Today’s tip for Amazingness:
My grandmother kept a spotless house, everything in it’s place and all bright and shiny and one of my favorite childhood memories is of the day the sheers were bleached at my Mamame’s house. In the spring she would pull down the sheers and fill up the sink with bleach water and open all the windows in the house. The breeze would float in the window over the sink and the soft scent of spring air mixed with bleach would fill the house. To me this meant spring was here. I loved it.
Today I know that the fresh air is lovely, but that bleach is a hazardous material. I’m not going to say I never use bleach, I do, but I reserve it for difficult and specific tasks when all else has failed. Here are a few interesting facts about bleach:
- A study done by Occupational & Environmental Medicine found that the frequency of bleach usage was linked to higher incidences of infections and illness in the children in those homes. This result is the opposite of what heavy bleach users would expect, they feel they are protecting their families from germs when in fact the end result may weaken their immune systems!
- The American Lung Society recommends using soap and warm water and studies suggest that they are right. In most cases this is enough
- US National Library of MedicineNational Institutes of Health found that women exposed to bleach “incidents” were neurologically effected even 4 /2 years after the incident with lower vocabulary, reactionary response times, blink response, color response and psychologically impacted as well.
- NIOSH recommended exposure limit (REL) is 0.5 part per million (ppm), which should not be exceeded during any 15 minute work period.
- OSHA recommends gloves and face mask when using bleach
- Studies show consistent use of bleach to be the source of headaches in childcare workers
- Here is an excellent visual to help show the neurological impact of bleach
A side note regarding the toxicity of the home:
Women who work at home have a 54% higher death rate from cancer than those who work away from home. The 15-year study concluded it was as a direct result of the much higher exposure rate to toxic chemicals in common household products! —Toronto Indoor Air Conference 1990. It is up to us to remove these toxins from our homes!
Of chemicals commonly found in homes, 150 have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer, and psychological abnormalities. — Consumer Product Safety Commission
In addition to the neurological impact of bleach studies show that children exposed to consistent bleach usage may have higher rates of asthma and other respiratory issues.
We all know to be careful breathing around bleach and to use in well ventilated areas, but now you know it can effect your brain as well!
What are the alternatives?
- Distilled white vinegar is effective on spots and can help whiten clothes and helps kill mold
- Baking Soda not only helps whiten clothes, but can soften them as well. Plus it is a great mild abrasive
- Lemon Juice try adding lemon juice to your wash
- Sunlight – hanging clothes out to dry brightens whites
- Soap and water – Harvard Health report that though soap does not kill germs combined with water it works to mechanically remove germs. “In studies, washing hands with soap and water for 15 seconds (about the time it takes to sing one chorus of “Happy Birthday to You”) reduces bacterial counts by about 90%. When another 15 seconds is added, bacterial counts drop by close to 99.9% (bacterial counts are measured in logarithmic reductions).”
- Alternative, green bleach products. Personally I use two from Shaklee. Nature Bright which whitens clothes and removes stains on clothing and other surfaces and Basic G, a germicidal cleaner which kills more germs than bleach, (BasicGPathogen) but is safe to use. Whichever one you use make sure to check out the ingredients to make sure it is safe. Just because it says “green” doesn’t mean it is safe. I recommend EWG.org to research your products safety.
- Tea Tree essential oil
- Borax – watch your ingredients with this. Some borax products are safer than others
- Hydrogen Peroxide
The main point of today’s blog is to use wisdom. Research your products and remember that many of us have been “trained” to use certain products our whole lives, but it doesn’t mean it is safe for us to do so. The home has been proven to be the most toxic environment you enter each day, do your part to remove the toxins from your home and keep it a safe haven for all who enter.
I continue the tradition of spring cleaning and though I don’t use sheers I do let things soak in my sink (using Nature Bright) with the windows open letting the nice spring air flit in and around my home. As I do I have the satisfaction of a bright, fresh, clean home and the memories of springs long gone and my precious Mamame and I have the confidence that I am making a safe home for my family in the process.
My journey to amazing:
My Shaklee Life: My husband and I love having a Shaklee business. We enjoy the income it brings in, but more than that we really love the fact that every day I get to help someone else be healthier and help them be their best version of themselves. We love what Shaklee means to the environment and community as well! In our journey to amazing I – Lisa intend to grow my business and help more people and have fun in the process. If you’d like to learn more about Shaklee email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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My Life of Well Being: It is my determination to be more fit, and develop healthy holistic attitudes towards my health and my body. I choose to do this through education, exercise, caring for myself, and healthy eating and Shaklee.
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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? This blog is a journey, an exercise in learning ways to be the best me, I can be and to help you be the best you, you can be while I’m at it!
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