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Does your bed have the ickies?

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Ahhhhh, your bed…

Thoughts of soft sheets and fluffy pillows provide us with a feeling of comfort and relaxation. People (me included) assume that their beds are a hygenic refuge because they wash their sheets once a month. We spend our days walking around and coming in contact with all kinds of suspicious-looking muck and not everyone is inclined to take a shower before bed. The result: our beds are the least hygenic thing we come across day in and day out. Which poses a very important question…What exactly is sleeping in our beds with us each night?

You dirty dog, you…

Consider this: One third of dog owners allow their dogs to sleep in bed with them. “Fido is well kept. I gave him a bath last month.” or  “A dog’s mouth is cleaner than its owners.” I’m afraid these are antiquated statements that just aren’t true. We can’t blame ourselves. Cute and cuddly, we believe our animal friends to be the perfect sleeping companion. But ponder this:  Dogs and cats step in poop, dirt, trash..you name it..they step in it. Yuck! Not to mention the serious licking that goes along with the settling down on your pillow for the night. Hot summer nights equal tons of animal dander and shedded fur which can cause sinusitis and allergies galore. Parasites and bacteria have been known to nestle into the sheets after a day on your pet’s back. So while we all love a little cuddle time with our pets, we should probably keep them off the bed. I know, say it ain’t so.

Yeah, you too…

We’re no cleaner than our dirty pets. We excrete half a pound of moisture a night. We shed skin scales, sweat up a storm, and cough and sneeze into our pillows nightly. Let’s not forget the grime on our bodies from the day. Believe it or not, feces and urine is frequently a visitor as well. 1 in 10 women and men under the age of 25 wash their sheets only 6 times a year! Ewwww! Just our own filth can cause respiratory illness, fatigue, sinusitis, irritated eyes, and asthma. Not fun!

Ok, now that I’ve totally grossed you out and and probably scared you to death, let me tell you the easy fix….

  • Wash your sheets and comforter at least once a week in hot water between 120-140 F, and dry on high.
  • Vacuum your mattress at least once a month.
  • Don’t forget the pillows. Experts say up to 10% of the weight of an unwashed pillow can be made up of dead skin and mites (sick!). Fungi and dust mites vacation in dirty pillows as well. You can clean your pillows every two weeks by washing them or taking them to the dry cleaners. Every three to four years it’s probably time to purchase a new pillow (Yes! I finally have a good excuse for this).
  • Finally, we can’t avoid discussing the mattress. Something we give very little thought to, and yet a major reason why our beds can become toxic and wreak havoc on our health. The majority of mattresses are manufactured with polyurethane foam which has been known to leak volatile organic compounds. This chemical is absorbed through the skin and causes respiratory illness and heart problems. Organic cotton mattresses are a cleaner, greener solution to avoiding these troubling ailments. Be sure to flip your mattresses regularly and frequently clean all stains and air dry in the sun.

Our beds should always be a clean, stress-free escape from the outside world. While sleeping, our bodies get the most repair work done. We boost our immune system, keep fatigue away, and revitalize our mental energy. Just a few changes can greatly increase your chances for a better night’s sleep so you can rest easy.

 

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Easy Ways to Avoid Eating BPA for Dinner

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The federal Food and Drug Administration barred Bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles and children’s cups in June 2012 but it is still prevalent in food packaging and in our bodies. In fact, BPA is found in detectable levels in 93% of Americans over the age of six according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this article we’ll cover what it is, where to find it, and easy ways to avoid it.

So, what the heck is BPA?…

It was first synthesized in 1891 and has become a key building block of plastics from polycarbonate to polyester. In the U.S. alone, more than 2.3 billion pounds is manufactured annually.

How it gets in your body…

That number makes a lot of sense when you factor in that it’s found in common products most of us have in our homes like hard plastic water bottles, food containers, canned food and soda/beer cans. The BPA leaches from the plastic containers and linings of canned goods into the food inside and then we ingest it.

