Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Primal Household?

 There's so much pollution in the air now 
that if it weren't for our lungs there'd be no place to put it all.  
~Robert Orben

Get the chemicals out! Not just from your food, but from your laundry. The skin is the largest organ of the body, if you are taking time to clean up what you put IN your body, be aware of what you put ON your body.

Excerpt of article from Natural News
America has a love affair with artificial fragrance and products that contain it. The amount of fragrance that goes into the average household in America is absolutely astounding. It’s found in all sorts of products but one of the most common is dryer sheets. As it turns out, dryer sheets are absolutely loaded with artificial fragrance. In fact, they serve more of a function of perfume sheets than any other practical function in the dryer.

When people use dryer sheets, they are coating their cloths with a thin film of artificial chemical perfumes. Just like other perfumes, a person’s sensitivity to these perfumes decreases over time to the point where they don’t even notice how potent these artificial fragrance chemicals are.

None of this would be interesting if it weren’t for the fact that these fragrance chemical are extremely toxic chemicals. They are known carcinogens. They cause liver damage and cancer in mammals. In fact, the only way they are approved for use in consumer products is that there is an underlying, but false assumption by the FDA and other regulator agencies that cosmetic products such as shampoo, deodorants, creams, laundry detergents, and soaps don’t pose a health risk because their chemicals are not absorbed through the skin. In other words, there is a much lower threshold of danger assumed with cosmetic products versus foods and beverages. It is assumed that chemicals put on the skin don’t necessarily penetrate the skin. This assumption is incorrect, however.

Improve your primal lifestyle!
Find a natural alternative to chemical household products! Here is a recipe for homemade dryer spray to replace dryer sheets. Simple, effective and it works!

Ingredients
1 Cup Water (distilled or filtered is best)
1/2 Cup alcohol (isopropyl or vodka)
20 drops of your favorite essential oil combo (such as lemon and grapefruit or peppermint and eucalyptus or orange and geranium)

Add all ingredients together in a spray bottle and spritz 4-5 times over your wet clothing in the dryer and dry as usual.  This mix can also be used as a linen spray or room freshener.

You can also simply use a clean cloth and place a few drops of essential oil on the cloth and toss in the dryer.  In between loads, refresh it with a few new drops of oil.  After every few loads launder it in the washing machine.
Other resources:
  • http://www.gaiam.com/product/static+eliminator+2+per+box.do
  • http://buddhabunz.com/store/WsDefault.asp?Cat=DryerBalls
  •  http://eartheasy.com/live_nontoxic_solutions.htm
Oh yes, this goes much further than your dryer sheets, but for today ... let's just hang there ;)! ~jgirl

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