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5
JUL

How Toxins in Your Home Are Affecting Your Health

Filed Under: Environment,Health Concerns & Ailments,Home,Natural Cleaning Aids at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Excited Children Arriving Home With Parents

Fresh, clean air is essential for a healthy lifestyle but how can you ensure that the air you breathe is actually good? That’s a difficult task but there are many ways you can reduce a number of toxins in your home which may be affecting your health.

Exposures to toxic chemicals in your everyday life can actually increase your chances of becoming sick. A good number of these indoor pollutants are not easily detected but can still affect your overall health.

For example, chemicals released from modern building furnishing materials as well as chemical fumes from paints and solvents may only be noticed in the first couple of days but these potentially dangerous gases may hang around for weeks, sometimes months. Additionally, combustion gases from fireplaces and wood burning stoves, carbon monoxide fumes from attached garage as well as chemicals from cleaning products can stick around inside your home and damage your immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to get sick. Removing these toxins from your home allows your immune system to regenerate naturally, and fight off all infectious diseases.

So, how to avoid these toxins? A few simple steps can significantly improve the quality of your home’s air.

First, increase fresh air supply (in other words, open the windows). Proper ventilation is the key to filter out some of the toxins and maintain healthy air inside your home.

Second, indoor plants can also help to purify air quality as plants can up oxygen levels by absorbing chemicals in your air.

Lastly, keep your home clean by regularly dusting and vacuuming to minimize the number of airborne particles. Choose natural cleaning products to reduce the amount of chemicals inside your home and definitely avoid disinfectants as some of these products contain immune-toxicants such as cresol, phenol, ethanol, and formaldehyde, which reduce the ability of the immune system to fight the germs they are killing.




5
JUN

6 Items To Always Bring On A Hike

flatlay top hiking with shirt hiking shoes and wristwatch

I’ve been hiking for a few years now and I still ALWAYS manage to forget (at least) one essential item when packing. Hoping you can learn from my mistakes, below are six things I always double and triple check before heading on an outdoor adventure!

1. Water
This may sound obvious, but often water is easily overlooked. No matter how long or how far you’re hiking, water is a “must-not-forget” item. Opt for a reusable water bottle that’s light weight & can fit comfortably in your backpack. Refill at a ranger station if necessary, or along the trail if the water sources are clean and your bottle has a filter. This also minimizes the amount of plastic waste you could potentially leave behind with on-time-use bottles.

2. Food storage
If you’re planning to have lunch at the overlook, you’ll need something to carry it in! Bringing a food container with a packed lunch is an excellent solution. It saves money to bring your own food and cuts down on packaging waste from convenience store lunches (another win for the environment!).

3. Trash bags
Since you will most likely need some snacks to keep you fueled for the day, have a plan to store the trash and wrappers from any protein bars, jerky and other trail snacks. As the biggest rule of thumb in regards to nature goes: take nothing with you and leave nothing behind. Make sure you bring along something to collect your trash!

4. Natural bug spray
When exploring a new trail, it’s hard to predict what the bug situation will be like. Bugs are not only annoying, but can carry diseases, so it’s a good idea to slip bug spray in your pack. Make sure it’s natural so as not to expose your skin or the environment to harsh chemicals!

5. First Aid
You never know what can happen outdoors, so always be prepared for even the most minor cuts and bruises. I don’t wear my hiking shoes often, so I know from experience it is the WORST when your shoes start to give you blisters. Because of this, I always have extra band-aids or some moleskin on hand.

6 Sunscreen!
Hiking can often include large portions of uncovered trail, so don’t get caught without sun protection! Same as with your bug spray, make sure to opt for something natural to protect your skin and water-resistant to prevent it from running in your eyes.

What are some of your hiking/outdoor adventuring essentials? Let us know in the comments!