In 2011, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health determined that volunteers who ate a single serving of canned soup a day for five days had ten times the amount of BPA in their bodies compared to when they ate fresh soup daily.

Higher temperatures such as those achieved by microwaving, using the dishwasher, or leaving plastic water bottles in a hot car can increase the rate of leaching by as much as 55%.

Why it’s dangerous…

You’ve probably noticed an increase in products labeled “BPA free” in recent years as more and more people become aware of the dangers. BPA is a known hormone disruptor, even in small amounts, due to its estrogen mimicking effects in the body.

BPA exposure has been linked to:

• Obesity

• Low sperm count

• Infertility

• Diabetes

• Heart disease

• Changes in brain development

• Predisposition to breast and prostrate cancer

Is “BPA free” a safe alternative?

Good question. When scientists conducted lab tests on more than 20 top-brand baby bottles along with more than 450 plastic food and beverage-packages, virtually all leached chemicals that acted like the hormone estrogen, even though many were free of BPA.  Minimizing your plastic exposure is really the best bet and it’s not as hard or expensive as it sounds.

How to decrease your exposure…

Canned-Food Ideas:

  • Avoid canned foods when possible by substituting non-canned variations from the frozen/bulk section or in tetra-pak containers (the cardboard box)
  • Look for canned food with BPA-free liners. There are several brands that have committed to BPA free liners such as: EcoFish, VitalChoice, Wild Planet, Eden Organic (beans only)
  • Buy beverages like sodas or beer in glass
  • Buy your tomatoes in glass jars or a tetra-pak (acidity increases BPA leaching)

Food Storage Ideas:

  • Swap out your plastic food storage containers for glass ones and avoid food contact with plastic lids – you can get a starter set for just over $20
  • Drink tap water or buy a reusable stainless steel/glass water bottle as opposed to plastic bottled water
  • Avoid microwaving and dishwashing plastic containers
  • Swap out plastic baby bottles/cups for glass or stainless varieties – common brands are Pura Stainless, Lifefactory, and EvenFlo but there are many more if you do a search.

Other ways to reduce exposure:

  • Switch your plastic coffee-maker for a French press or ceramic drip
  • Use real metal utensils instead of plastic – including those you cook with like spatulas and big spoons
  • Avoid food packaging with recycle codes 3 or 7
  • Say no to receipts when possible (many are coated with BPA)
  • Instead of looking for BPA free, simply avoid plastics when you can help it (especially anything that touches your food)

The bottom line…

While it may not be possible to eliminate BPA from your life entirely, decreasing the amount that comes into contact with your food will decrease BPA in your body and family in a big way. BPA will exit your system pretty quickly (in hours or days). The trick is to quit letting it back in. You got this!

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5 Surprising Sugar Bombs in your Kitchen Right Now

5 Surprising Sugar Bombs in your Kitchen Right Now

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We do sugar in this country like we do everything else…in a BIG way, but it hasn’t always been like this. The average American now consumes about 130 pounds of sugar per year. That’s 3 pounds per week or 3,550 pounds over a lifetime.  (Check out this infographic about our sugar consumption. It will blow your mind.)

You may be thinking, “There’s no way I eat that much sugar.” Most of us don’t consume that much sugar on purpose but it comes hidden in many of our everyday foods.

Excess sugar is definitely not our friend. It has been linked to weight gain, depression, low-energy, metabolic, heart, and cardiovascular disease, acne, hormone imbalances, inflammation, aging, and more. According to Corporate Health Magazine, a whopping 35-49 percent of children born after 2000 will fall into diabetic ranges. Yikes! Luckily, a little knowledge goes a long way and we have the power to reverse this frightening trend.

Here are a few surprising sugar bombs that may be lurking in your kitchen right now and simple ways to switch them out for healthier options:

Note: To turn grams into teaspoons simply divide by 4 for an approximation. For the items listed below, I also included approximate teaspoons as a measure we might know a little better.

