Toxicity is the degree to which a substance can damage an organism (or substructure of an organism).
Let’s talk briefly about toxins in and around your home that you can get rid of right away—or over time by substituting healthier options.
Never before have there been so many toxins in our environment. At the same time, never before have so many people been made aware of the dangers that are in household products and then made smart choices to use healthier alternatives.
Things to avoid:
Plastics: Avoid plastic bottles or plastics in general with the numbers 3,6, and 7 on them. 1,2,4, and 5 are better. Many water bottles and Styrofoam are produced using chlorine by products which can be up to 300,000 times more carcinogenic than DDT which is a chemical pesticide.
Bleached paper products: Chlorinated paper towels, toilet paper, bleached coffee filters, feminine hygiene products are all toxic. Look for PCF labels indicating that they are chlorine free.
Anti-microbial soaps: Triclosan is the dangerous toxin in these products. With increased use of antimicrobials, the cases of antibiotic-resistant bacteria continue to rise. These products kill good and bad bacteria. Triclosan + Chlorinated tap water = chloroform
Cosmetics: Major endocrine disruptors. Cosmetics aren’t regulated, and often contain things like: mercury, lead, toluene, formaldehyde, parabens, placenta, phthalates, and triclosan. Read the labels! Parabens, overtime, break down into formaldehyde. Pthalates have been shown to cause male hormone problems, breast and testicular cancer and autism.
Cleaners: The worst are oven, toilet and drain cleaners. Toxic, Toxic, Toxic. Use vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, castile soap, baking soda, lemon juice and water. Google recipes for safe, environmentally smart cleaners.
Room deodorizers: These products usually contain VOCs. Volatile Organic Compounds can cause nausea, headaches, drowsiness, sore throats, impaired memory and long term exposure leads to cancer.
Stain resistant clothes, furniture spray and carpet treatment: these have been show to lead to birth defects and cancer. And the chemicals that make up these sprays have been seen in high concentrations in breast milk.
Dry Cleaning chemicals: Can lead to hormone issues. These chemicals have been banned in Canada and Europe. Take your dry cleaning to an “eco-friendly” place. Also be sure and remove the plastic bag and let your clothes “air out” for 4-5 hours before wearing them.
Did you know?
Pesticides account for 10% of air pollution. They can cause endocrine and hormones disruption as well.
Every 2.6 seconds a new chemical is synthesized or isolated in a lab.
It took 33 years to register the first 10 million chemicals…it has taken 9 months to register the last 10 million.
So what do you do?
1. Use safe essential oils for cleaning, deodorizing, controlling pests, etc.
2. Read labels and make better choices when dealing with cosmetics, plastics and paper products.