chemicals

Donít Offend Others With Second-Hand Chemicals

Friday, March 28, 2008 by: Roger Harris
Tags: second-hand chemicals, health news, Natural News

eTrust Pro Certified

Delicious Pin It
(NaturalNews) Feel overwhelmed by cleaning tasks? There's one way to actually take control over the toxins that may be stressing out your nervous and detoxification systems Ė stop using chemicals on your body and in your house. You'll also be doing your family, friends, neighbors and the environment a favor by not putting chemical fumes in the air.

Smelly chemical cleaners leave behind a film which can make a person ill, even if they're not the one using them. Second-hand cleaning chemicals, perfumed detergents and fabric softeners can be compared to second-hand smoke Ė they can affect others negatively too.

Most modern cleaning formulas are concoctions of chemicals, many of which are toxic. A 1991 EPA study of 31 fragrance products found toluene; a neurotoxin, carcinogen and a chemical designated as Hazardous Waste, in all of them. Other petroleum derivatives were also found in fragrances, including known toxins capable of causing birth defects, thyroid and central nervous system disorders in addition to allergic reactions, according to a report to the legislature by a Committee on Science & Technology.

I and my chemically-sensitive partner have banned such cleaning chemicals from our house, replacing them with non-toxic cleaning supplies, some which were our grandmothers' favorites and others new to the market, such as a botanical soap which can be used for everything from brushing your teeth to doing your laundry.

Recently, my partner and I were enjoying the morning sunrise from our deck when our neighbor cranked up her fabric softener-filled dryer, which exhausted the "spring breeze" fragrance into the neighborhood air. My partner contracted a headache and dizziness and had to retreat indoors to "fresher" air. One look at the ingredients in fabric softener helps us to understand why fabric softener can cause a toxic assault.

What's In Those Dryer Sheets?*

* Benzyl Acetate: Linked to pancreatic cancer

* Benzyl Alcohol: Upper respiratory tract irritant

* Ethanol: On the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Hazardous Waste list and capable of causing
central nervous system disorders

* A-Terpineol: Can cause respiratory problems, including fatal edema, and central nervous system
damage

* Ethyl Acetate: A narcotic on the EPA's Hazardous Waste list

* Camphor: Causes central nervous system disorders

* Chloroform: Neurotoxin, anesthetic and carcinogen

* Linalool: A narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders

* Pentane: A chemical known to be harmful if inhaled

Natural Solutions

To help ourselves and the neighbors breathe more easily, we've ordered an amazing new alternative - Static Eliminatorô woven sheets - which take static cling out, and soften fabric without any toxic chemicals. Author and long-term advocate of natural cleaning methods, Annie Berthold-Bond, suggests making your own dryer sheet by placing a teaspoon of a natural, fragrance-free hair conditioner on a cotton cloth that you throw in with your dryer load. Since we often line dry our clothes, we use a little baking soda to soften and deodorize them in the wash.

For the washer, there are now many fragrance-free, chemical-free laundry soaps available although old-fashioned Borax works well on its own, or to boost other detergents. Or simply opt out of laundry soap altogether by using Laundry Disks or natural "Soap Nuts."

Don't be fooled by national detergent brands that say they are "unscented." They usually contain masking fragrance that can be just as irritating to your skin, lungs and nervous system.
According to the Hawaii Department of Health's Alternatives to Household Hazardous Products guide, "Detergents are derived from scarce petroleum, are non-biodegradable and usually contain chemical additives such as fragrances and colors. Dish detergents cause more child poisonings than any other household product. Automatic dishwashing powders contain high concentrations of phosphates which, when released into streams and storm drains, kill fish and other aquatic life."

Seventh Generation now makes a Free & Clear (no dyes or fragrances) version of its biodegradable, non-toxic soap for the sink and automatic dishwasher. Or you can use the old favorites, Borax or baking soda, which work especially well in hard water because of their alkalinity.

Grandma's staple, baking soda, can not only be used as a deodorizer in the laundry as well as in the refrigerator, but as an all-around household cleanser too. A little on a sponge can be used to wash your dishes, as a non-abrasive scrub for your ceramic cook-top surface, and to clean spills from the inside of your oven. For baked-on goo, just sprinkle some baking soda and hot water on the mess, leave overnight, and wipe off with a scrub sponge in the morning.

To kill mold, our favorites are vinegar, Borax, Bon Ami cleanser, or the strong hydrogen peroxide solution in Ecover Bleach, available at our local health food store.

To clean windows, a small amount of vinegar and a squeeze of dish soap in a bucket of water will replace those blue, ammonia-based window cleaners, and newsprint will wipe the glass streak-free.

Opt For Fresh Air

My partner and I are lucky to live in Hawaii because we don't need air fresheners as warm trade-winds usually blow in our open windows 24-hours-a-day. But for those of you who can't always leave the windows open, turn on your exhaust fan and put out a bowl of baking soda, vinegar or organically grown flowers instead of reaching for commercial air freshener.

Last fall, a group of environmental organizations - the Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Alliance for Healthy Homes and the National Center for Healthy Housing - asked the federal government to begin regulating air fresheners. Scientific studies show that air fresheners coat our nasal passages and "freshen" by deadening our nerves with harmful chemicals linked to asthma, developmental problems in babies (fragrances cross the infant's blood brain barrier unimpeded), and cancer in laboratory animals, according to the petition sent to two federal agencies.

