Safer household products

Thirty years ago, after my allergies caused a lot of issues when I cleaned. What was worse? the allergies from dust and grime, or the allergic reaction to the cleaning products I used. It was suggested by doctors and well-meaning friends that I make my own products. The idea of making safer cleaning products when I began my healthier choice journey was exhausting to me. I tried. I really did.

I loaded up on vinegar, baking soda and all those natural botanicals.
The teachers of the idea and the recipe guides usually mentioned they needed to be made fresh to be effective – no less. So before starting a cleaning project, I’d have to “manufacture” my cleaning supplies. For several years I just hired a housekeeper and left it at that. But, the type of cleaning she did (she was excellent) was becoming expensive and when I moved to another state, she stayed behind and I was back to doing all my own cleaning.

Recently, listening to Dr. Eric Zielinski (a dependable source, and essential oil expert), I found another reason to not want to add making my own cleaners and personal care products to my need to do list: if they’re not freshly made, they can be laden with bacteria. Eeek!
Figuring out how much to make for the need at hand and preventing the product becoming rancid and laden with bacteria is something I definitely do not want to deal with.
I decided to leave it up to the science behind a brand I trust and use daily.

Thirty years later – healthy is more convenient and not more expensive like it was in the 80’s. I found a wonderful brand that for me is allergy and chemical free and I love them so much, I share information about them with anyone and everyone who asks. this company has made my home a safer household and I gladly shop for these products.

Safer, cleaner homes

Did you know that every 13 seconds a family calls a poison control center?

Like most people, you want a clean home. Yet, every day over 300 children in the United States require emergency medical care due to accidental poisonings by household items.

You’re busy, and on a budget, so you need cleaning products that bust through grime without busting your bank account. You want a safe home, but caustic chemicals like chlorine bleach around the house can be hazardous. Many  cleaning products are so harsh they can’t come in direct contact with your skin. they need to be stored high, out of reach of children, and they come with safety caps and warnings if accidentally ingested. Yet you are expected to slather them on your counter tops, sinks and floors. 

Harsh chemicals aren’t just hard on your skin, they’re also hard on your home and our planet. They contaminate water supplies, leach into the soil and have to be stored as hazardous waste. 

Cleaning your home shouldn’t involve putting your family at risk.
The first step is to educate yourself as a consumer, the next step is to eliminate toxins from your daily life.  Like they say, an educated consumer always makes smarter choices.

That’s why I decided to avoid the caustic chemicals and abrasives that are contained in so many cleaners. I was tired of seeing reddened hands and rashes every time I cleaned the house—not to mention th sneezing, coughing, wheezing and asthma attacks. It seemed that not only was I reacting to dust, I was reacting to the cleaning products!

I found a great group of American-made products with formulas  sourced from natural ingredients that won’t leave behind dangerous chemicals and poisons. All of my new products are free of chlorine bleach, ammonia, formaldehyde, phosphates, phthalates and other harsh chemicals. The best part? My side-effects from cleaning disappeared! Plus, I get the best of both worlds: effective cleaning, stain-lifting, deodorizing and disinfecting power without the danger of harsh chemicals. They also require NO child-safety caps!

Another bonus I discovered was my new brand  also reduces my impact on the environment with biodegradable ingredients and ultra-concentrated formulas. The smaller bottles result in less plastic, water and fuel waste, while still giving me potent cleaning power that lasts longer than grocery store brands.

With all these benefits, you might expect that I’m paying premium-prices. Instead, these products save me money. Their concentrated formulas offer more cleaning power at less cost per use than many national brands. So, I get better quality at a better price. But that’s not all. Get this, my laundry products can also cut more than $10 a month from my power bill! Heating water for laundry uses 90% more energy than washing in cold water, and these products are specifically formulated to get my laundry clean in cold water.

That’s another reason why I switched to products that are better for me, my family, my home and budget and, of course, they work. So I can spend less time, stress and money on daily chores, and do more of the things that really matter. Now I never compromise clean for safe.

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Are you putting your health at risk?

This picture caught your attention, didn’t it? Seems crazy right?

Who in their right mind would let their kids smoke cigarettes?

