Clean homes. Clean streams. Clean air. Clean conscience.

That’s our philosophy on cleaning.

For more than 30 years, my favorite shopping club’s innovative cleaning products have used natural and biodegradable ingredients that clean even more effectively without damaging the environment. None of these cleaners contain chlorine bleach, ammonia, formaldehyde, or other toxic chemicals. As a result, none of them requires a childproof cap.

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts they are also the market leader in concentrated formulas. By making their cleaning products as concentrated as possible, they use less plastic packaging, less fuel in shipping, and generate less waste. They believe that adding fillers to cleaning products is a waste of resources and customers’ money.

Larger bottles not only waste plastic, but water is heavy and costly to ship. Packaging and shipping water is an expensive and wasteful endeavor—and completely unnecessary. Almost every household in the developed world has water available at the sink at almost no cost to the customer. These unprecedented, super concentrated formulas are the result of state-of-the-art manufacturing and careful, scientific selection of ingredients.

For years, I’ve been using EcoSense cleaners and I wouldn’t be without them . Each one helps make my house sparkle and smell great.

Here’s a closer look at each one:

Tough & Tender® 12x Super-Concentrated All-Purpose Cleaner

  • Safe for cleaning nearly all surfaces—granite, marble, even natural stone
  • No caustic chemicals, no safety caps required
  • Wipe material is biodegradable—a rarity in the marketplace
  • Replaces other all-purpose cleaners and wipes like Formula 409® and Clorox® Green Works®

Tub & Tile™ 12x Super-Concentrated Bathroom Cleaner

  • No chlorine bleach, toxic chemicals, or harsh fumes
  • Spray on, let sit a few minutes, then scrub and rinse off
  • Replaces Tilex®, Comet®, Scrubbing Bubbles®, Soft Scrub®, and Clorox® Bleach Foamer

No Work® 12x Super-Concentrated Daily Shower Cleaner

  • Simply spray on wet surfaces after every use
  • Keeps showers and tubs clean
  • Replaces Tilex® Daily Shower Cleaner® and Arm & Hammer® Clean Shower®

Clear Power® 12x Super-Concentrated Glass Cleaner

  • Dramatically improved cleaning power with naturally derived, ammonia-free cleaning agents
  • New, fresher fragrance is preferred 4-to-1 over the previous scent
  • Works best with our lint-free Microfiber Glass Cleaning Cloths

Each of these great products offers all the cleaning power I love in a small, more condensed size not found anywhere else. For safer formulas, better value, and unmatched innovation, nothing’s better for my home and family than EcoSense.

The labels make it easy to understand how to use the products, what’s in them, and what makes them the best on the market. All the information I need to know is clearly visible, making it easier than ever to keep my home safe and clean. I just can’t help share this information,especially since it’s National Cleaning week.

Are you as passionate about your cleaning products?

National Spring cleaning week

It’s National Spring Cleaning week

After a new, independent study concluded that cleaning your home as little as once a week with national brand cleaners was as dangerous for your lungs as smoking a pack a day for twenty years, some parents are seriously wondering if cleaning the house is worth it at all—and who would blame them?

If adult lungs suffer when we breathe in the dangerous chemicals of national brand cleaning products, what about the developing lungs of children?

Yes, it’s just what you suspected: toxic chemicals are extremely dangerous for your children.

Here is what you need to know about hazardous chemicals and your child’s lungs:

• While toxins threaten everyone’s health, infants and children are especially sensitive to toxins and are very susceptible to air pollution

• Children are more vulnerable to chemicals (pound-by-pound because of their smaller body weight)

• Children’s bodies are less able to detoxify because their organs are not fully developed

If the hazardous chemicals in national brand cleaners are affecting adult respiratory health, imagine what they are doing to children who live in the same home, eat in the same kitchen, bathe in the same bathrooms, walk on the same floors, and breathe the same air! Their little lungs—so pure and clean—should be breathing air that is equally as pure and clean.

Giving up on cleaning all together (as tempting as that may sound some days) is not the answer. Living in filth comes with its own frightening threats to children’s health.

The good news is, it’s possible to provide your little ones with the home environment they deserve—freshly scrubbed, tidy and clean (even disinfected)—without harsh, toxic, organ-damaging chemicals.

EcoSense products are scientifically formulated to get your house sparkling clean without ammonia, chlorine bleach, quaternary disinfectants, or other dangerous chemicals. In fact, these cleaning products are so safe that no child safety caps are required.

These products are so good, they are all I’ve used for the past 15 years! During that time asthma and allergy attacks have been reduced to almost non-existent and this is with reduced medication. I’m healthier and saving money. You too can have a clean home that is also toxin-free! You only need to switch stores and get EcoSense the safer, more effective alternative.

Better Health Starts at Home

We are partnered with a company committed to providing the products our customers need for the ultimate in healthy living. We pride ourselves on being part of the Wellness Company. From supplements to foods to home cleaning products, the products you bring into your home do make a difference.

We are pleased to see the scientific community draw unequivocal conclusions about topics we have been using for years. We are confident that as the facts about competitors’ products become more widely known, more consumers than ever will seek out the products that only our partner company can provide.