The environmental groups complained that in houses, offices and restrooms, Americans suffer significant exposure "to a veritable cocktail of dangerous and potentially dangerous volatile organic compounds. In cases of mold and damp indoor environments, air fresheners may hide an indicator of potentially serious health threats to the respiratory system."

One inventive alternative developed by a chemically sensitive individual to freshen the air and reduce mold is the Hygenaireģ device, which fans out a small amount of citrus seed extract into the room. Since mold can be a huge problem in humid areas, we put one in our bathroom as well as our closet.

So to reduce your body's toxic load, clean, disinfect and deodorize with the simple, natural, non-toxic standbys of your grandmother. Or shop wisely and explore the "green" offerings of responsible companies that are defining the future of the marketplace and the health of your home.

Reference:

* Par a 1991 EPA Study, and the possible effects of exposure.

About the author

Roger Harris is a writer and environmental advocate living on the Big Island of Hawaii. He has formed a network to provide alternatives to pesticides and chemicals, www.GreenerWorld.net to help the citizens of Hawaii and the world choose a healthier future.


Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Join over four million monthly readers. Email privacy 100% protected. Unsubscribe at any time.


Have comments on this article? Post them here:

comments powered by Disqus

Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com

Email this article to a friend

Permalink to this article:

Reprinting this article: Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):
Most Popular
Today | Week | Month | Year

See all Top Headlines...



GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Now Available at ShopNaturalNews.com

O3 Essentials OraJuvenate™
A powerful, cleansing dental cream for maximum oral/dental health.
New Cancer Solutions
Over 3 hours of content covering today’s best cancer tests, how to kill cancer cells and the best diets and exercise routines.
Freeze-Dried 100% Organic Whole Corn
Our freeze-drying method preserves taste, texture and nutrients better than any other food preservation method ever invented.
Fenix TK35 Flashlight
Tough, waterproof, extremely bright and it’s touted to throw an 800+ lumen beam more than 1,000 feet into the night.
Inca Treasure Smoothie Pack
This pack of our four most popular superfoods from South America is the perfect combo pack for smoothie lovers.
Pink Himalayan Salt
This salt delivers significant levels of magnesium, zinc and selenium, with trace levels of dozens of other elements.
Pinhole Glasses - Aviator Style
Pinhole glasses are becoming famous for helping people improve their vision without the risks of laser surgery.
Oxy-Rich Facial Serum
O3 Essentials Jojoba Oxy-Rich Facial Serum is cellular nourishment for your skin. Helps smooth fine lines while enhancing tissue elasticity.
Freeze-Dried 100% Blackberry Halves
Our freeze-dried blackberry halves are grown in Serbia under strict organic standards.

Also on NaturalNews:

Health Ranger Videos
Activist music
CounterThink Cartoons
Food documentaries
FREE Special Reports
Podcasts
Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Most Popular Stories

Flu shot kills 19-year-old, but vaccine industry still has total immunity against lawsuits
Here's a nutty fact: Eating more tree nuts lowers the risk of all-cause death by up to 20 percent
Six important facts you're not being told about lost Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 now clearly a government cover-up: All evidence contradicts official story
10 other companies that use the same Subway yoga mat chemical in their buns
BLM fracking racket exposed! Armed siege and cattle theft from Bundy ranch really about fracking leases
High-dose vitamin C injections shown to annihilate cancer
U.S. treating meat with ammonia, bleach and antibiotics to kill the '24-hour sickness'
USDA to allow U.S. to be overrun with contaminated chicken from China
Vaccine fraud exposed: Measles and mumps making a huge comeback because vaccines are designed to fail, say Merck virologists
Battle for humanity nearly lost: global food supply deliberately engineered to end life, not nourish it
Diet soda, aspartame linked to premature deaths in women

25 Amazing Facts About Food

This FREE downloadable report unveils a collection of astonishing and little-known facts about the food we eat very day. Click here to read it now...

 

Resveratrol and its Effects on Human Health and Longevity - Myth or Miracle.

Unlock the secrets of cellular health with the "miracle" nutrient Resveratrol Click here to read it now...

 

Nutrition Can Save America

FREE online report shows how we can save America through a nutrition health care revolution. "Eating healthy is patriotic!" Click here to read it now...

The Healing Power of Sunlight and Vitamin D

In this exclusive interview, Dr. Michael Holick reveals fascinating facts on how vitamin D is created and used in the human body to ward off chronic diseases like cancer, osteoporosis, mental disorders and more. Click here to read it now...

Vaccines: Get the Full Story

The International Medical Council on Vaccination has released, exclusively through NaturalNews.com, a groundbreaking document containing the signatures of physicians, brain surgeons and professors, all of which have signed on to a document stating that vaccines pose a significant risk of harm to the health of children. Click here to read it now...

Health Ranger Storable Organics

GMO-free, chemical-free foods and superfoods for long-term storage and preparedness. See selection at www.StorableOrganics.com



Recommended Resources On:

Natural News trends
Health Ranger news
Natural News GMOs
Mike Adams tracker
Natural News photos
Natural News Global
Natural News in focus
Natural News connect
Natural News shocking stories
Natural News radar
GMOs
Quackwatch
Vaccines
Health freedom
Dr. Paul Offit

This site is part of the Natural News Network © 2014 All Rights Reserved. Privacy | Terms All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. Truth Publishing International, LTD. is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Truth Publishing assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published here. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

eTrust Pro Certified Android app on Google Play

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.