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Cari - posted on 01/25/2010

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These are just some of the statistics...it isnt just ingesting..do you walk down the isle of cleaners at the store and smell them through the packaging? We have that outgasing going on our homes....just on a smaller scale. I removed all harmful products out of my home almost 9 years ago and it gives me peace of mind. I now educate other moms on how to do it. Message me if you want to chat. I use the only natural disinfectant product that is EPA approved, even for daycares.

Ingestion only accounts for about 10% of household poisonings. 90% of poisoning happens through inhalation and skin absorption.

Women who work in the home have a 54% higher risk of dying from cancer than women who work outside of the home because of their increased exposure to household chemicals. [Toronto Indoor Air C......onference of 1990 from a 15+ year study]

150 chemicals found in the home have been connected to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological disorders. [The Consumer Protection Agency)

Why would anyone take the chance just because it looks safe on a commercial...that is just marketing.

Cecile - posted on 01/26/2010

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The other very important reason NOT to use bleach is that it ends up in our waterways and is helping kill our fish and reefs.
Everyone must realize that a lot of airborn carcinogens were not known in our parents/grand-parents' day, such as asbestos. They will be able to define other high risk substances in our children's generation, but by then it will be too late, like asbestos, the damage will be done. Scientists know that there are a lot of environment factors to some cancers and birth defects and diseases, but the research process takes years and years.
I am a nurse and always err on the side of caution when it comes to germs. Like some other moms above, I have also completely changed my house to low chemical, safer products like Melaleuca. Their disinfectant is made with thyme and kills 99.9% of germs. I highly recommend all their products. They are safer and I can only do what is best with what is known and don't take chances with my children's health.

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yup, i started using all non-toxic products about 2 years ago when i watched a study on tv about how they tested an average person and listed the amount and types of toxic chemicals in their bodies. It was creepy! I always make sure to wash everything (especially clothes and blankets) after buying them before my kids use them. Apparently anything imported from china (most clothing is) contains formaldehyde. It keeps the clothes wrinkle free during transportation. Yuck! My house smells nice, is clean and my kids don't get sick any more or less than when i used chemicals.

Connor - posted on 01/26/2010

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All i use for cleaning in our house is vinegar with grapefruit seed extract..on pretty much everything. Wash dishes with dish soap, clean floors with a steam mop, sterilize toys/bottles in a our sterilizer or the dishwasher. Bleach is pretty much limited to some laundry. i feel better keeping things minimal and i am a true believer that #1...some germs/bacteria are good for us to be exposed to b/c it keeps our immune systems in check and #2...all this so called natural and ''chemical free" cleaning is a joke. We do not need to spend a bunch of money on all this stuff that says safe or chemical free.....b/c first of all NOTHING is chemical free...as water itself is a chemical. Thats why i use vinegar and GSE b/c they are natural and proven to be just as effective.

There's my opinion/story!

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When I grew up my mother never had antibacterial sprays, she only used bleach down the loo. Sterilisation was boiling the bottles in a saucepan. Bathing was with a bar of soap. She raised four kids and we are all fine, we dont need all the chemical crap we just believe we do because the companies tell us so.

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Kathy - posted on 01/28/2010

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All of this conversation is very interesting. My family and I are safer and healthier. Our house is cleaner and our pocketbooks are a little fuller since we found an online consumer direct wellness company that carries environmentally friendly, everyday products that actually work!!!!!

I would be happy to share this company with anyone and everyone who may be interested. Feel free to shoot me a quick email: kfisher@wedeliverwellness.com

Stress Free Information so you can make your own decisions about what is best for you and your families.

As for us, I know we will never shop anywhere else.

Make it a great day!!!

Cari - posted on 01/26/2010

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I have been using eco friendly products for almost 9 years. My son is 7 now, and he has never had a diaper rash, eczema, allergies, asthma, skin irritations, adhd, and so many things that moms complain of on here. He doesn't have a lower immune system becasuse there aren't any chemicals in the home, he is healthier because of it. The funny thing with kids, they want to learn about these kind of things, and I find that they understand it more than some adults. They learn about it and don't understand why adults would continue using something that they know can harms them. Chemicals in laundry products are absorbing into our little ones skin all day long and all night on their sheets. Eczema is not normal, it is caused by skin irritations from laundry products, soaps, lotions, bath products. Doctors give steriod creams to use as a bandaid. Never cures it...and yet they never tell you to figure out what is causing it. I have helped so many moms rid their kids of that painful issue.

I donate products to our local schools and it is amazing how many comments I get from teachers about how they can tell the difference. Once you feel the difference, you can't go back.

