B rated products.

So are you up for the challenge of ditching your toxic products in the pursuit of health? Where do your products rate? Let me know in the comments!

— Mandi

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