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Drano vs Baking Soda

ok, so yesterday I posted an email I had gotten about how toxic our cleaning products really are… today, I want to share something really cool with you.

A practical, non-toxic way to unclog drains!! YUM.

Drano/ liquid plumber is a major culprit when it comes to poisoning our homes. The statistics are overwhelming! Google it, if you are skeptical.

___ Drain Cleaner - WARNING! - Burns mouth, tongue, throat, and stomach, causing permanent damage. Can cause severe eye damage and blindness.

That totally says YIKES to me… how about you?

We have a little expirament for you… pour baking soda down your drain, followed by 3 cups of boiling water (carefully)… Watch and see. No fumes, no plastic toxic bottle, no chemicals, no FEAR! Best of all, no clog!

Or try this concoction for really tough clogs:
1 cup salt - 1 cup vinegar - 1cup soda down your drain. Let it stand 15 min and watch it fizzle. Flush with 2 qts. boiling water, followed by flushing with hot tap water for 1 min.

It WORKS!!

So if you are frugal like I try to be, check this out… Gel drano $9.20 vs Baking Soda 99 cents plus vinegar 30cents plus salt 50 cents= $1.80.

$9.20 for toxic chemicals or $1.80 for something safe - which one makes cents for you?

Save money, save your health and for the environmentally savvy, save the earth all at the same time!

It is a WIN -WIN!!

My Challenge to you dear readers, is to safely rid yourselves of the Poison called Drano today! It may just save a life.


2 comments January 16, 2009

It’s not just clean….Really, it’s Toxic Clean

Below is an email I received. It addresses an issue I was going to be sharing within the next few weeks, so I thought… why not share it now?.  I will be discussing safer methods of cleaning along with some GREAT GIVEAWAYS and just some good old  healthy green information.

Lets Stop Poisoning Our Children!!!!

· Every 7 minutes a child in America is taken to an emergency room for poisoning from household cleaning products, the stuff under the sink.

· Bleach and formaldehyde are in so many different products. And not only is swallowing the stuff bad, but it gases out into the indoor environment.

· Women who work at/from home all day, have a 54% higher rate of cancer than those who work outside the home because their indoor environment is much more toxic than outside.

· Next time you’re in the supermarket, just walk near the aisle with the detergents and household cleaners — the stuff gases out right through the sealed containers. Spend some time in that aisle and you will probably get dizzy from the fumes.

· And of course, we are having an epidemic of allergies and asthma with children these days.

. Some birth defects have been traced to mothers’ use of chemicals during pregnancy.

· The factories that handle these same chemicals have precautionary measures for their workers that are required by law. Why are they not required for the consumers who pay for them and use them?

· It’s even possible now that SIDS is a result of the bleach residue on the sheets and pillowcases of babies in their cribs.

The household product makers that we have grown to trust have betrayed us. Big time!!!


The workers in factories that handle these toxic chemicals have safety rules that they must obey. What about the consumers who pay for them and use them? Could it be that the Consumer Safety Commission has betrayed us too? Does it sound to you like maybe they are in cahoots with the manufacturer of this stuff?

Cascade, if swallowed, burns out the child’s esophagus.
Burns it out !!!

Have you seen the commercial where the mother is jumping up and down with excitement because her baby is playing on the floor that she has just mopped with her Swiffer? She is so happy because the floor is now germ free. She doesn’t realize that it may be germ free, but it’s not poison free. There’s a thin film of bleach left of the floor. Baby plays on floor — toxins are absorbed into skin, fingers go in the mouth — toxins go into mouth, baby breaths fumes. The cumulative effect of these toxic buildups in the system can cause all kinds of bad stuff for that baby.

Every surface cleaner will leave some residue on the surface. If that residue is a caustic chemical it will be picked up on the skin of the person or pet that contacts it. So if you are cleaning floors, counter tops, tables, doorknobs, appliances, clothes or anything else with harsh chemicals, a small amount of the chemicals will be not only be on the hands of the person who used it, but also on the skin of persons or pets that touch it, play in it, eat off of it, wear it, or somehow touch it in any way.

Sleeping on sheets that have been laundered in bleach and other caustic chemicals not only puts them in contact with your skin, but it also but also into your lungs.

Pollution in the outdoor environment has received a lot of press in the media; but little attention is given to the fact that the indoor environment of the average home in America is more toxic than the outdoor environment. That’s why work-at-home moms/work-at-home dads are at a higher risk for cancer than women who work outside the home.

It isn’t just touching or swallowing caustic chemicals that is harmful, just breathing them can be very bad for you. When you open the dishwasher after using Cascade or some other dishwasher detergent you see the hot vapor rising out of the open door. That toxic vapor is not only bad for you to breathe directly, it also adds to the indoor atmosphere of your home. And today’s homes are more tightly sealed from the outdoors than the houses of the past.

Many products that we trust as safe are not safe even when they are in their sealed containers. When you walk down the supermarket aisle where the cleaning products are you can’t help noticing the strong smell. It’s so strong it can make you dizzy, and it causes some people to break out in hives. The containers on these shelves are all sealed. None have been opened. Yet the fumes from the chemical ingredients are there because they are so strong that they out-gas right through their containers and you breathe the particles into your lungs.

The young developing lungs of children are particularly susceptible to these hazardous particles.

