Smart Swaps: Switch to Toxic Free Home Essentials!

By | 2017-02-02T09:56:23+00:00 December 20th, 2016|Categories: Smart Swaps|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Smart Swaps, The Series

Smart Swaps are healthy, effective, non-toxic alternatives to store bought items that you and your family use every day.

Welcome back to my series, Smart Swaps, where I will give you tried and tested alternatives to common store-bought items. I promise you all of these items are just as effective as the ones you are accustomed to using, only better and healthier!

Today it’s about getting back to basics when it comes to the cleaning and laundering products that we use every day in the home and yes I want you to toss these as soon as you can! Read more about the toxins lurking in you laundry room at the bottom of this post.

I’m not only sharing my top Smart Swaps, I am also going to share my easy, effective, HEALTHY DIY recipes.

My top pick for cleaning products is Aspen Clean. Made in Canada and eco-certified by EcoCert. I use all of their products in my home (interchangeably with ones I make, for variety).  I am not affiliated with them at all and make no money from this endorsement. I just love their products for so many reasons, I can simplify my shopping time by buying all my cleaning products from one company and after trying so many on the market this is by far the most effective for me.


I also love the fact that they offer 2 cleaning kits, The Complete All Purpose kit, and the Complete Kitchen kit, both of which I have found to be very effective products with economical value.

The All Purpose Cleaner contains organic grapefruit & lavender essential oils. Safe and effective on all washable surfaces. 

The All-in-One Concentrate contains organic grapefruit & lavender essential oils, both are amazing antibacterial and anti-fungal agents.

It’s a very economical one-stop solution, effective for most cleaning needs. It can be diluted up to 40 times or can be used as-is for all those super challenging jobs.

The SuperScrub Powder contains organic tea tree & lavender essential oils and can be used for all those tough cleaning challenges around the house, such as sinks, pots, and pans, stoves, toilet bowls, even ovens!

The Kitchen Cleaner contains organic bergamot & grapefruit essential oils. This foaming cleaner is formulated to work best on greasy soils. It is safe and effective on multiple kitchen surfaces.

The Dish Soap contains organic geranium & orange essential oils. The smell is amazing and I never seem to have enough of it, it’s so lovely, I sometimes use it as a hand soap as well.

If you are looking to really save money though I highly recommend you make your own.

When I began this journey many many years ago my husband asked: “babe do you really think that people will make their own cleaning products”. Um yes! Right?

But there are three key components to it:

1.     They need to be super effective;
2.     Must be super easy to make;
3.     If I can do it, you can do it.

I’m pretty crafty but the thought of making my own products was a bit daunting at first, so I began with the ones I use the most in my home and only made one at a time. I used it, tried it and then moved onto the next one, after a few months I had a collection of effective homemade cleaners that are safe for me, my family and the planet.

Small changes make the biggest impact in the long run. I really want you to keep that in mind.

My EASY, EFFECTIVE  DIY recipes will keep your home a clean and green machine! Get stared with these: 

Candice Batista The Eco Huub             Candice Batista The Eco Hub DIY All Purpose Kitchen Scrub




Smart Swap: Detergent, Nellie’s All Natural Laundry Soap, $23.99

Super economical, a little goes a long way. It’s subtly scented and leaves clothes feeling fresh, almost like they’ve been line dried. I’ll never go back to liquid detergents again.


Smart Swap, Wool Dryer Balls

These are made to last, you don’t have to keep buying them and you don’t have to worry about disposing of them. Dryer sheets are notoriously toxic and cannot be recycled. Save your home and the planet by making this investment. Simply toss all 4 balls in your dryer with wet laundry and start tumbling. The wool balls will beat the wrinkles out of drying clothes – don’t add anything else! Love ‘em and leave ‘em – keep the balls in your dryer in between your loads. You can make your own as well.



(2-BE, also known as butyl cellosolve) Found in glass cleaners, laundry stain removers, carpet cleaners, automobile cleaners, windshield wiper fluid, degreasers, oven cleaners, and rust removers. Can cause reproductive problems. Health Canada identified indoor air and skin contact with cleaning products as the main pathways of exposure.

Found in window cleaners, drain cleaners, toilet cleaners, bathroom cleaners, oven cleaners, stainless-steel cleaners, car polish, and all-purpose cleaners. Linked to kidney and liver damage. Skin and throat irritant.
Coal tar dyes Found in most types of cleaning products. Contains heavy metals like arsenic, cadmium, and lead. Dyes can cause cancer and metals can harm the nervous system.

Found in liquid laundry detergents, all-purpose cleaners, floor cleaners, car wash products, degreasers, dishes soap, oven cleaners, and glass and surface cleaners. These are a type of alcohol that can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxine, a possible human carcinogen that is persistent in the environment.

Chemicals found in most types of cleaning products. More than 3000 chemicals are used in fragrance mixtures. Phthalates are suspected endocrine disrupters associated with reproductive effects, including reduced sperm count in men. The European Union classifies DBP as very toxic to aquatic organisms.

Found in liquid laundry detergents, stain removers, all-purpose cleaners, air fresheners, toilet bowl cleaners, degreasers, and car wash products. Estrogen mimic and causes adverse reproductive effects in fish and other aquatic organisms.

Found in dishwasher detergents, laundry detergents, and bathroom cleaners. Affects aquatic life terribly.

Found in bathroom cleaning products, all-purpose cleaners, fabric softeners, and degreasers. Linked to asthma and reproductive issues. It’s also incredibly toxic to aquatic life.

Found in abrasive cleaning powders. A known carcinogen that is harmful when inhaled.

Found in toilet bowl cleaners, deodorizers, surface cleaners, and disinfectants. In high doses can cause kidney issues, very toxic to aquatic life.

(also known as lye and caustic soda) Found in oven cleaners, bathroom cleaners, disinfectants, drain openers, and toilet bowl cleaners. Highly corrosive; can burn the eyes, skin, and lungs and is a respiratory irritant.

Found in dish soap, liquid laundry detergents, cleaning towelettes, and toilet bowl cleaners (as well as sudsy cosmetics). Traces of 1-4 dioxin have been found, a possible human carcinogen.

Found in dish soaps and disinfectants, as well as a wide range of other household products. Look for it listed as an “active ingredient” in antibacterial products. Endocrine disrupts and hormone mimicker. Also, affects water life and ecosystems.

Found in bathroom cleaners and possibly some laundry detergents (more common in industrial formulations). Possible human carcinogen and linked to metals found in fish and other wildlife.


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By | 2017-02-02T09:56:23+00:00 December 20th, 2016|Categories: Smart Swaps|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

About the Author:

Candice is an award winning eco-journalist and one of Canada’s leading eco advocates, whose been sharing tips on how to live a more sustainable life for over a decade now. Currently, she calls CTV’s "The Marilyn Denis Show” home. As the resident on-air eco expert (and producer) , she provides viewers with the tools they need to live happy, healthy, green lives. From DIY recipes to saving energy, Candice has you covered.


  1. […] I want you to run into your kitchen and get rid of all your harsh cleaners right now. They are harming you, me and the environment. If you are not sure where to begin, and want more information on the impact of these cleaners, here is an easy guide to Smart Swaps. […]

  2. […] I want you to run into your kitchen and get rid of all your harsh cleaners right now. They are harming you, me and the environment. If you are not sure where to begin, and want more information on the impact of these cleaners, here is an easy guide to Smart Swaps. […]

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