Thursday, September 29, 2011

Effective Safe Disinfectants For You & The Home

Recently myself and others in my family have experienced the benefits of a drop or two of 3% hydrogen peroxide in each ear to help cut through the muck with recent head colds. Hyrdogen Peroxide has so many uses , and today I thought I would share a simple, safe and effect cleaning method. Per the directions, keep the two products separate for effectiveness, AND to avoid a bubbling reaction. This duo offers quick disinfection of your kitchen countertops, cutting boards, bathroom sinks, etc.
Inexpensive, effective: 3% hydrogen peroxide and white distilled vinegar
Simply put each liquid into a separate spray bottle, then spray the surface with one, followed by the other.

Regarding Hand Soap Toxicity

  • The following has to be credited to the Natural Progesterone Advisory Network which is dedicated to education on all matters of health:
    Triclocarban is particularly concerning because it has been shown to artificially amplify the effects of sex hormones such as estrogen and testosterone, which could promote the growth of breast and prostate cancers, according to health experts at Natural Resources Defence Council.
    Dr Mercola writes, “For starters, a child raised in an environment doused in disinfectant soaps and cleansers, who is given antibiotics that kill off all of the good and bad bacteria in his gut, and kept away from the natural dirt, germs, viruses and other grime of childhood, is not able to build up natural resistance to disease, and becomes vulnerable to illnesses later in life. This theory, known as the hygiene hypothesis, is likely one reason why many allergies and immune-system diseases have doubled, tripled or even quadrupled in the last few decades. But it doesn’t end there. One of the most common antibacterials is triclosan, a chlorinated phenolic compound. Triclosan has been found to have both estrogenic and androgenic activity and has been linked to hormone disruption in animals.”
    According to Dr Sarah Janssen, “The public deserves to know that these so-called antibacterial products are no more effective in preventing infections than regular soap and water and may, in fact, be dangerous to their health in the long run.”
    There’s really no need to expose your family to dangerous chemical disinfectants. As an added bonus aside from the health benefits, using this type of natural homemade cleanser is much less expensive than commercial varieties.

So here is a question for you, my readers....have you read the labels of soaps lately? I have, and can tell you it is quite difficult to find one that has not hopped on the "anti-bacterial bandwagon". Triclosan is abundantly marketed. Not only is it in soaps, but in hand sanitizers - that which our school supply lists are seeking. I did my best to find sanitizers for class donations taht contained alcohol versus Triclosan (although I have some reservations about that ingredient as well). Someday I would love to see teachers request hand sanitizers that do not contain Triclosan - but it begins with public awareness. Our teachers are so busy caring for and teaching our children. Do you want to join me in an awareness campaign? Send your student's teacher(s) to this blog, or have them check out this link.

To your health!

Rita S.

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