12
MAY

5 Ways to Green Up Your Laundry Routine

Filed Under: Environment,Natural Cleaning Aids at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Cloths are hanging on clothesline

Did you know you can save money on your electric bill, extend the life of your clothes and significantly reduce your carbon footprint just by switching up your laundry routine? Saving energy and saving water are two of the best ways to go green—and laundry draws from both of those sources! Below are some simple changes you can make to green up your laundry routine.

1. Hang clothes to air dry
Clothes dryers consume so much energy that they should only be used in extreme cases. Use an outdoor line to hang-dry your clothes if the weather is nice or a clothes’ rack for rainy days or if you prefer to air dry your clothes indoors. This simple and efficient method can significantly help you save energy and minimize carbon emissions. Plus, it saves your clothes from the high heat of dryers, which often reduce the lifespan of clothes.

2. Use cold water cycles
You don’t need to wash your clothes in hot water and you can save a ton of energy simply by washing with cold water. Around 90% of the energy a washing machine uses is spent heating the water, which isn’t necessary for the majority of your laundry. Changing the temperature can save you energy and money and your clothes will still get just as clean!

3. Invest in green washing machines
Energy Star washing machines are the way to go as they use about 40% less energy and 50% less water than non-rated models. If you don’t need to buy a new machine just now, keep this in mind when the time comes and enjoy the long-term savings of an Energy Star model.

4. Switch to eco-friendly laundry detergents
One of the most important aspects of greener laundry is using eco-friendly detergents. Conventional products use harsh chemicals that linger on your clothes and drain into your local watershed. Switch to natural laundry detergent that uses plant-based ingredients. It’s just as efficient and is healthier for your family and the environment!

5. Hand wash whenever possible
Removing stains isn’t easy. Fortunately, a good number of them can be removed by hand washing and using natural soap instead of products containing strong chemicals. This simple change has a significant impact—as most conventional, stain-removing products contain harmful ingredients for the environment.

Incorporating these simple switches will make a HUGE difference for your clothes and your utility bills. Has anyone gone green with their routine already? Let us know your tips in the comments!




6
APR

5 Ways To Reduce Waste in Your Home

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living,Home at 2:40 pm | By: Madeline Reiss
Beautiful young Asian woman bends down to pick up trash in the park. Male volunteers pick of trash behind her. They are wearing gray volunteer t-shirts.

Recycling is more than sorting the appropriate waste into blue plastic bins. While separating and recycling what we haul out to the curb once a week is incredibly important, there are even more ways we can better care for the planet, help reduce emissions and care for our future health!

Buy products made with recycled materials
Thanks to a strong push in the eco-friendly movement, there are more and more environmentally responsible brands stocking shelves with products made from recycled materials. Buying recycled paper and disposable products reduce the need to cut down more trees. Most recycled products are unbleached and free of dyes and harsh chemicals—making them hypoallergenic and safer for your home!

Ditch the one-time-use plastics
We’ve known for a while that one of the biggest environmental offenders are plastic water bottles. On average, it takes one plastic water bottle 450 years to decompose! Making the simple switch to a reusable water bottle can make a huge, positive impact on the environment. We can also be conscious about purchasing products that are returnable, reusable or refillable when possible. Buy in bulk to limit individually wrapped products, and keep an eye out for products with recyclable packaging!

Limit food waste
Fresh produce and foods are excellent for your health, but often food goes bad before you can eat it—especially when shopping for multiple family members. Spoiled food that is tossed ends up in landfills where it rots and releases methane, a strong greenhouse gas. Store leftovers properly and track what your family eats in a week and try shopping for a week at a time. This allows you to buy fresh foods, and even though your trips to the store will be more frequent, less of the food will end in the trash!

Reduce the mail you receive
Going paperless is a great way to reduce paper waste in your home. Unsubscribe from print catalogs and magazines and opt for digital versions instead. Even most credit card companies and banks offer paperless payment options so all your bills can be waste-free as well. Going digital will reduce your junk mail accrual and will be less paper waste to manage on recycle day!

