Family Gone Green http://www.familygonegreen.com Our Journey Detoxing Our Home and Lives. Wed, 23 Mar 2016 04:56:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 35288589 Are You Hydrating Your Skin With Poison? http://www.familygonegreen.com/2016/03/23/hydrating-skin-poison/ Wed, 23 Mar 2016 04:56:53 +0000 http://www.familygonegreen.com/?p=172 Anyone that knows me, knows that I do not like using any type of toxic products. You will not find Bounce dryer sheets, Tide detergent, Cascade, Scrubbing Bubbles etc in my home. I will not expose my family to those carcinogens. As the mother of a cancer survivor, I wish everyone would become more aware of the toxic chemicals that manufactures try to shove down consumers’ throats. They think nothing of poisoning consumers so that their profit is greater and they can pass more along to their number one priority which is their stockholders.

Beauty and skin care products can be some of the most toxic products around. It is scary thinking that people spread these toxic products all over their skin which is the largest organ in the body. It makes me cringe. This does not mean that I forgo beauty products, it just means that I do my research and choose healthier options. Recently I discovered Mascli. Mascli is on a mission that aligns with my ideals. They want to bring awareness to consumers of the dangers in the products that line the store shelves and beauty care aisles. They want to provide healthier,safer, non-toxic alternatives that are far superior to the products most consumers are using.

I recently tried a bottle of their anti-aging moisturizer called Awakening. Awakening comes in a glass bottle with a chrome color pump top. It is beautiful on the outside but the ingredients on the inside are where the true beauty is. Awakening uses 100% certified organic oils and vitamins E & C, Minerals, Antioxidants and Omega 3 6 9 Fatty Acids. It is a unisex moisturizer perfect for men or women and won’t leave men smelling flowery or perfumey.

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You might expect a moisturizer to be a lotion or cream but Awakening is a mix of essential oils and so the consistency is like that. It does not feel greasy and it smells nice. It absorbs quickly and hydrates skin. It is recommended to use 2 times a day so I apply in the morning and then apply my makeup right on top. You rub it on your face and neck with your fingertips in circular upward motion. Highest concentration should be on the brow area and the jaw line. At night after cleansing my face, I reapply and just go to bed. It is really working to hydrate my skin, making it firmer and gives it a healthy glow.

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Awakening is a revolutionary product and I have not run across any other anti-aging moisturizer like it. Watch my video review below to see more.

 

 

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How To Have More Fun With Breakfast! http://www.familygonegreen.com/2016/03/23/how-to-have-more-fun-with-breakfast/ Wed, 23 Mar 2016 04:47:24 +0000 http://www.familygonegreen.com/?p=169 Is breakfast getting boring? How about planning a big weekend breakfast with pancakes, bacon, maple syrup and fresh squeezed orange juice? Sounds awesome doesn’t it? You could really rev the fun factor with shaped pancakes. Are you starting to sweat? Think it sounds too hard?  Well, you might be surprised to find out that it is not hard and it actually is a very fun process. When you use the batter pen and fun silicone molds from Kitchen Khancepts making pancakes in fun shapes is easy!

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The batter pen is easy to fill and easy to clean because both ends unscrew. Just fill it up with your favorite pancake batter and then squeeze it into the molds that you have placed in your pan or griddle. You can also use the pen for cake batter making it easy to fill cupcake molds. Everything is food safe materials and BPA Free. Take a look at our video below to see how it works.

 

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You can find this great pancake set on Amazon and if you want to take a look just click on the link below. Let me know what you think.

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Is Your Antibacterial Soap Safe? http://www.familygonegreen.com/2015/05/14/is-your-antibacterial-soap-safe/ Thu, 14 May 2015 18:38:40 +0000 http://www.familygonegreen.com/?p=159 With all the superbugs and illness around us it is easy to try protecting ourselves and are family with antibacterial soap. But did you know that there is a chemical antibacterial agent in most called triclosan?

So what is triclosan? I’m glad you asked, it is a synthetic pesticide and do you know it can be found in the urine of 75% of people tested in a study who use antibacterial soaps with triclosan.

