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  • Writer's pictureRani

Switching to Non-Toxic Cleaning: A 3-Step Plan for Healthier Hormones and a Safer Home

Updated: May 7

Switching to nontoxic cleaning products was one of the first adjustments I made when I discovered how harmful conventional cleaners can be for both our health and the environment. Traditional cleaners often contain VOCs, heavy metals (aluminum), fragrances, irritants, flammable ingredients, and even lemon fragrances added to mask odours—which surprisingly can contribute to hormone imbalances. Making this switch nine years ago was relatively straightforward compared to other significant changes I've tackled over the years. Now, as a mother, the safety of my child constantly occupies my thoughts, particularly knowing how much time they spend exploring every inch of our floors.

It’s crucial to remember that it's not just our little ones at risk. Our beloved pets are equally vulnerable. These curious, small members of our family wander through the same spaces, coming into contact with the harsh chemicals found in many cleaning products, which pose a significant risk to their health.

Moreover, our own health is also at stake. Many standard cleaning products are loaded with endocrine-disrupting chemicals—the notorious hormone disruptors that can overwhelm our bodies, leading to headaches, fatigue, and a variety of other symptoms.

Realizing that the safety of store-bought products is not always assured can be frustrating. One thing to keep in mind is that unlike the vast majority of ingredients in food, retail cosmetics, and drug products, ingredients in cleaning products don't have to be listed on the label (with minimal exceptions). You are dependent on the manufacturer's choice.

However, don't lose hope!

You can incrementally take control of your home environment. Let's explore how to detox your home and transition to safer, nontoxic cleaning alternatives. Trust me, it’s simpler than it sounds!

Home Detox 101: Your 3-Step Plan to Safer, Cleaner Living

Step 1: Inventory Check Begin by assessing all your cleaning supplies. Look under sinks, beside toilets, and in any storage areas. It might feel overwhelming initially, but gaining awareness is the crucial first step.

Step 2: Evaluate Dedicate some time to explore resources like and Think Dirty App. These sites can help you understand which products should be ditched sooner rather than later due to poor health ratings.

Step 3: Finding Alternatives

The market is filled with greener options; however, it is important to stay informed about product changes and company updates. Not all eco-friendly products are created equal. You might also consider making your own cleaning solutions. A quick tip: if you or your family members are sensitive, try to avoid using essential oils extensively in homemade cleaners, as they can leave residues that may cause irritation.

Bonus Tip:

Adopt the habit of leaving shoes at the door. Shoes can attract all sorts of unwanted guests, such as pesticides and heavy metals. Going shoeless not only keeps your home cleaner but also reduces exposure to harmful chemicals.

What I do & Recommend:

In my personal journey, I've moved away from DIY cleaners—partly because they tended to clog my spray bottles and also because, with a busy lifestyle, I prefer the convenience of ready-to-use products. Below are some of my favourite brands and products that I trust for my home and when I'm on the go.

  1. Attitude Living offers great pricing, and most products are designed to be gentle and hormone-friendly. You have lots of options in size and can buy in bulk as well.

    1. Hand Soap

    2. Dishwashing Liquid

    3. Kitchen Cleaner

    4. Bathroom Cleaner

    5. Window Cleaner

    6. Floor Cleaner

    7. All-Purpose Cleaning Wipes Disinfectant 99.99%

  2. The Unscented Company — all its products are safe and unscented. In Canada, it is available online at and in stores at most PC stores, such as Zerhrs and Independent.

    1. Laundry

    2. Dishwasher Tablets

  3. Blueland is a great company. I love what they are doing, and everything comes in compostable or recyclable materials. The only product line I do not recommend is the Spray Cleaners, as the fragrance is irritating and gives me a headache, making it not safe for my family or clients. Here are the following products I sometimes use and recommend from them.

    1. Foam Hand Soap (unscented)

    2. Toilet Bowl Tablet Cleaner

    3. Dishwasher (unscented)

    4. Oxi Laundry Booster (unscented)

    5. Laundry Tablets (unscented) - are great to have on hand when travelling; otherwise, I prefer liquid. FYI, they do not work well with cloth diaper washing.

Your Turn to Switch

Switching to nontoxic cleaning products can significantly lighten the load on your liver, allowing it to process hormones more effectively, which is crucial for overall health. I encourage you to start this transition and feel the difference it makes—not just in cleanliness but in your family’s health and well-being.

Do you use non-toxic cleaning products? Have any favourites? I'd love to hear about your choices and experiences.



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