Be mindful of e-waste
Technology is rapidly changing and electronics are becoming obsolete more frequently than ever, and e-waste can be toxic if not disposed of properly. If your electronics are broken and can’t be donated, check to see if the manufacturer offers a take-back program. Retailers like Best Buy and Staples also offer free electronic recycling services!




19
DEC

New Brands Showcase: EcoSouLife

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living,Home at 11:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is introducing an eco-friend line of products to our customers: EcoSouLife.

EcoSouLife manufactures environmentally friendly apparel, accessories, and tableware made from plant based sources and recycled materials. The sustainably modern designs are all biodegradable or biodisposable, replacing everyday harmful plastics and melamines with guilt-free and affordable alternatives.

All EcoSouLife products are non-GMO and available with accessible prices. The company ensures that designs are modern, unique, and functional. Convenient and easy-to-use, EcoSouLife products are the perfect fit for busy lifestyles, whilst ensuring the health of our planet and the people we love.

EcoSouLife is an award winning Australian brand that aims to inspire an ever-growing environmentally conscious global network. The company is fully dedicated to changing consumer habits by offering eco-friendly, biodegradable tableware, and specifically aim to educate the next generation, hoping to create a society of environmentally aware adults who understand the part they take in guaranteeing a cleaner environment.

EcoSouLife products are made from the latest natural fibers and sustainable materials. With a range of rice husk, corn starch, and sugarcane, these products are safer for you and safer for the planet. With clever processing methods, EcoSouLife transforms these vegetable based waste products into everyday table, lifestyle and outdoor ranges as an alternative to traditional plastics. Choose from picnic and camper sets, tableware, cutlery outdoor products, cups, storage boxes, and much more.

Save even more when you shop EcoSouLife products at LuckyVitamin.com. No code needed at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand as savings are automatically applied.




29
NOV

New Brands Showcase: Repurpose

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living,Home at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce a line of sustainable tableware that looks out for the health of you, your family, and the planet: Repurpose.

Repurpose offers an entire line of eco-friendly products exclusively from plants and are on a mission to reduce the amount of plastics in our environment. Single use plastics are not sustainable and Repurpose believes we can positively impact the environment by changing everyday behavior.

Less than 10% of single use plastic is recycled in the United States. These products are designed to be thrown away but unfortunately are made of a finite resource: petroleum. Nearly every piece of plastic ever made still exist today and about 8% of the world’s oil supply is used to make single plastics.

These alarming numbers are just the tip of the iceberg as waste is by far the biggest issue. The North Pacific gyre off the coast of California is home to the great Pacific garbage patch, the largest ocean garbage site in the world. In order to give you a better idea, the floating mass of plastic found in these waters is twice the size of Texas, with plastic pieces outnumbering sea life by a measure of 6 to 1.

Repurpose creates products that are made from only plants, which are annually renewable resources. The company compostable are currently produced from the annually renewable resource corn (maize), the lowest cost and most widely available fermentable sugar in the world as well as sugar cane and bamboo. Repurpose products fit into any waste management system including traditional landfills.

Save even more when you shop Repurpose products at LuckyVitamin.com. No code needed at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand as savings are automatically applied.




13
JUN

Natural Ways To Enjoy The Outdoors

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living,Water Purification and Storage at 9:18 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
camping

The frigid cold has subsided and the sun is a shining! Now’s the time to unplug, get outside and find oneness with Mother Nature. But before you do so, make sure you are prepared to handle the elements with eco-friendly and natural gear for the outdoors. It’s safe for you, your family and the planet.

Bug Spray
Steer clear off repellents that use high concentrations of DEET, which the EPA reports to be toxic to birds, fish and aquatic invertebrates. When selecting a product that contains DEET, look for a low dose— around 30% will do the job—or check out some of our DEET-free alternatives here to safely repel bothersome bugs without toxic chemicals or the noxious stink of synthetic sprays!