Then, why would you let them in a house cleaned with Clorox, Lysol, and Windex? A new, independent study based on 20 years of research reveals a sobering fact: cleaning your home with national brand cleaners significantly damages lung tissue. 

How confident are you that these cleansers are safe? Nearly all of the national brand cleaning products you buy at the grocery store are made with a multitude of harmful chemicals. According to the study, some of the likely culprits are ammonia, chlorine bleach, and quaternary disinfectant compounds—among many others. Cleaning your home with products that contain dangerous chemicals as little as once per week was as damaging over time to respiratory health as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years!

You don’t have to be a smoker to be at risk and the same goes for cleaning products—you don’t have to be the one cleaning. Just because you can’t see it damage it can cause doesn’t mean the products aren’t dangerous to you and your family.

Usually what exposes us the most are the things we never see coming. What’s stopping you from making better choices?

When the study, which was conducted by 28 top researchers from nine countries was peer-reviewed and published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, it drew international media attention.
Here is a link to the study itself:

Cleaning at home and at work in relation to lung function decline and airway obstruction

After a thoughtful review of the study’s conclusions, I’m convinced you’ll see the urgency in removing national brand cleaners from your home and replacing them like I have, with the safer, more effective alternative products like EcoSense.

Something to think about

Next time you go to the store to buy ANY kind of cleaning product (including laundry detergents), here’s something to think about:
Why don’t big time manufacturers fully disclose the “other ingredients” NOT listed on their labels?
Have you noticed fine print that reads: “Precautionary statement: Hazards to humans and domestic animals” (as shown on this Mr. Clean label)?
Have you thought about what sort of hazards do they mean? It’s not specific.
Have you questioned how is this product could affect you and your family’s health over time? Are you really okay with this?
An informed consumer makes better, wiser choices…it doesn’t have to be complicated!
We can help you make better choices.

What disinfectant do you use?

Recently a pharmacist customer wanted to put the chemical-free, botanical disinfectant I use and love daily because of its safety and great scent to the test. She didn’t believe my natural products could beat the products she uses for disinfecting areas. I said, “Let the science experiment begin!”

So she ordered some petri dishes and swabbed the absorbent pad that comes under raw chicken when packed by the butcher for grocery store. The first dish was left untouched as it was to be the Control.
The second dish was sprayed with the Department of Health standard sanitizing mixture of bleach and water. The standard disinfecting ratio is a one-quarter cup (minimum) to a three-quarter cup  (maximum) cup of bleach to one gallon of cool water OR one tablespoon (minimum) to three tablespoons (maximum) of bleach to one quart of water. In this case, the later measurement amount (three tablespoons bleach to one quart of water was used.)
Finally, the third petri dish was sprayed with the natural, safe disinfectant I use, Sol-U-Gard.
The dishes were left in a warm spot next to our  pharmacist customer’s computer overnight.

The photo shows the results of both disinfecting solutions in comparison to the control the following morning. Are you as surprised as she was?

Her question after seeing the results was “Why am I still using harmful, unsafe products like Clorox in my home?”
When there are safer options that work better and are EPA approved for use in hospitals and schools maybe you should  ask yourself the same question. Isn’t your family and your health worth the safer options?

We thank our customer for sharing her test results and backing up what I know to be true, there are scientifically proven healthier and safer products available. 

ADVANTAGES OF CLEAN FLOORS

It goes without saying that clean floors make your home LOOK better, so that is a key reason why you clean your floors. Surprisingly, another big reason is to prevent injuries from tripping or slipping.

We have included a posting from “Wikipedia” to inform you of some others as well as best practices in floor-cleaning and the care of a variety of surfaces including wood, tile, carpet, and vinyl.

Returning to reasons, aside from beautifying your floors, the correct methods can remove stains, as well as surface dirt. Proper cleaning actually increases the life of your floors. Cleaning your floors the right way can kill allergens that can cause or exacerbate diseases like asthma.

Regular maintenance can help you avoid expensive professional cleaning or machine rentals or purchases. Household budgets are sensitive these days, so avoiding these expenses can obviously help.

