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!!
Archive Category: Healthy Home and Garden
October 21st, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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!
April 14th, 2016
Love those sweet strawberries that are starting to hit the grocery stores? Please limit consumption to organic only–strawberries are among the “dirtiest” produce on EWG’s Dirty Dozen list. Non-organic versions contain carbendazim (a hormone disruptor), bifenthrin (a possible carcinogen), and up to 17 other pesticides. Better yet, find a spot in your home garden–they make a great ground cover on top of being a delicious treat. If you don’t have a yard, try a strawberry pot or three! (I added a link here, but haven’t used this brand–just be sure to avoid plastic versions) 🙂
April 12th, 2016
I know that you have seen my pleas to avoid use of pesticides and herbicides–they are destroying our insects, our environment, and our health. Here is a well-written article on how they work and their impact on human health. Please read.
November 3rd, 2015
Most of us are at least aware of the dangers of BPA to our health. Many companies are therefore touting non-BPA plastics–HOWEVER, these typically contain other xenobiotics (endocrine disruptors) that are just as detrimental to our health. the attached article has great hints on how to reduce exposure.
September 14th, 2015
One of my favorite wildflowers is the dandelion! And I love that my daughter used to call them “Dandy Flowers”! Indeed, they are dandy flowers. Their bitters content can support digestion. The dried roots can support liver health. The leaves have great mineral content. And they are pretty, too!! Read more about the health benefits of dandelions–click here.
June 9th, 2015
I haven’t tried all of these (and I’m not an IHOP fan) but I do know that many of them do work. I love that a single, safe household item can provide such service! Toss out those dangerous cleaners, deodorizers, etc., and pull out your box of baking soda!! Read more here.