Hi Delicious Ambiguity readers,
I am Bonnie from the blog, HOUSE OF GRACE.
First off, Happy Mother’s Day!!!! Second, I feel so honored to be a guest blogger here on Yummy Mummy Week! In honor of Mother’s Day, Jenn asked me to write about mothers and cleaning naturally for our children. This is one of my favorite topics, so I would love this opportunity to talk to you. As mothers, I feel that it is our responsibility to keep our children as safe as we can.
Go to your cupboard right now. Pick a cleaner, any cleaner.
Does it contain sodium hydroxide, phenol, ammonia or formaldehyde? These–and more–may be toxic. Toxic as in dangerous, as in hurtful, as in not very clean at all.
Home is no place for stuff like that.
So start by getting rid of those troublemakers.
According to the book, The Safe Shoppers Bible, here is a list of common household products that contain known carcinogens and/or neurotoxins. Carcinogens are chemicals that cause cancer. Neurotoxins are chemicals that adversely affect the nervous system reducing emotional well being, mental alertness, coordination and other functions associated with intelligence.
-Lysol disinfectant (all scents)
-Renuzit Air Deodorizer
-Bon Ami Foam Cleaner
-Fantastik All-Purpose Cleaner
-Pine-Sol Multi-Action Spray
-Pledge Household Cleaner
-Spic & Span Cleaner
-Scotts Liquid Gold
-Tilex Soap Scum Remover
-Gillette Foamy Skin Conditioning
-Speed Stick Deodorant
-Johnson's Baby Shampoo
-S.O.S. Ammonia Glass Cleaner
-S.O.S. Vinegar Cleaner
-Joy Dishwashing Liquid
-Windex Glass Cleaner
-Palmolive Dishwashing Liquid
-Shout Aerosol & Stick
-Sunlight Dishwashing Liquid
-Spray & Wash Stain Remover
-Kleen King Aluminum & Copper Cleaner
-KR2 Spot Lifter
-Behold Furniture Wax
-Depend-o Blue Toilet Cleaner
-3M Aerosol Spot Remover
-Formby's Lemon & Almond Spray
-Most Home & Garden Pesticides
-Right Guard Deodorant
-Ponds Dry Skin Bar
-Palmolive Skin Bar
-Lady Speed Stick
-Irish Spring Deodorant
-Jergens Liquid Soap
-Caress Body Bar
-Ultra Brite Toothpaste
-Crest Tartar Control
-Listerine Original & Cool Mint
-Arm & Hammer Toothpaste
-Old English Furniture Spray
-Dove Soap Bars
Begin by thinking of your home as a toxic waste dump!!!
The average home today contains 62 toxic chemicals — more than a chemistry lab at the turn of the century.
More than 72,000 synthetic chemicals have been produced since WW II.
Less than 2% of synthetic chemicals have been tested for toxicity, mutagenic and carcinogenic effects, or birth defects.
The majority of chemicals have never been tested for long-term effects.
Over 90% of poison exposures happen at home.
Common chlorine bleach is the #1 household chemical involved in poisoning.
Organic pollutants, found in many common cleaners and even air fresheners, are found at levels 2 to 5 times higher inside your home than out.
A person who spends 15 minutes cleaning off shower walls could inhale 3 times the “acute one-hour exposure limit” for glycol ether-containing products set by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.
Now that you know what dangers might be hiding under your sink, what is important when you choose cleaning products?
I always look for products that are…..
-Nontoxic and safe
-High performance cleaners
-Free of harsh fumes
-Easy to use
-No animal testing
My personal favorite cleaners are Shaklee’s Get Clean products. I have been using these products since my mother made me in high school, lol. I didn’t see the benefits of “safe” cleaning until after I had my own children. I was just buying these because they were cheaper and being a newly wed, I wanted something cheap that worked too! Now, I am really glad that my mother “made me” use Shaklee’s cleaners. I love knowing that I do not have harsh chemicals or air borne toxins in my house. Get Clean products also help me keep my house clean.
Here are some before and afters:
Read about how I get off grass stains here.
Read about how I clean my oven here.
I mix Basic H with water. I can make a gallon of a general purpose cleaner with Basic H for only 21 cents!!! 21 CENTS LADIES!!!! A gallon of Seventh Generation general purpose solution costs $21.96 and 409 Original and Fantastic costs $11.16 a gallon.
I can also make a gallon of window cleaner with Basic H for LESS than 1 cent!!!!Windex cost $12.56 a gallon and Seventh Generation costs $21.96. So you can see another reason why I love these!
Now it is your turn, take out all of the chemicals in your house and replace them with safer products for our children.
Please visit my Shaklee website to buy or read more about these products.
Thank you so much for having me today as your guest blogger! I love sharing information and love meeting new people. Feel free to check out my blog for cleaning tip, recipes decorating ideas and more!
Have a WONDERFUL MOTHER’S DAY!!!!!