Home Detox Checklist

Let us help you detox your house one room at a time. We have created easy room-by-room checklists for your reference. Take a deep breath and start slowly. Do not expect to do this overnight. Take baby steps and feel empowered. Even small changes can have a big impact on the health of your family.

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A Healthy Nursery

Diaper Rash Cream?

 

 

Desitin Diaper Rash Cream, #1 choice of pediatricians and moms; practically ubiquitous in nurseries. How disappointing: This cream contains Methylparaben and Propylparaben, two hormone-disrupting chemicals (parabens) as well as an unidentified “fragrance” which most likely contains harmful phthalates (plasticizers that can affect the reproductive system). Opt for a non-chemical brand, such as Earth’s Best Diaper Cream. Keep those cute little bums safe!

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Non-Toxic Bug Spray

 

Bug Off

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taking the kiddos camping this weekend and we just whipped up some non-toxic bug spray. Recipe: 5 drops each of Peppermint, Thieves, and Purification plus equal parts distilled water and witch hazel in a 2-ounce glass bottle. Bugs be gone!

Now, wish us luck sleeping with two wee ones in a tent. Happy Trails!

Here are the oils we use.

 

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A Healthy Lawn

 

Do you have grass in your backyard? If so, is it treated with pesticides? If you have kids playing in the grass, or babies crawling on it with their hands (that subsequently go into their mouths), consider asking the person who cares for your lawn to stop treating it with chemicals (you, spouse, friend, gardener?). This will also greatly reduce the amount of pesticides tracked into your house on the bottom of shoes or little feet. It is amazing what you can learn by just asking the question. If you don’t specify “no pesticides,” the default will most likely be that your grass is treated with chemicals. Our own lawn is a case in point; it was years before I asked the question.  I cringe when I think about my children playing on it.  As a side note, we have had no brown spots since we stopped treating our lawn and it looks beautiful.  Seems as if we didn’t need those nasty pesticides in the first place. Scientific evidence shows that contact with these chemicals is not healthy for your little ones and has been linked to adverse long-term health effects.

 

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A Chemical Burden Part II

By, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE CHEMICALS

Tell retailers to stop selling products made with PFCs and other chemicals.

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Houseplants & Air Quality

Invest in houseplants to improve indoor air quality at home (and/or at work). The more plants you have in your home, the healthier the air you breathe will be. Given the VOCs (volatile organic compounds) seeping from paint and carpet, and off-gassing from furniture (especially in baby’s nursery),  it helps to have plants working for you to combat these toxic gases. It doesn’t take a lot—one study found that small groups of Janet Craig (that’s actually the name of a plant) and sweet chico plants placed in indoor spaces reduced levels of certain gases up to 75 percent. 1 That seems like a no-brainer. Plus, they look nice.

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Notes:

  1. http://greenplantsforgreenbuildings.org/attachments/contentmanagers/25/PlantsCleanseIndoorAir.pdf

A Chemical Burden

As we know, it’s not just about a non-toxic diet, it’s about a non-toxic lifestyle and reducing your family’s chemical burden from everyday (seemingly safe) products. Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families published an INCREDIBLE GUIDE to help you reduce your family’s exposure to toxic chemicals. They have broken down something otherwise quite overwhelming into easily digestible bites for parents to take action. They provide the name of the lurking chemical, where it is commonly found, the potential health effects, and tips to avoid it. The “Mind the Store” campaign is terrific and I hope we all get to benefit from the results: top 10 big retailers taking toxic chemicals out of their products, so parents don’t have to do CIA detective work every time we go shopping. There are 4 more days to have our voices heard, so be sure to add your name, too. Here is the first chemical featured, and the link below provides more.

By, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

 

 

 

This pesticide (yes, we said pesticide) is a hormone disruptor found in thousands of products like toothpaste, cutting boards, yoga mats, hand soap, and cosmetics. It can also encourage the growth of drug-resistant bacteria, and has been found in waterways and human breast milk.

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iPads and Children

Let’s talk about digital toxicants, a topic we haven’t broached yet. I don’t want to sound like an alarmist, and personally, I don’t even know what to do with this information yet since we are all wirelessly connected, but  I just read a study put out by the BioInitiative Working Group on wireless radiation and children. I have posted some excerpts from the study below. There are some pretty compelling data points to consider for the long-term health of your family.

Studies by Lennart Hardell and his research team at Orebro University in Sweden showed that children who start using a mobile phone in early years have more than a 500% risk for developing a glioma by the time they are 20-29 years old. The Presidential Cancer Panel (2010) found that children “are at special risk due to their smaller body mass and rapid physical development, both of which magnify their vulnerability to known carcinogens, including radiation.”

Here are some recommended actions we have compiled (please post more in the comments to continue the discussion):

1. If your child plays with an iPad or iPhone, you can go to “Settings” and switch the device to “Airplane Mode” which will cut the wireless signal and limit radiation. It takes less than 3 seconds to do and will help significantly. (more…)

Non-Toxic Beauty

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Finally, a beauty products company with a mission we can stand behind:

“To get safe products into the hands of everyone.”

Unknowingly, we lather toxic chemicals onto our largest organ, our skin, everyday. What we put onto our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream and impacts our long-term health (and more importantly, the health of our children). Our seemingly mundane choices in our beauty care regimen add to our daily chemical burden. Did you know that the US has not passed a federal law to regulate the ingredients used in personal care products since 1938? 1

One of my biggest product shocks was when I found out my beloved “Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser” contained three endocrine disrupting parabens: Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben. Or another time, when I found out that Desitin Diaper Rash Cream, #1 choice of pediatricians, contains Methylparaben and Propylparaben, as well as an unidentified “fragrance” which most likely contains harmful phthalates (plasticizers that can affect the reproductive system).

“Decades of studies indicate that serious health issues (including, but not limited to asthma, learning disabilities, cancer and infertility) are on the rise, and due in some part to our ongoing exposure to toxic chemicals—whether it’s in the shower, on our commute, while we eat lunch at a local restaurant, or when we clean our kitchens at home.” 2

Most of the 80,000 chemicals found in our personal care products today don’t have any safety data, and the ones that have been deemed as “harmful” (such as lead, formaldehyde, phthalates, and parabens) are allowed by the Food and Drug Administration (which regulates cosmetics). You will find these toxic chemicals lurking in your children’s products. And, companies are not required to tell us that these known toxins are in their products.  It’s egregious.

Beautycounter thought it was time for a change. We agree.

“The European Union has spent the past two decades banning or restricting more than 1,300 ingredients, the US has only banned 11 to date.” 3

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Notes:

  1.  http://www.beautycounter.com/our-story/
  2. http://www.beautycounter.com/our-story/
  3. http://www.beautycounter.com/our-story