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The Safe and Natural Way to Get Rid of Smells in Your Home – Part 2

July 1st, 2012

Here are some simple cleaning recipes that you can use to get rid of pungent odours.

 

Cigarette smokes

To get rid of the unpleasant odour from cigarette smoke, put ½ cup of white vinegar in each of several containers and place them around the house.

If someone in your home smokes, you can put baking soda or cat litter in the bottom of ashtrays to help absorb the odour. The best option is to have a smoke-free home.

To remove cigarette smoke in a car, soak two towels in white vinegar and put each into a bowl. Put these near the ashtray and the back seat and leave overnight.

 

Smelly carpets

To remove smells from carpets, sprinkle liberally baking soda on dry carpets and leave for 15 minutes before you vacuum it up. Repeat if necessary.

» Read more: The Safe and Natural Way to Get Rid of Smells in Your Home – Part 2

The Shocking Truth About Air Fresheners

June 24th, 2012

Do you know that air fresheners with synthetic fragrances do not add natural aromas or “purify” the air? They work by interfering with your ability to smell so you don’t smell anything! They also produce toxic off-gassing from synthetic chemicals to ‘mask’ or ‘overpower’ the odours.

 

They drown out the offensive smell by releasing chemical such as methoxychlor which coats your nasal passages with a film of oil or by deadening the olfactory nerves (which transmit signals from your nose to the brain and help you to identify smell).

 

Air fresheners come in many forms such as aerosol sprays, scented or aromatherapy candles, fragrance impregnated gels, plug-in deodorisers, atomisers, wick and reed diffusers and many more.

 

Some of the toxic chemicals that can be found in air fresheners:

  • benzene – has been associated with cancer and aplastic anaemia. According to WHO, no safe level of exposure can be recommended.
  • formaldehyde – a carcinogen (causes cancer), can also cause skin, eye, nose and throat irritation, asthma, headaches, nausea and vomiting.
  • methoxychlor – a toxic pesticide that bioaccumulates in fat cells and persists in the environment. Its use as a pesticide is banned in Australia and other countries.
  • paradichlorobenzene – also known as 1, 4-dichlorobenzene, or 1,4-DCB has been shown to cause cancer in mice. Its vapour is toxic and can cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, headache, irritation to skin, eyes, nasal passages and lungs. 
  • phenol – a highly flammable and corrosive substance that causes serious skin reaction.
  • phthalates – synthetic fragrances which are hormone disruptors. They are particularly dangerous for young children and unborn babies. Long term exposure to phthalates can affect testosterone levels and lead to reproductive abnormalities.
  • styrene – suspected to be a hormone disruptor, possibly contributing to thyroid problems and reproductive system dysfunction.
  • and many, many more toxic chemicals…..

 

Aerosol sprays used to contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s) until they were banned because of the effects on the ozone layer. CFC’s had been replaced with volatile hydrocarbons such as methylene chloride, propane, n-butane and isobutene which are all flammable petrochemicals.

 

Scented and aromatherapy candles are usually made of paraffin waxes (petrochemical) and synthetic fragrance oils which release toxic fumes when the candles are burnt.

 

Most of these chemicals have not been tested for their long term and cumulative effects on human health. But it is safe to say that these chemicals represent a real risk especially to those who use them regularly and continuously, young children, pregnant women and those who suffer from allergies and asthma.

 

 

The Safe and Natural Way to Get Rid of Smells in Your Home – Part 1

 

A clean home really shouldn’t smell like anything. Clever marketing campaigns have programmed us to believe that a clean home should have the fragrance produced by synthetic chemicals found in conventional air fresheners such ‘pine oil’, ‘lavender’, ‘clove’, ‘jasmine’, ‘lemon’, etc.

» Read more: The Shocking Truth About Air Fresheners

Win Clean Conscience 100% natural, cleaning pack & “Go Natural” book!!

June 17th, 2012

Clean Conscience is locally made in Tasmania, from 100% natural, basic ingredients with no nasties at all. These natural cleaning products are free of palm oil, SLS, synthetic surfactants, dyes, preservatives, thickeners or fragrances. They smell beautiful and most importantly, they do a great job! We use these cleaning products in our own home.

 

Clean Conscience Cleaning Pack

Clean Conscience Cleaning Pack

 

This Cleaning Pack includes:

1)      Pure liquid soap lemon myrtle 500ml

Lemon Myrtle has a beautiful, fresh aroma and antibacterial properties.

It can be used as hand wash and all over body wash.

Ingredients: pure castile soap (olive, coconut and avocado oils), lemon myrtle pure essential oil.

 

2)      Multi-purpose spray lemon myrtle 500ml

It is suitable for cleaning and deodorising all areas in in your home.

Ingredients: pure Tasmanian spring water, pure castile soap, lemon myrtle pure essential oil.

 

3)      Creamy cleanser lemon myrtle 500ml

It can be used for heavy duty cleaning on bench tops, stove tops, ovens, whitegoods, burnt pots and coffee cups.

Use in bathroom to remove soap scum, grease and dirt from baths, sinks, shower bays and stains from toilets.

Ingredients: bi-carb soda, pure Tasmanian spring water, pure castile soap, lemon myrtle pure essential oil.

