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Eco-Friendly Household Products

Updated on January 31, 2017

Top 6 Benefits of Eco-Friendly Home

Top 6 benefits to having an eco-friendly home:

Non toxic household products

Safer for your family's health

Breath Toxic Free

Help the environment

Time Management - Shop online or by phone

Gas and mileage - No more extra trips to the grocery store

Shop At Home for Busy People

With a busy family, your time is precious. Ordering household products online or by phone will save you time and money as your products are delivered right to your home.

Enjoy the luxury of sitting in your lazyboy, sipping a cup of coffee and ordering houselhold products right from the comfort of your own home by ordering online or by phone.

Make eco-friendly choices that are beneficial for your family's health and the planet.

How to Save Plastic and Energy

Concentrated products and reusable mixing bottles not only save you money, but also help save our environment.

Benefits of using concentrated products:

Smaller bottles - which means

Less plastic - which means

Less packaging to recycle - which means

Less impact on the environment - which means

Less fuel is needed to ship these products - which means

Manufacturers use less water in detergent production

Which Means:

Reduced use of a very precious natural resource.

The harmful components in many household and personal care products can cause:

Dizziness

Nausea

Allergic reactions

Eye, skin, and respiratory tract irritation

Some can even cause cancer

Toxins in Household Products

Household cleaning agents, personal care products, pesticides, paints, hobby products, and solvents that make our lives so easy are also sources of hundreds of potentially harmful chemicals.

The range of household products that contain potentially harmful substances that contribute to indoor air pollution is wide-reaching and diverse.

Some of these products release contaminants into the air right away; others do so gradually over a period of time.

When you use these products, make sure that you are in an area with adequate ventilation or use EcoSense products.

Bleach (Sodium hypochlorite)

In June, 2002 a part-time caretaker in a Toronto school was rushed to hospital after complaining to a co-worker that she was unable to breathe. She later died in hospital. Investigators looking into the incident discovered that she had mixed a sanitizing product containing sodium hypochlorite with an acid toilet bowl cleaner. The two ingredients had reacted together to form deadly chlorine gas, which led to her death.

It's an extreme case but it's an example of the health hazards that can be associated with chlorine bleach, or sodium hypochlorite.

When bleach is mixed with acids (typically found in toilet bowl cleaners), it reacts with them to form chlorine gas.

When it is mixed with ammonia, it can create chloramine gas, another toxic substance.

In the environment, sodium hypochlorite is acutely toxic to fish. The chlorine in bleach can also bind with organic material in the marine environment to form organochlorines, toxic compounds that can persist in the environment.

Chlorine use is a particular concern for those who live in areas such as Victoria, where there is not even primary treatment of sewage wastewater before it is discharged into the ocean.

There may be some circumstances where bleach use is necessary for disease control, but there is little need for it on a regular basis.

Tests have shown that washing counters and other surfaces with soap and water removes most bacteria and there are a number of oxygen-based alternatives for laundry uses of bleach.

What's Inside?

What's in that bright blue stuff anyway? Ethylene glycol monobutyl ether - quite a mouthful you don't want to swallow or inhale.

The Sam Wise patent #3,463,735 lists several example formulae, one of which is 4.0% isopropyl alcohol (a highly volatile solvent) 1% ethylene glycol monobutyl ether (a less volatile solvent), 0.1% sodium lauryl sulfate (a surfactant), 0.01% tetrasodium pyrophosphate (a water softener), 0.05% of 28% ammonia, 1% of a dye solution, and 0.01% perfume. This formula was not only significantly less expensive to manufacture, but allowed the product to be packaged in glass bottles and dispensed with a plastic sprayer.

The health effects on humans are said to be relatively benign (only minor headaches or respiratory issues and a mad dash to the hospital if choked down by a child).

The effects on tested animals are less than favorable, a high dose in the water table is toxic to marine life and a misting on plants will surely kill them. So why do we blissfully spritz and spray our way through the day?

Is your family breathing toxic free?

Silica Found In Abrasive Cleansers

Made from finely ground quartz, silica is carcinogenic when it occurs as fine respirable dust.

It's found in that form in some abrasive cleansers, which are often used on a regular basis around the home.

For virtually all applications, abrasive cleansers can easily be replaced with a cream cleanser product that does not contain silica.

Butoxyethanol Found In Carpet Cleaners And Specialty Cleaners

Also known as ethylene glycol butyl ether, this is one of many glycol ethers used as a solvent in carpet cleaners and specialty cleaners.

