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To Clean Or Not To Clean

In my more youthful (much more youthful) days, I meddled the world of charm pageants. I did not, nevertheless, (much to the irritation of my spouse) win the coveted "Miss Queen of Clean" title. I have 2 children, run my own company from house, and do my finest to frequently attend the shoe sales at the shopping mall. Keeping a neat home is simply not a substantial priority right now. I do nevertheless keep a hygienic home. (Well, I would not encourage consuming off my cooking area floor-- but it's not unhygienic.).

When I was pregnant with my 2nd baby, my Doctor recommended me not to tidy home using typical home cleaners, as inhalation of the cleansing products could damage my unborn child. Needless to state, I took his guidance very seriously. I did not clean home. My spouse, Mr. Neat Nick, did. This irritated me. (Not my other half cleaning home - the "not breathing in fumes from cleaning products" bit.) So started my objective! I spent hours on the web and in the library. More hours on the telephone with poison nerve center and cancer companies. What I discovered stunned me.

The chemicals and contaminants found in common home cleaners have actually caused the air inside our homes to become 5 times more polluted than the air exterior, and half of all illnesses are triggered by or worsened by polluted indoor air. OK, so I can open my doors and windows everyday right? Well perhaps not if I am allergic to every tree and yard in Texas-- and I dislike bugs.

Pound for pound of body weight, children drink more water, eat more food, and breathe more air than do adults. For instance, kids ages one through 5 years eat three to 4 times more food per pound than the average adult American. The air consumption of a resting baby is twice that of an adult per pound of body weight. These patterns of increased consumption reflect the quick metabolism of kids. The implication for ecological health is that children will have considerably heavier exposures pound for pound than grownups to any contaminants that are present in water, food, or air. As a consequence of this biological immaturity, they are less able than adults to deal with poisonous chemicals and hence they are more susceptible to them.

The labels on Additional resources cleansing items only have to warn of the severe (immediate) hurts from ingesting an item, breathing the fumes, or contact with the eyes and skin. They do not reveal the harms provided by persistent (long term) exposure to the chemicals in these products. Numerous typical family cleaners consist of chemicals known to include carcinogens (cancer causing representatives), neurotoxins, and corrosives and/or have been connected to ADD/ADHD autism, allergies, asthma, central nerve system damage and disturbance, muscle spasms, damage to blood tissue, and reproductive disorders. A well recognized brand of infant hair shampoo really consists of formaldehyde. This was a huge surprise for me! (By the method lots of harmful chemicals like formaldehyde and dioxin or Representative Orange are protected by trade secret names. For instance, formaldehyde is called Quaternium 15).

Thirty years ago the significant youth health problems were chickenpox, measles and mumps. Now they are asthma, ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum, and Cancer-- the majority of which have actually been linked to chemicals in the house.


Each year over 1 million children in the United States are unintentionally poisoned in their homes. More than 250,000 of these victims are hospitalized. 3000 kids will end up in extensive care. Dozens more will die. Countless children and adults are permanently damaged or injured through contact with chemicals in the house each year. The most common substance that toxins kids in the US today is a well know brand of liquid dishwashing detergent. So what do we wash our "sippy cups" in?

I had actually discovered enough! I was on an objective to discover a company that offered safe cleaning products. My Hubby was thrilled. Poor fellow thought I would take control of the cleansing once again. I discovered companies and shops that sold non-toxic cleaning items-- all at a cost. My search continued until I encountered a company that sells much better, more secure items at dollar store rates! I was delighted, and went to the shopping mall to celebrate! I buy as soon as a month, and this business provides the items right to my door-- and, even better-- I do not have to buy through an aggressive representative-- I can call the company direct or order online!

These items work (no effort involved), odor fantastic, and I do not have to phone toxin control if my child consumes the shower cleaner. Another plus is that my allergies have actually improved! They make a non-toxic item that eliminates allergen, so now before I vacuum (around the Polly Pocket accessories and crayons), I spray my carpets with this product. It eliminates the termites, deodorizes, raises the dirt and sanitizes-- all in one foul swoop! (I likewise spray this item on my pillows and bed mattress).

Oh, and by the method, I have actually taken control of the cleaning again. You still ought to probably not eat breakfast off my cooking area flooring, BUT I am positive, that as an accountable parent, I am doing my part to safeguard my kids from home toxics.

Debi will enjoy to pass on the details on where to buy safer, non-toxic cleansing items. Email her at debitexas@comcast.net.