It is a myth that these types of products have to cost more. I actually save money every month and get free products.

Cecile - posted on 01/26/2010

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That is what is so good about forums like this: it can give some really good information. In the olden days, households were multi-generational, that is, your parents and grandparents and everyone, all living together. It would get on your nerves, but the mothers and grand-mothers gave a lot of advice and hands-on tips about babies and children.

Keisha - posted on 01/26/2010

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WOW... lol this article has me freaked right out. I knew some of these things were bad for you, but not to that extent!!

Cecile - posted on 01/26/2010

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I just heard about a new technology for swimming pools: ionization. Kills germs through a cartridge so you don't need any salt or chlorine. It costs about $2500 her in Australia, but over the life of your pool, will pay for itself because of the money you save in chemicals.

Michelle - posted on 01/26/2010

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Kelsey...I have an opinion lol....the johnsons items have whats called 'sodium laureth sulphate' in them...this is the chemical used to clean oil and grease off garage floors! Nice hey..I cant use the stuff nor my daughter as it makes my excema so bad. I would itch for days. The soap is very drying too.

And did you know that infacol..was simethicone...the chemical used to keep detergents from foaming up... and that then is 'unfoaming' our babies gas bubbles! really I cant stand these companies that get away with it 'cause its only a small dose' Please!!!!!
It adds up over a few years of everyday washing and cleaning.

I personally use white vinager and bi carbonate of soda on my bathroom. Its brill, if theres any grime you just leave it for a few mins and then it wipes off...I normally then just steam the bath using the shower.

I really didnt know colgate was harmful!!!!!!! nor arm and hammer...eek they are my two most used toothpastes apart from Pearl Drops...Think il give them up and stick with the pearl!

I knew dove soap was harmful...its nasty stuff, itches me like crazy.
My mom is using the palmolive handwash at mo adn ive used it a couple of times..but with no problems...

Im scared to go swimming now!!! They say chlorine is very dangerous, yeh I knew it was part of the bleach family but didnt think theyd put peoples lives at risk!

Im all for herbal stuff and things like lemon to clean...No wonder why I suffer from so many headaches living back with my mom! Time for a change!

Kelsey - posted on 01/26/2010

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That article really freaked me out! I dont know how I would ever get rid of ALL of that! Dove soap?! Wow! That sucks. I have alot of throwing away to do.

Jaime - posted on 01/26/2010

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Definitley one of the reasons why I got involved with Arbonne...our products are safe for children and adults...no toxins, chemicals, dyes, mineral oil, animal or human byproducts. When I found out about all the stuff companies use in baby wash, diaper cream and shampoo it made me sick!!! I love that what I out on my skin, or in my body and my family's is healthy!

Cari - posted on 01/25/2010

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The problem is that most of the eco friendly products in the stores are expensive and they dont work, so everyone goes back to the chemicals. You don't have to switch to our brand like I did, because they do work and they aren't expensive, but do think about getting these things out of your home. There are better alternatives.

Saying that our grandparents lived through all of their cleaners is not totally true. Different circumstances in so many areas. They didnt have all the chemists in the labs making all the different chemicals that are in the products now. They didn't have all the synthetic ingredients, they didnt have all the additives that we have in our foods today. They didnt have the child cancers, autism, and others that have been linked to chemicals in the home. It was a totally different time.

The EPA conducted a study that found that toxic chemicals in household cleaners are three times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor air pollution.

Of 2,983 chemicals analyzed that are found in personal care products:
884 are toxic
146 can cause tumors
218 can cause reproductive complications
778 cause acute toxicity
314 can cause biological mutations
376 can cause skin and eye irritations
[Source: United States House of Representatives Report through NIOSH, 1989]
That study was in 1989..today, the list is now 72,000.

* Since 1980, asthma has increased by 600%. The Canadian Lung Association and the Asthma Society of Canada identify common household cleaners and cosmetics as triggers.

When I learned this, my family made a change....you will find what is best for your family.

Helen - posted on 01/25/2010

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can i just say that bk in the day wen our grandparents used to clean they used all sorts an did things that is now so called wrong an yet that generation survived theres so many things nowadays that we shoudln use or should do ect bla bla bla next they be saying we shouldn breath!!!! example my eldest now 6 i was told it was fine to make 6 bottles of milk an store them in the fridge yet wen i had my second now 4 this idea was so wrong an then it changed again for my 3rd an 4th and yet my eldest survived faf faf faf i say do wat u think is best its our life and our children an i just gotta say that wen my kids ave a bath they get washed with baby softwash an shampoo is that not the idea of having a bath ? that u get in have a wash an come out cleaner than u were wen u got in ??? i must b wrong eh ? an i do use antibacterial products on my work sufaces i think its sensable an hot water does not kill most bacteriea well it does but it has to b at boiling point an i sum how dont think any one would go out there way to bscold them self would they wow i must have things so wrong !!!!

