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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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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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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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