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So what is the significance?  Well, triclosan has been linked to cancer, hormone disruption, liver damage and multiple other illnesses.  The danger does not end there, it breaks down in the environment and is a serious threat as it breaks down into very toxic chemicals which include a form of dioxin and carcinogenic chloroform.

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So do you have antibacterial soaps in your home? Check the label and see if they contain triclosan. I will give you a heads up, they more than likely do since nearly all manufacturers of those soaps use the chemical.

 

Some reports go as far to say remove any product labeled antibacterial from your home as it contains triclosan, but that is not the case anymore. There is at least one manufacturer in the United States that has antibacterial hand soap that does not contain any toxic chemicals including triclosan. The hand soap is powered with the disinfecting power of herb thyme and citric acid from lemons.

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I am a germaphobe and I have antibacterial soap in my home but it is safe and triclosan free.  Don’t let manufactures expose your family to harmful, life-threatening chemicals.  Get educated and take charge of the products you bring in your home.

So what about you? Are you using soap with triclosan?  Let me know and share your experience with us.

 

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Clean and Sanitize Your Home Without Harsh Chemicals!!! http://www.familygonegreen.com/2014/03/02/clean-sanitize-home-without-harsh-chemicals/ Sun, 02 Mar 2014 18:56:51 +0000 http://www.familygonegreen.com/?p=137 Green CleaningCleaning our homes is something  I find we taken even more seriously when we have our first child.  That new baby changes everything!  When they start tummy time, crawling, walking and generally getting into everything; we want to make sure their environment is the cleanest it can be.  Please wait though before you start pulling out those caustic household cleaners.  Did you know that you are doing more harm than good when you clean with typical household cleaners including chlorine bleach and Lysol products?  Those products can affect your family’s eyes, airways, skin and more especially in babies and young children!

“Parents need to know that there can be a trade-off between a sterilized kitchen and their baby’s health,” says Sonya Lunder, MPH, a senior analyst at the Environmental Working Group in Washington, D.C.

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There is good news. By making simple changes and practicing safe cleaning, you can keep your home clean without exposing your family to unnecessary risks. Cleaning safer does not mean that you cannot sanitize your home, there are products like a hospital grade, EPA approved botanical disinfectants that can be used around kids, food and pets safely.  You need to be an informed and educated consumer that understands there is a choice!

What’s the Problem With Household Cleaners?

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Household cleaners with harsh ingredients can affect your family’s health in a number of ways.

  • Eczema. A baby’s skin is sensitive, and studies have found that irritants and allergens in household cleaners and detergents can cause skin irritation.
  • Airway irritation. Powerful fumes from household cleaners can irritate your baby’s airways, making allergy or asthma symptoms worse. Some cleaning chemicals in schools have been linked with higher rates of asthma, says Lunder.
  • Eye irritation. Household cleaner fumes can also irritate your baby’s eyes, causing redness and watering. If splashed directly into the eyes, some cleaners can cause serious damage.
  • Allergies. Some researchers believe that having a home that’s too clean can increase the long-term risk of allergies in a child. It’s called the hygiene hypothesis. Without some exposure to germs, a child’s immune system might not develop normally. Instead, it becomes hypersensitive and begins to overreact to harmless allergens, like pollen or dander.
  • Poisoning. Every year, more than a million kids under age 5 swallow poisons like household cleaners, sometimes with devastating effects.
  • Unknown health effects. Some household cleaners have fragrances that contain chemicals like phthalates. While we don’t know what their health effects are for sure, some studies have found a possible
  • connection between phthalates and disrupted hormone levels.

“What’s surprising to so many parents is that we don’t have good safety testing for a lot of the chemicals we use every day,” Kenneth Bock, MD, pediatric neurotoxicologist and codirector of the Rhinebeck Health Center in Rhinebeck, N.Y. “We don’t really know what they might be doing to our kids.” To be cautious, many parents try to reduce their use of household cleaners that contain harsh chemicals.

