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« on: September 26, 2007, 05:16:15 PM »



Just in case you have not torn every shred of hair off of your head this last six months here are some new worries:


A test of air freshener products recently conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that 12 out of 14 popular air freshener products contained a chemical known to be harmful to the health of humans. Phthalates, known to cause reproductive problems and hormone disruption in humans, were found in virtually all air freshener brands, including several Walgreens-branded air fresheners that the popular retailer has now pulled off its shelves.

Neither the FDA nor the EPA conducts any safety testing or spot checking of toxic chemicals in air freshener products. Essentially, consumers could be exposed to any number of toxic airborne chemicals from air freshener products, with no warning whatsoever. The safety of chemicals used in these products is utterly ignored by the FDA in much the same way that perfumes and cosmetic products containing cancer-causing chemicals are routinely ignored by the agency. The FDA makes virtually no effort to protect American consumers from cancer-causing or hormone-disrupting chemicals in tens of thousands of consumer products, and were it not for the efforts of consumer advocacy groups and environmental protection groups like the NRDC, no one would be protecting consumers at all. (U.S. government agencies usually have to be sued by groups like the CSPI or Public Citizen before they will take any pro-consumer action...)


http://www.newstarget.com:80/022067.html

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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2007, 08:26:24 PM »

mal welcome to the forum. Thx for the post on air freshners. Just one of many toxic substances we should not use laden with chemicals. So right about is it any wonder the human race is still alive and breathing!
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2007, 08:10:41 AM »



JJ

Thank you for the warm welcome. I have been here since late March, but I have not been posting much. There are so many regulars on the forum that have simply amazing abilities to find information. My day starts with a visit to Itchmo..won't leave home without it... Cheesy Cheesy

The sad truth in my question about why the human race is still alive is further dealt with in the article I listed:

The sad truth is that most brand-name consumer products contain at least one toxic chemical, and that's true for food as much as it is for home care products. Unless you're shopping at a health food store and buying truly natural, organic, unscented and environmentally responsible products, you can bet there are toxic chemicals all over your home (and in your body) right now.

The average American consumer uses close to 100 toxic chemicals before she even leaves the house in the morning. Many of those chemicals are encountered in the morning during showering, shaving, skin care, hair care and application of cosmetics. Other chemicals are encountered in breakfast foods, including bacon, sausage, processed milk, breads and other processed foods. By the time the average consumer leaves their home in the morning, they've already poisoned their liver, pancreas, kidneys, heart, lungs and brain. A typical American consumers has over 300 different synthetic chemicals in their body right now. Is it any wonder degenerative disease rates have skyrocketed in the U.S. over the last several decades?

http://www.newstarget.com/022067.html

I think we have all become so concerned with all the other issues in our lives and this has allowed big industry to slip in whatever they wanted into our products. IMHO consumer products are often just the dumping ground for left over industrial wastes and an arena for experimentation with new chemicals. So many things have been used over the years as the new "wonder ingredient or drug" then found to be totally toxic a while down the line. This whole sad situation we now face is all a direct result of greed and corruption. ( I will now get off my soapbox..lol)


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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2007, 08:37:23 AM »

JJ, thanks so much for the info. and for the link. I have the plug in air fresheners all through My house.
And I love the whole page that's on the link.
thanks again.
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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2007, 08:39:23 AM »

I meant Mal, thank you and JJ too.
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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2007, 09:20:37 AM »

Thanks for the info, Mal.

I've disposed of all plug-in air fresheners and sprays.  The plug-ins were so strong in fragrance that I felt a slight headache and felt woozy.  And, I'm not bothered by much.  I thought if I'm feeling this way, my animals must REALLY feel the effects of breathing this in.  I threw them out when I cleaned out the cabinets under my kitchen and bathroom sinks of all but a couple of cleaners.

I'm mainly using vinegar and hot, hot water (and baking soda) to clean the house with now and use an earth-friendly natural dish detergent.
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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2007, 10:33:21 AM »

My local grocery just started carrying a whole line of cleaning and paper products
called Seventh Generation.  Supposed to be safe and natural.  And the paper
products are recycled.  So far, I am happy with the quality of all.  I'm willing to pay
a bit more for a safer product.
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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2007, 11:27:13 AM »

I can't even stand smelling most perfumes.  They gag me, particularly patchiuli  (I don't know the spelling on that).  I use fragrance-free detergents and dryer sheets as I can't tolerate the perfume smell on clothing.  It didn't really bother me until the last 2 years, like there was a change.  I don't use any aerosol deodorizers or those plug-in aroma thingies as there are warnings right on them about not using in a closed room with pets.  I use Sun and Earth spray for household cleaning.  It is safe for children and pets and me.   Forget spray-on nonstick aerosols for cooking/baking.  I go into coughing spasms.  Strange, since the smell and fur and dander from my animals does not bother me in the least. 