It can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin and may cause blood disorders, as well as liver and kidney damage.

According to the fact sheet issued by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, it may also cause reproductive damage on long term exposure.

EcoSense Household Cleaners

From dishes and cabinets to floors and furniture, EcoSense gives you a cleaner, fresher home-without caustic chemicals, phosphates, or bleach.

It´s the kind of care your home, your family, and the environment deserve.

- Super concentrated formulas

- Biodegradable ingredients

Perfect combination of safety, performance, and value.

Clean your house without compromise.

Indoor Air Pollution include:

Phosphate

Detergents

Spot removers

Dry cleaning fluids

Oven cleaners

Furniture and floor polish

Paints

Air fresheners

Moth repellents

Hobby materials: photography, metalwork, clay and stone, epoxy, and more.

Phosphates In Laundry Detergents

Phosphates were a high-profile public issue three decades ago when streams and lakes were becoming choked with vegetation in a chemical process known as eutrophication.

The process was the result of widespread use of phosphates in laundry products which produced nutrients for algae and other aquatic plants as phosphate-rich wastewater entered the environment.

Manufacturers have since reduced or even eliminated phosphates from laundry products, but no action has ever been taken on dishwasher detergents.

Most of the products available from major manufacturers contain 30-40 per cent phosphates. Some also contain high levels of chlorine-based sanitizing ingredients.

My Laundry Detergent Experiment

Being a true believer of living green and healthier, I decided to test laundry detergents. This is my experience.

For one month I only used a laundry detergent that is bleach-free and non-alkaline. I didn't experience any sensitivity.

The next month I used a well known laundry detergent that many families use.

The results are remarkable. I couldn't believe it. My skin is not usually sensitive.

- During the first week of using the well known laundry detergent, my feet started to itch, then my legs and arms.

- The second week, my whole body started to itch.

- The third week, i had a rash on my arm that was extremely itchy. The picture is of my arm with the rash.

As soon as I stopped using the well known laundry detergent and started using the bleach-free, non-alkaline laundry detergent, the itchiness was not as bad but I had to put some anti-itch creme on my arm.

The well known laundry detergent will never be used in my house again.

Trisodium nitrilotriacetate (NTA)

Used as a builder in laundry detergents, NTA is listed as a possible human carcinogen (IARC 2B) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

It also has an adverse environmental impact because it can impede the elimination of metals in wastewater treatment plants.

NTA's action can cause metals that have already settled out to be re-mobilized back into the liquid waste stream.

Laundry never ends.

There will always be another load to throw in.

More dirt and stains to wash away.

EcoSense Laundry Detergent

If you have a family, you know that laundry never stops. Feel good about every load you wash with EcoSense laundry detergent.

That's just one good reason to switch to an ultra-concentrated, environmentally friendly laundry detergent that will give you more loads of pure cleaning power in every small bottle.

Opt in for a laundry detergent that:

- No caustic chemicals which is safer for your home.

- Naturally derived formula, pH-neutral which is gentle on clothes and uses less tap water.

- You'll spend less money on your monthly expenses.

- Saves Plenty of Plastic.

- Reusable and Recyclable.

You'll have a clean conscience, knowing you're bringing no caustic chemicals into your home and in your washing machine.

You really can have all that in a single detergent.

What's more, because it works in cold water, you save even more in energy costs.

From start to finish, treat every load with the very best in laundry care-products with exceptional cleaning power that are safer for your home, the environment and will save you money every time you use it.

Compare Your Products

We've compared some of our best products to the grocery store brand, and the savings are amazing. You save by shopping with us.

Quality Of The Air In Your Home/Furnace Filter

The quality of the air you breathe in your home may be robbing you of good health.

Modern, energy efficient home, by virtue of their airtight design, often trap chemical vapours in addition to mold, fungus, yeast and bacteria from moist condensation in heating and cooling ducts, soil from house plants, and under sink areas. There is a literal zoo co-inhabiting our homes.

Many respiratory, eye, ear, nose and throat complaints appear in doctors' waiting rooms because of over exposure to foul household air.

Changes of season often shift populations of these microbial species as growing conditions fluctuate. What can you do? Convert your home to Melaleuca products, replacing toxic cleaning and personal care products with safer Melaleuca products.

The outgassing of toxic vapors from these products significantly decreases air quality problems.

Remove browning leaves from house plants immediately and provide good drainage.

Change furnace and cooling air return filters monthly during extreme weather usage. Spray all filters and vents often with one of our special products. Then do an oil purge of your house every couple of months with our unique oil; attach an inverted open bottle of T36-C5 on the furnace intake filter.

