Organic Cleaning Supplies
I'm not a scientist, by any stretch of the imagination, so when I refer to "organic cleaning supplies" I mean products which are derived from plants grown without man-made, artificial chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. Further, an "organic" product that I choose to clean with would not have any solvents or other petrochemicals used in the actual manufacturing process or added as preservatives, fragrance, surficants (foaming agents), or the like.
Today's dirtiest word among the Green Natural Grannies and other health advocates is "Parabens". My house might contain a lot of dust, mold, fungi, crud, and general filth but I feel less distressed by this 'dirt that I know' than I do by the controversial parabens that appear to inhabit every part of my environment, including my own body.
WHAT ARE PARABENS AND WHAT IS ALL THE FUSS?
Parabens are a group of petro-chemicals (by-products of the petrol industry) commonly used in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries-- and even in food-- as a preservative. Some of the names Parabens go by are: methylparaben , ethylparaben , propylparaben and butylparaben. Less common parabens include isobutylparaben, isopropylparaben, benzylparaben and their sodium salts. Grab a look at your shampoo or deodorant or even your frozen soy 'Stripples'. One familiar paraben is propylene glycol, commonly known as anti-freeze, but used as a preservative in cosmetics and foods. But not cat food... because cats have actually died after ingesting the sweet stuff as it drips from cars. You be the judge of whether it is an "okay" item to include in your household cleaners-- especially if you have little grandchildren around the house occasionally.
Studies have come out recently suggesting the long-term use of parabens may contribute to breast cancer and skin, lung, and eye irritations. The 'scientific community' is conflicted on this-- some state that parabens only show small levels of toxicity and that some so-called 'natural organic' products are not shown to be effective in doing what they claim to do.
The "health and wellness movement" has its share of conflicts also. Manufacturers who claim their products are "natural" and "organic" are not well regulated for these claims at this time. While some products might contain organically-grown ingredients, they might ALSO contain parabens and other toxins. For the supporters of organic and sustainable farming, mixing organics with artificial ingredients doesn't fit. Check out the easy-to-understand, fascinating
Oregon Tilth website
to learn about what standards need to be maintained for the use of the label "organic" to be used ethically.
REASONS TO USE ORGANIC CLEANING SUPPLIES
Organic Cleaning Supplies are bio-degradable. They come from the soil and are able to be broken down by the soil in a way that, properly monitored, will not add to our planet's pollution.
Organic Cleaning Supplies will do as good, or better, a job of cleaning-- surely a major consideration.
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Organic Cleaning Supplies are often less expensive. Some can be formulated and made up by you yourself with "recipes" off the web (or passed down by Granny). I have found that the 'green' products I use often require much less product, often a few drops to a teaspoon diluted with water.
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Organic Laundry soaps will extend the life of your clothing simply because you use less in the washer. Add the soap first and let it swirl a bit, and then add the clothes.
I remember my poor granny's red, chafed hands. She used javex bleach in several loads of laundry each week, working it through with her bare hands. The screen door would open to the porch where the ringer washer was and we'd all get a blast of the bleach as we ate our dinner. The harsh detergents had such pleasant names like "Cheer" and "Sunlight". Organic cleaning supplies are less likely to contain respiratory-, skin- and eye-irritating ingredients, and to be carcinogenic.
I want to model earth-friendly, healthy ways for my little granddaughters to think and and live. Organic cleaning supplies just fit in like a hand in a (latex?) glove.
Cleaning with Essential Oils
As my eco-warrior hero David Suzuki states on his site, essential oils "have a long history of therapeutic effects, not just a pleasant scent." I really go for the scents, too, so for me the germicidal, mold-eliminating, cleansing qualities of essential oils are a pure, bug-fighting bonus.
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