Sunscreen
When spending longs periods of time in the sun, you’ll need a sunscreen that’s safe and gentle for the entire family. Many of LuckyVitamin’s sunscreens contain ingredients that effectively protect against UV exposure while soothing and hydrating the skin. Make sure to apply 20-30 minutes prior to sun exposure so that it can fully absorb.

Food Storage
Fans of the great outdoors will no doubt be familiar with the adage: “take nothing with you, leave nothing behind.” Doing so has never been easier, thanks to modern reusable storage options. Most of our storage products are BPA-free, phthalate-free and eco-friendly. Packing food for the kids? Then you’ll want to try these food containers—perfect for chia puddings, oatmeal and yogurts.

Water bottles
Unfortunately, the days of dipping a canteen into the cool running waters of a babbling brook or stream are pretty much a thing of the past, making some variation of the “water bottle” a modern day outdoor necessity. This insulated water bottle will keep any nature lover hydrated all day with refreshing, cold H2O, while larger groups are sure to love these reusable gallon water bottles.

 Travel Snacks
When you’re out and about exploring nature, you’ll want to keep a stash of on-the-go snacks and meal replacements to keep you fueled and energized. Protein bars are always a must-bring on long hikes and dried fruits, jerky and nuts also make excellent options. The key is bringing foods that are non-perishable and ready-to-eat!

With summer quickly approaching, how will you get out and into nature? What are your favorite items to bring on a hike? Let us know below!




1
MAY

It’s Gardening Time

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living,Home at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
It’s the best time of the year for one great outdoor activity: gardening.

Many people love gardening and can’t wait for warmer days to start growing and cultivating plants. Gardening can be done in two different ways: ornamental plants and useful plants.

Ornamental gardening involves a variety of plants grown for their flowers foliage and a much nicer overall appearance. That’s the case of beautiful gardens with colorful flowers, combined with a neat, well-maintained lawn to make your front yard or your backyard looking great.

On the other hand, useful gardening includes plants grown for consumption and that’s the case of fruits, vegetables, roots and herbs. Some people prefer to grow their own veggies whenever possible, (weather permitting of course) making gardening a year-round practice.

Considered by many as one of the best relaxing activities, gardening also requires a few tool and perhaps a handful of accessories. You don’t have to live in a house to enjoy gardening as this fun activity does not require a lot of space and it can be done on a patio or even be located on a roof or balcony.

It’s hard to say what are the most popular plants in gardening but many people like to grow tomatoes, peppers, herbs, sprouts, onions, and berries are they are relatively easy to grow. It’s also important to remember to keep it green and grow all plants without pesticides and, if needed, only using organic fertilizers. This way, flowers, veggies, and fruits produced will not adversely affect people’s health as well as the environment.

Click here to check out our incredible selection of garden accessories at LuckyVitamin.com.




14
APR

New Brands Showcase: Glass Dharma

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Just when we got some alarming news about the increasing number of plastic in the oceans, Lucky Vitamin is introducing a new brand that can help reducing the plastic waste in our planet: Glass Dharma.

Glass Dharma offers an alternative to eliminate the need for straws made from plastic. Since 2007, the company has been producing glass drinking straws to create world-wide awareness about single use plastics and how damaging plastic straws are to the environment.

A recent report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched at the World Economic Forum is warning that there will be more waste plastic in the sea than fish by 2050, unless the industry cleans up its act. In addition, new plastics will consume 20% of all oil production within 35 years, up from an estimated 5% today. Despite the growing demand, just 5% of plastics are recycled effectively, while 40% end up in landfill and a third in fragile ecosystems such as the world’s oceans.

Glass Dharma is not only providing more glass straws available but also wants to help educate the public about reducing the amount of plastic straws endangering the environment. The company’s goal is to provide glass straws to at least 2% of the American public. With the U.S. population at about 300 million, this works out to 6 million straws.

