Are you a little freaked out about all of the chemicals in your cleaning products, but worried that going green won’t clean as well? We get it. It’s hard to know what products are both safe and effective when it comes to cleaning house. “There are a lot of bad basic cleaning formulas out there filled with chemicals,” explains “The Godmother of Green” Annie B. Bond, an expert on green living and best-selling author of five books, including “Better Basics for the Home.”
In small amounts, exposure to these toxins is not a problem—after all, your liver is designed to detoxify your body of chemicals—but they can even damage the liver itself. Bond, a survivor of chemical poisoning who devoted herself to educating others about healthy living, believes that every toxic substance you come into contact with accumulates in your system and that, eventually, their cumulative effects could trigger health problems ranging from headaches to a serious disease, such as cancer. One way to reduce your family’s exposure to toxic chemicals is to make your own “green” cleaning solutions. “Using your own homemade, healthy cleaning formulas is an inexpensive way to disinfect your home and reduce your exposure to potentially dangerous toxins,” says Bond.