1. Protein bars – These guys are often put in the fit and healthy corner but in reality can be loaded with sugar. A PowerBar contains 25g or 6tsp of sugar. There are three different versions of simple sugars in just the first five ingredients. That’s equivalent to a Hershey chocolate bar.

Sugar fix – If you must have a protein bar, look for a lower-sugar version with quality ingredients that you recognize. A better alternative is trail mix. Take a visit to your local bulk bins and put together your own personalized combo of dried fruits and nuts. Look for unsweetened dried fruits.

2. Yogurt – Yogurt is often touted as a health food but many are loaded with added sugars. Milk contains natural sugar called lactose, but usually above and beyond is added high fructose corn syrup or other forms of sugar. A blended Kroger yogurt has 33g or 8tsp of sugar and lists sugar as the second ingredient with a third add-in later down the list. To put that in perspective, there is the same amount of sugar in a Snickers bar.

Sugar fix – Unsweetened greek yogurt is an excellent alternative. If you need extra sweet, add a little bit of raw honey and/fruit. Greek yogurt is also higher in protein keeping you feeling full longer. Bonus!

3. Cereal – So called “healthy” cereals can have as many as 6 health claims on the front of the box reassuring you that you’re doing the right thing by purchasing it. Yet, when you flip it over and read the label – the facts don’t lie. Raisin Bran, for example, contains 17g or 4tsp per 1 cup serving but that’s not from the raisins. It’s due to the added high fructose corn syrup and two other added sweeteners. The same goes for many of the packaged oatmeal choices out there. With that kind of sugar content, it would be like eating Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for breakfast.

Sugar Fix – Read labels in the store and find a low-sugar cereal that you like (hint: you’ll have better luck in a natural store or aisle). Another option is to make your own. I like to mix together raw nuts, chia seeds, rolled oats, and dried or fresh fruit drizzled with a bit of honey. As for oatmeal, choose the unflavored/unsweetened version and choose to dress it up yourself.

4. Drinks – I’m going to pick on Starbucks here because I know many of us share that addiction. One small glass bottle of vanilla cappuccino has 52g or 13tsp of sugar. The little flavored Via packets list sugar as the first ingredient before coffee – which means there is more sugar than coffee in the “coffee” drink.    Other sugary drinks to watch out for include:

  • Coke (20oz)………………………65g or 16tsp
  • Powerade (32oz)………………50g or 12.5tsp
  • Red Bull (12oz)…………………39g or 10tsp
  • Vitamin Water (20oz)………..33g or 8tsp
  • Fruit Juice (8oz)…………………24g or 6tsp

Sugar fix – Water is always the best choice. Try dressing it up with added fruit to make it more interesting. When you go to a coffee place opt for unsweetened drinks that you can sweeten yourself later if you desire. Tea can also be a great choice and has added health benefits. Cut fruit juices with soda water to decrease sugar levels.

5. Sauces – There is a reason why little kids (and some big kids) lick the ketchup right off the fries…you guessed it, sugar. Here are a few examples of sauces with higher sugar levels. One serving of most of these has as much sugar as a glazed doughnut.

  • Ketchup (1Tbs)…………………4g or 1 tsp
  • Spaghetti sauce (1/2cup)…..10g or 2.5tsp
  • BBQ sauce (2Tbs)………………11g or 3tsp
  • Teriyaki sauce(2Tbs)…………11g or 3tsp

Sugar Fix – Try to find alternatives like spice rubs instead of BBQ sauce or mustard instead of ketchup. Sometimes only these sauces will do so opt for the lowest sugar versions you can find and use sparingly. Unsweetened spaghetti sauce is rare but does exist (hint: you’ll have better luck in a natural food store or aisle). Or get creative and make your own healthier versions.

How much is ok…

The American Heart Association says that for most American women, no more than 100 calories per day, or about 6 teaspoons of sugar. For men, it’s 150 calories per day, or about 9 teaspoons. That said, your body doesn’t need added sugars to function and they add absolutely no nutritional value so avoid them when you can. The average adult consumes approximately 22 tsp while the average child consumes 32tsp per day.

