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Replacing your household cleaners can be a great idea when you are trying to conceive. 

Why? Because we are learning more and more about the impacts that toxins can have on hormone balance, as well as the quality of eggs and sperm.

Certain chemicals like phthalates can be particularly problematic.

Cleaning products are certainly a culprit, especially if they contain “fragrance,” which is a known endocrine disruptor (chemical that impacts hormones).

When I started to learn more and more about the impacts of toxins on overall health 10 years ago, I made it my mission to begin replacing standard cleaners with better options. 

In recent years I have even started making my own. This sounds like a lot of work, I know. But it’s not too bad once you try it out. 

Here are a few easy recipes to try out on your own:

All-Purpose Cleaner: I use this on kitchen countertops, to clean up the table after meals, and to wipe down any other general messes. 

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups warm water
  • 1/4 cup liquid castle soap (I used Dr. Bronner’s)
  • 10 drops essential oil (I like On Guard by DoTerra)

Method:

Re-use an old spray bottle and place all of the ingredients in the bottle. Be sure to label it. 

Laundry Detergent: This is the one that surprised me the most with its ease and effectiveness. 

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups castile soap flakes
  • 1.5 cups washing soda
  • 1.5 cups baking soda
  • 30 drops essential oil (I like peppermint)

Method:

Combine all in a container. Shake and use 1-2 Tbsp per load. 

Note: this can be used in all washing machines. 

Tip: 

Glass Cleaner: I use this on mirrors and glass table tops for a streak-free shine. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 drops essential oil (On Guard by DoTerra works well here, too)

Method: 

Combine in another old spray bottle. Be sure to label it. 

To learn more about how you can support your fertility, or to book an appointment with Dr. Corradetti-Sargeant ND, contact us today. 

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