You can save even more when you shop Glass Dharma products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code APR16NEW16 at checkout to save an additional 15% on all items of this new brand.




28
MAR

New Brand Spotlight: Yoxo

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Environment,Green Living at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
B27Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce an innovative brand of toys to our customers: Yoxo.

Yoxo creates award-winning toys to inspire kids to design and build their own toys. The company has a sustainable and recyclable approach to making toys. The primary ingredient in all Yoxo products is wood pulp, considered one of the more sustainable and recyclable materials on earth.

All durable Yoxo links are made from 95% SFI-certified recycled wood fiber and are 100% recyclable. Additionally, the company uses FSC-certified post-consumer recycled paper and cardboard whenever possible.

Yoxo’s award-winning building sets inspire kids to design and build their own toys using recyclable Y, O, and X-shaped links that connect in countless ways with everyday household materials like paper towel rolls and cereal boxes. Yoxo even links with other toy building sets including LEGO, KRE-O and Mega Bloks.

You can save even more when you shop Yoxo products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promo code MAR16NEW16 at checkout to save 15% on all items of this new brand.




20
JAN

Join the Movement: Reusable Shopping Bags

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If you are still using plastic bags when grocery shopping, it’s time to start thinking about joining the movement: start using reusable shopping bags.

Plastic grocery bags have been useful to carry items from a store to our homes for many years but we should not ignore the impact these single-use little monsters have in our environment.

Each year millions of discarded plastic shopping bags end up as litter in the environment when improperly disposed of, and due to their durability, plastic bags can take centuries to decompose in landfills. Additionally, large buildups of plastic bags can cause other problems such as clogging drainage systems, contributing to flooding, and when carried long distances by ocean currents, plastic bags can strangle marine animals. Some stores have banned plastic bags but the majority of retailers continue to use this single-use item.

Of course plastic bags can be reused and people have found several alternative uses for this modern day problem. Lighter weight plastic bags are often reused as trash bags or to pick up pet feces. Plus, modern plastic shopping bags are increasingly using recyclable or biodegradable materials which is a step in the right direction.

However, an even better, more eco-friendly idea is to shop a reusable bag. Available in many different shapes, materials, and colors, these heavy-duty shopping bags have nearly no impact on our environment and are actually a much easier way to carry your grocery items home. These bags hardly ever break and can better protect fragile items such as glass jars, eggs, or fruits.

What are we waiting for? Don’t wait any longer. Get your reusable shopping bags and start helping our planet Earth right now.




29
SEP

Give Your Ragweed Allergies a Boot with These 5 Superfoods

Filed Under: Environment,Superfoods at 2:25 pm | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
For some, the first indication of autumn is the Labor Day weekend, which among other things signifies the unofficial end of another care free summer and the beginning of a new school year. For others, however, the first hint that fall is just around the corner includes itchy, watery eyes, a runny nose and sneezing – all symptoms of the dreaded ragweed, the notorious allergen of the new season.

Experts say that an unusually wet spring is the reason for the most severe ragweed season in recent memory.

Whatever the reason for it, ragweed season is now in full force throughout most of the US. It hits its victims hard and doesn’t pull any punches until the first full frost strikes. For many allergy suffers, that means up to two months of discomfort with side effects that may include sick days from school and work, and an inability to enjoy life to the fullest.

But it doesn’t have to be.

Beyond taking OTC and prescription allergy medications, many of which have their own unpleasant side effects (like severe drowsiness), changing one’s clothing and taking a shower after an extended period outdoors and keeping the house and work place clean and free of dust, there are a number of natural ways of boosting your immune system that may help minimize the impact of fall allergies.

And there’s more good news: our suggestions all taste delicious.

By simply adding these five superfoods to your diet – foods rich in Vitamin C, antioxidants and folic acid – the inflammation associated with fall allergies may be reduced.