The company with whom I am associated has recently developed a complete system for cleaning, dusting and polishing your floors easily and efficiently. Another advantage of proper cleaning is that cleaning your floors can burn 200 calories and the results will help you feel psychologically better. So, get to work. Your home will look good and you will feel good.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floor_cleaning#Reasons_for_cleaning_floors

How can a clean house have a negative effect your health?

Since I switched stores nearly 15 years ago, I enjoy clean living, clean eating and having a safer and healthier home without toxic chemicals. Switching to healthier products improved my and my family’s health and now, recent studies have shown that many popular everyday products can be toxic to many individuals, especially women.

Why?

Because cleaning your home with common, well-known grocery store products made with ammonia, and chlorine bleach, quaternary disinfectant compounds, and other dangerous chemicals significantly damages lung tissue in women—who are usually the home’s primary housekeeper.

The study also showed that cleaning with such products as little as once per week over time was as damaging to respiratory health as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years!

Are you really aware of what you are exposing your family to on a daily basis?

This attached article explains the pitfalls of chemical cleaners much better than I can, but it’s no wonder so many cancers and diseases are on the rise.
https://www.melaleucajournal.com/cleaning-product-study-lungs-smoking/

It may be time to take a long hard look at the cleaning products you use and consider
switching like I did!

It’s never been more clear: Spraying a toxic chemical around your house is breathtakingly dangerous!

If you’re using Windex® Original Glass Cleaner in your home, that’s exactly what you’re doing. Ammonia is a known toxin that doesn’t belong in any home. But many folks who wouldn’t dream of bringing ammonia into their home use Windex Original Glass Cleaner without a second thought—and yet, Windex is powered by ammonia!

As Windex cleans, inadvertent spray enters and irritates your respiratory system and eyes. Fumes fill the room you’re cleaning. Skin contact is warned against, but as you mist the product into the air, how can you help some of it settling on your skin?
If it gets on your hair, you continue the exposure until you wash your hair again. Imagine your hair getting it on your pillowcase and you breathing it in all night long!

Does all this really matter?

YES—more than we ever knew before. A recent study based on 20 years of research reveals a shocking truth: Cleaning your home with common, well-known grocery store brand cleaning products like Windex Original Glass Cleaner as little as once per week over time is as damaging to respiratory health as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years!

You would never give your children cigarettes to smoke, so don’t give them ammonia to breathe.

My company launched and led the green movement to replace toxic cleaners with safer ingredients, and our glass and window cleaner is one of those highly effective and much safer products. This product will give you the sparkling windows, mirrors, fixtures, appliances,
stainless steel, and aluminum you want without any of the unhealthy side effects you don’t. It cuts through everything from grimy fingerprints to toothpaste, and breaks up and washes away more dirt and smudges—all without ammonia.

Instead, our product is powered by 99% biodegradable cleaning agents and contains absolutely no ammonia, chlorine bleach, formaldehyde or toxic chemicals of any kind. It’s so safe, no childproof cap is required! A gleaming, streak-free shine is all that is left behind.

Warning! All but two Windex Glass and Multi-Purpose Cleaners contain ammonia, so go through your house and garage, and dispose of them responsibly, then replace them with a glass-and-more cleaner that will take better care of your home, your family’s health, and our precious environment.

What you should know if you use bleach

I don’t know about you, but I really am not a fan of those bleach commercials. You know, the ones where they tell you that to get something clean, you need to use bleach. Otherwise, you’re not cleaning properly, because bleach is the only thing can can get your house clean, fresh and bacteria free.

Common household bleach (sodium hydroxide) can be found in a variety of household products in both liquid and granular form and is not, technically speaking, considered corrosive or toxic, even if ingested. However, bleach exposure  is highly irritating and corrosive to the eyes, mouth and lungs. Fumes from bleach are very potent, as you can tell by the smell, and when inhaled can cause nervous system and brain damage, individuals with asthma or other breathing problems are particularly susceptible. In fact, inhaling the fumes is potentially carcinogenic.

Dermal contact of bleach can cause rash and burning. The longer the bleach is left on your skin,  the more likely it is that you will begin to experience burning, itching and other types of irritation. If the bleach is left on your skin for an inordinately long period of time, it can cause pigment lightening and permanent tissue damage.

