Cleaning is a necessary evil for most busy moms. Fortunately, there is an abundance of efficient cleaning product choices available today. Unfortunately, many contain toxic chemicals. Evidence from research shows that most popular cleaning products are polluting our homes, schools, and worse, our bodies.
“Environmental Working Group (EWG) tests have identified up to 486 industrial chemicals, pesticides and pollutants in 186 people… The pollution in people is increasingly associated with a range of serious diseases and conditions, including childhood and adult cancer, behavioral problems, infertility and birth defects.” Kid-Safe Chemical Act on the EWG Website.
Dr. Martha Herbert, pediatric neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital conducts research investigating links between autism and toxic chemicals. She believes that autism can be triggered or worsened by an overload of pollution in the child’s body.
The first step to cleaning up the pollution in your home is to dispose of unsafe products. The safest, and most efficient products to replace with are all natural. Arizona’s own Queen of Clean Linda Cobb advocates using white vinegar, Borax, lemon juice, club soda and baking soda for a variety of cleaning situations in her article “Five must-have cleaning products.”
West Valley mom Christina Petticrew says, “I use vinegar and water to mop with and to clean windows, mirrors and kitchen counters. Vinegar is an all around economical disinfectant that works on about just anything. I put baking soda in the laundry instead of bleach and to freshen towels and sheets.”
The EWG also promotes using natural alternatives. Their publication “Safe Cleaning Tips for Your Home” lists many suggestions for safer cleaning, including avoiding antibacterial products and air fresheners.
Cleaning up the cleaning products in your home is in your power. Help change legislation related to the chemicals you and your children encounter in public places, including schools, by reading about the Kids-Safe Chemical Act. Work with your children to write and send a letter to your legislators. Parents can band together to make the world a safer and healthier place to be born into.
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