I never really thought that you could hurt me the way you do.
You’re toxic and now that I know what you’ve been doing.
I’m vowing to get you out of my life.
You were a reliable friend, I thought
…but now I know.
And you’ve been mis-leading me all along.
It’s time for a breakup..and trust me, my family will be much better for this.
I’m thinking to myself, how did I get to this point and why haven’t I noticed before?
Where am I going with this? It’s probably not what you’re thinking…it’s about our relationship with cleaning products.
I just did a quick survey online and one of the questions asked was “What ingredients are listed on the cleaning product?” So, I picked up my bottle of fresh scented xxx and to my surprise no ingredients were listed. Only general umbrella words like “fragrance, stabilizers and preservatives”. WHAT THE H#@! DOES THAT MEAN?
Did you know manufacturers aren’t required to disclose every ingredient in their cleaning products? I HAD NO IDEA! Even products that claim to be “green” or “natural” have very little regulation around them to qualify the labels. How can this be?
Another thought, why is it that we are so concerned about keeping cleaning products out of the reach of kids, yet we use them on every surface in our homes?
The honest truth is it’s not easy making smart choices about which cleaners to use. Certain chemicals pose potential long-term health risks, not just environmental concerns.
So, I’m going to take the steps in changing some old habits. I’m no cleaning saint (remember I loathe it) but I know that if I make simple changes my family can only benefit. Doesn’t hurt to try, right? And I have this picture on my “mobile device” to remind me of why these changes are important to our health and environment…so we can have more days like this…
The David Suzuki Foundation has recently launched the Spring Breakup challenge that asks consumers if they are in healthy relationships with their household cleaning products.
Join Lindsay Coutler the “Queen of Green” this month at www.springbreakup.ca as she dishes out the dirt and offers useful tips on a healthier environment for your family. From shopping tips to DIY recipes to interactive discussions ~ You’ll be ready to get out of your own TOXIC relationship!
The site is fun and you can earn chances to WIN fabulous prizes from RONA and Sears along the way!
Are you planning a Spring Breakup? If you’ve got a decent DIY recipe for a home-made cleaning solution please share! I’d love to know!