Benefits of a low-sugar lifestyle…

  • Weight loss
  • Steadier energy levels
  • An overall feeling of greater well-being
  • More consistent moods
  • Clear skin
  • Alleviation of hormonal issues
  • Reduced chance for metabolic, heart, and cardiovascular disease
  • Stronger immune function
  • So much more

The Bottom Line…

“Sugar is not food. It’s a high calorie drug dressed up in the cutest way.” – Julia Ross

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The Hidden Dangers of Microwave Popcorn

The Hidden Dangers of Microwave Popcorn

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I recently rediscovered a lost art… popping popcorn in a pan. It was actually fun but I didn’t make the effort just for fun. I recently learned there are hidden dangers associated with microwave popcorn. Microwave popcorn is an essential staple in many households. It’s the “healthy” low-calorie snack for moms and kids alike. It’s supposed to be good for us…but it’s actually not and here’s why.

The popcorn in the bag is probably fine – well minus the excess sodium, trans fats, and artificial flavors. The problem also lies in the bag itself. You know that coating that turns yellow on the inside of the bag and keeps the grease from leaking through? That coating is made up of fluorotelomers (long word for bad chemical stuff). The fluorotelomers break down into PFOAs which is the same chemical found in the non-stick coatings on pans. As the popcorn pops, the coating gets all over the food.

PFOAs have been linked to toxicity of the immune system, thyroid disease, low birth weight, infertility, tumors, endocrine system disruption, and even cancer.

Not only that, but it tends to be a persistent chemical – making it really tough for our bodies to get rid of. It’s not one of those pass right through kind of chemicals.

Ready for the good news? You don’t have to give up popcorn. You can pull out your old air popper or opt to make it in a pan.  Try this recipe to see how fun and easy it is to avoid nasty toxins.

Make Perfect Popcorn in a Pan…

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup of high quality popcorn kernels
  • 1 3-quart covered saucepan
  • 2 Tbsp or more (to taste) of butter
  • Salt to taste

METHOD

  1. Heat the oil in a 3-quart saucepan on medium high heat.
  2. Put 3 or 4 popcorn kernels into the oil and cover the pan.
  3. When the kernels pop, add the rest of the 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels in an even layer. Cover, remove from heat and count 30 seconds. (Count out loud; it’s fun to do with kids.) This method first heats the oil to the right temperature, then waiting 30 seconds brings all of the other kernels to a near-popping temperature so that when they are put back on the heat, they all pop at about the same time.
  4. Return the pan to the heat. The popcorn should begin popping soon, and all at once. Once the popping starts in earnest, gently shake the pan by moving it back and forth over the burner. Try to keep the lid slightly ajar to let the steam from the popcorn release (the popcorn will be drier and crisper). Once the popping slows to several seconds between pops, remove the pan from the heat, remove the lid, and dump the popcorn immediately into a wide bowl. With this technique, nearly all of the kernels pop (I counted 4 unpopped kernels in my last batch), and nothing burns.
  5. If you are adding butter, you can easily melt it by placing the butter in the now empty, but hot pan.
  6. Salt to taste.

Additional tips:

A. If you add salt to the oil in the pan before popping, when the popcorn pops, the salt will be well distributed throughout the popcorn.

B. Fun toppings for the popcorn – Spanish smoked paprika, nutritional yeast, cayenne powder, chili pepper, curry powder, cumin, grated Parmesan cheese.

Yield: Makes 2 quarts, a nice amount for two people, or for one hungry one.

Recipe courtesy of Simply Recipes    

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Easy DIY Liquid Laundry Soap

Easy DIY Liquid Laundry Soap

After successfully creating many of my own beauty products, I decided it was time to try making my own laundry detergent. After all,  friends were raving about it and I knew I could save a lot of money. With a new baby on the way, every bit helps. I’m so glad I did it. Not only do I have detergent for the rest of the year, I only spent $24.49 and 20 minutes of my time, plus I had fun doing it.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Cup Borax
  • 1 Cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
  • A bar of Castile Soap
  • Plus a five-gallon bucket for mixing
  • Water

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I found all of these ingredients at my local grocery store. If you’re like me, you’ve probably never seen them because you have never looked for them but they’re there. I was surprised too.

