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January 9, 2019
by Barbara
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How to Avoid Using Personal Care Products Hidden with Toxic Chemicals

We are finding out more and more about hidden toxic chemicals that are in our everyday personal care products, such as toothpaste, mouthwash, makeup, soaps, shampoos, conditioners, laundry detergents, fabric softeners and much more.

Many of us wonder why companies would put toxic chemicals in products that we put on our bodies and in our mouths. The answer is not simple and not intentional.  In the past century, scientific evidence shows that certain chemicals in commercial personal care products bought in the grocery stores and drug stores are not safe to put on our bodies.

Unfortunately, companies in the U.S. are allowed to put ingredients into personal care products with no required safety testing, and without disclosing all the ingredients.  [Resource]

Johnson & Johnson was sued by a family whose mother, Jacqueline Fox, died of ovarian cancer linked to her daily use of talcum-based Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products.  Fox used the products for decades on her most sensitive body areas. Johnson and Johnson knew about the cancer link and failed to put warnings on the product labels.

Even though this is shocking, it’s also not surprising that many commercial products on our shelves contain poison chemicals with no warning on the labels.

It is unfortunate that many people assume companies are using the safest and latest technology to make personal care products safe for use on ourselves and our children.

So where can a person shop to find safer personal care products?  Is there any such place as a store with a conscience? Indeed, a company with a conscience exists, and that is why I write my blog with these informative articles.  I genuinely care, and I am very passionate about letting other people know about toxic commercial products.

I’ve been using safer soap bars, shampoos, makeup, and lotions for over 10 years. I would like to start with Renew.

10 years ago I was searching for a body lotion that would not cause me to itch, and that was soothing to my dry, irritated skin.  I was trying everything at the local drug store. Then I discovered that formaldehyde was one of the ingredients in commercial lotions as a preservative.  Formaldehyde is disguised with different names such as formalin, formic aldehyde, methanediol, methanal, methyl aldehyde, methylene glycol, methylene oxide.  Formaldehyde causes cancer and is a carcinogen. [Resource]

Renew Moisturizing Lotion does not contain any carcinogens, is soothing, and healing to dry, ravaged skin. Renew Moisturizing Lotion is fast-absorbing and long lasting on your skin. It uses a combination of glycerin and petroleum in high amounts for exclusive moisturizing aid.

If you would like to learn more about Renew Moisturizing Lotion, please go to my website, scroll down to the bottom where it says “More Info.  Sign up or contact me on my Facebook page or Facebook Messenger, and I will personally reply to you with information as soon as possible!  

~Barbara

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December 30, 2018
by Barbara
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How To Avoid Toxic Chemicals in Toothpaste and Mouthwash

Most toothpaste and mouthwashes you buy at your local drug store and grocery store contain toxic chemicals and carcinogens or ingredients that cause more cavities.

Presented here are 7 toxic and/or  problematic toothpaste ingredients:

  1. Triclosan has been linked to endocrine-disruption chemicals in the body linked to cancer and antibiotic resistance.  
  2. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) – has been linked to enhancing bitter tastes, skin irritation and canker sores.  The manufacturing process contaminates the SLS with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic by-product.  SLS is also a registered insecticide and may have toxic effects on marine life.
  3. Artificial Sweeteners – such as Aspartame contains methanol that our bodies cannot break down so this can cause methanol poisoning in the brain with symptoms such as ear buzzing, dizziness, vertigo, nausea, gastrointestinal disturbances, weakness, chills, memory lapses, numbness, shooting pains in the extremities, and neuritis.
  4. Fluoride – is a toxic chemical that accumulates in your tissues over time.  Too much Fluoride can cause neurological and endocrine dysfunction.  Young children swallow globs of toothpaste when brushing their teeth and usually washes it down with water that contains fluoride unless water is filtered with a Brita Water Filter.
  5. Propylene Glycol – is a mineral oil used in antifreeze, enamels, and airplane de-icers.  A pharmaceutical grade is used in personal care products including toothpaste.   Research lacks evidence on Propylene Glycol and it is known as a skin, eye and lung irritant and may cause body/organ system toxicity.
  6. Diethanolamine (DEA) – is a known hormone disruptor and has been linked with cancers of the stomach, esophagus, liver, bladder.
  7. Micro-beads – are tiny plastic pellets contained in body washes, facial scrubs, toothpaste and even more.  The micro-beads destroy the environment when they go down your drain and out into the waterways and the ocean. The micro-beads absorb toxins from the waters and are eaten by marine life and humans as well.  The micro-beads also get trapped under patients gums and causing gum disease by allowing an entrance into your gum line for food and bacteria to get caught in.

