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FAMILY & PET SAFE PRODUCTS

Tips  from  Eco-­Me’s  Family    

 

Keep  your  home  healthy  with  natural  cleaning  products.  

  Your  first  step  is  to  get  rid  of  the  chemical  cleaners  that  are  toxic  to  your  health  and   home.    Contact  you  city  for  the  proper  disposal  of  hazardous  waste  products.   Yep,   most  chemical  household  cleaners  are  considered  hazardous  waste!     Re-­‐supply  yourself  with  natural  products  or  mix  your  own.       We’ve  got  some  handy  DIY  tips  and  recipes  at  www.eco-­‐me.com     When  you  buy  your  natural  products  make  sure  you  learn  about  which  brands  are   safe  and  which  ones  are    “green-­‐washing”  as  not  all  natural  brands  are  truly  safe  and   healthy.     With  so  many  products  on  the  market,  look  for  brands  that  disclose  their   ingredients  and  share  a  full  INCI  (International  Nomenclature  of  Cosmetic   Ingredients)  ingredient  names  to  help  you  make  healthy  choices.     Most  natural  manufacturers  will  offer  an  ingredient  deck  with  a  list  of  these   scientific  ingredient  names.    If  you  ask  and  they  decline,  take  a  minute  to  think  about   why  they  would  deny  their  customer  peace  of  mind  and  knowledge...     Next  up,  educate  and  empower!   For  ingredients  you  don’t  know  about,  visit  the  Environmental  Working  Group’s   Database:  www.ewg.org/skindeep/     Here’s  a  list  of  ingredients  to  avoid  and  why  to  get  you  started:     1.  Triclosan,  a  form  of  dioxin,  found  in  antibacterial  cleaners.   Weakens  immune  systems,  is  a  hormone  disruptor  and  has  been  linked  to  birth   defects.     2.  Formaldehyde,  which  is  carcinogenic,  also  causes  headaches,  dermatitis,  skin  and   eye  irritations,  fatigue,  dizziness  and  immune  dysfunction.    Found  in  air  fresheners,   degreasers  and  many  bleach  based  products.     3.  Phenol  a  toxic  ingredient  also  found  in  room  sprays  and  disinfectants,  causes  skin   irritation,  respiratory  issues,  lung  and  organ  damage  and  recent  studies  are  linking   some  of  the  effects  to  autism.        

 

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FAMILY & PET SAFE PRODUCTS

    4.  Phthalates  are  found  in  fragrances,  plastics  and  many  household  products  such  as   dish  soaps.  They  are  fat-­‐soluble  and  get  absorbed  into  the  body  and  trapped  in  our   fat  cells.    At  even  low  exposures  Phthalates  have  been  shown  to  act  as  an  endocrine   disruptor  and  damage  reproductive  systems  and  become  estrogen-­‐mimicking   compounds.       5.  Sulfates  are  synthetic  ingredients  that  increase  sudsing  in  products.    Most   commonly  known  as  Sodium  Lauryl  Sulfate  (SLS)  and  Sodium  Laureth  Sulfate   (SLES)  and  are  known  skin  and  eye  irritants  and  have  longer  lasting  results  on  the   body  as  the  ingredient  is  not  readily  metabolized  by  the  liver.     6.    Proplyene  Glycol  is  used  in  cleaning  and  skin  care  as  a  conditioning  agent   (humectants),  it  is  a  petro-­‐chemical  (derived  from  petroleum)  and  is  a  high  concern   as  an  irritant  and  an  immunotoxin.    Products  containing  enzymes  use  this  ingredient   to  keep  them  stable  for  cleaning  in  laundry  detergents  and  other  household   products.     7.  Chlorine  bleach,  which  is  sodium  hypochlorite.    It  is  extremely  irritating  to  the   lungs  and  eyes.    Makers  of  bleach  state  this  ingredient  is  simple  table  salt,  but  do  not   be  deceived  by  this  marketing  tool.    Also  note  to  never  mix  bleach  with  other   products  especially  ammonia,  as  it  will  produce  a  poisonous  gas.    Mark  Ammonia  off   as  a  comparable  toxin  that  burns  skin  and  eyes  and  is  highly  irritating  to  lungs.     8.  D-­‐limonene  listed  along  side  fragrances  is  a  strong  skin  irritant  and  found  in  air   fresheners  and  other  fragranced  cleaning  products.     9.    Phosphates  are  harmful  chemicals  that  affect  our  water  systems  and  fish  life  by   causing  an  overgrowth  of  algae.    This  chemical  is  not  healthy  for  humans,  but  the  big   concern  here  is  the  environment.     10.    Nonylphenol  ethoxylates  (NPEs),  when  these  ingredients  are  released  they   break  down  into  toxic  substances  and  act  as  hormone  disrupters,  potentially   threatening  the  reproductive  systems  and  hormone  health.      Found  in  many   detergents;  stain  removers,  citrus  cleaners,  and  disinfectants.         For  more  information  contact  Eco-­Me  at:    info@eco-­me.com   New  information  is  available,  so  please  share  your  findings  as  well.     This  article  was  last  updated  on:    04/19/12         Page  1  of  2  


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