How to do it:

Step 1: Grate your bar of Castile soap. I just used my cheese grater.

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This is what it looks like after grating.

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Mine bit me but I’m pretty sure that was operator error. Be careful.

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Step 2: Put the grated soap in a pot with 4 cups of water and heat on low until the soap melts. Don’t let it boil. Once all the soap is completely melted, add the washing soda and borax and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat.

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Step 3: Fill the 5 gallon bucket half way with hot tap water. Add soap mixture and stir it up. Then continue to fill the bucket with hot tap water until it’s full. Leave a little room at the top. Stir, cover, and let sit overnight.

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This is what it will look like after it sits overnight. It will be liquidy and gel-like at the same time. Don’t worry, you did it right.

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Step 4: Stir and fill a used but clean laundry soap dispenser half full with your new soap and then fill the rest of the way with tap water. Shake before each use (will gel).

Optional: You can add essential oil for fragrance if you want after detergent has cooled. I think lavender or lemon would be nice but feel free to get creative.

How to use it:

Yield: 10 gallons (no kidding)

Top load machine – 5/8 cup per load (approximately 180 loads or 14 cents per load)

Front load machine – ¼ cup per load (approximately 640 loads or 4 cents per load)

In the end: 

Cost of supplies…………..$24.49

My time…………………….20 minutes

Loads of laundry …………640

Cost per load……………….4 cents

Knowing that I don’t have to buy detergent for more than a year or worry about the chemicals in them………..PRICELESS

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Easy DIY Household Cleaners That Save You Money

Easy Do-It-Yourself Household Cleaners That Save You Money

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It’s hard enough to make dinner. Why on earth would you want to spend time making your own cleaning products, you ask? It’s a good question. Making your own anything (especially the first time) can seem daunting and like too much of a hassle. I hear you but I can tell you that it’s not only easier than you think but also incredibly worthwhile.

Benefits of DIY Cleaners…

  1. Money saving
  2. Fast and easy to make
  3. Peace of mind
  4. Essential oils actually boost your mood – making you happy while cleaning, imagine that.

Here’s what you need to know about commercial cleaners…

If you were to go to your cleaning cabinet right now and pull out a few of your regulars, you’re likely to find 3 things on the label: directions for use, vague ingredients, and hefty warnings.

Vague ingredients are common on commercial cleaning products because they are not required to be specific. Lack of disclosure makes it very hard for a consumer to decide whether the item is actually safe to bring home.

The warnings are pretty scary. Common ones include:  “harmful if swallowed” “wear gloves when handling this product” “can cause damage to skin and mucous membranes” “keep away from pets and children”.

The truth is that even though we’ve used these products our whole lives and probably watched our parents do the same, they contain dangerous chemicals that can be absorbed and breathed in by every member of the family with a whole slew of side effects that often are not felt immediately.

The good news is that we don’t have to endure such hardcore products to have a clean home because we can achieve the same results for less money.  Sounds good eh?

The alternative…

Using a few common household ingredients like baking soda and vinegar mixed with essential oils will yield the same clean results without the chemical aftermath. Essential oils like lemon, tea tree, peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, and thyme are antibacterial and antiviral. Now that’s harnessing the power of Mother Nature.

What you need to get started…

You will need the ingredients in the recipes you want to try plus something to put it in. I invested $10 and bought a variety of glass spray bottles and other glass containers. Aromatools.com is one resource you can use. The best bet is to use glass because the essential oils will eat at plastic incorporating the same toxins you’re trying to avoid.

You will also need some essential oils. Just like with everything, you get what you pay for with essential oils. There are a few high quality brands out there. My favorite is Doterra. I have friends who love Young Living Oils. Both of these brands can be bought through independent consultants.

