This is an important question to ask. As we all try to improve the quality of our lives, sometimes we have to step back in order to move forward. This applies as one considers making improvements towards a more natural way of living. When it comes to home cleaning products and personal products, less (chemicals) is more (quality of life) particularly as we consider all the chemicals that we come into contact with on a daily basis.
How many of us ever really step back and think about exactly what that means to us. To me, every time that I hear a commercial on TV that makes the statement ”new and improved”, all I can think of is “more chemicals or more toxicity”, because whether we know it or not, that is typically the case. Improved whitening usually means increased chemicals in that particular product. Increased cleaning power usually means stronger chemicals, and so on. The same is true with our personal products. There are more chemicals and less natural ingredients in most off-the-shelf products. As a result, we are bringing more and more chemicals and toxins into our home at an alarming rate, without really even knowing it. The path of less chemicals is better!
One of my goals is to help educate people on how to make their home a healthier place to live. It’s all about making incremental improvements, going one step at a time.
A natural home has as few chemically based products as possible.
When I speak on this topic people always ask, "Where should I begin in making changes?" All the information and options can seem overwhelming. Simply put, I break it down into steps, going after the biggest impact things first:
Since our skin is our largest organ on our body and 60% of what touches the skin gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream, I start with items that impact this the most.
Your front-line cleaning products are those products that you use with the most regularity.
Cleaning products are known neurotoxins, affecting the brain and spine (children's developing cells are more easily damaged and their immune system is less developed). Why take any chance with your family?
Toxins from the products you use don't just exit the home. They remain for a period of time, filtering down to the lowest level, the floor (the place that young children play and our pets reside)...the air inside your home is 2-5 times more polluted than the air outside.
Toxic shower cleaner residue resides in your tub. You absorb this residue through the pours on your feet into your bloodstream and through your lungs from the mist of the shower.
Toilet cleaners are known to be very toxic to you and the environment!
Standard glass cleaners contain ammonia which is an instant asthma trigger. It is harmful to your lungs and your central nervous system.
Dish detergent is the number one cause of household poisonings!
Standard dishwasher products contain chlorine bleach which is known to be harmful to the heart and lungs.
As for using a fruit and veggie wash think of this...pesticides are water insoluble. They don't wash off in water so that farmers don't have to reapply every time it rains. Recently pesticides have been linked to infertility and Parkinson's disease. Just as important, our food has been handled and mishandled by many people and may harbor harmful bacteria. Whether you buy organic or not, it is always important to wash your fruits and vegetables.
As previously mentioned, your skin is your largest organ and, after laundry products this is the next most significant item to be absorbed by your skin. You typically shower every day using soap and shampoo, then apply moisturizers, lotions and body sprays or perfumes.
Ingredients in commercial soaps are synthetic fragrances (made from crude petroleum oil), animal fat, dyes, and isopropyl alcohol and chemical preservatives. Most body washes and shampoos contain sodium laurel sulfate. All of these items are among the most unwanted ingredients in your personal care products.
Products such as bug spray, shaving cream, deodorant, toothpaste, perfume, hair sprays and make-up all contain harmful chemicals. Some of these products are made with known carcinogens that are prohibited in other countries. Just Naturals carries many of these products. If you don't see what you need on this website, come into our shop or call us for more information at 603-672-6900.
There has been a lot of information in the news recently regarding the toxic affects of candles due to the petroleum products and artificial fragrances they contain. Some studies showed that burning candles and using certain air fresheners can be as harmful as, or more harmful than smoking.
Artificial fragrances are the number one respiratory irritant and all have one thing in common; they are made from crude petroleum oil. Artificial fragrances are one of the most common allergy and lung irritants. Asthma is now the number one reason for missed school days for children.
*active ingredients are pure essential oils which freshen, deodorize & disinfect...naturally!
These are the cleaners that you may not use as frequently, but can be some of the most toxic products that you use in your home. They include disinfecting sprays, furniture polish, calcium and rust remover, carpet stain remover and mold and mildew remover.
Spraying just one ounce of disinfecting spray in a well ventilated area can take up to a year to get rid of the toxic effects.
Many of these products can have a direct affect on your central nervous system, liver and lungs (within 26 seconds of being exposed to a chemical, traces of that chemical can be found in every organ of your body).
Our pets are very affected by chemicals. Since they are smaller and closer to the floor they often get more of the harmful affects. Pets ingest harmful chemicals when they lick their paws and fur after coming into contact with toxic floor cleaners. Unfortunately, this frequently leads to liver failure and death.
Pets are affected just as we are by shampoos, deodorizers and sprays. Cancers and tumors in pets have increased dramatically over the last 10 years. Changing out their chemically based products will help to ensure them of a longer, healthier life.
Your key to a better life and better tomorrow is to go just natural one step at a time!
sources: American Lung Assoc, Cancer Prevention Coalition-Univ. of Illinois, City of Boulder-Environmental Affairs, NPR.org, Prevention.com