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Tips for Safe Cleaning:

  • Choose safer household cleaners. Experts say that you should look for household cleaners that are less caustic and friendlier to both the environment and the body. Don’t think greener cleaners are less effective.  I clean with safer cleaners with naturally derived ingredients and the natural solvent is safe and way more effective than any chemical solvent I have use.  The real testimony is that I would use my safer products over the chemical, toxic filled products hands down just because they work better but to have the peace of mind that they are healthier for my family is priceless.
  • Know what you’re buying.  Don’t be fooled by greenwashing, or companies putting green or safe on a label and thinking it is.  Products like Lysol Healthy Family and Clorox Green Works want you to believe their product has somehow become safer for your family.  Do your research and really find out what is in them!
  • Don’ t assume you will need to spend more for safer products.  While most companies will rake consumers over the coals for healthier product, there are safer alternatives that can cost 30-40% less than Proctor and Gamble, Colgate Palmolive and SE Johnson products which are toxic.  I spend less for more effective, safer cleaners and household essentials than before because I researched alternatives.  We have to think outside the box.  For me it was a matter of changing brands and where I shopped for my household essentials and because I took the time to find out the facts, my budget is reaping the rewards and my home is safer.
  • Don’t use spray-on carpet cleaners or toxic carpet shampoo. According to experts, chemical carpet cleaners contain a lot of ingredients that can become trapped in a carpet. For child-safe cleaning, use a steam cleaner with water and a safe cleaner with naturally derived solvents.  My natural carpet shampoo that I make with my safer cleaners contains tea tree oil and we love it.  We used to hate the smell (for weeks) that commercial carpet cleaning products left on our carpets and area rugs.  My kids did not even want to sit or stand on a carpet that was cleaned with one of those products.  Since switching our cleaning products, the carpets are super clean, deodorized and neutralized without leaving a nasty chemical odor.  Best of all the safer cleaner works on tough stains like nail polish, wine, fruit punch, grape juice, pet stains and more, better than any toxic chemical shampoo!

If you would like more information on how I keep my home clean and sanitized safely while saving 30-40% on the products I was buying at the big box or grocery store, just fill out our contact form and I will give you all the details.  Why wouldn’t you want to educate yourself on safer, more natural products that will save you money?  So don’t delay in finding out all the details today!

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Great Choices For Plants That Will Improve The Indoor Air Quality of Your Home! http://www.familygonegreen.com/2013/02/21/great-choices-for-plants-that-will-improve-the-indoor-air-quality-of-your-home/ Thu, 21 Feb 2013 03:50:00 +0000 http://www.familygonegreen.com/?p=124 air quality

 

Did you know the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ranks indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental risks to public health? Considering that the average family spends 90% of their time indoors this fact is alarming.

Fortunately, you can do many things to improve and clean the quality of the air in your home.  You can get rid of the toxic products you use like air fresheners, disinfectants, particle board furniture, vinyl flooring, and harsh solvents.  You can replace many of these products with safer, healthier options.  Other ways you can improve the air quality is to get the air flowing in your home, even for just a few minutes a day.  Open those windows!  Another way you can help clean up your air is with plants.  Plants placed in rooms throughout your home can really help to improve the air quality.  Some great plants that work well are:

The Areca Palm which is a great choice to place in your living areas and the more the better.  It is recommended to have 4 of these shoulder height plants for each person in the household.  So if you are a family of four, you should have 16 of these palms placed in your home throughout your living areas.  These palms work like a green oxygen factory for your home.

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The Mother-in-Law’s Tongue or snake plant is the ideal choice for bedrooms and the recommendation is to have 6 to 8 waist-high plants per person.

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Th Money Plant works like a toxin filter to remove formaldehyde and other volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) from the air.

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Now I know you may be thinking that sounds like an awful lot of plants to have, but they will provide amazing benefits even if you do not have as many as recommended.

Some other great options are the following 5 ornamental plants that are very effective for removing toxins like benzene, toluene, octane, alpha-pinene and TCE.

  • The purple waffle plant (Hemigraphis alternata)

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  • English ivy (Hedera helix)

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  • The variegated wax plant (Hoya carnosa)

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  • The asparagus fern (Asparagus densiflorus)

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  • The purple heart plant (Tradescantia pallida)

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Now always keep the plants clean, and dust free because that helps them do their job more efficiently, Take good care of them as the more robust and healthy they are, the better they will work for you.  Good luck and let me know if you decide to add some of these natural air cleaners to your home.  I am definitely going to be adding many to my home.

