Chemical Free Living

EWG's Guide to Healthy Cleaning Products

BPA - Dangers from using plastics: Toss your plastic water bottles into a recycling bin. According to a University of Cincinnati study, the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) found in hard plastic food and beverage containers can produce an estrogenlike molecule that mimics estrogen’s effects, creating a heightened risk for heart disease in women. Dr. Alvarez says BPA “could create too much estrogen or block the effects of its benefits.”
Do this. Replace # 7 plastic food containers and water bottles—that’s the type likely to contain BPA—with stainless steel, glass, or ceramic ones. If you’re not ready to banish other types of plastic containers, be sure you never heat them up, since this can cause other chemicals to leach into their contents.

 BPA is also transmitted via handling store receipts!

More on BPA: Bisphenol A (BPA), the chemical used in canned food linings and soft drink cans—and in other consumer products too numerous to list—was just implicated in a new study as negatively affecting the health not just of those who ate it but also of four generations of their children. Considering that BPA is found in 90 percent of Americans' blood, that's a lot of children who could potentially be impacted by an innocent can of spaghetti 'n' meatballs. Read the entire article.

Dangers from using cellphones

Beware: "wrinkle free" clothes or bedding are actually soaked in formaldehyde!

The Nine Nastiest Things in Your Supermarket

The ingredients in commercial fabric softeners
Breathing exhaust from dryer exhaust

How to get rid of ants (and nothing else)

Use a 50/50 mixture of one part white vinegar and one part water.
It works because ants hate the smell of vinegar and it erases the scent trail ants leave.

Peppermint is also a natural ant deterrent. Add Peppermint EO to the basic household cleaner below... it will leave the area smelling really nice and minty, plus ants and other bugs do not like it.

Basic Household Cleaner

Cleaners don't have to be pricey or chemical-laden to be effective. In fact, they don't even have to be store-bought. Create your own all-purpose cleaner by filling a spray bottle with equal parts white vinegar and water. Then, shake up the mixture, and you're ready for your next cleaning spree.
Use your favorite EO to leave a fresh scent behind.