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Presented here are 8 toxic and/or problematic mouthwash ingredients:

  1. Alcohol. Conventional mouthwashes contain about 26% alcohol, in the form of ethanol which dry out your natural microbiome (balance of bacteria like in your gut) which helps support remineralization.  Drying out of your mouth from alcohol can cause more decay, does not correct bad breath and can cause mouth ulcers.  Alcohol, containing mouthwash, is linked to oral cancer.
  2. Chlorine Dioxide – defined by the Center of Disease Control (CDC) a hazardous gas used as a bleaching agent to whiten teeth and antibacterial.
  3. Chlorhexidine – is used as an antiseptic but is an allergen which can cause dermatitis and can cause anaphylactic shock in some people.
  4. Cocamidopropyl Betaine – that can cause dermatitis allergic reactions and is rated by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) as a “moderate hazard.
  5. Parabens – are endocrine disruptors that can set off allergic reactions and are linked to cancer.
  6. Poloxamer 407 – a detergent in mouthwash can cause hyperlipidemia or high cholesterol in test animals.
  7. Formaldehyde – used to embalm bodies is in mouthwash that can cause skin reactions, linked to cancer, respiration problems, and multi-system shutdown in large doses.
  8. Saccharin or Aspartame – is linked to cancer and the neurological problems that Aspartame can cause,  above in #3 under toothpaste ingredients.

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Use Safer Oral Hygiene Products that Work:

I learned about these toxic ingredients in my toothpaste and mouthwash 10 years ago and wanted to shop for safer oral products to use.

*My dentist said my mouth was in excellent condition, this November 2018, for not seeing a dentist in 10 + years.  I have been safely using the Tooth Polish and Mouth Rinse for 10 years.

Avoid the toxic and problematic chemicals in commercial oral hygiene products with Whitening Tooth Polish and Mouth Rinse.

Mouth Rinse is Alcohol-Free with a pleasant tasting fresh mint that cleans your mouth and fights gingivitis and plaque with Tea Tree Oil, a natural antibacterial and along with other bacteria fighting agents.

If you would like to learn more about Tooth Polish, Mouth Rinse or an Oral Hygiene pack, please go to my website, scroll down to the bottom where it says “Contact Me Now.”  Sign up or contact me on my Facebook page or Facebook Messenger, and I will personally reply to you with information as soon as possible!

~Barbara

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December 15, 2018
by Barbara
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Gift Giving Ideas for Maintaining a Toxic Free Home

Presented in this article are some gift-giving ideas for maintaining a toxic-free home during the Holidays.

Because we keep our homes tightly closed, during this time of year, we need to be careful not to emit poisons into the air that could affect our family, friends, and pets!  These household cleaning toxins, including self-cleaning ovens, are deadly to pet birds. This Year and for years to come,  clean your oven safely to prevent any tragedies from occurring in your home.

Why not introduce yourself and a friend to an EcoSense Clean Home Pack this Holiday Season!  Enjoy peace of mind while cleaning and freshening your home with a line of Eco-friendly, effective, household cleaners.

Use safer air fresheners, wax melts, and candles in a Warmed Spice Latte scent and Winter Cedar scent in your home as well!  

Holiday Air Freshener Spray:

  • Revive Room Spray comes with a refillable non-aerosol spray bottle.  
  • Save plastic, water, and energy by buying refills of Revive  
  • Reuse the plastic spray bottle to save plastic, water, and energy.  
  • Get an aerosol effect without harmful chemicals by quickly pulling the trigger on the spray bottle two or three times.
  • Please use common sense with anything highly scented.  Some people, like myself, birds, and animals are extremely sensitive to scented products.  Even though the scents are not toxic, they can cause irritation.
  • An important note for bird owners: They lady that lives upstairs, that I rent the downstairs from has used Revive air freshener for 7 years.  I own 2 birds that are happy and healthy! I have 2 cockatiels, one that is 21 years old and one that is 16 years old.  We have lived here for 7 years! I would never spray an air freshener, fabric freshener, or use scented oils, or wax melts in the same room that the birds are in (or with a person with lung disease.) Birds have air sacs throughout their body for flight that flows the air to help lighten them for flying!