Here’s a list of some of the chemicals that are in everyday cleaning products:
Each year over a million children are accidentally poisoned in their homes. 250,000 of these victims are hospitalized. 3,000 children will end up in intensive care. Dozens will die. Thousands of children and adults are permanently disfigured or injured through contact with chemicals in the home each year. Incredibly, the most common substances to poison children, are household cleaners. Many of these products are considered safe! Think of your own home — you probably have dozens of bottles of cleaners, containing hundreds of chemicals. Could an accident happen in your home?

Check off the products you use in your home and evaluate your risks. All information comes from actual manufacturers Material Safety Data Sheets and National Poison Control Centers.

___Liquid Bleach - DANGER! - Causes sever eye injuries. Can damage mouth, throat, and stomach.. Vapors irritate the nose, throat and lungs.

___Toilet Bowl Cleaner - DANGER! - contains hydrochloric acid which is hightly corrosive. Burns the skin, mouth and throat. Causes blindness.

___ Furniture Polish - DANGER! - Contact with the skin can dissolve vital skin oils and casue severe dermatitis (skin burns) Can permanently injure eyes

___ Aerosol Dusting Spray - DANGER! - Flammable. Irritates the eyes and lungs. 5,00 people visit emergency rooms each year with an aerosol can-related injury.

___Carpet Shampoo - WARNING! Can cause moderate to severe damage to eyes and skin. Vapors can irritate nose, throat, and lungs.

___ Carpet Stain Remover - WARNING! - can cause moderate to severe damage to eyes and skin. Vapors can cause repiratory distress.

___ Upholstery Stain Remover - WARNING! - .Can cause moderate to severel damage to skin and eyes. Ingesting can lead to abdominal tenderness and bleedin.

___ Disinfectant Cleaner - WARNING! contains flammable propellants. Can burn the skin and cause permanent corneal damage. Fumes can strongly irritate the nose, throat, and lungs.

___ Powdered Bleach - WARNING! - Breathing the dust can produce asthma -like symptoms. Damages eyes and skin. Mixing with ammonia can produce deadly fumes.

___Aerosol Air Freshener - WARNING! - Contains highly flammable propellants. Can cause moderate irritation tot he eyes. Can cause mikld to moderate lung irritation, including asthma-like symptoms.

___ Window Cleaner - WARNING! - Can cause moderate irritation and damage to the eyes. Fumes can be moderately - highly irritating to the lungs. Can irritate the skin.

___ All Purpose Cleaner - WARNING! - Strong lung irritant. Can cause mild to moderate damage to the eyes. Fumes can cause weakness and dizziness.

___ Basin, Tub & Tile Cleaner - WARNING! - Some are flammable. Contains acids that can burn the skin and cause corneal damage. Vapors can cause strong respiratory irritation.

___ Floor Cleaner- WARNING! - Contains corrosive acids that can cause moderate burns and irritation to skin and eyes. Can burn mouth and throat. Can cause blindness.

___ Scouring Powder with Bleach - WARNING! - Can cause moderate irritation to skin. Can burn mouth and throad. Can cause permanent eye damage. Gives off irritating fumes when wet.

___ Drain Cleaner - WARNING! - Burns mouth, tongue, throat, and stomach, causing permanent damage. Can cause severe eye damage and blindness.

___ Automatic Dishwashing Liquid - WARNING! - Strong skin irritant. Can burn throat. Many products contain bleach, which can cause swelling and tearing of eye tissue. Vapors can cause headaches

___ Dishwashing Liquid - WARNING! - Possible skin irritant. Can cause swelling and tearing of eye tissue. vapors can cause labored coughing, labored s contain enough alcohol to harm or kill a child ingesting only a few swallows. Many ingredients can irritate the skin and burn the eyes.

___ Cosmetics — Cosmetics are second only to cleaning products as a poisoner of children. They are not regulated like cleaners and have no warning labels.

The labels on products only have to warn of the acute (immediate) harms from ingesting a product, breathing the fumes, or contact with the eyes and skin. They don’t reveal the harms presented by chronic (long-term) exposure to the chemicals in these products. Now see the long-term risks presented by the chemical-laden products in your home. As you have seen many household cleaners are very dangerous. They are just as dangerous when they are used properly and even when they are not being used at all. Most products “outgas” even from their sealed containers.

Infertility is on the rise. Cancer in children has risen 20% over the past two decades. It is the number one killer of children by disease. The asthma rate has tripled in children over the past twenty years. Asthma deaths in children have increased 118% since 1980. ADD and learning disorders have skyrocketed over the last twenty years. All these conditions have been linked to chemicals in the home. In fact, one study has linked 50% of all health problems to deteriorated indoor air quility.. Take a look at the products you use and possible dangers you are being exposed to. Consider how many different chemicals are in you home’s air. and the potential danger of the “toxic cocktail”.

Cancer in smokers is the result of daily exposure to the trace amounts of carcinogens in cigarettes. In the same way, people who are exposed daily to low levels of carcinogens in their cleaning products face the same risks. Chemicals in household products also put the user at risk for nervous system damage, kidney damage, liver damage, and asthma.

Children are especially vulnerable to the chemical fumes released by these products.

None of this has to happen?!

Fortunately, switching brands is easy. There are companies that manufacture safer products for your home. They are free from ammonia, phenol, chlorine, petroleum distillates, synthetic solvents, and other dangerous ingredients.

There are products available that work better than the toxic ones. They are so safe that they don’t even need a warning label. And they work better and cost less.

My family has been using a line of green products for a while now and we have found them to be better, safer, and less expensive than the common supermarket variety.

I will be sharing more information about where you can get safe, green products that don’t cost a fortune, but if you would like information on the products NOW, email us at [email protected]


3 comments January 15, 2009


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