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A Chemically Free Home

Updated on February 3, 2015

"The Naturally Clean Home"

The Naturally Clean Home, by Karyn Siegel-Maier is a must read for anyone wanting to learn  how to make your own natural cleaning products. In the very first chapter she illustrates some shocking statics such as;

"The Consumer Product Safety Commission has determined that more than 150 chemicals found in ordinary household products are directly responsible for producing cancer, allergies, birth defects, and numerous psychological disorders".

"In 1990 alone, more than 4,000 children under the age of four were given emergency treatment for poisoning by consumption of a household cleaner. In the same year, nearly 18,000 pesticide-related incidents were reported in which 74 percent of the victims were younger than 14 years of age".

The Naturally Clean Home

Making Your Home Safer

In great detail Karyn goes into the hidden dangers in each of the many cleaners we use on a daily basis. Products such as laundry detergents, furniture polish, air fresheners, and toilet bowl cleaners, just to name a few. She also shares many wonderful recipes to make our own cleaners that will not only save us money but keep our homes,families and ourselves safe, healthy and clean.

I began to some research after deciding to change my diet an to live a healthier lifestyle. I immediately realized that living healthy these days in not easy and certainly not cheap. It can be very discouraging when just about everything you pick up in the grocery store is infested with preservatives and chemicals with names you can hardly pronounce. Then when you stroll down this isle and take a deep breath, you notice for the first time a very powerful chemical odor. This odor is called "out gassing", the term used when chemicals escape through the sealed plastics. It is very wise to hold your breath when walking down this isle. When breathing in this toxic aroma, can be just as dangerous as absorbing them though the skin or digesting them. In the past year alone childhood asthma has increased as much as 400%. I wonder if the air we breath has anything to do with this?

I don't know about you, but personally I have known and lost too many dear friends and relatives over the past few years to cancer, and I am always pondering the same question; why cancer? I may never fully understand or have all the answers, but if recent research is showing us that the majority of consumer products containing chemicals directly related to cancer and other health problems, are indeed putting us at risk, why not stop using those products?

We have become too accustomed to convenience and low cost. If your life is at risk doesn't it just make sense not to buy and consume what always will be cheap and convenient? I do understand that not everyone's lifestyle can accommodate, making all of your own cleaning supplies and personal cleaning items, or growing a great big garden. However I do encourage everyone to at least be informed and read the labels. There are many natural and organic companies out there that have established great reputations. Do an on-line search, find your local farmers' market, and who knows, you may actually enjoy growing your own food or even making your own multi-purpose cleaner from vinegar!


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    • Dr irum profile image

      Dr irum 7 years ago

      You have great knowledge . i really adore this stuff .

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Just getting back with you to thank you for the helpful tips on natural cleaners, I've converted, am saving tons of money and my house is clean all natural. I love it! Thanks, THANKS!

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      jacobkuttyta 7 years ago from Delhi, India

      Cancer was a rare decease when I was a child. But now I frequently meet people affected by cancer. May be the over use of chemicals are behind the increase of Cancer patients.

      Nice and informative hub. Thanks

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      rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

      I know seemed kind of crazy to me at first and is something I never have considered before, but the more I researched the permeability of the skin and what is in most cleaners did it fully register for me. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      I really didn't ever think about the cleaning products as being dangerous to my health. This is a very interesting hub and I think it is certainly a good idea to purchase the book. Thanks for a god hub.

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      Candice Collins 7 years ago from WestCoast Florida

      Great hub and excellent advice! I've been making my own household cleaners for years and I've saved a lot of money doing it; eg. ; making my own laundry detergent saved me over $120 in a year. it may not seem like a lot, but add that to what I saved on window cleaner, muliti-purpose cleaners, ceramic stove-top cleaner, floor cleaners, etc. etc. , and it really starts to add up.

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      I had to come back to this... I had forgotten a helpful tip I needed to Make Your Own Natural Cleaners! Thanks and Peace :)

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      you always come with useful information. I like something natural and this is bring us good effect for environment. There is no chemical material to eliminate the bad effect. good work, my friend. I liked this hub very much.

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      YOU know I love this Make Your Own Natural Cleaners HUB! WOW and so easy, affordable and safe. Thank YOU so much for sharing this great information. I'm off to clean something> Peace :)

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      Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Bravo, yes great hub, and I am slowly replacing all my products for all green. I am on a limited income so I can't do it all at once. But, I must say I am a bleach freak, I use it on everything. Hydrogen peroxide kills germs better the bleach and is so check. Fantastic, hub thanks for sharing.