 

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Shampoo That Foams and Lathers Great Is More Effective, Right? http://www.familygonegreen.com/2013/02/09/shampoo-that-foams-and-lathers-great-is-more-effective-right/ Sat, 09 Feb 2013 20:46:32 +0000 http://www.familygonegreen.com/?p=110 suds

Wrong!!!  Most people equate suds, lather or foam in products like shampoo with increased efficiency at getting your hair squeaky clean.  What they don’t know is that the ingredients used to create the foam and lather in most shampoos are toxic, harmful chemicals. Cosmetic and personal care products are among the least regulated products in most countries.  These products contain many untested ingredients that are just deemed safe by consumers because…well, because it is sold on the shelves of their local store.  There is no skull and cross bones on that bottle of baby shampoo you are plucking off the shelf and loading in your cart, it probably is from a long time manufacturer that you may  trust because your parents used that brand on you.  The thing you are not realizing is that the shampoo you are bringing home to use on your hair and scalp, and that of your kids probably contains chemicals that are toxic, cancer causing and definitely NOT SAFE!

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Shampoos are designed to cleanse our hair and scalp, they are necessary in practicing good hygiene   Do you know what’s  in most shampoos?  Well, in most shampoos you will find preservatives, foaming agents and boosters, modifiers, colorants, and fragrance.

Let’s take a closer look at these ingredients.  

Going back to the title of this post, did you know that shampoos do not need foam to work.  However, over time the average consumer has come to equate foaming power with superior cleansing.  The most popular foaming agent is Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and you can find it in about 90% of shampoos on the market.  Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) is found in about 20% of shampoos and is a lather enhancer.  Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is a potent detergent and degreaser, so efficient that it is used to degrease engines and clean airport runways!  These added toxins are absorbed through the skin and remain detectable in the human body for up to 5 days after use!  Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is more than stinging to your eyes, it poses a real danger and can accumulate in your eye and be a cause of cataracts.  It is one of the know carcinogens to humans and it accelerates allergic reactions to other agents and accumulates in the heart, liver, lungs and brain.  A couple of less common foaming agents are Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate and Sodium Myreth Sulphate which are found mostly in shampoo for dry or damaged hair or in clear shampoos.

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Now if  foaming agents were not enough, there are foam boosters added to shampoos.  Foam boosters that are toxic are cocamide monethanolamine (MEA), diethanolamine (DEA) or triethanolamine (TEA).  Cocamide DEA is very toxic and is a known cause of kidney and liver damage and cancer in animals, it is considered to pose a serious health risk and a possible carcinogen to humans.  Because the use of these chemicals is so widespread it is of great concern as so many are exposed on a daily basis and many are not even aware.

Now if you see the stock piles of the extreme coupon hauls, you will know that most shampoos have a huge shelf life and for this shelf life they are chock full of preservatives.  One or two preservatives are needed for the water soluble ingredients of shampoo and others preservatives are necessary for the oil soluble ingredients.  These preservatives are toxic and totally unnatural which makes them very good preservatives.  A toxic paraben family of chemicals are one of the popular choices manufacturers choose and combine with methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazoline (MIT).  MIT has been shown to cause neurological damage in rats and is a powerful irritant and allergen.  There is much concern that using products with these toxins by pregnant women can adversely affect fetal brain development and may be a contributing factor in the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Formaldehyde DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea and imidazolidinyl urea are all preservatives that manufacturers use to preserve the water soluble component of shampoo.  All of these preservatives release formaldehyde.  Formaldehyde is a powerful skin, eye and lung irritant with as many as 1 in 5 people exposed to a product containing formaldehyde experiencing an allergic reaction and for this has been banned in Sweden and Japan.  Formaldehyde is toxic and exposure is known to cause joint pain, depression, headaches, chest pain, ear infections, chronic fatigue, dizziness, insomnia and cancer in both animals and humans.  Additional concern is that exposure to formaldehyde can cause DNA damage to sperm.