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I bathe them in warm water its a myth about soap I have excema and after researching I found out you dont need soap every time I will admit they use mild soap on their hands after the toilet. I tend not to get raw egg everywhere and raw meat i put on chopping boards and then wash them in hot soapy water. You dont need to bleach everything hot water kills most bacteria anyway

Kelsey - posted on 01/25/2010

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Susanne, what do YOU bathe in then? I dont know about you, but I NEED soap, every day, or Im discusting! What do you clean your tub and sinks with? What do you do when you get raw egg or meat on the counter or in the sink?

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Anyone ever heard of dirt? It doesnt kill you kids are meant to be covered in the stuff. Its a well known fact that the majority of kids do not come in enough contact with dirt and germs to build up a good immunity. In the bath I wash my baby in warm water its a myth you need soap at all just let them have a good soak and it all comes off. I wash my counters down with hot water and washing up liquid you dont need to bleach or anti bacterialise everything. If we werent so obsessed with cleanliness and germ free everything then we wouldnt need all these chemicals.

Kelsey - posted on 01/25/2010

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Thats scary. I heard that Johnsons baby wash is on the cancer list too! Do you have an opinion on that? Anyone? I know you sell a different brand, but Im not about to but anything online. Im a stay at home mom, and dont even have a checking account, and its just easier to buy things at the one store in my town (Walmart unfortunately) than to buy online or drive 30 mins to Target. So, what can I find at walmart that is truely ecofriendly and safe? What brands are best? What cheap and easy cleaning methods work well (like the vinigar)? Does the eco-friendly and supposedly safe dishwasher soap, laundry soap, tub cleaner actually work? I dont have the money to constantly be buying cleaning products if I dont have to, which is why I loved using Dawn and bleach... I will now read the article, but I need honest educated opinions on all this. What do you use to bathe your kids?

Kellyn - posted on 01/24/2010

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I think it's good to be aware of these things and to keep them in the back of your mind when you go shopping, but some of them are good things and the benefits outweigh the potential consequences. When it talks about being poisonous, it indicates ingesting the chemicals. Obviously those things are going to make your kid sick.

And if you are using, for example, bleach to clean toys and bottles, that is perfectly fine as long as you dilute it enough. They recommend a 1 tablespoon of bleach per quart of water, or a cup per gallon. And as long as things are rinsed off very thoroughly, it shouldn't be a problem. Anything that isn't rinsed off properly could be poisonous or irritate the skin or what have you. It's all in how you approach it.

What I'd like to know is how do organic products work and why are they safer than things like bleach if they really do clean as well? I really am curious about that, so if anyone can enlighten me, I would be delighted! :P

Kelsey - posted on 01/24/2010

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Well I appologise then, serves me right assuming I know what Im talking about, LOL! I will read the article. I had no idea dawn and bleach were in any way poisonous. I guess I assumed that cause they seem to be such simple basic chemicals, and are required to be used in all daycares. Thats weird huh? Again, I appologise, I assumed too much and opened my mouth before I even questioned whether my beleifes on the subject were facts or not.

Cari - posted on 01/24/2010

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You should read the article. Dawn has the highest percent of phosphate of all the liquid soaps and it is going into our environment and I am sorry, but bleach is horrible. I don't use fancy products, they are eco friendly, they cost less, and they work. Vinegar and water stinks and would never clean if that is what I had to use. If someone is using bleach and chemicals to sanitize their home and their kids are getting sick, it isnt that their immune system is weak it is that it is being poisoned.

Kelsey - posted on 01/24/2010

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It is true, there are tons of toxic chemicals in cleaners and even baby soaps, etc. Its always best to use natural cleaners and organic products. Too bad they are so hard to find in my small town, not to mention expensive. On my counters and in the sinks I use Dawn soap and hot water, bleach too sometimes. Thats all you need. Soft scrub is great in the tub, and if rinsed well, isnt harmful. I didnt read the article, Im sure its a sales pitch on organic or all natural cleaners. Not trying to savatoge your thread, but I dont think anyone needs to buy fancy products to clean their home safely. Theres a vinigar and water mixture you can use as well. Even lemon juice! Most viruses die on a hard surface, and even on your hands after 5 minutes anyway. Noone needs to spray their home with lysol, thats crazy. Some germs are good too, a home that is too sanitary can lower a childs immunity and actually make them sick.

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