Do we really need all those different sprays and polishes?

Auguts 2010 - Many groups are actively working to reduce toxic chemicals in household products. A letter sent to Senator Franken and Representative Israel is found here - the Annie Appleseed Project is a signer.

Letter to Congress - opens slowly to a new page

July 13, 2010 From a discussion group on LinkedIn "Say No to Toxic Household Cleaning Products", one participant explained why some things that may seem harmless, are not:

"Sodium lauryl sulfate is ethoxylated to get sodium laureth sulfate. In doing that, 1,4 dioxane is introduced as a contaminant. 1,4 dioxane is a carcinogen. The lauryl alcohol in sodium laureth sulfate may come from coconuts, but there is a ton of petrochemistry to get to sodium laureth sulfate from that coconut, includuing the exposure to ethylene oxide to get the "laureth".

There are other ethoxylated ingredients in products as well, such as a bunch of PEGs, and these are also likely to be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane. It is my understanding that some facial scrubs have methylparaben and propylparaben. Other problemmatic ingredients include TEA, cocamidopropyl betaine, the PEGs, butylene glycol, etc". Posted by J.T.

July 2010 BIG oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico - what next?

June 2006 See the article on teens and indoor air below (LA Times)

It has been shown that the various polishes and sprays currently in use for household cleaning can be eliminated at no loss to the beauty of your home.

In fact, most of the products commercially available are toxic to you and your family. A 1980-1985 study by EPA confirmed that the indoor toxic chemical levels can be higher than those outdoors, even in cities! People like Ann who are chemically sensitive can attest to this. New carpeting, paint, vinyl wallpaper, glues, formaldehyde and more contribute this dangerous and unhealthy atmosphere.

Substitutes for household cleansers include lemon juice, vinegar, borax or baking soda, nut oils for detergents-biodegradables that are available at the health food store. Or encourage your local supermarket to carry these products.

Chlorine-free bleach products can help too. Some swimming pools have switched to other methods that can keep a pool clean.

Ann Fonfa (founder and president) used boric acid all around an ant infestation and it cleared out within moments. Keep this away from children and pets. From Laura W., an environmental activist on Long Island, NY: Seal cracks with caulking material to prevent entry of insects, check for leaks that may attract some insects and remove all food sources that attract them.

Her outdoor advice: use horticultural oils to smother bugs, use insecticide soaps that are drying agents, prune out infestations, establish a bird feeder as they eat bugs, use a 'weeder' to remove weeds (not chemicals), solutions of vinegar and lemon can kill weeds or you can use boiling water or weeds that grwo between bricks or tiles.

Take dry cleaning out of plastic bags and air before placing in your closet. Do not heat food in plastic containers in the microwave-use glass or ceramic. NOTE: It is a good idea to limit use of microwave anyway. Use wax paper instead of plastic bags and metal tools rather than plastic.

The smell we used to identify as clean, is as chemical as could be. We have to retrain ourselves, it is difficult as commercials are constantly driving the "clean with their products' message home to us". Ignore it.

Books to read include: "Everyday Cancer Risks" by Mary K. Levenstein. "Living Downstream" by Sandra Steingrabber.

Contact: Mothers and Others for information on alternative sources for household products.

Some states' environmental protection agencies offer information on integrated pest managment.

A good resource is the Cancer Awareness Coalition whose founder, Rose Marie Williams, MA writes a column for the Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients on environmental issues.

The organization has a video "Health Risks and the Environment" which is useful for any group or individual.

"A candid discussion about how environmental risk factors affect health MORE than inherited genes, with suggestions about reducing toxic exposure in and around the home." (our emphasis) $20. (free postage in US) Check or money order accepted. Sales support this organization's mission "raising awareness about health risks associated with pesticides and other pollutants - encouraging use of safer practices - protecting public health."