 

4)      Dishwashing liquid sweet orange 500ml

This will clean your dishes without leaving any toxic chemical residues.

It is soft on hands with a fresh citrus aroma.

Ingredients: pure castile soap, vinegar, bi-carb soda, sweet orange pure essential oil 

 

You will also receive a copy of my book ” Go Natural – The No 1 Organic Handbook”.

 

All you need to do to win is ‘LIKE’ The Organics Institute Facebook Page before 30th June 2012 and you will enter into the draw. You could be the lucky winner of this amazing Cleaning Pack.

As for all of our friends at The Organics Institute who have already clicked ‘like’, you will automatically be included in the draw.

The winner will be announced on The Organics Institute Facebook Page on Sunday 1st July 2012.

Unfortunately, this prize can only be offered to people who reside in Australia.

 

Good Luck!

Esther Lok

 

Disclaimer: All advice may not be construed as medical advice or instruction and is not meant to replace the advice of your medical practitioner. Information has been compiled from the author’s personal experiences and own research into multiple existing public references and previously published scientific studies. While all care is taken, information is not warranted as accurate and The Organics Institute and Dr Esther Lok cannot be held liable for any errors and omissions.

 

 

A Woman with a Conscience…..

June 14th, 2012

Here’s an inspiring story of how Tracey, a fire-fighter with debilitating multiple chemical sensitivities overcame her challenges and founded a company which now produces a range of world class, chemical-free cleaning products.

 

Natural Cleaning Products

Tracey

 

I first met Tracey in 2011 when I was writing the “Go Natural” book.

I was so impressed with the simplicity of her cleaning products that I have actually stopped making my own cleaning recipes and started using hers. I was amazed at how well they actually clean and they are 100% free of toxic chemicals!

Her passion for the environment drives everything that she does. She is an inspiration to me and I hope you will be inspired by her story.

» Read more: A Woman with a Conscience…..

Your Easy Starter Guide to using Natural Cleaning Products

June 4th, 2012

Making natural cleaning products is easy once you have got all your ingredients and equipment ready. We have prepared a simple guide to get you started.

 

List of Ingredients:

Most of these ingredients have been used for hundreds of years. You can find most of these ingredients in your local supermarket. However, you will save money if you can source them directly from the manufacturer or wholesaler and buy them in bulk.

 

Natural Cleaning Ingredient

Water is the best cleaner in the world

 

1)   Water

  • most bacteria are killed by hot, soapy water
  • soaking is one of the most effective ways of removing dirt
  • in hard water area, add a small handful of baking soda as a water softener

 

2)    Baking soda

Natural Cleaning Ingredient

Baking soda

  • is a common baking ingredient
  • is a naturally occurring mineral known as sodium bicarbonate with many great cleaning properties
  • cuts through grease because it reacts with fatty acids to form mild detergents
  • softens water, removes stains and acts as a whitening agent, therefore great for the laundry
  • its abrasive quality serves as a gentle scouring powder without scratching your kitchen or tile surfaces
  • place a bowl of baking soda in the fridge to neutralise the odour

 

 

3)    Fresh lemon

Natural Cleaning Ingredient

  • one of the best way to save money on your cleaning products is to grow a lemon tree in your backyard
  • fresh lemon juice contains citric acid that can deodorize, remove stains, brighten whites in the laundry or kitchen, clean glass, inhibit mould, disinfect toilets, cleans bath edges and showers plus grouting on tiles
  • when used neat (full strength), it will remove grime at the base of taps
  • it’s fresh smelling fragrance makes it an excellent air freshener, just cut a lemon in half and leave it on the bench

» Read more: Your Easy Starter Guide to using Natural Cleaning Products

10 Tips on How to clean your home – Easily, Cheaply & Safely?

May 28th, 2012

More than 72,000 synthetic chemicals have been produced since World War II.

Most have been derived from petroleum and coal tar.

 

The majority of these synthetic chemicals have never been tested for their acute or long-term effects.  Neither have they been tested for their combined or cumulative effects.

 

Many of these synthetic chemicals have been added to our food, skincare and cleaning products without our consent and knowledge of their potential effects.

 

Many of these chemicals have also been dispersed widely into the environment contaminating our soil, water and air. Some will persist in the environment for decades and even centuries because they biodegrade slowly and incompletely.

 “The average home today contains more toxic chemicals than the average chemistry laboratory at the turn of the century.”

This is a scary thought but a reality in so many households.

Have a look inside your laundry cupboard, in the bathroom and underneath the kitchen sink and see how many different cleaning products you can find.

Most homes contain many more cleaning products than we really need. These cleaners not only contain chemicals that are bad for our health but also create packaging waste that is disposed in our already, overloaded landfills.

We can smell the toxins whenever we use these cleaning products. The label even warns us to wear gloves, avoid contact with skin and eyes, and not to breathe in the fumes.

 

We need to protect our children when it comes to exposure to toxic chemicals because:

1)    they have higher risk of exposure as they tend to crawl and play in areas that could be contaminated

2)    they also have an increased hand to mouth activity

3)    their smaller body size and developing organs are more susceptible to the toxic effects of these chemicals; damage can be long lasting

4)    they also have a reduced ability to eliminate toxins from their developing bodies as their vital organs are less matured.

 

10 Tips on How to have a Clean & Fresh Smelling Home?

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