The high air volume will diffuse the entire contents of the bottle throughout your house over the next 12 - 36 hours (depending upon temperature and relative humidity).

This treated air flows throughout all the rooms and stops the growth of bacteria, molds, fungus and viruses.

Toxic Free

Smart spending

Healthy decision

Peace of mind = EcoSense

Ethoxylated nonyl phenols (NPEs) Found In Cleaning Products

This is a group of endocrine-disrupting chemicals still used in cleaning products, even though Environment Canada has declared them CEPA-toxic under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.

Known as "gender-benders," nonyl phenols can induce female characteristics in male fish, for example.

The threat posed to the environment by nonyl phenols prompted the European Union to ban them from all cleaning products manufactured or used in the EU.

Super Concentrated Dishwasher Detergent

Naturally derived enzymes dissolve even baked-on food.

No phosphates

No chlorine bleach

No caustic chemicals

No harsh fumes.

Cleans dishes and utensils safely and spotlessly.

Concentrated to save money and reduce plastic waste.

Dishwasher detergent should also be part of your EcoSense family of cleaners.

Super-concentrated formulas and biodegradable ingredients cleaners are the perfect combination of safety, performance, and value.

While other detergents call for filling both dishwasher cups, you only need to fill one cup half full of our dishwasher detergent to get dishes sparkling clean.

Concentrated ecosense products help you save money and you are doing your part in helping the environment.

Heavy Duty Cleaner

Clean your no-wax floors, garage floors, range top, barbecue grill, and outdoor furniture without the heavy fumes.

Many chemicals contained in household cleaning products are the same as those used in industrial settings.

Many scientists are now becoming concerned that long-term low-level exposure to chemicals may be just as dangerous as short-term high-dose exposures.

Are You Being Ripped Off?

Is the store really charging you the right price?

Do you watch the prices that are scanned at the cash register?

Is the price shown on the display screen the price you should be paying?

Did You Know About Overcharges?

Have you ever been overcharged at the grocery store? Do you watch the prices at the cash register? Do you catch price scan errors each time they occur?

What to do? Watch the scanner like a hawk and review your receipt before you leave the store? While items are being scanned, watch

the price on the register screen? Although this can be hard to do when the kids are shopping with you, at least check your receipt before you leave the store.

If you are overcharged, make sure you get a refund on the amount you overpaid.

You may find it hard to believe, but during a May 2008 Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services inspection in Raleigh, NC, one national big box chain store overcharged customers on 10% of transactions!

The law actually allows registers to overcharge on up to 2% of purchases - which is still too much for me

http://www.wral.com/business/story/2882841

Can you imagine being overcharged on 10% of the items in a full cart? This is one reason why I love shopping online.....not to mention line ups!!

Deodorant And Antiperspirants

Antiperspirants are typically applied to the underarms, while deodorants may also be used on feet and other areas in the form of body sprays.

A small percentage of people are allergic to aluminium and may experience contact dermatitis when exposed to aluminium containing deodorants. Aluminium-containing antiperspirants are generally safe according to current research.

Deodorants are usually alcohol-based. Alcohol initially stimulates sweating, but may also temporarily kill bacteria.

Deodorants can be formulated with other, more persistent antimicrobials such as triclosan, or with metal chelant compounds that slow bacterial growth.

Deodorants may contain perfume fragrances or natural essential oils intended to mask the odor of perspiration.

Antiperspirants are classified as drugs by the FDA. Antiperspirants attempt to stop or significantly reduce perspiration and thus reduce the moist climate in which bacteria thrive.

Aluminium chloride, aluminium chlorohydrate, and aluminium-zirconium compounds, most notably aluminium zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly and aluminium zirconium trichlorohydrex gly, are frequently used in antiperspirants.

Aluminium chlorohydrate and aluminium zirconium tetrachlorohydrate gly are the most frequent active ingredients in commercial antiperspirants.

2004 and 2005 studies led by researcher Phil Darbre, hypothesizes that particular substances in deodorants, such as preservatives called parabens, or bolts such as aluminium chloride used in antiperspirants, get into the bloodstream or accumulate in breast tissue, where they enhance or emulate the effects of estrogen, which stimulates the growth of cancerous breast cells.

A 2007 study found that personal care products are a potential contributor to the body burden of aluminium and newer evidence has linked breast cancer with aluminium-based antiperspirants.

A 2008 study stated that no scientific evidence supports the hypothesis that deodorants and/or antiperspirants increase the incidence of breast cancer.

