I’ve been reading DIY Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes, Mommypotamus’ eBook, and she has some interesting information in there regarding discoveries of MALE fish producing eggs and alligators with tiny penises. What do they have in common?
They’re bathing in our old water!
To quote Heather, “In a recent TED talk presentation, award winning documentary filmmaker Penelope Jagessar Chaffer breaks down what these poor amphibians have in common: They’re bathing in our old bathwater and soaking up compounds like atrazine, an herbicide the EU had the sense to ban in the same year that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency re-approved it for use. (And use it we do, to the tune of about 800 million pounds a year!)”
This is no bueno. And it’s the season to start being really concerned about this. Spring Cleaning!
On the other hand, it’s an exciting time of year!
We’ve made it through the winter. The sun is starting to shine once again and the cherry blossoms are blooming. (They sure are a sight for sore eyes here in Portland!) We have the opportunity to open all the windows, let the sunshine in, and clear out the winter’s mess.
Starting new is a wonderful thing–just make sure that you don’t add a toxic burden to your house (and other creatures’ habitats) while getting rid of everything else! Here are 3 chemicals to look for and avoid this season:
According to the Environmental Working Group, “Triclosan is linked to liver and inhalation toxicity, and low levels of triclosan may disrupt thyroid function. Wastewater treatment does not remove all of the chemical, which means it ends up in our lakes, rivers and water sources. That’s especially unfortunate since triclosan is very toxic to aquatic life.” Triclosan is typically used in liquid hand soap, dish washing detergent, toothpaste, and face wash, and air fresheners like Febreze. There is also strong evidence showing that it leads to bacterial resistance to antibiotics.
Phthalates are added to air freshener products and products that contain fragrance in order to make the fragrance last longer. Up to 200 chemicals can be used just to create one fragrance! (source) Research on Phthalates has linked it to male reproductive system birth defects, reduced testosterone, infertility, allergies and asthma, and hormone disruption.
Speaking of fragrances, did you know that Clorox brand uses 1,219 different fragrance ingredients in their products? Yup, you read that right! INSANE. These are not benign fragrances, they are synthetic, hormone disrupting, cell damaging chemicals. Skip the Clorox, this season! (keep reading for alternatives to Clorox)
Also seen on ingredient lists as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate. May be included in a lot of products marketed as “green” or “natural”. This is a harsh cleaning agent, however, that causes short term problems as well as long term. Short term problems include vomiting, eye irritation, nausea, skin rash, oral irritation and respiratory effects. Research has shown men working in boric acid-producing factories to have a greater risk of decreased sperm count and libido and animal studies indicate exposure can also lead to reduced ovulation and fertility in females.
The really scary part is that there are 77,000 chemicals in active production in North America. The average human has been shown to have 700 chemicals present in the body at any one given time.
If this is not incentive to de-chemicalize your cleaning and sanitization protocols, well, then maybe I need to find better research or…you’re just crazy. ;)
Cleaning product companies would have you believe that their products are the most cost-effective, convenient, and sure-fire way to get your house clean. What they don’t want to you know is that there are natural ingredients that folks have been using for hundreds of years that work just as well, if not better, for a fraction of the cost!
To get you started on your natural journey, I highly recommend Heather’s eBook that has FIFTY recipes! You will never need to buy a conventional cleaning product again. She is so passionate about her recipes, I can guarantee you will love the results. She is a PRO at making sure you are getting recipes with proven efficacy. Most things on the blog here are completely 100% free content. I would never attempt to have you guys purchase anything that I didn’t FULLY believe in and use myself. So when I do recommend a specific book or product just know that it’s because I think it’s as valuable as gold.
If you want help concoting your own budget-friendly, delicious, and easy non-toxic cleaning recipes look no further than Heather’s (of the Mommypotamus!) eBook, DIY Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes.
Especially because right now it is 25 % off! Just use coupon code SPRING25.
(ends March 31st)
- Tea Tree and Clove All-Purpose Sanitizer (personal favorite!)
- Pink Lemonade Dishwasher Detergent
- Goo & Gunk Remover
- Mold & Mildew Remover
- Lemony Fresh Toilet Cleaner
- Fabric Softener
- Scented Dryer Sheets (personal favorite!)
- Oxygen Bleach (bye bye Clorox!)
- Lemon & Rosemary Dusting Spray
- Carpet Deodorizer
- Stainless Steel Cleaner
- Fresh Laundry, Sunshine Spray, Tuscan Escape, Earthy Delight, Mountain Pine, and Tahitian Lime Air Fresheners (bye bye Febreze!)
- How To Make Coconut Oil Soap For Laundry
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