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Chemical Fever: Can we break the cycle of using hazardous chemicals?

Collectively, we are running an extremely high chemical fever that we are not going to be able to break.  

Did you know that on average, women apply right around 515 chemicals…a day? Find out more, here.

Did you know that Americans now spend 90% of their time inside (EPA’s Report on Environment) and that the average American home contains over 60 hazardous products?  

Let’s look at some of the most common household cleaners we use – just three of them:  

  1. Windex: 2-Hexoxyethanol, Isopropanolamine, Lauryl Dimethyl Amine Oxide, Sodium Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate, Fragrance (which can contain dozens of chemicals), Liquitint® Sky Blue Dye (Ingredient List: http://www.whatsinsidescjohnson.com/us/en)
  2. Scrubbing Bubbles Daily Shower Cleaner: Arylsulfonated Sodium Salt, Sulfonated Fatty Acid Methyl Esters, Sodium Salts, Sodium CitrateStabilizer, Sodium Mono-N-ChlorosulfamateSodium Sulfamate, Lauryl Pyrrolidone, 5,5-Dimethyl-Imidazolidine-2,4-Dione, Sodium Polyacrylate, Citric AcidpH, Fragrance, Octylphosphonic Acid (Ingredient List: http://www.whatsinsidescjohnson.com/us/en)
  3. Original Pine Sol: C10 Alcohol Ethoxylates, Glycolic Acid, Fragrance, Caramel, d-Limonene, Dimethicone/Silica/PEG Distearate Antifoam, Hexyl Cinnamal, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Sodium C14-17 Sec-Alkyl Sulfonate, Xanthan Gum (Ingredient List: https://www.thecloroxcompany.com/)

There are over 25 chemicals listed in just those three cleaners alone, the majority of them being toxic.  

Let’s say you added your laundry detergent, your stain remover, all purpose cleaner, that candle you light in the bathroom or before guests come over, and toilet cleaner – you can see where that number can be upwards of 60 and well beyond, right?  These chemicals are wrecking our minds and bodies and we wonder why so many suffer from hormone imbalances, problematic behavior, neurological deficits, among a plethora of other things.  Feel free to go here to look up these chemicals and their toxicity ranges. 

Our homes can be hazardous places.

A 15 year study revealed at the Toronto Indoor Air Conference indicated that women who work at home have a 54% higher risk of developing certain health problems than women who work away from home – the only thing linked to this increased risk was increased exposure to household cleaners.  

Let’s not forget the alarming rates upon which our children bust into these products as well.  My son is all over the place and into everything.  My daughter wants to help with everything.  Together, they’re a force to be reckoned with and when it’s just them and me, I’m outnumbered and praying for nap time.  

It’s up to us to break the cycle.  

Our parents may not remember having to ‘deal with’ as much as we do and that’s because they didn’t have to combat the things we have to.  A lot of the issues we face are related to social media, in my opinion, however, today, giving birth to a child vaginally already increases their exposure to toxicities through our vaginal walls than you or I were exposed to only seconds old.

They had their own difficulties and challenges in their time but it certainly didn’t include the toxins we have present that can be found in everything – from the toothpaste we put into our bodies (c’mon…I’m not the only one that has swallowed some!) to the cleaner we use to disinfect the counters and tables we eat from as well as the floor our babes play upon.  Around 950,000 women suffer from postpartum depression each year (Postpartum Progress Article); do you think this number might have something to do with the amount of endocrine disruptors we are continuously exposing ourselves to?  

Ladies, it’s time to roll our sleeves up and get to work.  I know part of our mission in regards to being here is to leave this place a little lighter and brighter for our kids.  Let’s do it. 

Ditching and switching really isn’t that difficult and it can actually SAVE YOU MONEY.  

Yep.  It can save you a ton of money because much of it can actually be made right in your very own home – with your babes.  Have fun with it!  You can make your own dish soap, laundry soap, and household cleaners that will last longer and work just as effectively.  Don’t know where to start?  Below are two tried and true recipes for an all-purpose cleaner and laundry soap.  You’re welcome. 

With all the homemade things,

Allie D.

All Natural and HE Safe Laundry Detergent, by Wellness Mama

Ingredients:
  1. Bar of grated bar soap (all natural)
  2. 1 cup of washing soda
  3. 1 cup of borax (or additional washing soda)
  4. Optional: 20 drops of an essential oil
  5. Optional: 1 cup of oxygen booster
How to Make Laundry Soap
  1. Grate the soap using a food processor.  So much faster than by hand.  Should be very fine.
  2. Carefully mix washing soda and borax. Use gloves or a spoon – it can be very drying on your hands!
  3. Add essential oils and stir.
  4. Use 1-2 tbsp per load.  Add 1 tbsp of oxygen booster if needed – some use this with white loads.

PS:  Get wool balls for your dryer and ditch the dryer sheets!  They are better for YOU, the environment, AND your machine!  

All Natural All-Purpose Cleaner

Ingredients and instructions 
  1. 1/2 Cup white vinegar
  2. 2 tbsp baking soda
  3. Optional: 10 drops of an essential oil
  4. Mix all together.

 

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