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Toxic Chemicals to Remove Pt IV– Toxic Soap Opera Finale!

Wow, are those chemicals scary or what?  Now what do we do so we don’t irritate our skin, eyes, lungs and more?  “Green” is the way to go but that too can be problematic if you don’t read the labels!  Reading more labels, just what we all want.   So we know what chemicals to avoid as well as those with “harmful if…”.

But remember, the government does not require manufacturers to list ingredients on household products. Manufacturers are required to have a Material Safety Data Sheet (an MSDS), which lists precautions and known health effects, available on request.  Or you can go to the EPA site to research a specific chemical.

Now, to make things even more confusing, there are no regulations on the words Green, Natural, Environmentally Friendly or Eco-Friendly.  These words have no regulated meanings, so they are useless when it comes to cleaning products according to Jane Hoback, a freelance writer from Denver in a recent article.

I use Shaklee’s Get Clean Products and love the results.  They really work and don’t make me sick, cough or suffocate when I use them.  Get Clean products are biodegradable, which means they break down easily instead of hanging around for hundreds of years. And they don’t contain any of the ingredients we have discussed earlier.  We have seen how those chemicals are harmful to us as well as the planet.

Shaklee’s Get Clean Products are SAFE FOR THE PLANET as well as SAFE FOR YOU  because they are:

Sustainably Sourced Natural Ingredients     – Biodegradable     – No Chlorineget-clean-products-1-5-x3-5-72dpi-copy

– No Phosphates – No Nitrates

– No Borates     – No Animal Testing

And Shaklee’s Get Clean Products outperform the national brands.  When tested in third party laboratories, the Get Clean products  out performed  Bounce, Windex, OxiClean, Method or Seventh Generation Dish Wash Concentrate, as well as Spray n’ Wash.  Your home can be both safe and clean, along with being environmentally friendly!

Toxic Chemicals to Remove From Home Pt III

Toxic Soap Opera Continues, Part III:
We have seen 10 chemicals that are found in common household cleaners that we use each day in our homes.    The effects on humans so far have ranged from skin irritation to DEATH! Now that is a bit much for me.  Here are the Final 5 Chemicals that we are looking at in this series.leucine-100x150
*  Ammonia Strong harsh smell that is irritating to the eyes and respiratory system.  Dangerous when mixed with chlorine.
*  Paradichlorobenezene In small exposures, nausea, vomiting, headaches,  irritation to eyes and respiratory tract.
*  Sodium Hydroxide A strong alkali that can kill living tissues on contact.
*  Butyl Cellosolve May be fatal if swallowed or absorbed through the skin.  Flush eyes and skin with water for 15 minutes.
*  Hydrochloric Acid Corrosive to eyes,  skin and mucous membranes.

These are such comforting affects on humans.  These are not environmentally friendly affects.  We need green products for ourselves as well as the planet.  A green product has to clean as well as non-green product to make normal humans want to make the switch.

Face it, we are lazy and used to having cleaning products do the work for us.  Unfortunately those products often increased our potential for death from cancer by 54% according to a Toronto report.  Next post will have answers to how we can be green and still clean our homes without killing ourselves.  Stay tuned for The Toxic Soap Opera finale!

Toxic Chemicals to Remove from Home Part II

Part II       Toxic Soap Opera Continued:

Household Cleaning Products have chemicals that may clean your kitchen and bathroom, but they also damage your health.  Did you know that according to a 15-year study presented at the Toronto Indoor Air Conference, women who work at home have a 54% higher death rate from cancer than those who work away from home?  54% Higher!  Yuck.  The study concluded that this was a direct result of the increased exposure to toxic chemicals, many of which are found in common household products.   This is Part II of the list of chemicals we need to rgreen-earth-in-cupped-hands-1-75-x-1-75-72-dpiemove from our homes and the effects on human exposure.  Source: The EPA.

*  Lye(potassium hydrochloride)  Extremely corrosive to body tissues and especially damaging to eyes.

*  Hydrochloric Acid Corrosive to eyes, skin, and mucous membranes.  Short term Inhalation may cause eye, nose and respiratory tract irritation and inflammation and pulmonary edemas in humans.

*  Sulfuric Acid A strong acid , corrosive to eyes,  skin and respiratory tract in humans.

*  Petroleum Distillates Aspiration of small amounts into the lungs can cause chemical pneumonia, pulmonary damage and death.

*  Benzene Short term exposure can cause Nervous System disorders,  immune system depression, and anemia in humans.

Death!  Did you see that? Death! They want me to clean my home with something that can cause death if I should happen to aspirate some into my lungs!  No thanks.   I choose green, safe human friendly products that really work from Shaklee!

Toxic Chemicals to Remove from Your Home — Part 1

Just how toxic is your home?   What signs do your look for?  Did you know?

1.  150 Chemicals found in the home are associated with allergies, birth defects, cancer, and psychological disorders.

