Toxic House

Did you know that a lot of cosmetics and household products contain toxic chemicals that are harmful for your health? Because many of the products in the U.S. are not regulated, you and I need to do a little bit of research on our own. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) makes this easier for us! I love to use their Skin Deep database to find safe products for my family. If you haven’t visited EWG’s site yet, go ahead and take a look around. If you find that the products in your home are toxic, I would advise you to get them out of your house! Toxic chemicals escape into the air even when the bottle is closed. When I started buying safer products for our home in 2010, it felt great to know that my money was no longer being spent on products that would harm our health. I recently started to make my own personal care and cleaning products. It’s so much fun!

Have you already switched to safer household products? How did you feel after you made the switch?

This post was originally published on October 4, 2018 and updated on August 23, 2019.

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DIY: A Natural Way To Unclog Your Drain

I usually put off the unpleasant task of unclogging the bathroom sink until it is so clogged that the water sits inside the sink because it can no longer squeeze through the foul collection of dirt and hair (I don’t recommend that you wait this long). When this happens, I am tempted to run to the nearest store to buy some chemicals that will quickly flush all of the slime away. However, I always end up staying home because I do not want to buy any products that can be harmful for my family’s health (see Toxic House: Remove Endocrine Disruptors From Your Home).

Today, I went on EWG.org to do some research on a conventional drain cleaner that we previously used. According to the website, the product has high concerns for skin allergies and irritation. It has moderate concerns for the respiratory system and the environment. It also has some concerns for developmental/reproductive toxicity and cancer. The product received a grade of F, the lowest possible grade. Thanks to the good ol’ internet, I found a non-toxic, quick, easy, cheap and effective way to unclog my bathroom sink drain. All you need is a wire hanger, water and salt!

Step 1: Take off the drain cover.

Step 2: Untwist a wire hanger until you have a straight piece of long wire that will fit down the drain.

Step 3: Use the hanger as a hook to pull up hair and grime (warning: the gunk will be rather smelly and disgusting). Repeat as needed.

Step 4: Pour 1/2 cup of table salt (any kind) down the drain.

Step 5: Heat 8 cups of water until it is almost boiling.

Step 6: Pour the water down the drain.

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