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Would you put a loaded gun on your coffee table and let your children romp around hoping they would have sense enough not to touch it?  That doesn’t make a whole lot of common sense.  Neither does having toxic household chemicals (guised as cleaning  products) that could have the same affect as that of a violent weapon.  Yes!  This is a soap box moment, but it’s one that can change your life.

Five ears ago (2004), I almost killed myself using bleach and ammonia to disinfect the bathroom.  Long story short – I was trying to remove a ring from within the toilet and I thought the combination of the two would do the trick.  Little did I know, I had created a very explosive combination that could have had a fatal outcome.  I knew I needed to make some changes and they had to happen quickly. Noah was on his way home and there was no way that I was going to have those products in the house with him around.  So…I went GREEN.  Now, understand that I had no idea what “going GREEN” meant, all I knew was I was no longer using products in my house with deadly chemicals or ingredients that could cause harm.  If you think I’m making this stuff up, watch this 3rd party video called, “Toxic Brew.”

If you or anyone you know suffers from allergies, asthma, eczema or any other health challenges, I encourage you to make a few changes that could alter your physical wellness.  The craziest thing I hear people say all the time is, “Well, my grandmother used bleach and she lived to be 1000.” I understand that ideology but the problem is, the products weren’t laced with the warning labels they have now, “Hazards to humans and domestic animals.” Last I checked, that was us.  I mean…if you’re a BOUNCE static cling user, read the box.  It clearly saying, “Avoid direct contact with fabrics.”  That’s right!  Now…that seems a bit odd since its advertised as a product that you put in your dryer directly atop your clothes.  Hmmm!  A little suspicious.  Back in the day, grandma didn’t have to contend with the fact that the products she used were AS toxic, even though they were.  Even OUST – air sanitizer, the label of that product is frightening.  It says, “Spray in one room and wait 24 hours to make sure that no one has any physical reaction to the product.”  It goes on to say, “Asthma and allergy sufferers…consult your physician before using this product in your home.”  And oh yeah…”PRECAUTIONARY STATEMENT: Hazards to humans and domestic animals.”  Toxic household chemicals can be deadly.

Here are a few nuggets to throw your way regarding toxic household chemicals.  According to Wikipedia…

BLEACH

Chlorine is a respiratory irritant that attacks mucous membranes and burns the skin.

AMMONIA:

Ammonia is typically used as a glass cleaner and these solutions are irritating to the eyes and mucous membranes (respiratory and digestive tracts), and to a lesser extent the skin. Caution should be used that the chemical is never mixed into any liquid containing bleach, or a poisonous gas may result.

UREA:

The urine of mammals used as a  flavor-enhancing additive for cigarettes, a browning agent in factory-produced pretzels, an ingredient in some hair conditioners, facial cleansers, bath oils, skin softeners, and lotions, dish soap and tooth whitening products

FORMALDEHYDE: (embalming fluid)

Formaldehyde can cause allergies and is part of the standard patch test series. Formaldehyde has been banned in cosmetics in both Sweden and Japan.  It can be found in disinfectants, bath products, baby products, make up and worst of all…it can cause cancer.

Now…you may be saying, “Ingrid…what am I supposed to use since everything I have on my shelf is laced with ingredients that can cause health challenges?”  You ask good questions.  Five years ago, I made a switch to shop with a store that manufactures GREEN products without all the things I described earlier.  Now, I am confident to even have Noah pick up a bottle of multi-purpose and spray for himself, knowing that there is nothing in the products that could lead to his death or otherwise.  I’d love to share more information with you later.

You know…it is our job to share with one another things that could help preserve our lives.  At least that’s the school of thought I come from.  If I know there is something out there that works to save lives, the environment and my pockets, I’m not stingy with the information.  To learn more about how to get rid of  toxic household chemicals, click here.

Written by Ingrid Michelle for Elev8.com

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