Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. The Truly Healthy environment is not merely safe but stimulating.
Environmental Science and Technology, February 1968.
Environment: the aggregate of surrounding things, conditions, or influences; surroundings; milieu.
Ecology: the air, water, minerals, organisms, and all other external factors surrounding and affecting a given organism at any time - the social and cultural forces that shape the life of a person or a population.
Do you think your environment affects your hormones? There is a lot more media and information now about the effects of chemicals in your food, water, and household goods. Specifically, estrogen-mimicking chemicals are of concern to us in dealing with breast health. Indeed, the chemical environment affects your cells and your hormones.
Each year, an additional 1,000 new chemicals are developed and introduced into your environment.
Household Cleaning Products
Many household products contain formaldehyde, chlorides, reproductive toxins, or hormone disruptors, which can cause liver, kidney, and brain damage, allergies and asthma. Hormone disrupting parabens may be used as preservatives.
EWG is a good source to educate yourself on Healthy Cleaning products.
Slowly start replacing your eg. Windex with a GREEN choice without chemicals. Look up the best choices on EWG.
Personally I choose and recommend highly the Young Living line of THIEVES. Just Love Love Love the smell of thieves oil in my YL diffuser (no heat). I buy their household Thieves cleaner and dilute it for general cleaning. You can even make a solution for e.g. carpet cleaning. Another thieves product very relevant right now is their hand sanitizer; a better choice than all these commercial sanitizers full of chemicals.
BTW, Young Living's Thieves® essential oil blend was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated and wore a special aromatic combination of clove, rosemary, vinegar, and other botanicals that they believed provided protection while they were stealing.
"Thieves oil is a blend of cinnamon, rosemary, clove, eucalyptus, and lemon oils
that has been shown in university studies to obliterate
bacteria and viruses, as well as mold . . ..”
Natural Household Alternatives
Use these healthier, alternative, cleaning products in your home:
White Vinegar - disinfects and deodorizes
Lemon Juice - cuts grease & polishes metal
Washing Soda - general cleaning and deodorizing
Borax - kills mold
Olive oil - mix with vinegar for furniture polish
Alka-Seltzer – cleans toilets
Club Soda and Salt: removes carpet stains. You can also try a three-to-one mixture of vinegar and water and pouring the mixture onto the stains
“Chemicals have replaced bacteria and viruses as the main threat to health.
The diseases we are beginning to see as the major causes of death in the latter part of (the 1900's) and into the 21st century are diseases of chemical origin.”
Dr. Dick Irwin, Toxicologist, Texas A&M University