Sense & Centsibility Blog
How to Create a Healthier Home Environment and Save Money
Many people (previously myself included) think that products are safe just because they’re sold at Target or Wal-Mart. The problem with that logic, according to the Environmental Working Group, is that in the U.S. no health studies or tests have to be done on cosmetics before they’re put on the shelves. Also, according to the American Lung Association, some cleaning products release dangerous chemicals or are harmful themselves, like bleach and ammonia. Plus, think about the residue that’s left on surfaces after you use them. We prepare food on kitchen counters and small children have their mouths on almost everything…think about what you and your family are ingesting – it’s scary! Over the last year and a half, I’ve been doing research and at the same time ditching the chemical-laden cosmetics and home cleaning products. Instead, I’m using and/or making healthier alternatives. And although it might be a little more work than just buying everything in a bottle, it helps me sleep better at night knowing that I’m in control of what’s going onto my skin and into my blood stream…not to mention the frugal part of me is happy that I’m saving money at the same time.