2.  90% of Toxic hazards are caused by the inhalation of vapors and absorption of hazardous particles.trash-hazard-to-your-health-2-5x-1-5-72dpi

3.  The dramatic increase in Asthma rates among women in the past 10 years are believed to be due to longer exposure times to household chemicals.

4.  The most common exposures for children were ingestion of household products, such as cleaning substances.

5.  Chlorine is the number one cause of child poisoning in the USA.

We are going to explore over the next 4 posts the top 15 chemicals to avoid in your cleaning products and how to replace them.  Here are the first 5 to Clean from your list of Cleaners and why!

  • Naphthalene causes hemolytic anemia, damage to the liver and neurological damage along with cataracts.
  • Kerosene if inhaled:  nausea, headaches, drowsiness and coma.  If ingested: gastrointestinal irritation, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.
  • Formaldehyde If ingested:  gastrointestinal corrosion.  If inhaled: coughing, wheezing, chest pains.
  • Phenol If inhaled or exposed to skin:  irritation to mucous membranes, skin and eyes.  Can cause convulsions, coma and irregular breathing.
  • Cresol If inhaled or ingested:  blood and liver problems, respiratory tract irritation, irritant to skin.

All these symptoms sound so inviting!   The next posts will covet the remaining 10 chemicals to avoid and how to replace them with environmentally friendly cleaning products.  Stay tuned for the rest of the Toxic Soap Opera!

What to do When Your Child Fights Bedtime?

Children take up so much of our concentration day and night.  You are concerned about what they watch on TV, who they play with, where they go to Mother’s Day Out, pre-School and the list goes on and on!  But one real concern is when our children don’t readily fall asleep at night.  They fight, struggle and pitch a fit, but don’t go to sleep.  We had dreams of rocking our sweet children to sleep, humming lullabies or reading bed-time stories to bath-time clean babies.  What went wrong?                          Bed     First you need to make certain that your child is not ill.  A quick check-up with your pediatrician will set your mind at ease.  Once the Dr says they are well, look for other reasons for the night owl in your life. 

Are they eating late in the evening?  Sugary or caffeine laden foods?  Sugar and Caffeine hide in food and both work against a gentle bedtime.  Read the labels and do some research to keep the extra sugar and caffeine out of your child’s diet.  According to Neuroscience for Kids, caffeine has many names.  Look for these when reading those labels.  Look for:  3,7-dihydro-1,3,7-trimethyl-1H-purine-2,6,-dione OR 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine .

Now that you have ruled out sugary food and caffeine, move on to setting up a regular Routine at bedtime.  Bath time needs to be calm and quiet, with warm water, not hot.  Let your child start to understand that this is a time to calm down and let go of the excitement of the day.  Set the mood with light calming music.  And most of all You need to remain CALM!  If you get frustrated, angry, wound-up and fussy,  your child learns to do the same kind of behavior.  So stay calm, use your inside voice!

Use this Bath Time to brush teeth, put on their favorite PJ’s, read a favorite story, or tell them a story and tuck them in bed with a favorite stuffed animal or doll.  Use massage and rocking to calm the child to help establish a quiet time routine.  Whatever you do, Stick to your routine.   You will both appreciate the quiet time and be ready for sleep yourself.

Now I am ready for a good night’ s sleep.  It is my hope that you and your little ones are ready too!  Good Night…

Just how “Fresh” are Air Fresheners?

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Fresh is one of those terms that brings to mind, for me anyway, the smell of sheets and towels just brought in from drying on the clothes line in the back yard on a crisp day.  Now that was clean, fresh.  The towels were a bit rough and the sheets were nowhere close to silky soft, but the aroma was fresh.

Having grown up in the south where we can keep the doors and windows open,  fresh air to me has no scent per se.  The air had the scent of pine at times,  fresh dirt if the garden was being worked,  and the scent of rain when a storm was approaching.  But we did not fill our home with artificial scents that mimic “Mediterranean breezes”, whatever that means.

Today we are bombarded with ads for odor control options.  We see ads with folks sniffing the carpets and sneakers that smell “fresh” because of an air freshener being used in that home.  Scents come in different delivery systems, some are automated, so you spray, some are more passive and are released as air moves over them.

Fresh air is a big business, approaching $1.7 Billion according to some researchers.   However, studies from the University of Bristol show that scented air is not the only effect.  Some children have more diarrhea, 32% more, when air fresheners were used daily.  Adults suffer from more headaches, 10% more .  And among the most disturbing are the statistics showing women who work at home with air fresheners used daily have a 26% increased risk of depression.

So, be careful when utilizing these products.  Consider natural alternatives such a baking soda,  indoor plants, green tea, and old fashioned cleaning!  Open windows and doors when appropriate.  Let the sunshine in!   Empty the garbage frequently and clean the area with natural, green cleaners.  If you just have to have a scent in your home, bake cookies or use a simmer pot with cloves, cinnamon,  ginger, lemons and such for a natural alternative that won’t give you headaches or depression!

Stay Healthy!

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