Thursday, April 2, 2009

Ditch The Chemicals

Do you know what is lingering in your home cleaning supplies?

Carcinogens......yes, chemicals that are cancer causing amongst other things, e.g. eye and mucous irritants, chemicals that cause damage to the nervous system and cause depression, etc.

Doctors are in a fight against time to prove how these chemicals damage our bodies, but as with smoking it takes time to prove the effects, it doesn't happen overnight. The companies that manufacture these products, such as Lysol Disinfectant Wipes, claim that the amount of carcinogens are so minuscule that it is completely harmless. Hmmmmmmmm....how can any amount of cancer causing product be harmless?

Does smoking two cigarettes a day vs. a whole pack mean that the cigarette smoke and chemicals don't get into your lungs?

The major problem is that almost everything we use, from cleaning supplies to beauty products to foods, all contain a small amount of something that isn't good for us. At the end of the day, we are inhaling and ingesting a large amount of little substances that add up to a whole.

We are a society of convenience and are unwilling to give that up. I am urging you to, because this really is a matter of life and death. I know for a fact that the ratio of people getting cancer these days increase on a yearly basis. I used to know of maybe one person ever five years, where now I hear about five people every year.

What are my alternatives you ask?

The alternatives are the natural ingredients that our ancestors have been using for decades. Vinegar, baking soda, borax, etc. There is a great book that teaches you how to make your own household cleaning supplies called HOMEMADE by the Reader's Digest. Below are a couple of recipes that I have included from this book for your most basic needs.

Please take the time to also visit http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_279.cfm to view which products are the most toxic as well as http://www.scorecard.org/health-effects/chemicals.tcl?short_hazard_name=cancer&all_p=t for a list of the ingredients that are a danger to you and your family. Chances are if you can't read it, it doesn't belong in your life.


RECIPES

Basic Window & Glass Cleaner

1/2 cup white vinegar
2/3 gallon water
1 clean gallon container
1 clean 32 oz. spray bottle

Mix the ingredients in the gallon container.
Fill the spray bottle and spray on windows and glass items needed.
Dry glass with crumpled newspaper for added brightness and savings.


Herbal Carpet Freshener

1/2 cup lavender flowers
1 cup baking soda

In a large bowl, crush the lavender flowers to release their scent.
Add the baking soda and mix well. Pour the mixture into a cheese shaker or a can with holes punched in the lid.
Sprinkle liberally on the carpet. Wait 30 mins. and then vacuum.


Automatic Dishwasher Detergent

2 cups of borax
2 cups washing soda
1 clean 32 oz. container with cover

Combine borax and washing soda in the container and seal it tightly for storage.
For each load of dishes, put 2 tablespoons of the mixture in the dishwasher soap dispenser.

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