Holiday Wax Melts and Wax Warmers:

  • Revive Wax Melts come in Warmed Spiced Latte.
  • Winter Cedar scent
    • Revive Wax Melts are made with wax and fragrance oils.
    • Wax warmers and plug-ins slowly warm the wax melt to keep your home fragrant for hours to enjoy.
  • Revive Wax Melt warmers and plug-ins warm your wax melts safely with a long-lasting light bulb.

Holiday Soy Candles:

  • Holiday scented soy candles come in spicy scents of:
  • Warmed Spice Latte
  • Winter Cedar
  • Spiced Apple
  • These beautiful candles will glow with the warmth of a holiday scent in your home.
  • Made with soy wax blend
  • Lead-free wick
  • Sootless free wick

If you would like to learn more about Revive room sprays, wax melts, soy candles or the EcoSense Clean Pack, please go to my website, scroll down to the bottom where it says “More Info.”  Sign up or contact me on my Facebook page or Facebook Messenger, and I will personally reply to you with information as soon as possible!  🙂

~Barbara

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December 3, 2018
by Barbara
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How To Keep A Clean Environment Inside Your Home This Winter

Brrrr!  It’s winter, and it’s cold outside.  So to combat that cold, we keep our homes tightly closed to help keep it warm and cozy inside. Unfortunately, this means that cleaning product chemicals are kept cozy inside with us too!

Because so many cleaning products and air fresheners are made with toxic chemicals, it’s essential to be cautious about which products you choose to clean your home with and try to pick out the safest cleaning products possible.

While I believe you should only use non-toxic products in your home, in the winter, these are the top three that you really need to choose as non-toxic:

Disinfectant:

    • We all need a disinfectant to kill germs in our home in the bathroom, kitchen counters, doorknobs and more!  
    • Rather than using bleach which literally kills everything good and bad, choose a biodegradable, EPA-Registered disinfectant that is safer for you, your family and pets.
    • Even though vinegar does kill some germs it is not an EPA-Registered disinfectant and does not kill dangerous bacteria like Staphylococcus.
    • Concentrated hydrogen peroxide is extremely dangerous and can cause tissue burns when swallowed, seizures to lung, heart, and neurological damage.  

Air Fresheners:

    • I have been buying a safe air freshener for my neighbor that I rent the downstairs from. She lives upstairs.  We share the heating system and air vents throughout the home. When I first moved in 7 years ago, I noticed a very strong air freshener scent and inquired to her what the name of it was.  I am very sensitive to toxins and so are my birds. Birds airways are highly complicated for flight and sensitive to toxins in the air.
    • I found out my neighbor that lives upstairs was using Glade Plugins!  Glade Plugins and Spray are deadly to birds!  The strong scent of the Glade Plugins – one upstairs and one in the garage which is right next to my bedroom where I keep my birds – made my eyes very red and irritated, burning and itchy and irritated my sinuses.  Glade Plugins or any other commercial plugin and spray air fresheners are deadly to birds.
    • If Glade Plugins are deadly for birds they can’t be that great for humans, in my opinion.  I was affected and still am affected by any of these air fresheners.
    • I solved the problem by getting a safer air freshener for my friend upstairs.  I have been buying my neighbor this safe air freshener for 7 years! I have also tried safer wax melts for myself.

Oven Cleaners:

    • Oven cleaners are a toxic brew for any human and animal.  
    • Lye, when combined with water can cause serious chemical burns.
    • Ethylene glycol is the deadly ingredient in antifreeze that makes it deadly if ingested by animals and humans.
    • Petroleum distillates are low to medium-grade solvents produced as a by-product from the oil refinery process and are mildly toxic.
    • Self-cleaning ovens are toxic as well, so don’t use this method.  
    • Self-cleaning oven fumes will kill your pet birds and other small animals. There is enough carbon monoxide produced by self-cleaning ovens to make it deadly to birds and small animals.  
    • Self-cleaning oven fumes cannot be good for people either.  

