We live in a world full of disinfecting and sanitizing and not a whole lot of actual cleaning. Before you check out thinking that I’ve gone full blown coo-coo, let me lead with this… I have three kids three years old and under, so I understand and fully believe that there will always be legitimate reasons to disinfect and sanitize things. If the flu is sweeping through your house or if all of your kids have hand-foot-and-mouth disease at the same time (yes, it was awful), then GO SANITIZE. However, that’s most likely not your every day scenario. So on the days that a massively contagious illness isn’t sweeping through every room, perhaps we could use something other than harsh chemicals?
What are probiotic cleaners?
Similar to the probiotics you take for your gut health (microbiome), probiotic household cleaners put good bacteria back into your environment (macrobiome). The probiotic cleaner that I use still cuts through dirt and grease beautifully. It smells great, too! The ingredients are simple, unlike most household cleaners. Water, probiotics, lactic acid, and lemongrass essential oil. 4 ingredients that pack a serious punch!
Gut Health vs. Home Health
Seeing the connection between our gut health and our “home health” isn’t a natural connection for most people to make. Imagine your counter top is your gut, both with a mixture of good bacteria and bad bacteria. A disinfectant wipe (or an antibiotic) wipes away the bad bacteria, but it also takes the good bacteria with it. This creates an imbalance in your body (in your home), leaving your immune system less able to fend for itself. Our bodies are amazing creations and actually do make good bacteria on their own but outside forces like stress, poor diet, and medication diminish our supply. If we can clearly see the benefits of adding probiotics back into our bodies for our gut health, why not give your home a little extra boost, too?
How do they work and what are the benefits?
Probiotic cleaners work at the microscopic level. They decrease germs and common viruses by getting rid of something called “bio-film” which is where all the nasty, harmful bacteria like to hang out and chat. In addition to putting good bacteria back into your environment and getting rid of the yuckies, probiotic cleaners have tons of benefits!
- BPA Free
- CFC Free
- Children/Pet Friendly
- Microbiome Friendly
- Natural Fragrance
- Not tested on animals
- Nut free
- Paraben free
- Soy free
- Suitable for sensitive skin
- Sulfate Free
- Triclosan Free
- USDA Organic
The Dirty Truth
Many household cleaners are completely toxic and bad for our overall health. As a mom of young kids, I’ve been working hard to make sure that the things in my house and the products I choose to clean with won’t cause any harm to my kiddos. According to the CDC, every day, “over 300 children in the United States ages 0 to 19 are treated in an emergency department, and two children die, as a result of being poisoned” by common items such as household cleaners and medicines.
And here’s the dirty truth: while those disinfectants are excellent at getting rid of the bad bacteria, they also take away the good bacteria, leaving your environment unable to fend for itself. How many times have you been prescribed an antibiotic only to also be told by your doctor that you should take a probiotic? Those antibiotics are necessary (most of the time), and they do an excellent job at killing the infection, but they kill everything. It’s no wonder hospitals are battling drug-resistant superbugs like never before. The good bacteria in your micro and macrobiome are your first line of defense against the bad stuff. You need more of the good stuff!
Which probiotic cleaner should you use?
I am totally in love with my Counter Culture Probiotic All Purpose Cleaner from the Grove Collaborative. (Use my referral link HERE to get a free 5 piece gift set with your first order!) I did a lot of research prior to choosing a healthy cleaner, and this one impressed me. It has a whopping 13 probiotic cultures and is scented with just enough lemongrass. I’m super sensitive to smells and most give me an instant headache, but this scent is so light and fresh! I use this cleaner on my counters, sinks, bathtub, windows, appliances, and yes, even my toilet. I also use this Counter Culture Probiotic Air Freshener on my couches and carpets (and all over my son’s room because for some reason my three year old already smells like a man sometimes). You can buy both probiotic products as a set for just $11.99! I know that may be higher than what you normally spend on cleaning products, but when I weigh the risks and benefits of using a “regular” household cleaner vs. this cleaning system, it’s a price I’m willing to pay over and over again. I purchased my latest bottle several months ago and I’m finding it’s quite concentrated, outlasting a normal cleaner.
I believe having a healthy kitchen doesn’t end at your fridge! Give probiotic cleaners a try and let me know what you think in the comments below!