Mea Culpa — the Dirty Truth about What’s in my Basement

You are looking at over 35 bottles of cleaning products, pesticides, and laundry detergent. These bottles were under my sink, in my bathroom, and in my basement.

I say, “were,” because they are now all in our detached garage, awaiting disposal at the next hazardous waste clean-up my county holds.

In my defense, none but three of these products were in use in our household in the past year since we’ve been using all natural cleaners.

What prompted this huge purge? We met last night with a local expert in essential oils and aromatherapy in an attempt to resolve some of my daughter’s ┬ácontinuing struggles with asthma. I learned that just having some of these toxic chemicals in the house, even if they aren’t in use — I had several bottles in the basement that hadn’t been used in years — can produce toxic emissions that can contribute to respiratory issues.

As someone who is into “green” cleaning, I have to admit to being pretty embarrased by the fact that these products were even in our house. A LOT got tossed. Wondering what got approved as “emissions-neutral?”

Seventh Generation Products

Ecos Products

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Dry-Clean-Only Clothing Refresher

Disinfecting Wipes

Liquid Hand Soap

Homemade Drain Cleaner

What is your favorite “Green” cleaning product?

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  1. I met organica Jane at a Young Living event in Livonia last year. She was great! Have you tried the Thieves cleaner yet? I love it! And the oil, and the losenges! :)

  2. Thieves is currently (among many others lol) on my wish list. I’m gathering an order together as we speak. Yeah, I loved meeting with Organica Jane — she had so much helpful information.

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