Yet, our homes remain toxic to ourselves and our children. Take a look under your bathroom sink. Would you allow your child to play with what is under there? Would you allow your dog to chew on that bottle of bleach? Hopefully not. Yet, we are fine with spraying, dusting, blowing, sprinkling and ultimately breathing and swallowing every product that is under there.
Let's put things in perspective. (From The Naturally Clean Home by Karyn Siegel Maier)
*Ninety percent of all accidental poisonings occur in the home. According to the College of Physicians and Surgeons, more than seven million cases of poisoning are reported each year. That equates to 14,000 each day! Young children are the primary victims with the elderly being the next most affected.
*According to a five-year EPA study, the air in an average American home has chemical contamination levels 70 times greater than outdoor air. The EPA maintains that half of all illnesses occurring in the United States can be attributed to chemical contamination of indoor air. In fact, a 1985 EPA report states that household cleaners are three times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor air pollution.
*A study by the Toronto Indoor Air Commission concluded that, due to increased exposure to household carcinogens, women who work at home have a 55 percent greater chance of developing cancer than women who spend the majority of their time outside the home.
*The National Academy of Sciences estimates that 15 percent of all Americans are multi-chemically sensitive due to chronic exposure to household and cosmetic products.
I recommend a much easier, cheaper and healthier option. The shopping list is simple: Baking Soda and White Vinegar.
What is Baking Soda?
What is White Vinegar?
White Vinegar is an acidic compound made by fermenting grain and water. It's cheap, mildly acidic and has a much milder odor than most vinegar on the market.
Yes, it's that simple, that cheap, that easy, that much less toxic. And oh the possibilities of what you can use that extra storage space for under your bathroom sink...