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Are you wanting to run to your shower right now and check your products?  I bet, but wait because there’s more you need to know before you do that.  There are modifiers in shampoos like smoothing agents that are related to glycerol propylene glycol that are common and closely chemically related to antifreeze and no surprise are highly irritant and toxic.  Some of the adverse effects associated with propylene glycol are a multitude of skin disorders such as dry skin, dermatitis and various rashes, as well kidney and liver abnormalities and cell membrane damage have been attributed to this toxin.  Synthetic silicone polymers and various oils are also added to facilitate the smoothing of the cuticle of the hair shaft as well as thickners like xanthan gum and glycol stearate an emulsifier.

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There are several toxic colorants that are added to shampoo.  Colorants derived from coal tar are often added to shampoo especially for conditions like dandruff and psoriasis that are know to cause allergic reactions and cancer in animals.  Various thickeners and opacifiers may be added to alter the consistency, appearance and quality of shampoo.

Oh that smell!  As many as 4000 individual artificial and natural ingredients can be added to create fragrance in shampoo.  A study by the US Institute of Occupational Safety and Health found over 20 years ago that 1/3 of these fragrances are toxic and affect the central nervous system causing  ADD/ADHD, depression, irritability and an inability to cope as well as rashes, skin discoloration, headaches, dizziness, coughing and vomiting.  The US Environmental Protection Agency also performed a study over 20 years ago and found all perfumes contained a toxin called Toluene which is know to be  toxic to the developing fetus, and cause liver, kidney and brain damage.  Phthalates are also added to shampoos as a fragrance enhancer or solvent and these are extremely powerful toxic endocrine and metabolic disruptors that can be found in blood, urine and especially breast milk!

There are also ingredients in shampoo that are considered contaminants and are not required to be listed on the label, thus proving what you can’t see can still hurt you! Harsh detergent  can be treated with ethylene oxide to produce a mild detergent action very inexpensively, however the by-product of this is 1,4 dioxane.  One study found that 1,4 dioxane is found in over half of all body care products on the market and is of great concern since it is closely related to dioxin which is the most toxic chemical known. 1,4 dioxine is known to penetrate the skin, irritate the eyes and respiratory tract, and suspected to be toxic t the central nervous system, liver, kidneys, reproductive organs and breasts, know to cause cancer in animals and a suspected carcinogen to humans.

Back to the foam again, the foam booster cocamide DEA is know to react with nitrosating agents (from the nitrite preservatives  or breakdown of other ingredients or air exposure) to form nitrosodiethanolamine (NDEA).  Studies have found toxic nitrosamines in over 50% of body care products tested.  These nitrosamines are potent carcinogens which penetrate the skin.

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Okay, so what do you do? You need to read labels, buy safe, natural products, educate yourself and others on the dangers lining our store shelves.  Next time you see someone proud of a coupon haul or stock pile of toxic products such as the shampoos we just discussed, take them aside and explain even for free the cost is too great.  Then you can help them haul that stock pile of toxic shampoo to the toxic dump along with everything you have unloaded from your bathroom.

Oh and if you think you can’t afford natural and safe products, that they are just too expensive, well the truth is they are priceless but I know it would blow you away to know that you could get them for less than the toxic products you were buying.  Want to learn how, just ask us.  Fill out our contact form and we will get you the information you can’t afford to be without!

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Clean Up Your Act!!! http://www.familygonegreen.com/2013/02/07/103/ Thu, 07 Feb 2013 19:53:58 +0000 http://www.familygonegreen.com/?p=103 cleanupyouract copy

Are you concerned about the chemicals manufactures are using in our cleaning supplies, bath and body products, nutritional products and more?  Does your family suffer from allergies, asthma, skin disorders like eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, acne or conditions like Fibro, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, depression, pre-diabetes, diabetes, excess weight, vitamin deficiencies and more?  If so, I urge you to take a look at just what is in your home and what exactly could be making you sick.  Learn how to detox your home and learn the ugly truth manufactures don’t want you to know.  Join me in my virtual office for a very special “Clean Up Your Act!”   Friday, February 8th at 8 pm est.  If you would like instructions on attending use our Contact Form and we will get right back to you!