With all of these toxins in mind, it is best to use safer cleaners such as Melamagic which is made with nonionic surfactants, and tea tree oil.  I have been using Melamagic since 2008 to clean tough jobs like ovens, garage floors, and super greasy jobs. 

One time, I helped my neighbor clean gasoline that she accidentally spilled on the garage floor, right next to my bedroom with Melamagic.  The gasoline made me cough uncontrollably.  It was just a tiny bit that spilled, but I can’t tolerate breathing in much poison.  I cleaned with toxic cleaning chemicals for many years, and my mom cleaned our the house I was growing up in, with toxic products.  I also worked around other chemicals in a small manufacturing company for 16 years, that made artificial trees, bushes, flower arrangements, and I cleaned the facility with toxic products as well.   

If you would like to learn more about Melamagic, or add it to your house cleaning supplies, please go to my website, scroll down to the bottom where it says “Contact Me Now“, sign up or contact me on my Facebook page or Facebook Messengerand I will personally reply to you with information as soon as possible!  🙂

~Barbara

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November 13, 2018
by Barbara
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How to Clean Your Wood Furniture Without Toxic Products

When you are thinking about cleaning your wood furniture, vinyl, or leather, you might want to stay away from furniture polish you buy at the grocery store or drug store because they contain very toxic ingredients such as waxes, oils, solvents, pastes, lotion, and sprays used to restore, polish, clean, or shine the wood or wood products.

Before we begin cleaning the furniture, I feel that it is very essential to warn you about the dangers of using toxic wood polish before telling you how to clean your wood furniture.

General furniture polish (found in the grocery stores and drugs stores) can be a toxic mix of agents (waxes and oils), solvents (spirits and naphtha), emulsifiers, propellants, and other additives for color and fragrances. Continue Reading →

November 8, 2018
by Barbara
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How to Clean Your Windows and Clean without Ammonia with Non-Toxic Cleaners

The best time to clean your windows, inside and outside is twice a year, in the spring, after a long winter and late summer or late fall after a hot, dusty, summer.  [Resource]

Don’t clean your windows on a sunny day or they will dry too quickly, and streak.  The best weather for cleaning your windows is when it’s cloudy.

First:

  • Move things away from the windows, and window sills such as knick-knacks.  
  • Cover the floor and carpet below.
  • Dust the area around the windows before cleaning the actual windows themselves or you might make a muddy mess of the area around the windows and in between.
  • When dusting, start from the top and work your way to the bottom with a damp rag, with a toxic-free cleaning solution that will not harm you, the wood or other material.  
  • Rinse the wet cloth in a bucket of cleaning solution if it gets too full of dirt, or you will end up spreading it onto the clean surfaces.
  • Change the bucket of cleaning solution if it gets too thick with grime.The best tool for cleaning your windows is a 10 to 12-inch squeegee.  

Window Cleaning Tools:

  • Squeegees clean faster and more efficiently than paper towels which leave lint and streaks.  
  • Make sure the blades are in good shape before cleaning.
  • If your squeegee is leaving streaks, that means it needs a new rubber blade.  
  • A new clean fitted rubber blade is suggested for each cleaning.
  • You can reverse the rubber blade if it isn’t nicked or sliced on the reversed side.  
  • You will also need a 5-gallon plastic bucket.
  • Lint-free rags or small towels.
  • Use a window scrubber or a good quality sponge.

For a window cleaner:

  • Use biodegradable dish-washing liquid that does not leave a toxic residue on any surfaces.  
  • You can also use vinegar and water. 
  • Use a window cleaner without the vinegar smell which is easier to use and cleans better than vinegar, try Clear Power 12x Glass Cleaner that I highly recommend.
  • Scrub the window with the cleaning solution with a window scrubber or a good quality sponge at all angles.
  • Cover every square inch of the glass with the scrubber.  
  • Start at the top corner on the glass.
  • Pull the squeegee steadily across the window to the other side.
  • Move the squeegee horizontally across the glass.
  • Wipe the blade often on a clean towel to remove dirt and excess water.  
  • As you move down the window, overlap the previous stroke about 2 inches and wipe the blade on the towel.  
  • Continue to do this until you are done with the window.
  • Wipe off the excess water with a lint-free towel or microfiber cloth.

