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November 2009, Issue #007

Table of Contents

This month's topic:

Homemade Cleaning Products

  • The Antibacterial Craze
  • What Do Those Labels Mean?
  • Safe, Money Saving Cleaners

  • Save Money and Your Health With Homemade Cleaning Products


    With Christmas and all the other approaching holidays, many of us will be busy cleaning getting ready for company to visit. So I'm challenging you to use safe homemade cleaning products this month. It's not only a healthy choice, but it will save you some money too!

    The Antibacterial Craze

    I love a clean house, I'm sure you do too. But the truth is most people in this country are over disinfecting their lives with all the antibacterial personal care and cleaning products. Most of the antibacterial products on the market are really unnecessary. In fact, they may be making you and your family sicker. Many of these products contain chemicals that are known health hazzards.

    The chemicals in antibacterial soaps, cleaners and disinfectants are actually toxic to the body. Yes, they are deemed as safe by the FDA and EPA, but that's an argument for another day. The small amounts seem harmless but the cumulative effects on the body can be overwhelming.

    The Problems They're Causing

    These toxins can cause irritation to the eyes, nose and throat causing headaches, asthma, nausea, cancer, liver, kidney and central nervous system damage.

    They are also contributing to the rise in disease resistant microbes and they are polluting our environment. While they might be effective at killing the "bad" bacteria, unfortunately, they are also killing the necessary friendly bacteria on our skin and in our body.

    Our body was designed for exposure to germs, that's how we develop our immunity. But if you or your child is living in a totally germ free environment, you're not developing your natural immunities and you will actually be more prone to illness and disease.

    What Do Those Labels Mean?

    Here are a few of the most toxic of the hazardous cleaners:

  • Antibacterial soaps
  • Petroleum based furniture polish and sprays
  • Oven Cleaners
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Chlorine Bleach
  • Check the labels on these products and then check below to see what those labels actually mean for your safety. I was quite surprised.

    •Caution, means it will kill by ingesting 2 Tablespoons to 2 Cups

    •Warning, means it will kill an adult with a teaspoonful

    •Danger, means it will kill with a pinch

    Safe Money Saving Homemade Cleaners

    Vinegar: Use white distilled with 5% acidity for cleaning, it's the cheapest and it's effective. Just use it straight for disinfecting in the kitchen for the counters and even your cutting board. It's great for cleaning glass, toilet bowls and dissolving soap scum. It kills 99 of bacteria, 82% of molds and 80% of viruses on contact.

    Baking Soda, is highly alkaline but has very low toxicity level. It's a natural deodorizer for the fridge or the garbage disposal. I use it to clean my sink instead of scouring powder or soft scrub. Use a teaspoon in 2 cups of hot water and use as a cleaner. Stronger solutions can be made for tougher jobs like oven cleaning.

    Sunshine Cleaner can replace many household cleaning products. You can bathe with it, use it for numerous household cleaning jobs, it has many automotive uses, gardening and more. It's very safe, has a body friendly pH of 6.5 and costs pennies to use.

    Nature's Fresh is a non toxic enzyme based product. The many uses for this product include removing stains and odors, cleaning of carpets and laundry, a topical first aid and so much more.

    There are also many essential oils that have disinfectant properties as well.

    So you see ..... you can save money, eliminate harmful toxins and still have a clean home.

    There are too many uses for the Sunshine Cleaner and Nature's Fresh products to list here, but if you would like a downloadable PDF brochure of all the uses, Contact Me and I'll e-mail it to you.

    If I don't get the next e-zine out until after Christmas, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and Happy New Year. God Bless.

    To Your Good Health!

    Barb Hughesian

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