Nourish: Your Home with Natural Spring Cleaning

Toxins in Personal Care

Talking to a friend yesterday about toxins in her skincare.....a rash started the conversation, but it quickly turned to how I learned so much about was because of my personal needs......itching, rashes and digestive issues!

When I had some tests done, no true food allergies, but the preservatives, artificial colors and petro chemicals.....the list was long.....

DEAs Including diethanolomine (DEA), cocamide DEA, lauramide DEA

Formaldehyde releasers Including DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, quaternium-15

Synthetic color/dyes A mixture of many chemicals; made from coal tar, a derivative of petroleum

Methylisothiazolinone (M1) and other “isothiazolinones” Powerful biocide “preservatives” used to kill microorganisms, giving products a longer shelf life

🌿💦Are any of these in your products? Check those labels, this is just the short list of things to avoid in your personal care! My personal allergens......want the whole list of what to avoid? Comment below and I will send over!

How can we do better? Start with the cleaning supplies!

Traditional cleaning supplies are full of scary sounding chemicals— Water, isopropyl alcohol, 2-hexoxyethanol, Videt EGM, sodium c14-17 sec-alkyl sulfonate, ammonium hydroxide, propylene glycol, Mirapol Surf S-10, fragrance and Liquitint Sky Blue Dye. Those are just some of the ingredients in Windex.

You clean your home with these materials and think you’re ridding yourself of icky germs. But is the alternative of toxic chemicals any better?

Did you know that all-natural window cleaning is as easy as combining water, vinegar, and essential oils?

It might sound like a bit more work but make a batch of “better” cleaners all at once and not only will you save yourself from gross chemicals, you’ll probably also save yourself some money.

Window Cleaner

1/4 cup distilled white vinegar

2 cups water

12 drops of lemon essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well. Spray on surface and wipe clean with a cloth.

Counter Cleaner

1 cup distilled white vinegar

1 cup distilled water

5 drops of essential oils

Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well. Spray on surface and wipe clean with a cloth.

Daily Shower Spray

1/2 cup vodka

1 cup water

10 drops essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well. Spray down your shower daily. No need to rinse. **This works good for ants also!!

Garbage Disposal Cleaner

3/4 cup baking soda

1/2 cup salt

1 Tbsp dish soap

10 drops essential oils

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Press into ice cube tray. Allow to harden for 6 hours. Store in a covered container. To use, add to garbage disposal with a slow stream of water. Run garbage disposal for approximately 20 seconds.

Dusting Spray

1 cup olive oil

2/4 cup distilled white vinegar

10 drops citrus essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well. Spray cloth and dust.

Are you ready to go the natural route? Read on.......

Start with the Indoor Air

A new study in the journal of Environmental Science & Technology highlights a worrisome reality about dust in our homes. It can contain a mixture of potentially toxic chemicals that leak out of everything from fabrics to paint to flooring materials. This poses possible health issues like asthma and allergies.

Here are three ways to keep indoor as clean as possible:

  • Open windows often.  Circulation of air helps decrease the concentration of volatile compounds. As the study suggests, they are more highly concentrated indoors than outside, even in outdoor places where the air isn’t entirely clean.

  • Buy air-cleansing houseplants. In a study presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society, a common houseplant like a spider plant or Caribbean tree cactus were shown to be effective at filtering harmful substances from indoor air. Plants absorb bad compounds from the air onto their leaves and move them to their root zones, where microbes break them down.

  • Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. HEPA is an acronym for high-efficiency particulate air, which means that these filters pick up fine-grained dust and toxins that can escape standard vacuums and contaminate your air.

Are you still using traditional cleaning products with harsh warning labels? Flammable. Toxic. Poisonous. Children and pets are at the greatest risk!

What about cleaning products with labels that look gentle, but contain harmful scents? You’ll find “fragrance” on the label of many products. As pleasant as fragrance sounds, it is an eye, skin or respiratory irritant and it can cause asthmatic or allergic reactions.

Some cleaning products don’t even have all their ingredients on the label, asking you to call an 800 number instead. Who calls for ingredients!?

How can you determine if the products you’re using are harmful to your health?

Check for warning labels. Manufacturers are not required to list all ingredients, but they are required to include warning labels.

Check for a full list of ingredients. As noted in BusinessEthics,com, according to Sloan Barnett, author of Green Goes with Everything, “The government only requires companies to list ‘chemicals of known concern’ on their labels. The key word here is ‘known’,” she says. “The fact is that the government has no idea whether most of the chemicals used in everyday cleaning products are safe because it doesn’t test them, and it doesn’t require manufacturers to test them either.”