If you would like to learn more about Clear Power 12x Glass Cleaner concentrate, or add it to your house cleaning supplies, please go to my website, scroll down to the bottom where it says “Contact Me Now“, sign up or contact me on my Facebook page or Facebook Messengerand I will personally reply to you with information as soon as possible!  🙂

~Barbara

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September 25, 2018
by Barbara
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Tips on Cleaning your Windows Ammonia-Free with Non-Toxic Cleaners

Do you dread cleaning windows because of the awful ammonia smell?  Are cleaning and dusting your home a task you continue to put on the back burner?  Is vinegar, alone, not doing the job you want it to do?

I never liked cleaning windows because of the ammonia in the window cleaning spray bottle.  I have been sensitive to chemicals ever since I was a small child.  My mom was always cleaning with products that contained bleach, ammonia, and other harmful products.    Back in those days, that’s all there was to clean with.   But the University of Bergen in Norway has found that using cleaning products can be as harmful as smoking 20 cigarettes a day.  That’s why I didn’t feel so great after cleaning with toxic household products.

Toxic cleaning chemicals are not safe for my birds or other pets, and are full of carcinogens.

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August 18, 2018
by Barbara
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How to Clean and Disinfect Your Bathroom Without Toxic Chemicals

Do you want to disinfect your bathroom without using toxic products like bleach, ammonia, phosphates, and other harmful products?

Sol-U-Guard Botanical, which is EPA-Registered, will help you disinfect your home safely and effectively with safer ingredients of thyme oil, and citric acid that kills over 99.9% germs in your home and is biodegradable. 

Vinegar is not an EPA-Registered disinfectant and does not kill dangerous bacteria like Staphylococcus.  Concentrated hydrogen peroxide is extremely dangerous and can cause tissue burns when swallowed, seizures to lung, heart, and neurological damage.  [Resource] [Resouce]

Many people, including myself and their pets, are very sensitive to toxic cleaners such as bleach, ammonia, detergents, fabric softeners, Lysol spray, air fresheners, plus other products when cleaning the bathroom.  Poisonous products can burn eyes and sinuses, cause severe headaches, and can even cause dizziness, nausea, weakness, and severe illness.  [Resource] [Resource] Continue Reading →

July 25, 2018
by Barbara
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Tips for Cleaning Your Bird Cage Safely

I have 2 little cockatiels that can make a pretty big mess in one day, so it takes less time to clean the birds cages if it is done on a daily basis. If I put off cleaning for a few days, the cage bars and trays are harder to clean.  

  • Pressed for time? Do a quick wipe down on the grill, cage bars, and perches where there is dried food and poop.
  • Cleaning more often saves money on avian veterinarian bills.  I don’t want my birds walking through their poop because of bacteria. They can catch a bacterial infection from poop.
  • Bacteria and mold can grow quickly in water dishes and on old food.  Your pet birds could get extremely ill from spoiled food and dirty water.  Give your bird a fresh supply of food daily, and clean water a few times a day.

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June 24, 2018
by Barbara
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Why Sol-U-Guard is the Best Non-Toxic Disinfectant for Bird Owners

Sol-U-Guard Botanical is the best, non-toxic disinfectant on the market today, made with natural ingredients, thyme oil and citric acid, it kills 99.9% of common household germs and viruses in 10 minutes on non porous surfaces.  I have been using it since 2008 after researching safe ways to clean my birds cages, because birds are very sensitive to toxins.

Sol-U-Guard is manufactured in the USA, and sold worldwide by a company that has been in existence since 1985 with an excellent track record of safety and quality.

I want to discuss some important issues in this post that I feel every bird owner should know. 

You can’t always trust the labels on the products in grocery stores, drug stores, and online for common household cleaners, and non-toxic cleaners used in the home and for bird cages.  The labels can be misleading, inaccurate, and ingredients can even be left out. [Reference]  [Reference]   Continue Reading →