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In our This For That Guides, you will find tips, inspiration, and our humble advice, all on how living a social good lifestyle will positively impact our well-being, community and planet.

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IDEAS AND TIPS TO EASILY TAKE ON A SOCIAL GOOD LIFE At HOME

Just How Hard Is Cleaning Sustainably?

Most of us have read blogs, magazine articles and social media posts describing how best to make a DIY cleaning solution. Theoretically, it seems simple enough because we're just using common household items such as lemon juice, vinegar, and baking soda. For some of us, this is easy. But, for many of us, adopting a clean, sustainable home is held back by that DIY step, and it may even stop us from cleaning completely.

Luckily, many companies are focusing on providing cleaning solutions and tools that's already put together and ready to go. Often, these companies were created by founders who experienced the negative health impacts of harmful chemicals used in conventional cleaning products or just realized that it wasn't worth exposing these toxic chemicals to their friends and family.

So, whether you are willing to follow a recipe or buy off the shelf, there is a real healthy solution out there for all of us. Remember, it's not about perfection, but shifting towards a sustainable path.

Cool tips you should know

01.

What's Current?

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, over 86,000 chemicals are listed in the Toxic Substances Control Act's Inventory which lists each chemical substance manufactured or processed in the US for use in everything we do and eat. Unfortunately, only a tiny fraction of the chemicals is tested to determine if it's safe for human health. With household cleaners, ingredients and products don't have to meet any sort of safety standards, and testing data is not required before bringing a product to market. For these reasons, we recommend seeking out brands and companies who are doing the double duty of providing an effective cleaning agent and designing products to lessen toxins in our home.

02.

Tips & Tricks

Use a cleansing tablet to clean your cups and reusables instead of bringing it home dirty. After you finished squeezing that lemon, use it to wipe down your table and counter which naturally disinfects surfaces. Look for cleaning solutions with the fewest number of ingredients because what you wash your clothes or home with will eventually get on your skin.

03.

This For That

Simply switch out of your existing household products for one of these more sustainable options. We try to encourage use of materials that are reusable, biodegradable, compostable, or recyclable…...to avoid virgin sourced materials.

Paper Towels → Recycled wood pulp/ Hand Towels
Counter sponge → Biodegradable plant fiber sponge
Dryer Sheets→Wool Dryer Balls w/essential oil drops
Plastic Trash Bags → Compostable Trash Bags

04.

Lingo To Know

Some good technical crunchy terms to know:
Low VOC - Low levels of volatile organic compounds
NPE - Nonylphenol ethoxylates are endocrine disrupting chemicals that imitate our hormone estrogen and can negatively impact our health
SLS - Sodium Laurel Sulfates, which increase suds, but become extremely harmful to our rivers, lakes and oceans because this gets piped out and can't be treated by treatment plants.

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