  1. Cruciferous vegetables– research from the University Of California School Of Medicine found that cruciferous vegetables may play a key role in preventing allergy symptoms and asthma. Researchers found, Sulforaphane — a chemical in broccoli — triggers an increase of antioxidant enzymes in the human airway that offers protection against the numerous free radicals that we inhale every day. Foods like broccoli and kale are also high in Vitamin C, a natural antihistamine.
  2. Apples– in addition to Vitamin C, apples also contain high amounts of quercetin — one of the most important alternative remedies when it comes to allergies because of its ability to stabilize mast cells, which release histamine.
  3. Onions and garlic —like apples, onions and garlic are full of quercetin, which works similar to many of the prescription drugs on the market today by acting like an anti-histamine. Onions contain roughly 100 milligrams of quercetin per 3-1/2 ounces. Onions and garlic also help to regulate and boost our immune system, which helps to fight off allergies.
  4. Citrus fruits – oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes contain large doses of Vitamin C. One large orange contains roughly 100mg of Vitamin C. On top of being packed with Vitamin C, lemons and other citrus fruits also contain high levels of antioxidants.
  5. Fresh fish – salmon, mackerel, herring, anchovies and sardines are high in Omega 3 fatty acids, which help combat the inflammation associated with seasonal allergies. A German study that was published in the journal of Allergy, found that peoples whose diets were rich in omega-3 fatty acids were less likely to suffer allergy symptoms.

A final suggestion: if you suffer from ragweed allergies, check your local allergy forecast before venturing outside each day. When the allergy count is unusually high, opt to stay in-doors as much as possible with the air conditioner turned on.




12
AUG

5 Eco Friendly Lunch Ideas

Filed Under: Environment,Green Living at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
lunchHere’s some food for thought — the less you throw away, the more money you save. Try replacing some (or all!) of your paper or plastic lunch storage and transportation options with some of the eco-friendly alternatives below. Go green and save green, who doesn’t love that?

Save money on Ziplocks – You can get 20 quart Ziplocs at your local grocery store for about $3.70 (just under twenty cents a pop). And if you’re like most, you probably wind up throwing them away after each use, which can add up in a hurry. Instead, consider making the switch to these reusable storage bags made of FDA-Grade PEVA Film. They are PVC-, lead- and BPA-free and are machine washable.

Forget the brown bag – Down with the brown! Help create a waste-free lunch by replacing your brown bag with a reusable tote from Repreve. Their lunch totes are stylish and constructed using 50% post-consumer recycled bottle fabric. The FDA-grade lining and non-toxic coated exterior wipes clean and is PVC-, lead- and BPA-Free to boot.

Ban the Bottle – More than 60 million plastic bottles end up in landfills and incinerators every day, so why not make the switch to a reusable water bottle? Our favorites are stainless steel or glass. If you go glass, make sure to pair it with a protective sleeve that will help prevent accidental breakage.

Rethink Your Storage – Reusable containers are a great way to prevent food waste, but those icky plastics ones are loaded with toxic chemicals and other junk you don’t want coming anywhere near your lunch. Let’s not even talk about what happens when you microwave plastic. Our solution, go glass! You’ll see that your food not only tastes better, but the cleanup is easier too!

Food in Jars – It’s all the rage to put your food in jars. You can easily layer a salad beautifully in a mason jar. Keep in mind that the dressing is always the first (bottom) layer. We recommend using wide mouth jars as well because they hold more ingredients and are easier to wash. They’re a portable way to get your greens on the go.

 




2
AUG

5 Cleaning Agents to Keep Out of Your Home

Filed Under: Environment,Health Concerns & Ailments,Natural Cleaning Aids at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Cleaning ProductsDid you know that a good number of household cleaners contain toxic ingredients that can be harmful to you and your family? Many conventional products use powerful toxic ingredients which are carcinogens and endocrine disrupters. Natural cleaning products can clean as effectively as their petrochemical counterparts without polluting your home as well as the environment. So, next time you shop cleaning products, check all ingredients on the labels and make sure they do not include any of these 5 cleaning agents to keep away from your home.

