cancer cleaning

The H2O at Home line of supplies uses just water as the cleaning agent. I’m a big fan of their double-sided microfiber sponge. Run it through the dishwasher to disinfect periodically.

Why? This is the first question most cancer patients ask. Why me? Any oncologist (and most cancer patients that are a bit past the active treatment phase) will tell you there is typically no way to identify the reason why cancer chose you. For most of us, we can’t point to a specific environmental toxin as the evil source. Yet we know we are surrounded by potentially harmful irritants in the air we breathe, in the soil growing our food, and in the products we bring into our homes.

Once diagnosed, we learn that keeping the house clean is even more important when immunosuppressed from chemotherapy. If you are at the early stages of diagnosis, you will want to add a few things to your shopping list and you may be considering which products you should be using.

Before you start tossing every cleaning supply or attempt to rid your house of nasty xenoestrogens, take a look at our ten ways to reduce your exposure to environmental toxins.

  1. Federal law does not require manufacturers to list ingredients. Pay close attention to what is in your cleaning supplies. Look for chemical-free and biodegradable products. Use EWG’s Label Decoder as a tool.
  2. Skip paper products (coffee filters, tampons, paper towels, toilet paper) that list chlorine, chlorine by-products or bleach as an ingredient.
  3. Filter chlorine from your drinking water and shower heads.
  4. Opt for plant-based cleaners when shopping for supplies.
  5. Select products that are based in baking soda, adding a satisfying bubble while cleaning.
  6. Validate your purchases using the independent Think Dirty app or the EPA’s Safer Choice Label. Two other good sources – Healthy Living app and EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning.
  7. Avoid products that include “fragrance,” “dyes,” or “cleaning agents.” These are broad and unspecified words that can hide thousands of different chemicals. Replace your purchases with items using essential oils and plant-based solvents.
  8. Choose natural antimicrobial agents such as aloe vera, tea tree and lavender essential oils.
  9. Avoid labels with words such as “danger,” “poison,” or “warning.” When these words are on a label, it is a solid indication that the product is not organic.
  10. Gauge the claims by looking for specifics. Manufacturers who say the product contains “no phosphates” or “plant-based” are more meaningful than generic terms like “eco-friendly” and “natural.”

Toxin-free cleaning supplies don’t have to be expensive. Many products that fit the qualifications above are available at very affordable prices. Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap has a multitude of purposes and sells for $.050/fluid ounce on Amazon. Ecover’s Ecological Multi-Action Surface Cleaner is another product that passes the tests. It sells in a spray bottle for $8.79. Earth Friendly Toilet Kleener works out to just a few bucks more than Lysol’s toxin-full product when buying in bulk.

Plus, look around your pantry and you will find many items that you can mix together to create your own concoction to disinfect and smell fresh. Making your own cleaning supplies is often more affordable per use than buying cleaning products.

Here are some recipes to mix at home

toxin free household cleaners

Dig around in your pantry and come up with some cheap cleaning supplies. Use these recipes to mix up your own toxin-free household cleaners.

All Purpose Cleaner
1 cup water
1 cup vinegar
8-10 drops of essential oil (optional)

Furniture Dusting Spray
1 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup vinegar
2 teaspoons olive oil
8-10 drops of essential oil (optional)

Glass and Mirror Spray
1 cup water
1 cup rubbing alcohol
Small squirt of dish soap

Soft Scrub
1/3 cup baking soda
3 tablespoons dish soap

Hardwood Floor Spray
1 cup distilled water
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
Small quirt of dish soap

Megan Mikkelsen has always been passionate about health. She focused her studies on health during her undergrad at Willamette University and competed her Masters of Public Health from Portland State University in 2005. She works in public health and also uses social media to educate about toxin free living. For more information visit

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