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

Early Puberty Mystery Linked to Family Exposure to Household Chemicals

American girls are now going through puberty significantly earlier than in prior decades and this trend has been linked to physiological and psychological risks. Factors thought to drive early puberty include: obesity, toxic stress, and environmental elements.

A recent landmark study focused on one particular type of environmental element — chemicals in household items. A long-running study on mothers and children published in Human Reproduction determined that the onset of female puberty is associated with exposure to commonly used chemicals like phthalates, parabens, and the antibacterial agent triclosan.

These products can be found in personal care products, some brands of perfumes, cosmetics, and toothpaste. The same result was not found in populations of boys, whose timing of puberty was also examined in this study.

University of California, Berkeley associate professor Kim Harley, Ph.D reported that researchers have known for the past 15 to 20 years that girls are entering puberty at an earlier age than they used to in the past. Obesity certainly plays a role in that, but now science has shown that the hormone-disrupting chemicals that are in our homes and in our environment could be an additional factor that’s contributing to this.

While it’s too soon to say conclusively whether these widely used chemicals are definitively causing early puberty, we need to pay attention to these chemicals and studies are starting to have enough information about them to certainly be concerned.

Discovering the cause of early puberty is important to scientists because the phenomenon is linked to a higher risk of developing depression, a greater risk for teen pregnancy, and an increased likelihood of developing diseases like breast cancer and heart disease.

The new study’s conclusions are based on data on pregnant women and the children they gave birth to who were enrolled in the Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas study between 1999 and 2000. When the women were at around 14 and 27 weeks’ gestation they gave the scientists consent to examine their urine samples for concentrations of phthalates, parabens, and phenols.

After the women gave birth, the team collected urine samples and evaluated the pubertal development of the resulting 179 girls and 159 boys. Every nine months between the ages of 9 and 13, scientists checked in to see how puberty was affecting the children. Overall, 90 percent of the urine samples showed concentrations of all the tested compounds. That was only detected in the 73 percent of the samples of pregnant mothers and 69 percent of samples taken from the nine-year old girls.

Mothers whose samples contained diethyl phthalate and triclosan had daughters that entered puberty earlier. For every doubling of triclosan in the mother’s urine, the timing of the girls’ first menstrual period shifted by just under a month and for every doubling in the samples for an indicator for phthalates, the development of girls’ pubic hair shifted by 1.3 months earlier. The urine samples taken from 9-year old girls revealed that, for every doubling in concentrations of parabens, the timing of the breast and pubic hair development, as well as their first period, happened one month earlier on average.

One reason these chemicals may affect puberty is because all of them are known endocrine disruptors. Previous studies on animals and humans have demonstrated that endocrine disruptors have the capacity to mimic, block, or otherwise interfere with the body’s hormones. They can bind to hormone receptors, such as estrogen receptors, and influence changes in our bodies. These chemicals can impact development, particularly if the exposure is happening in utero, and t research from human studies show that they may also impact development.

The difficulty in sharing the study’s results is that for now all they can say is that these are “chemicals of concern.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention readily acknowledges that there’s widespread exposure to phthalates and parabens, with the majority of Americans who are tested containing evidence of these chemicals in their urine. However, the agency states that finding a measurable amount of these chemicals does “not imply that they cause an adverse health effect.”

Harley hopes that regulators look at studies like hers when they move forward in conducting policy decisions and regulations. As of now, she explains, there’s no established benchmark level that states when it’s no longer safe to be exposed to these chemicals. It’s not illegal to have them in personal care products because the science isn’t strong enough to say that they absolutely cause adverse health effects. They are controversial chemicals, and about 70 percent of Americans have them inside their bodies.

These chemicals are basically ubiquitous. Regulation isn’t really there, but for people who are concerned, there are things that can be done. The advice is simple: Reduce exposure to chemicals of concern by changing the personal care products that you use and by purchasing products that don’t contain them.

So if you’re like me and pay attention to labels and ingredients, you may be concerned about the health and well being of your families, and arre careful about what you bring into your home. Switching to products that are formulated with natural, biodegradable ingredients and contain no harsh chemicals means they’re safer for your children, family, your home, and the environment.

National Clean off Your Desk Day

The second Monday in January is National Clean Off Your Desk Day. Since studies now show that clutter causes stress and anxiety this day is an opportunity to begin the new year with a clean and organized workspace as well as reduced stress.

Whether your desk is in a private or shared office, cubicle, home or a make-shift desk on the counter, having your workspace uncluttered, organized, refreshed and clean will help you work more efficiently and give you a sense of serenity.

I know I’ll be in my office cleaning my desk and entire office to brighten my new year. How about you?

Testing smoke detectors

Every year, on December first, we do a smoke detector check.  We know it’s a good idea to check your smoke detectors regularly, and we do it before we start decorating for the holidays.

It’s easy, all I do is reach up (I have high ceilings so I need the ladder) and push the button to make sure each smoke detector beeps to check the alarm capability. Then to really test it, I light two or three matches, blow them out and hold them under the detector so the smoke drifts toward it. If that doesn’t set it off, the smoke detector isn’t working. and the matches are a lot easier to test with than burning something on the stove!

It’s a great way to make certain all is safe for the holidays!