Check your habits. Do you turn on an exhaust fan? Do you hold your breath? Are you careful not to touch your clothing? You may not have thought about it, but those are all signs that, instinctively, you sense your cleaners are not good for you or your family. And, last but not least,

Check your medicine cabinet. Do you find yourself taking headache medicine after cleaning? There are chemical ingredients in traditional cleaning products with links to harmful health effects, including something as simple as a headache or as serious as a chronic or life-threatening illness.

Now that you know what to look for in avoiding harmful products, here’s a sample of what to you’ll find in the only brand I use and recommend PUREhaven ESSENTIALS

water (purified), organic grape alcohol, enzymes (mannase, lipase, cellulose, protease), vegetable glycerin (kosher, non GMO), coco glucoside, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), citrus limonum (organic lemon) peel oil, rosemarinus officinalis (organic rosemary) oil, citric acid

That’s the ingredient list for PUREhaven’s super-hero cleaner, Master Blaster. It’s here to save the day, naturally. I love it because it replaces a whole host of products, from carpet cleaners to laundry presoak to fabric and air fresheners.

I love it because not only are there not any harmful ingredients, the organic lemon peel oil provides the benefits of calming (who doesn’t need that while they’re cleaning?) and anti-inflammatory and anti-viral benefits. It is known for its anti-bacterial properties. Organic rosemary essential oil has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties.

I say bring on the spring cleaning! You’re now armed with the right information to make sure your home not only looks clean, it is clean of toxic fumes and chemicals.

Read those Labels

Have you ever tried to read the label on a moisturizer or shampoo? If so, you may have felt like you were reading another language. It can be hard to know which ingredients to identify, how to compare products and what it all means. Or perhaps you haven’t thought about label reading before and you have questions.

In these three simple points, we’ll explain why label reading is important, plus provide a little guidance to make the process simpler.

Exposure is a Reality – From personal care products to cleaners and even cosmetics, you are exposed to countless chemicals on a daily basis. These are products you use on a routine basis and may assume they must be safe.

A False Sense of Protection – Government agencies and corporations aren’t the safeguards you might expect. Take for instance the difference between Europe and the U.S. Europe has banned more than 1,300 chemicals from personal care products, while the U.S. only bans 11. Many ingredients that are permitted actually have harmful links to allergens, neurotoxins, endocrine disruptors and even carcinogens. Is that a risk you’re willing to take?

You Have a Choice – The responsibility lies with you to protect yourself and your family. Being an “ingredient detective” can practically be a full-time job. And unfortunately, there are many companies that will try to mislead and misrepresent their products. That’s why it is important to do your research and partner with a reputable company with proven products. PUREhaven ESSENTIALS is a USDA National Organic Program certified manufacturing facility.

Take a look at a recent post of mine from social media

Which Shampoo is non-toxic? Which is from a company claiming to be?

SHAMPOO NUMBER ONE ingredients: aloe barbadensis (organic aloe vera) juice, coco glucoside, cane alcohol (organic), leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate, xanthan gum, panthenol, oryza sativa (rice bran) oil, vegetable glycerin (kosher, non GMO), mentha piperita (organic peppermint) extract, yucca schidigera (organic mojave yucca) extract, equisetum arvense (organic horsetail) extract, urtica dioica (organic nettle) extract, citrus sinensis (organic sweet orange) essential oil, citrus medica limonum (organic lemon) essential oil, citric acid

SHAMPOO NUMBER TWO Aqua (Water), Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Betaine, Acrylates Copolymer, Avena sativa (Oat) Peptide, Citrus sinensis (Wild Orange) Peel Oil Expressed, Citrus aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Silicone Quaternium-3, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Lauryl Lactyl Lactate, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Trideceth-12, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Natural Fragrance, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides

Let me know your thoughts in the comments!! I will say this Number Two was the one I was recommending, blindly on faith, without reading the label! For that I am sorry, sorry that life got busy and I used a product without reading the label! That I took some supplements without investigating the ingredients! Lesson learned ......even the holistic living expert needs to read labels and be empowered in her choices! Today I want to ask........when will you start to read labels, ask questions and not go blindly into acceptance just because it's the norm?

Much Love Suzanne

Suzanne Taylor Certified Holistic Nutritionist

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