A study published in 2009 by the journal The Breast Cancer Research proposed a link between breast cancer and the application of cosmetic chemicals including phthalates and aluminium salts in the underarm region, because of their oestrogenic and/or genotoxic properties, which provides an evidence-based hypothesis capable of further research.

Conclusion:

Although cosmetic products were used even as long ago as 3500 BC in Ancient Egypt, the mass marketing of recent decades has resulted in unprecedented quantities being now used on the human body and in unprecedented exposure of people across the whole global population.

The proposed link between breast cancer and the application of cosmetic chemicals with oestrogenic and/or genotoxic properties provides an evidence-based hypothesis capable of further testing.

Although individual chemicals will have been tested by current safety guidelines, the effects of long-term usage of mixtures of these chemicals over an entire lifetime by people of all ages across the whole world warrants retrospective investigation.

If use of underarm cosmetics is a factor in the development of breast cancer, then options for prevention could at last become a reality through individual decisions to cease usage or through alterations to product formulations.

Methylene Chloride Found In Paint Stripper

For years, people have been using methylene chloride, or products containing methylene chloride, as a paint stripper.

Methylene chloride is listed as a possible human carcinogen (Group 2B) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

In 1987, regulators in the U.S. compelled manufacturers to put warning labels on products containing methylene chloride.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that since that time, there has been a 55 per cent reduction in the number of cancers that would have been caused by these products.

There are no warning label requirements in Canada for methylene chloride, which is sold in hardware and home improvement outlets, both as a pure product and as an ingredient in a wide range of paint strippers and similar products. Avoid using those products and look for alternatives.

Diesel Emissions

Diesel is a type of fuel derived from crude oil. Large engines, including those used in many trucks, buses, trains, construction and farm equipment, generators, ships, and in some cars, run on diesel fuel.

The exhaust from diesel engines is made up of 2 main parts: gases and soot. Each of these, in turn, is made up of many different substances. The gas portion of diesel exhaust is mostly carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitric oxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur oxides, and hydrocarbons, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The soot (particulate) portion of diesel exhaust is made up of particles such as carbon, organic materials (including PAHs), and traces of metallic compounds. Both the gases and the soot of diesel exhaust contain PAHs.

Exposure to diesel exhaust is widespread in the modern world. Exhaust from diesel engines brings a complex mixture of soot and gases to roadways, cities, farms, and other places. Health concerns about diesel exhaust relate not only to cancer, but also to other health problems such as lung (respiratory) and heart diseases.

People who live in high-traffic or high-smog areas or who work around diesel engines and diesel fumes can develop health problems, some of which can be lethal.

Children and the elderly are the most at risk of health problems associated with exposure to diesel fumes.

People with cardiovascular diseases, emphysema and asthma are also more vulnerable than otherwise healthy people to the effects of diesel exhaust.

Acute exposure is short-term exposure to diesel exhaust. This short-term exposure can cause eye, nose and throat irritation and can cause the victim to feel light-headed. Breathing diesel fumes can cause those with asthma to suffer an attack and may interfere with the breathing of emphysema sufferers. If a person is subjected to repeated acute exposure, his health problems may become chronic and worsen over time.

Chronic exposure can either be repeated short exposures or the result of working around diesel fumes for long periods every day. The fine particles in diesel exhaust have substances such as formaldehyde attached to them. When breathed by a person for long periods of time, these particles and other gases and substances in diesel exhaust can damage the immune system, interfere with hormone production or cause cancer.

A brighter future for our families, who will live happier, healthier lives as we create Safe Havens by radically reducing chemicals in our homes with our simple, cost-effective solutions that truly work.

Our family is surrounded by toxics everywhere we go. Make your home safe of toxins for your family.

How Are You Helping The Environment?

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      Didijudy 4 months ago from Canada

      This is our world! Let's do our share and take care of it!

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      We gave up the plastic bags and are trying to recycle what ever we can.

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      AnimalHouse 5 years ago

      Nice informative lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      bhavesh lm 5 years ago

      Nice collection from your own experience. Thanks for sharing!

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      smithlights 5 years ago

      PS- I added this lens to mine as well!

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      smithlights 5 years ago

      Great lens! I think I missed something, though... Are these products you buy online? (Is that why you don't spend the money at the grocery store?) Where do you go to buy them?

      I read a few months ago that Americans use 300-700 plastic bags per year. I set a goal to keep my number under 30. I even made a lens about it! It's called 300 Fewer Bags.