Removing Industrial Chemicals From Our Home
If you are unsure of whether or not your health care, hygiene, and other beauty products and cleaners are safe, access the website of the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org). On the site you can type in the product you regularly use and it will present you with a grade for how safe the item is. You might be surprised when you search FeBreze – which contains ammonium and silicon compounds that are of high concern.
If you have an air freshener in your home, I suggest that you remove it. It is spraying chemicals at you that may very well be triggering health conditions. I can assure you that most common air fresheners, bathroom and kitchen cleaners, colognes, conditioners, deodorants, lotions, mouthwashes, perfumes, shampoos, shaving lotions, soaps, sun care products, and toothpastes are not safe. Look out for dangerous additives such as parabens, pthalates, and sulfates. If you are looking for a decent toothpaste, try Earthpaste. If you have bad breath, try chewing on mint leaves or an alternate fresh herb. For deodorant, the best choice is a clean internal environment. If this is not working, try an organic essential oil. You can also use these oils as natural perfumes. Dr. Bronner's soap varieties are an excellent choice for hand soaps and can also be used as body wash. Organic unrefined coconut oil is the best skin moisturizer. If you do not like coconut, try organic raw cacao butter. I use coconut oil on my skin to replace sunscreen, although I carefully moderate how long I spend in direct sunlight. You can also use coconut oil as a mouthwash by oil pulling. This is an Ayurvedic healing technique that draws toxins and bacteria out of the gums while cleansing the mouth. Just Natural sells a healthy variety of organic shampoos and conditioners. When cleaning your kitchen or bathroom, try diluting some organic vinegar in water and simply applying this to the surfaces. It is a highly effective cleaning agent. After all, dousing something with toxic chemicals is not exactly cleaning.
According to the Environmental Working Group, in April 2014, “The EPA official responsible for reviewing the safety of chemicals used in thousands of every-day products was asked how many chemicals in use are so dangerous they should get a harder look by the agency to protect public health and the environment. The answer? One-thousand. Jim Jones, who runs the EPA office charged with reviewing the safety of chemicals that have been linked to everything from cancer to reproductive problems, told lawmakers that 'about one thousand' chemicals currently found in everyday products need to be reviewed.” This news alone should be enough for us to question the safety of the everyday products we currently use.