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Healthy Home: How to Practice Mindful Cleaning

Practice mindful cleaning with eco-friendly products to help maintain a healthy environment—in nature and in your home.CLEANING MEDITATION“One day, while washing a bowl, I felt that my movements were as sacred and respectful as bathing a newborn Buddha,” writes Thich Nhat Hanh. Doing the dishes is an opportunity to be present and notice the movement of your hands and the feel of warm water. “Each thought, each action in the sunlight of awareness, becomes sacred,” he says.THE SCENT OF INNER PEACEFor many of us, the smell of a clean house is linked to industrial cleaning agents and watering eyes. Yet it doesn’t have to be so. Many eco-conscious companies see the benefits of using natural ingredients, both for their bacteria-fighting powers and as aromatherapy. Boutique maker Caldrea offers cleaning products with scents that include “palmarosa wild mint” and “lavender pine.” Begley’s Earth Responsible Products include “fresh grapefruit” and “herb garden” dish soaps.SETTING A SACRED INTENTIONBefore you cook or clean, light a candle to burn off any negative energy and illuminate the good of the day. The act …

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