I'm not familiar with Seventh Generation.  Thanks for mentioning it rom6.

purringfur:  How long does it take for the vinegar smell to dissipate when you clean with it?  I'd like to try that, too.
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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2007, 11:48:16 AM »

   I recently discovered a company named Method who produces a variety of non toxic cleaning products and air fresheners. They can be purchased at many Giant Eagles (although they do not have the whole line), Target stores and from the company online. I very much like all the products I have tried thus far...
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« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2007, 01:26:39 PM »

Hi, After the vinager I use lemon juice to help the smell. Lemon juice is supposed to be a good disinfectant too.
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« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2007, 06:53:21 PM »

I use vinegar all the time. Once the surface or area your using it on dries there is no odor remaining like the chemical cleaners. Unless the fabric softener sheets are organic (no chemicals) they contain pesticides. Now using the fabric softener balls from the "as seen on tv" and the work great! Seventh
Generation has great liquid dish detergent-will not dry out your hands-now in 2nd yr of using it.

Laurie I read the ingredients on some of the method products and I believe they contain preservatives and one other chemical. Will have to write them down & google them next to see exactly what they are. Might say non-toxic but have to read the label to see if it really is. As we have all found out they promise one thing and something entirely different is inside the food or product.

mal your welcome. The link you posted newstarget is great-saved it as a favorite. Tons of info on there and I believe that is where I read that whatever you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream in 30 seconds! No wonder we are so laden with chemicals and preservatives.
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« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2007, 04:42:08 AM »

JustMe:  Like JJ, I can detect no real odor for using vinegar once it air dries.  I do my floors with it, and my cat loves to come in and roll around when it first dries.  I feel good knowing that he's not rolling in strong chemicals.

I just did my entire shower, full strength vinegar, scrubbed with a sponge, and could really smell it then.  Of course, I rinsed everything.  To me, it just smelled fresher in there afterward.

I also pour 1/2 cup or so in my laundry just to freshen it.  I'm looking for a detergent that is more people & earth-friendly.

I also use Sun & Earth dish detergent.  I've tried Method also, and I remember the owner of the pet store saying something about Method and pets, although I don't remember what she said...  (Memory is shot from mela-meat??  The ACCUMULATION FACTOR??)   Wink

I just bought some Dr. Bronner's Hemp Peppermint Pure Castile Soap - Many use it for dishes, hair, body wash, flea treatment for pets, etc.  (People have reported that as a pet shampoo, the fleas jump off immediately when they smell the Dr. Bonner's.  One person even bought a bottle for the vet, and the vet reported the same results???)  I didn't expect it to be so runny when I first squirted it, lost quite a bit in the sink, so I did some cleaning with it.

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with Dr. Bronner's brand - just reporting... 
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« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2007, 05:48:16 AM »

   There is another product called BabyGanics that makes all natural household cleaners. I know my holistic vet sells them at her office but I have never tried them. I believe these are available at Target also.
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« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2007, 08:38:33 AM »

I used the Dr. Bronners Pure Castile Pepperment Oil Soap for the first time when giving my dog a bath this morning.   I never knew that it existed until I read the post by DENNIS a week or two ago on another thread, the Natural Flea one I believe.   I found it at Whole Foods Market.   It did a wonderful job of cleaning, good lather etc.  It was easy to rinse off.   The bathroom was filled with the smell of peppermint which I love.   My dog really smells great too.    Didn't notice any fleas, but that is usually not a big problem for us.   I am sure that this soap would knock a flea dead if they were on the dog though.   

I never did like the smell of most air freshners.   Figured that breathing them would not be good for the lungs.   Finally, since the big article on them, my husband is no longer going to use them in his truck or his bathroom either.   
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« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2007, 07:24:56 PM »

Laurie babyganics I believe are also at Whole Foods too or possibly at Wild Oats. Another use of vinegar is that is a disinfectant. Do not need that powerful suck all the oxygen out of the house Lysol stuff. Talk about lethal - this stuff sure is.
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