Benefits of using all-natural household cleaners

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, Mommy Greenest, shares advice for parents on the health benefits for your family of using all-natural household cleaners in your home
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Benefits of using all-natural household cleaners

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It's so interesting, the idea of clean. Because clean is something we can't see, first of all. I mean, you can see if something's really dirty, but cleaning something really is more about the smell. So for me, when I was growing up, my house smelled like fake lemons, fake pine, basically chemical scents. My kid are growing up and my house smells like vinegar after I clean it, and then it doesn't smell like anything at all. My laundry doesn't have a synthetic fragrance to it because we don't use any dryer sheets or anything like that in the laundry. So they grow up thinking that that's clean, and that's a deliberate shift that we've taken in our house and one that's really easy. Pretty much everything in my house is cleaned with vinegar. Some people like to put water with the vinegar or scented oils with the vinegar. I just do straight vinegar, maybe I'm lazy. But the vinegar really cleans my counter tops, my windows. When I'm gonna clean wood, I use actually olive oil for cooking and I spray it in the wood and just rub that in and it also conditions the wood. So there are so many things that you can use that are actually in your cupboard, in your kitchen cupboard to clean your house. And no only are they better for your family because they're not inhaling or rubbing their hands on surfaces that are covered in chemicals and eating those, but also you're saving yourself a ton of money. You can clean your whole house for pennies rather than dollars. So it's a really good shift to make and an easy one.

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, Mommy Greenest, shares advice for parents on the health benefits for your family of using all-natural household cleaners in your home

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Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff

Mommy Greenest

Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff blogs as MommyGreenest.com, founded EcoStiletto.com, is the former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World and was editor of Children magazine—before she had kids. Rachel was featured in Los Angeles and Lucky magazines and appeared on “Today” and “CNN Headline News,” among others, to talk about leading a judgment-free, more sustainable lifestyle. A non-profit consultant and pre/postnatal yoga teacher, Rachel lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children, who range in age from kindergartener to teen.

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