Back in the day when I was a graduate student, I had limited funds to buy food, cleaners, much less to go out with after I paid all the the “important” bills. I thought I was doing myself a favor by buying Simple Green: naturally made and inexpensive. Over the years as I detoxed myself and my life from chemicals, I became more sensitive. I could no longer use Simple Green… it started to “smell” and gave me a headache. But it was Simple Green — it was natural, right? I couldn’t explain it then. My body knew, and was trying to tell me! WVEs report on it below brings to light what my body told me all those years ago…
WVE Report Finds Secret Toxic Chemicals in Simple Green Cleaners
Report reveals hidden chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive harm, and more in top cleaners & detergents
Simple Green advertises their products as “non-toxic,” but guess what? Our test results revealed toluene, a chemical linked to pregnancy complications, in Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner. We also found phthalates, linked to reproductive harm, and 1,4-dioxane, linked to cancer, in Simple Green Naturals Multi-Surface Care! Here’s the scary part – none of these chemicals appear on the product labels or the company’s website. See what else we found hiding in top cleaners & detergents.
The good news is that the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act was just introduced in Congress. Thanks to WVE’s advocacy efforts, the bill requires companies to list all ingredients directly on the product label where you can see them!
… and we’ve all probably seen this list a dozen times, too.
SO by now it should have sunk in — right?!
We’re going to put it out there again, just because this is a really good list of the dirty dozen fruits and vegetables you WANT to buy organic. The dirty dozen most likely contain multiple pesticide residues, and therefore should be bought organic. An example: The FDA detected 30 different pesticides on strawberries, while apples had 50 different pesticides on them. Consumers Union (http://www.consumersunion.org) and Environmental Working Group (http://www.ewg.org) say that children are most at risk when eating produce that has combined exposures. The Environmental Protection Agency says pesticides block the body’s uptake of nutrients critical for proper growth and wreak havoc on development by permanently altering the way a child’s system functions. (taken from Super Natural Home by Beth Greer)
I personally noticed that after being on a pretty strict organic diet and solely eating at home for a while, when I eat outside of the home I get almost migraine headaches after eating foods I’m pretty sure contain pesticides, hormones and antibiotics.
The Dirty Dozen
Peaches | Apples | Pears | Green Beans | Grapes
Strawberries | Raspberries | Spinach | Sweet Bell Peppers
Potatoes | Tomatoes | Cantaloupe
This really is food for thought…
Now — off to grocery shop with an educated perspective!
Yes, that is correct — you do not have to throw those old socks into the garbage and take space in our already overflowing landfills.
Here is what zkano — an organic cotton sock company — says your options are:
- Dust rag. Slip a sock on your hand, dampen with cleaner and have at it. Wash and reuse.
- Drink cozy. Want to insulate your drink? Put a sock on it. Cold stays cold and hot stays hot.
- Heat packs. Fill a sock with rice, seal it and heat in the microwave for 1 minute.
- Draft protector. In the winter, wedge stuffed socks in front of doors to keep cold air out.
- Dog toy. Place a tennis ball inside a sock for an added layer of chewing fun.
Most importantly, you have the option to RECYCLE your old socks! How cool is that!?
Per zkano: Recycle. Old fibers can be reworked and reused. The most worn out cotton fibers can be composted. Here’s where we come in.
We have the resources to take past-their-prime socks off your hands and have them recycled. Send your old socks* to us at this address:
Attention: Zkano Recycles Program
1715 Airport Road
Ft Payne, AL 35968
*Please send six or more pairs in a package. We need to outweigh the carbon footprint from shipping!
Read the full story at: http://www.zkano.com/pages/zkano-recycles
Did you know that you can make your own simple window cleaner from a 1:1 mixture of water and white distilled vinegar? Add your favorite essential oil scent — I like peppermint. Maybe next time you prefer lemon! You can also reuse those old spray bottles to store your newly made window cleaner. Just be sure to rinse it out first. There, now you have a natural window cleaner you made, with a scent you chose. Happy window washing!
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