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Be Aware! That Pine Clean Smell Is Toxic! http://www.familygonegreen.com/2013/02/07/be-aware-that-pine-clean-smell-is-toxic/ Thu, 07 Feb 2013 03:51:34 +0000 http://www.familygonegreen.com/?p=98

Did you ever think that the products you are using to clean your home are worse than the germs and dirt you are trying to rid surfaces of?   If you haven’t, I urge you to check what you’re using, some of the most toxic chemicals are in the cleaners lining our store shelves.  Are the name Lysol, Clorox, Scrubbing Bubbles, Pine Sol and Comet familiar to you?  Are those cleaners under your kitchen sink or in your cleaning supply stash?  Do you use these products regularly to clean and disinfect your home, feeling you are protecting your family?  If you said yes as you read the previous few sentences, what I am about to tell you will be shocking.  Those products mentioned above and many more just like them are full of toxins exposing your family to chemicals that are known carcinogens and have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer, asthma attacks, and psychological abnormalities.  In fact, a New York Poison Control Center study found that 85 % of product warning labels are inadequate.

The warnings on the cleaning product labels only apply to a product’s immediate health effects; they don’t tell you anything about the long term health effects of using these products.  Check your cleaning supplies, do you see any of the following ingredients on you products:

  • Chlorinated phenols found in toilet bowl cleaners are toxic to respiratory and circulatory systems.
  • Diethylene glycol found in window cleaners depresses the nervous system.
  • Phenols found in disinfectants are toxic to respiratory and circulatory systems.
  • Nonylphenol ethoxylate, a common surfactant (detergent) found in laundry detergents and all-purpose cleaners, is banned in Europe; it has been shown to biodegrade slowly into even more toxic compounds.
  • Formaldehyde found in spray and wick deodorizers is a respiratory irritant and suspected carcinogen.
  • Petroleum solvents in floor cleaners damage mucous membranes.
  • Perchloroethylene, a spot remover, causes liver and kidney damage.
  • Butyl cellosolve, common in all-purpose, window and other types of cleaners, damages bone marrow, the nervous system, kidneys and the liver.

Those are just some of the toxic chemicals and there are many more, but the point is they are making your home toxic, the air quality is toxic, the surfaces, clothing and bedding that have been treated or washed with these toxins are toxic to the people or animals touching, wearing or sleeping on them.  The air quality is extremely toxic especially in Winter when windows and doors are sealed up tight.

So what do you do?  Do you learn to live among the germs, clean with water or just take your chances?  Did you know there are safe alternatives that will kill the germs, remove the grime, disinfect and contain no harsh or toxic chemicals?  How about toilet bowl cleaners and disinfectants that don’t need safety caps, or phosphate free automatic dishwasher detergent that really works, pesticides that work without poisons?  There are safe alternatives that really work and if you are thinking that you can’t afford safer, healthier, options because you think the’re more expensive, think again.  What would you say if I told you that you would spend less, your family would be healthier and that you will save even more money because you will go to the doctor less?  Would you like a healthier home, healthy air quality and to experience relief from allergies, asthma, skin rashes, eczema, dermatitis and more?  I  think I know the answer.

If you would like more information please fill out our contact form and we will let you know about the safer, more cost effective options out there.  We can’t wait to tell you all about it and it will have your whole family breathing easier.

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Laundry Detergent Pods Poisoning Babies & Children!!! http://www.familygonegreen.com/2012/09/10/laundry-detergent-pods-poisoning-babies-children/ http://www.familygonegreen.com/2012/09/10/laundry-detergent-pods-poisoning-babies-children/#comments Mon, 10 Sep 2012 05:31:45 +0000 http://www.familygonegreen.com/?p=94 Tide Pods Detergent

Packaged for convenience, but looking like teething toys and candy with their swirled bright colors; laundry detergent pods are poisoning babies and children in growing numbers.  Senator Charles Schumer from NY held a press conference yesterday, September 9th where he stated that since April, 40 local children in the city have mistakenly downed the colorful laundry packs such as Tide Pods, leading to numerous hospitalizations, some emergency intestinal surgery, and pangs of hunger.  “The incidents are skyrocketing,” Schumer said Sunday joined by several medical professionals. “These pods were supposed to make household chores easier, not tempt our children to swallow harmful chemicals. I saw one on my staffer’s desk and I wanted to eat it.”