The in-between step…

If making your own cleaners is a little too out there for you, there are still plenty of options that you can buy with safer ingredients. Be sure to visit www.EWG.org to see which ones are the safest.

Recipes…

All Purpose Cleaner

2 cups boiling water

2 Tbs white vinegar

½ tsp Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap

1 tsp baking soda

5 drops lemon essential oil

Mix baking soda, water and soap together with essential oil in a container. Place container inside a bigger bowl and add vinegar. Mix and add to spray bottle.  

Floor Cleaner

1/8 cup Castile Soap

1/8 cup distilled vinegar

1 gallon water

10 drops essential oil (lemon, maleleuca, lavender)

Combine ingredients in bucket and use to mop any floor.  

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

½ cup baking soda

¼ cup white vinegar

10 drops melaleuca essential oil (tea tree)

Combine all ingredients in the bowl right before toilet wash. Add to toilet bowl. Brush. You’re done.

Glass Cleaner

2 cups water

3 Tbs vinegar

¼- ½ tsp liquid Castile Soap

3-4 drops of lemon essential oil

Pour ingredients into a spray bottle and shake to blend.

Wood Cleaner

¼ cup vinegar

¼ water

½ tsp liquid Castille Soap

1/8 tsp olive oil

10 drops lemon/orange essential oil

Combine ingredients and use in a spray bottle. 

My hope is that you have fun with these recipes creating safe cleaning products. It could be a fun way to get the family involved. Please share your DIY cleaning experience. If you have a favorite DIY cleaning recipe not listed here, I’d love to hear that too.

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For a Healthy Bathroom, Opt for Cloth

For a Healthy Bathroom, Opt for Cloth

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Getting a new shower curtain was something of a treat for me as a kid because I loved the smell of new plastic. I recently learned that new shower curtain smell is actually dangerous. Who knew?

Plastic shower curtains are often made of polyvinyl chloride plastic also known as vinyl or PVC. A study by the Center for Health, Environment, & Justice found that they off-gas as many as 108 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into your home which you and your family then breath in. Some toxins were still found lingering there some 28 days later.

The VOCs associated with vinyl shower curtains have been linked to developmental damage, damage to the liver and central nervous system, respiratory, and reproductive systems. Some of them are even know to cause cancer in animals and humans. Yikes!

Phthalates (pronounced thal-lates) were also detected. This class of chemicals is linked to ADHD, birth defects, liver toxicity, breast cancer, and obesity to name a few. Yikes, again!

Vinyl is also used to make toys and items like raincoats and water hoses. Your best bet is to read the label to find out what it’s made of. If you’re not sure, the number for this type of plastic is #3, so flip it over and look for the number in the recycling triangle.

What you can do… 

Step 1: Get the vinyl out

Start looking at what you have in your home that contains vinyl and replace it. Shower curtains are easy to replace with organic cotton, nylon, or polyester versions. These run about $10 and are readily available at Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Walmart, etc. Plus, when they get dirty all you have to do is toss them in the wash. Easy, peasy.

Step 2: Don’t let it back in

Be an informed consumer. Get in the habit of reading packages and labels on anything you bring home. Pretty soon you’ll be a pro and it will take no time at all. A good rule of thumb is to avoid anything with a strong odor.

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Why Cut the Crap? – True radiant health comes from a mixture of healthy diet and lifestyle choices. The cost of our fast-paced and convenient life is chemical toxins in and around us.  Ridding your home and family of chemical toxins that make you sick and drag you down doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming. In this series, you’ll learn the most efficient and easy ways to “cut the crap” so you can just enjoy your life.

Links to more information: 

http://chej.org/2011/09/eww-what’s-that-stench-volatile-vinyl/

http://www.chej.org/showercurtainreport/documents/Volatile%20Vinyl%20Executive%20Summary.pdf

http://chej.org/2013/06/toxic-rain-gear-may-endanger-kids/

 

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