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Archive Category: Healthy Home and Garden

EWG’s Top Cleaning Products

October 12th, 2018

We all know that there are a lot of toxic cleaning agents out there. EWG has reviewed many and has updated their recommended list. I would also add that you can keep things even simpler: baking soda for scrubbing, vinegar for cleaning, and simply water to clean windows and mirrors (use a clean cotton flour-sack towel to wipe)! And talk about budget-friendly!!

Beat The Heat!

July 27th, 2018

OK–so the first day or two of a summer heat wave can be kind of fun–but if you do not have air conditioning, the continued hot days can become brutal. I don’t have AC and have come up with some great ways to keep my home cool.

The first idea does take time–plant some trees that will shade your home. I planted some maple trees that not only offer lovely and cooling shade, but give a spectacular show in the autumn. I will say, I wish I’d thought to have at least one of the trees be a fruit tree (food! and shade ūüôā ).

Laundry is another big factor for me. I put out a clothes line–and I have also fallen in love with my winged drying rack which I can move around (and even use inside in the cool months. I must say I enjoy how hanging the laundry slows me down–plus I get to listen to the birds and squirrels. I have learned that if I use my dryer for just a few minutes on “Air Dry” (i.e., no heat), the stiffness of the dried clothes is greatly diminished!

And then there is the cooking! Oh, how I wish I had an outside kitchen!! But I’ve found I just about can–I move my crock pots and Instant Pot to my back patio. I have even moved my toaster oven outdoors. You may want to set an alarm on your phone so that you remember to check on your meals since they can become “out of sight, out of mind”. And remember about cold dishes, too–chicken or salmon salad, gazpacho, fruit soups, etc.

And to keep cool myself, I love adding Stellaria media tincture (chickweed) to my water. About 15 – 30 drops in a large glass of water provides a cooling effect. Water infused with cucumber slices is also cooling.

Enjoy your summer!!

Natural Pest Control

May 14th, 2018

While trying to avoid use of dangerous pesticides, I turn to natural pest control. I’m including a link to EWG’s site–love the homemade insecticidal soap! Remember that pesticides are not only dangerous to the environment but to you, too. Here’s to a healthy home and garden!!

“Organic” Jargon? This may help . . .

May 1st, 2018

Are you having trouble with the labeling of our foods? Organic, Grass-fed, Pasture-raised, etc. Lions and tigers and bears, oh, my! Here is an article that may shed some light on the nuances of labeling. EWG.org also has helpful pages–check them out as well. To your health!!

Dangers of Mattresses

January 8th, 2018

Shopping for mattresses can be daunting–they are expensive, there are many options, AND they can be TOXIC. EWG.org has posted this article on crib mattress studies showing not only VOC’s which are dangerous, but fragrances and more. You can bet these studies would likely apply to other mattresses, too. I can recommend cotton or natural latex mattresses. If you are lucky enough to live in the Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA area, we have a couple of options: Mulligan Mattress and Cotton Cloud Natural Beds. I recently purchased a natural latex mattress and am thrilled!! Very comfortable, no chemical odors, sleeping better–Hurrah!! I even bought a natural latex pillow which I also recommend. Please read the article and check out these mattress options. To your health!

Natural Cleaners??

October 21st, 2016

Even so-called “natural cleaners” may contain dangerous chemicals. A big part of the problem is that companies are not required to label cleaning products¬†ingredients. And sources of dangerous chemicals can be ¬†hidden in different terms such as “fragrance”.¬†¬†Your best bet? Make your own! There are many simple and effective options. For example, this article recommends adding baking soda to liquid soap for a bathroom scrub. Here is another link to some great ideas! You can even use just baking soda to clean toilets, etc. And guess what works best on windows and mirrors? water and a flour-sack cotton cloth. Use caution with essential oils as well. Many companies use solvents to extract the essential oil and then dangerous residues can be¬†present in the final product. And PLEASE avoid triclosan which is in many anti-bacterial soaps and toothpastes! The FDA has even put a ban on triclosan but it isn’t in effect until September 2017. To your health!!

Natural Cleaning Options

Natural Cleaning Options

Air Pollution Linked to Increased Risk of Diabetes

October 11th, 2016

This is an interesting but disturbing report finding that increased particulate matter is associated with increased rates of insulin resistance which is associated with Type 2 Diabetes. If you live in an urban area, consider wearing a mask when outdoors, filter the air in your home, avoid using candles and air fresheners, and eat healthy foods, get plenty of sleep and activity, too.

FDA Bans Ingredients in Anti-bacterial Soaps

September 13th, 2016

Finally!! The FDA has ruled that antibacterial soaps are no more effective than good ol’ soap and water and has banned “19 active ingredients — including the most common, triclosan and triclocarban — ¬†in¬†liquid soaps, bar soaps and other items.” Read more here.

Progress Toward Raising Healthy Children!

July 1st, 2016

I am excited that a step is being made toward a healthier environment for our children. While this task force gets started, however, please avoid exposure to plastics, pesticides, herbicides, etc. Check out this article.

EWG’s “Pollution in People”

June 16th, 2016

This is a great article about sources of toxins that are adversely effecting our health. Please read the attached article¬†and check out their video, too. I’m also including a link to a blog regarding cell phones and their link to cancers. It’s not all bad news, though–keep eating those colorful fruits and vegetables, organic as much as possible. Drink lots of water, exercise and get plenty of sleep, too!

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