Welcome back for more ways to help eliminate chemicals from your home. If you missed the first post, you can start here:
CLEANSE – New Fabrics:
Manufacturers use chemicals, specifically formaldehyde, on clothes prior to shipping them from factories to stores. This practice helps prevent mildew in case the clothing is exposed to moisture or humidity. Formaldehyde is also used to prevent wrinkles, so they arrive at local retail outlets looking perfect. The issue?? Formaldehyde is a skin allergen and classified by the European Union as “toxic” when it comes in contact with the skin. It is also suspected to cause cancer, as noted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the state of California, and by the EPA. Not to mention it’s use as an embalming agent.
TRY INSTEAD: My concern with washing brand new clothes was always that I would “modify” them in some form. Either shrinkage or color bleed. I discovered that reading tags is useful and washing them in a gentle laundry soap is helpful to prevent issues. Norwex UPP is great for keeping clothes safe without harmful chemicals.
CLEANSE – Weed & Bug Killer:
Now that summer has arrived, my husband has been staring at our lawn and nagging me to call a lawn company to keep the weeds and bugs away. I always refuse, because I know how harmful the chemicals can be to us and to our pooch. There is evidence linking many common herbicides to increased incidence of cancer. Because pesticides are chemically created to kill pests, it stands to reason that they’re not good for humans either.
TRY INSTEAD: You can replace common herbicides and pesticides with organic, natural alternatives. The cost increase will most likely be similar to having someone come out and spray some nasty chemicals on your lawn.
CLEANSE – Nonstick Cookware:
Some nonstick cookware may contain chemicals such as PFOAs and PTFEs? Both of these kinds of chemicals are used for stick and stain resistance, but they come at a price to your health.
TRY INSTEAD: Choose cast-iron, stainless steel, or glass or ceramic pans, there are many choices for many budgets available.
CLEANSE – Take Your Shoes Off!
Did you know that 85% of contaminants are brought into the home within the first 4 steps! As you walk around out in the world you are picking up not only dirt, but a load of toxic chemicals like grease, pesticides, lead and waste. Don’t bring those into your home.
TRY INSTEAD: Try the Norwex Entry Mat to catch gunk at the door. It’s made of our tried and true Microfiber, so if you’re familiar with Norwex, you know it works.
CLEANSE – Dry Cleaning:
The chemicals involved in dry cleaning are so harmful that you shouldn’t even hang clothes that have been dry cleaned in your closet much less wear them? Perchloroethylene (perc) is the strong-smelling chemical that is used at almost all traditional dry cleaners. While it works great for getting rid of odors and stains, it’s also a volatile organic compound (VOC) that isn’t removed during the washing process and can stay in clothing for days or even weeks. The state of California has listed perc as a known carcinogen and mandated that its use be phased out for commercial dry-cleaning by 2023.
TRY INSTEAD: Find a dry cleaner who offers non-perc dry cleaning or opt for the washer instead. If you can’t find a non-perc dry cleaner, remove the plastic bags from your clothes and air them out before hanging them in your closet.
Stay tuned for more helpful hints…