1. Ammonia: found in bathroom cleaners, polish products for sinks and jewelry, as well as in glass cleaners, ammonia is a powerful irritant that can develop serious health issues such as chronic bronchitis and asthma. Ammonia is also known to cause irritation to eyes and mucous membranes, breathing difficulty, wheezing, chest pains, pulmonary edema, and skin burns. High exposure can lead to blindness, lung damage, heart attack or death.

2. Phthalates: air fresheners, dish soap, toilet paper, and other fragranced cleaners may contain this dangerous ingredient. If you see the word “fragrance” on a label, there’s a good chance phthalates are present because, by law, companies do not have to disclose what’s in their scents. Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors. Although exposure to phthalates mainly occurs through inhalation, it can also happen through skin contact with scented soaps or other personal care products.

3. Phenols: found in toilet bowl cleaners, disinfectants, and other household products, phenols are toxic to respiratory and circulatory systems. This chemical is still used in the United States but because of the threat posed to the environment by nonyl phenols, the European Union has banned this harmful ingredient from all cleaning products manufactured or used in the EU.

4. 2-Butoxyethanol: commonly found in window, kitchen, carpet, and multipurpose cleaners, 2-butoxyethanol/ ethylene glycol butyl ether can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin and may cause blood disorders, as well as liver and kidney damage. May also cause reproductive damage with long-term exposure.

5. Chlorine: widely used in toilet bowl cleaners, mildew removers, laundry whiteners, and even in tap water, the health risks from chlorine can be serious. Chlorine is a respiratory irritant at an acute level and is listed as a possible human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.




13
MAR

5 Ingredients to Avoid in Household Products

Filed Under: Environment,Natural Cleaning Aids at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Spring CleaningSpring is just around the corner but before you start shopping for your annual spring cleaning, check out some news about household cleaners containing toxic ingredients. Learning about these potentially toxic chemicals is extremely important as these ingredients can be harmful to you and your family; instead, let nature do the dirty work for you.

1. Phthalates

Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors but are often found in air fresheners, dish soap, toilet paper, and other cleaners. If you see the word “fragrance” on a label, there’s a good chance phthalates are present because, by law, companies do not have to disclose what’s in their scents. Although exposure to phthalates mainly occurs through inhalation, it can also happen through skin contact with scented soaps or other personal care products.

2. 2-Butoxyethanol

Often found in window, kitchen, carpet, and multipurpose cleaners, 2-butoxyethanol/ethylene glycol butyl may cause blood disorders as well as liver and kidney damage. Additionally, it causes sore throats when inhaled and long-term exposure may contribute to necrosis, pulmonary edema, and may cause reproductive damage.

3. Chlorine

Widely used in toilet bowl cleaners, laundry whiteners, mildew removers, scouring powders and even in tap water, the health risks from chlorine can be acute, and chronic. Chlorine is a respiratory irritant at an acute level and is listed as a possible human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

4. Glycol Ethers

Found in cleaning products, liquid soaps, and a variety of household products glycol ethers are used as solvents. Acute exposure to these chemicals can result in necrosis, pulmonary edema and serious kidney and liver damage. Long-term exposure can cause fatigue, nausea, anemia, tremors and anorexia.

5. Ammonia

Often used in bathroom cleaners, polish products for sinks and jewelry, as well as in glass cleaners, ammonia is a powerful irritant that can develop serious health issues such as chronic bronchitis and asthma. Ammonia evaporates, doesn’t leave streaks and is known to cause irritation to eyes and mucous membranes, breathing difficulty, wheezing, chest pains, pulmonary edema, and skin burns. High exposure can lead to blindness, lung damage, heart attack or death. Ammonia can also create a poisonous gas when mixed with bleach.