Posted in know better do better, mindset, physical health

We’ve been duped

We’ve been duped.

We’ve been trained to believe that we’re not clean unless the cleaner is bubbly.

We’ve been trained to believe that we need a different type of cleaner for every surface in our homes.

We’ve been trained to believe that we need a lot of it in order for it to be effective.

We’ve been trained that making it all anti-bacterial makes it even better.

We’ve been trained to believe that as long as we don’t ingest it, it’s all safe.

It’s all false.

We can use just a little.

It doesn’t need to be foamy.

We can use the same products on almost everything.

Anti-bacterial is causing a wide range of problems, from loss of good bacteria to resistant bacteria.

Ingesting is only one way to get it into our bodies.

You can clean most of your house (and body, for that matter) with baking soda and vinegar. It doesn’t foam. (Well, it does if you mix them. Fun to watch, but not super effective for cleaning.) 

What to do about it?

First, recognize that what we’ve been taught was based on making money, not based on being clean or being safe. (The history of toothpaste marketing is an interesting one, for example…)

Second, try something different in one area of cleaning.

If your brain adapts to that pretty well, add another. In no time, you end up with fewer bottles of toxic chemicals in your house (extra nice if you have small children—one less thing to worry about!), more dollars in your wallet, and fewer toxins in your body.

It’s win-win-win. The only thing stopping you is your mindset.