Cancer Awareness Coalition, PB Box 533, New Paltz, NY 12561

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

LINK to guidelines to do just this

Natl Inst of Health, Natl Lib Med

LINK Health & Safety Info on Household Products

Plastic Containers

Suggestions to live by

Contamination & Plastic Pkging
Non-Toxic Alternatives For Plastic Products
FDA & Phthalates (Medical Devices)
Bisphenol A (BPA)
Brass Water Containers Actually Kill Bacteria
Greenpeace Canada's Guide to Tissue/TP Brands  MUST SEE

From Seventh Generation newsletter

Plastics exposure/puberty

A study in mice

DEHP in Plastic Medical Tubes:Boys' Fertility
Bisphenol A (BPA) Harms Mouse Eggs
Alternatives to Pesticides

Dr.Joseph Mercola's advice and Ann's

Pesticide Applicators & Prostate Ca Risk
"Medical centers, pesticides a bad combination"
Mass Spraying for Mosquito Control-Great Experiment
Message from Children's Health Environmental Coalition
Protective effects of garlic extract and vitamin C: Mice/Pesticides
Healthcare Without Harm

LINK, advice on medical waste and plastics

DEET Alert

Rose Marie Williams, MA Townsend Letter, 7/00

Buzz Off-Essential Oil Bug Spray
CedarCide-Alternative to DEET (per USDA)
Pesticide Residue on Washed Skin
Radon & Radiation

Report US Academy of Sciences, 12/00

Bad Ingredient in Some Oral Products

Intelihealth News, 1/02

Am Dental Assoc Oral Cancer Campaign
Antimicrobial Compounds Hurt Algae
Homemade Laundry Detergent

Thanks to Alternative Medicine magazine and DW (patient and advocate)

Creating Non Toxic Cleaning Prods
Life on Earth

LINK to article on Healthy Houseplants

Life on Earth

LINK to article on anti-pest HERBS

Indoor Air & Pollution

Seventh Generation Non-Toxic Times: Newsletter 1/02

Excerpts from Part II-What to do to make it safer
Source for Radiation-free Smoke Detector
Flame Retardants:Indoor Environment-VOC's
Silent Spring Inst: Indoor Environment
Plants Clean Indoor Air
Air 'Fresheners'
Natural Furniture Polish (Homemade)
Household Exposure to Pesticides and Risk of Childhd Hematopoietic Malignancies: ESCALE Study (SFCE)
Cleaning Products & Air Fresherners: Emissions
Non-Polluting Paint for the Pentagon


Hair Dye

AACR, 2002

Safer Dye Product Discussed
Breast Cancer & Hair Coloring Products
Hair Dye & Adult Acute Leukemia
Smoking/Drinking & Hair Dye: Adult Leukemia
Hair Dye Use & RISK Adult Acute Leukemia
M.H.'s Experience with para-phenylenadiamine (PPD).
Companies Pollute/Produce Drugs

Red Flags Weekly

Make-Up and Cancer

The Observer,4/02

Press Release on Cosmetics, 6/17/02
L'Oreal & Nestle Make Nutritional Cosmetic Products
Parabens in Human Breast Tumors
Revlon and L'Oreal Comply with EU Directives Removing Toxins
Non Toxic Products for the Home/Body
Bacteria & Pine Cleaners

Midwestern Univ, Curtin Univ of Tech, Australia & Illinois State Univ

Triclosan, Banned From UK Supermarkets
Body Burden Studies

Environmental Working Group

Infants/Toddlers 10X Risk of Cancer
Chemical Flame Retardants FOUND in Foods
Bio-monitoring by CDC

LINK to Minimize Exposure to POPs

Tikvah's Natural Products

LINK to site for MCS chemically sensitive people

Nirvana Safe Haven

LINK to mattresses, sheets, etc. ORGANIC

Living Safely in a Polluted World

Leo Galland, MD, FACN author

Systemic Absorption:Topical Sunscrn

The Lancet, 9/97

Michigan Univ Extension on Household Prod

LINK to info on ALTERNATIVES to toxic products and Household Hazardous Waste

N.E.E.D.S., Inc.

LINK to site for chemically-sensitive

Toxic Products in the Home: Mislabeled

National Environmental Trust, 9/04


LINK to brochures available on many topics

Global Recognition Campaign for Multiple Chem Sensitivity

LINK to site with papers, information and other links Environmental Illneses

Melamine & Formaldehyde From Food Contact Articles

Food Additives & Contaminants, 6/05

Cancer Study: Hazards of Indoor Air - NY & LA Teens

LA Times article, June 22, 2006

Non Toxic Products for the Home/Body

variety of LINKS

"Get a Whiff of This: Perfumes (fragrances) - Invisible Chem Poisons"

LINK to book source Author: Connie Pitts

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Dr. Bronner's Soaps

LINK to site with very pure liquid soaps Fragrance-free, baby, tea tree oil, lavender, almond, etc. Use for all types of cleaning.

Aubrey Organics

Company provides "100% natural Hair, Skin and Body Care

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