My Journey to 100 Days to Amazing-Day 19

non toxic

Today’s tip for Amazingness:

Keeping a Non-toxic Home

 Home sweet home, right?  Maybe not.  The home can be one of the most toxic places you go both as a result of chemicals and attitudes.  Make it a goal this year to make your home be the safest place anyone goes.

 Here are a few facts to open our eyes to the toxicity of our homes:

  • 90% of all poison exposures occur at home
  • Common chlorine bleach is the #1 household chemical involved in poisoning.
  • 90% of our time is spent indoors. EPA reports that air pollution is up to five times higher inside than outside.
  • Organic pollutants, found in many common cleaners and
    even air fresheners, are found at levels 2 to 5 times higher
    inside your home than out.
  • A person who spends 15 minutes cleaning scale off shower walls could inhale three times the “acute one-hour exposure limit” for glycol ether-containing products set by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.
  • Common cleaners give off fumes that can potentially
    increase the risk of kids developing asthma, the most
    common chronic childhood disease.
  • If your home is anything like the average U.S. home, you
    generate more than 20 pounds of household hazardous waste
    each year (the EPA designates toilet cleaners, tub and tile
    cleaners, oven cleaners, and bleach as hazardous waste).
  • EPA studies indicate that elevated concentration of household chemicals persist in the air. Long-term exposure to chemicals inside our homes may be harmful to us and our families.
  • EPA studies indicate that elevated concentration of household chemicals persist in the air. Long-term exposure to chemicals inside our homes may be harmful to us and our families.
    • Chlorine bleach is the chemical most frequently involved in household poisonings in the U.S.
    • Degreasers may contain petroleum distillates, which can damage lung tissue and dissolve fatty tissue around nerve cells.
    • Glass cleaners may contain ammonia. Ammonia fumes can irritate the skin, eyes, and respiratory system.
    • Oven cleaners can be among the most dangerous cleaning products and can cause severe damage to eyes, skin, mouth, and throat.
    • Toilet bowl cleaners can be extremely dangerous cleaning products and can be harmful if inhaled—and fatal if swallowed.

You get the picture!  What can we do about it?

  • Have a clean-for-all. Put on the gloves and get rid of the nasty stuff in your home. Responsibly, of course. Your local waste collection service has guidelines for proper household hazardous waste disposal, as well as collection sites for things like paint, batteries, and cleaners. Whatever you do, please don’t toss this stuff in the garbage.
  • Welcome healthy into your home. Commit to carefully considering everything that crosses your doorstep.

Here are some safe, healthy things to have in your home:

  • Use cleaners that are truly safe.  Just because it says “Natural” “safe” “Green” doesn’t mean it really is, these terms are not regulated.
  •  Fresh air. Open your windows to reduce indoor air pollution.
  •  Essential oils. Use these instead of air fresheners.
  • Plants. Besides being nice to look at, they can absorb harmful gases and help clean the air.
  • Organic cotton bedding. Avoid standard bedding treated with chemicals.
  • Floors made of recycled and renewable resources.
  • Healthier paint. That new paint smell can be as nasty as it smells. Choose low VOC paint instead.

Clean up our collective home.

  • Make the earth healthier for all of us who call it home by using these things in yours:
  • Compact fluorescent lighting. They last a whole lot longer.
  • Energy Star-rated appliances. Save money and energy.
  • A low-flush toilet. Replace the largest user of water in your house. Ultra low flushers cut water use by one-fifth.
  • Low-flow showerheads. Same pressure. Less water.
  • Turn off lights and appliances when you’re not using them.
  • Gray water system. Install one to recycle used household water for your lawn.
  • Tankless water heater. Save money, energy, and space in the broom closet. Use it to store your new Get Clean Starter Kit.©

Toxin information taken from Shaklee research and tools

Two resources I recommend to find out how toxic the items in your home are

The Household Products Data Base   and EWG.org.  I use EWG.org often and if you can’t find the brand item try searching by the ingredients individually.  I use this site whenever I buy makeup as well.

Keep an attitude of patience, kindness and love:

  • Don’t yell at each other
  • Use phrases like “I feel”, “It seems to me”, “what I hear you say is…”
  • Rather than arguing with your kids try saying something like “I love you too much to argue with you” and then stop the dialog.
  • Talk to each other about your day, your life, your feelings
  • Get family counseling if needed
  • Eat dinner at the table, studies show this makes a big difference in families and children’s behavior and performance
  • Play games together
  • Be humble with each other and willing to apologize when you are wrong and accept their apologies.  When asked will you forgive me, the answer should always be yes, it may be with time, but there should be a willingness to forgive
  • Don’t hold grudges
  • Only speak to each other with respect
  • Set healthy boundaries
  • Hug a lot

 


So, how’s it going towards my personal goals to amazing? 

Goal one, my Shaklee Business: Regarding the above blog of course I use Shaklee to accomplish my goals of a non-toxic safe environment and I do it by using the Get Clean line of Products.  I have also committed to speaking to 4 people about Shaklee this weekend!

Because at Shaklee we believe that health isn’t just about what you put in your body, it’s about everything around you. We bring you a full line of natural and nontoxic cleaning choices that are Safe for You, Your Home, and Your Planet® called Get Clean®.

  • No harmful fumes or hazardous chemicals.
  • Outperforms 20 national leading brands.
  • You would spend $3400 for ready to use cleaners to get the same amount of clean found in the Get Clean Starter Kit!*
  • Features Basic H2® Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate – just 1/4 tsp. makes 16oz. of all-purpose cleaner for only 3 cents.

And when you purchase the Get Clean Starter Kit you also make a positive impact on the planet:

  • Keep 108 pounds of packaging waste from landfills.
  • Eliminate 248 pounds of greenhouse gas.

 

Goal two, my health and fitness: Today is going to be filled with yard work and fresh produce from the garden! Movement and mindful eating combined and of course Strip and Shake daily, and be a mindful eater I will get there!

100 Days to Amazing!  You can do amazing things.

I believe you can; you believe you can too!


 What the 100 Days is about:

I was at the Shaklee Global Conference August 12-16th and we were challenged to 100 Days of Amazing with the question of what could we accomplish in 100 days if we really tried?  I was inspired by the challenge, both as a business builder who wants to grow my business in 100 days and as an individual!  What could I do in 100 days?

My Journey to Amazing: My 100 Days to Amazing are committed to making a more successful business as a Shaklee Independent Distributor and I am also committed to 100 days to amazing health and fitness. I want to be fit for my future making sure that my health span matches my life span as closely as possible.  This is my Journey.

 

All photography is by me. Feel free to share, but I ask that you credit the photo to my Lisa Wright Burbach.  To see more of my photos visit my flickr site and Instagram listed to the right.  I also have some photography on Pinterest.

 

 

 

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