|A simple change avoids a major source of skin irritants and carcinogens
can work in a safe workplace, avoid chemials and eat healthy, yet still
be exposed to thousands of potentially hazardous toxins -- throughout
every minute of every day.
- Petroleum distillates (aka napthas), which have been linked to cancer
- Phenols, which can cause toxicity throughout the entire body
- Phosphates, which stimulate the growth of certain marine plants
when they're released into the environment and contribute to unbalanced
- Optical brighteners, which can be toxic to fish and can cause bacterial mutations and allergic reactions
Artificial fragrances, which have been linked to various toxic effects on fish and mammals
impact of artificial fragrances is perhaps the most insidious toxic
threat. The fragrance industry uses up to 3000 predominantly synthetic
ingredients, some 900 of which were identified as toxic. Which ones
hardly matters becuase the industry is not required to disclose
ingredients of fragrances and perfumes on their labels due to trade
secrecy considerations. No wonder my eyes hurt and my throat get
scratchy after just a few minutes in the supermarket laundry aisle.
It didn't used to be this way. Since 1500 B. C.
humans have utilized soap mostly derived from natural sources for most
all of their cleaning needs. Prior to WWII most household cleaning tasks
were accomplished using relatively safe ingredients commonly found in
most homes. With the proliferation of petroleum-based chemicals after
the war, corporations began to manufacture ready-made cleaning
products. Most cleaning chores can be easily handled without these toxic products.
Everyday ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, salt, lemon juice,
vegetable oil, soap, borax, hydrogen peroxide and washing soda can do
the job as they did in olden days.
available as bar soaps or flakes, are usually made from natural
minerals and fats and tend to be less toxic than conventional
petroleum-based detergents that cause more household poisonings than any
other household product, (when eaten by children.)
of our favorite products is CalBen's Seafoam All Temperature Laundry
Soap -- an all natural, non-detergent laundry soap that cleans
effectively without chemicals. Seaform's fresh scent is specified as
coming from a natural essential oil. Purchased direct from the manufacturer,
this product costs less than detergents, yet it is tough enough to
clean up after our family and gentle enough for spa towels and bedding
used by Amy's Skin Care.