Senator Chuck Schumer gives a press conference calling for child proof packaging on detergent "Pods", at his mid-town Manhattan office. (Anthony Lanzilote/for the New York Daily News)

Sen. Charles Schumer shows off the dangerous detergent pods at a news conference Sunday.

Schumer said 200 cases had been reported to poison control centers nationwide as of May, but that figure jumped to 1,210 by the end of June.  In one case, a 15-month-old who bit into a packet and breathed the contents began vomiting and had to be put on a ventilator.  The one-time use clothing cleaners are designed to reduce spills and bulky bottles but they are more dangerous because the brightly colored pods are highly concentrated, Schumer said.  Medical experts cautioned that the colorful plastic packaging is especially tempting because it looks like a teething toy.

“They look yummy and like candy,” said Dr. Tamara Kuittinen, director of medical education in the department of emergency medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital. She warned parents to keep the pods and colorful dishwashing packets in high and locked storage spaces.

In May, Proctor and Gamble announced that it would be implementing a new double-latch lid for the Tide Pod containers, a safety move Schumer is hoping others will voluntarily follow.  Arm and Hammer and other makers have not followed suit. The pods have caused serious injuries in Europe where they have been on the market for several years, Schumer said. But there are no plans to ban the new product, he said. “We don’t want to throw out the baby with the detergent water,” he said. “I don’t know why they make them look so delicious.”

Stories like this make me glad that I have convenience and safety in my laundry detergent, which does not need safety caps, is safe and free of harmful, toxic chemicals.  Best yet my detergent works better than these chemical, carcinogen full toxic detergents.  Why take chances using these products, why put your family at risk?  Besides poisoning children, the toxic chemicals in these detergents stay on the clothes and are absorbed through the skin.  That is some scary stuff.  Why choose products cleaning products that must have safety caps and lids? It is totally  unnecessary when there are alternatives that work better and are natural, best of all they don’t need safety caps.  Isn’t it time for a change?

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Asthma and Wheezing Affecting Your Kids? Take a Good Look Under Your Sink!!! http://www.familygonegreen.com/2012/07/15/asthma-and-wheezing-affecting-your-kids-take-a-good-look-under-your-sink/ http://www.familygonegreen.com/2012/07/15/asthma-and-wheezing-affecting-your-kids-take-a-good-look-under-your-sink/#comments Sun, 15 Jul 2012 17:32:57 +0000 http://www.familygonegreen.com/?p=84

All kinds of respiratory conditions are on the rise in children and adults.  Allergies and asthma are affecting those who have never suffered before as well as children.  I speak with people every day who are looking for a solution to harsh chemical cleaners that are causing health problems.  Just yesterday I spoke with a woman who never had any respiratory problems and her doctor told her it is linked to the bleach and disinfectants she is cleaning with. I was thrilled to help her find  alternatives that work better and a way to detox her home to change the air quality.  What is under your sink, in your air, on your lawn, on your kids, pets and all the surfaces in your home?  It is prudent to take a good look around your house.  Your home should be a haven not a toxic waste dump.

Researchers from Bristol University, UK, have indicated that household chemicals such as bleach, paint stripper, carpet cleaners are causing childhood asthma and wheezing.

The researchers followed 14,000 kids from birth. They discovered that families which frequently used household cleaning products had much higher incidences of asthma and wheezing among their children.

The researchers said there is a clear link between childhood asthma and wheezing and frequent use of household cleaning products.

According to the research, children were twice as likely to develop breathing problems if their mother/father frequently used these products (in comparison to households that used them the least).

In this study, the following household products were the most likely to cause childhood breathing problems if used frequently:

— Disinfectant

— Bleach

— Carpet Cleaner

— Window Cleaner

— Dry Cleaning Fluid

— Aerosols

— Turpentine

— Air Freshener

— Paint Stripper

— Paint Or Varnish

— Pesticides Or Insecticides

 

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