Serious side effects of using bleach can include respiratory problems, skin burns, damage to the nervous system, asthma flares, extreme headaches, migraines, and vomiting. Inhalation of chlorine gas or drinking highly concentrated sources of chlorine (such as household bleach) can lead to vomiting, coma, and even death.

Athough it is not considered “technically toxic” stories abound concerning bleach and the side effects.

From the “Pharmaceutical Press”: A young girl had suffered episodes of vomiting, abdominal pain, and bronchopneumonia over a period of a year which was finally traced to her habit of sucking socks that had been bleached.

From Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products:  An 18 month old girl who swallowed a “few tablespoons” of liquid household bleach coughed, choked and vomited. Promptly thereafter she became lethargic and was admitted to a local hospital in a state of coma. Death occurred 19 hours after ingestion.

Why would you add a half cup of chemical toxins to your load of laundry?
Well, that’s what you’re doing when you add Clorox® Bleach to your wash. The culprit in Clorox Bleach is chlorine—that toxic chemical with vapors irritating to your eyes and damaging to your respiratory system. Products with the word bleach in its name obviously contain bleach, however; a variety of products contain bleach and it may not be obvious at first glance, or smell. Some examples are: Drano, Tilex, Palmolive, and Cascade.

The statistics are startling.

An estimated 61% of toilet bowl cleaners use chlorine bleach. Another 26% of adults use chlorine bleach directly in their toilets. That means 87% of all toilets are being cleaned with a known poison that is then flushed into city water systems. That water must then be treated with more chemicals before being released into our water ways.

Not only can bleach be toxic, but it can increase my risk of an asthma attack and make the condition worse, as well as lead to COPD or cancer. I admit it, I was an ardent user of bleach until I decided to spend time reading labels and go green 15 years ago when I discovered a manufacturer providing greener products through an online shopping club.

I now use an EPA-registered botanical disinfectant, powered by thyme oil and citric acid, which kills over 99.9% of common household germs—no caustic chlorine bleach or quats required. I admit disinfecting my home has never been easier! For toilets, there’s an alternative powered by organic cleaners and thyme oil that has the same environmental impact as
a bowl of lemons. It cleans beautifully, and smells great. I found a great way to get my home even cleaner than using bleach and my cleansers smell so much better! I know my home is safer too.

The link to the article below offers alternatives to using bleach in your laundry:
https://www.melaleucajournal.com/time-break-bleach-move-melabrite-plus-oxi/

Switching stores and switching from bleach allowed me to get rid of a lot more than just the stains and dirt, it got rid of Ammonia; Chlorine Bleach; Petroleum Distillates; Gloves; Toxic Ingredients; no special ventilation is required and I have NO WORRIES!

DISEASES CAUSED BY HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS WORSE THAN SMOKING

It is somewhat ironic that the products that we use to make our homes clean and “healthy”, could, actually, be making us sick. Below are two articles recently published that indicate, exactly that.

It studied more than 6,000 people for over a 20-year period, so the results would seem to be more than just a little conclusive. The point it makes is that cleaning your home (or office areas) with the caustic domestic and cleaning products that most of us use could be as bad for us as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for over 20 years.

Are the products effective? Maybe not. Yet the damage to the lungs and body certainly is. If you are continuing, even after reading this, at least read the labels for the ingredients. Ammonia, chlorine bleach and formaldehyde are just a few of the chemical “villains” you should be aware of.

These chemicals can deteriorate your health over a long period of time, and even though these articles and study are focused on lung deterioration, there are many other long-term effects to your cardiovascular health and the development of other serious diseases.

If you are like I am, and can’t resist the pleasant aroma and accelerated cleaning power of a cleaner, look for effective products that contain NONE of the dangers of traditional cleaners. A good indicator is the absence of “child-proof” packaging. There are products that are developed with natural and safe-science ingredients. How do I know?  I found them and they are amazing! 

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-43085674

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/cleaning-products-lungs-damage-cigarettes-smoking-20-day-scientists-warning-a8214051.html