Why do we use synthetic fragrances and cleaners on our skin and in our home?
Did you know- Synthetic fragrances contain hormone (endocrine) disruptors that can lead to a whole host of medical problems, including hormone imbalance, thyroid issues and cancer?
Synthetic fragrances kick allergic reactions into high gear for many people, leading to headaches, respiratory issues and other disorders.
Millions of people suffer from sensitivities to synthetic fragrance, so that sexy scent you think you’re blessing the world with is actually making life harder for people around you.
Now let’s take a look in the bathroom and check your personal care products. Look at the ingredients and note the warnings. For instance: Does your toothpaste tube have a warning statement? Ask why! Next be willing to throw out personal care products that contain harsh chemicals. Buy and use products created specifically with your health in mind. Sure it will cost you more, but good health is the best health insurance money can buy.
Now let’s take a visit under your kitchen sink. How toxic are your cleaning products? Did you know Ajax, Comet, Lysol, Murphy’s oil and many more contains hidden mercury?
Mercury as a contaminant. The mercury-cell process is one of the processes that may be used to manufacture common ingredients of cleaners and degreasers: sodium hydroxide (caustic soda), potassium hydroxide, chlorine and hydrochloric acid (muriatic acid). When these chemicals are used to make other products, such as bleach or soaps, mercury contamination can be introduced into the final product.
Here’s what you can be using instead….
White vinegar for a cleaner. Who would have thought that one liquid could clean everything from windows to toilets, sinks to tile. Keep a spray bottle of half water and half vinegar handy and use it on mirrors, windows and for brightening water faucets. It shines metal and removes mildew, grease and wax build-up. Put white vinegar full strength in the toilet, let it sit for 20 minutes and then scrub as usual. Mix in a little baking soda and let it foam on tile and grout. Or put it with a few drops of organic tea tree essential oil or organic eucalyptus essential oil in a bucket of hot water and you have a great floor cleaner. For the oven, mix 4 Tbsp. vinegar, 3 drops of seventh generation liquid dish soap and 5 Tbsp. baking soda into a paste. Apply to spills with a sponge. Let sit for 45 minutes and scrub clean.
Baking soda. Aside from the aforementioned concoctions, replace your kitchen cleanser with this inexpensive cooking ingredient on tubs and sinks. And it’s for more than making “volcanoes” with children. The foaming action created by mixing it with vinegar can cut through the toughest scum.
Salt. It’s great when used as a scourer, and salt water has an antibacterial effect. It can also be used to remove rust stains and soap scum.
Lemons. Don’t pucker up at this one. Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle coarse salt over kitchen countertops. Now use the lemon, cut side down, as a scourer. It will freshen and clean at the same time. Just wipe with a clean, wet cloth when done.