Author: Brittany Thomas

Switching to Cloth Wipes

I have waited a long time to finally make cloth wipes. I would have made them months ago but the huge box of bulk wipes that I bought has made itself last forever. Once I opened the last package of wipes, I was off to the fabric store in search of terry cloth and flannel. I now have 30 wipes made out of cloth for my toddler. It’s amazing how long sewing 30 little squares can take! However, it was definitely worth it, especially since I made 30 wipes for only $6.00 whereas I could buy 12 wipes from some online store for a minimum of $12.00.Why in the world would I want cloth wipes? Believe it or not baby wipes have quite a mixture of chemicals and they are not very nice ones. In fact, the wipes my family generally used recently switched formulas and my youngest son’s skin did not like it. What chemicals are in our children’s wipes? 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1; 3-Diol: This one has a toxic rating of 10 on Skin Deep! It is a neurotoxin, immunotoxin, and organ system toxin. There is also concern for formaldehyde contamination. DMDM Hydantoin: releases formaldehyde and is also an immunotoxin. Propylene Glycol: immunotoxin, organ toxin, irritant, increased cancer risk. Curiously, it is also used in anti-freeze. Methylparaben: endocrine disruptor, immunotoxicin, organ toxin, biochemical and cellular level changes. Sadly these are...

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A Guide To Plastics

Not all plastics are created equal. There is quite a variety of plastics that we surround ourselves with. Now I do not particularly like any plastic and I am slowly getting rid of as much plastic as I can. However, there are times when plastic is the only option. Some plastics are safer then others; we now know that plastic can leach harmful chemicals. Which plastics are the ones we want to avoid? Most plastics are labeled on the bottom by a number in the center of the standard recycling symbol. This number tells you what type of plastic the item is made out of. Now there are some plastics that do not get a number label. Why is beyond me. Companies claim they do not label their plastics because it is a company secret, this sounds ridiculous to me. In the case of unlabeled plastic, you are best to not buy it, as you have no idea what kind of plastic it is made out of. There is currently 7 numbers in the plastic labeling system. 1 PETE: Polyethylene Terephthalate – A safer plastic. Usually a number 1 plastic is a single time use plastic. 2 HDPE: High-Density Polyethylene – A safer plastic. 3 V: Polyvinyl Chloride – Avoid. May contain/leach BPA, lead, phthalates, mercury, cadmium, and dioxins. 4 LDPE: Low-Density Polyethylene – A safer plastic. 5 PP:...

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On My Shelf: Slow Death By Rubber Duck

Slow Death By Rubber Duck by Rick Smith and Bruce Lourie has been on the shelves for awhile now and I have only just read it. This book is great. Out of all the books that I have read on toxins this one has given me the best insight to them. Chemicals like flame retardants have always confused me a bit, I’ll confess. There are so many acronyms out there that I could not tell the difference. Slow Death By Rubber Duck made it very easy to understand why I should probably be throwing out my boys sleeper pajamas. It also talks about Teflon. Teflon is one of those chemicals that you know you really shouldn’t have in the house but it makes life so much easier that at least for me, I have let it stay. Not any longer, this book has given me plenty of reasons why I need to chuck my non-stick pots and pans. Slow Death By Rubber Duck goes into the details of some of the worse toxins that our world faces today. In the book, the authors also do some self-experimentation to see if they really could see a change in their levels of these chemicals in just a few days. While I can’t applaud them for coating themselves in toxins, it is very insightful to see just how easily your body can...

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Pistachio Product: Biokleen Laundry Liquid

There are a few companies out there that have realized the need for non-toxic laundry supplies. I have been waiting for a very long time to finally switch laundry liquids. The huge container of toxic laundry detergent that I had previously bought decided to last forever. Needless to say, I was very excited to buy my first bottle of Biokleen. After using this product for a couple weeks now, I am happy to say that it will definitely not be my last! Biokleen is a company that is determined to produce non-toxic products are safe for the environment and for us as well. On every product they fully list all of their ingredients, when is the last time you tried to find the ingredients on your laundry detergent? Even the companies who do list the ingredients, usually use vague terms like fabric brighteners and fragrance. So to find a company that has no problem listing the ingredients is very refreshing. Biokleen Laundry Liquid is: 3x concentrated. This means I only use 1-2 tablespoons of laundry liquid per load! Is great for people with chemical sensitivities and allergies. Rapidly biodegrades, does not biodegrade into any harmful substances, and is safe for the ozone. No artificial fragrance, colors, or preservatives. As the bottles states: Contains no phosphate, chlorine, ammonia, petroleum solvents, alcohol, butyl, glycol ether, SLS or SLES, EDTA, DEA. No...

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Triclosan: Not actually helping you stay healthy

Triclosan is a wonder chemical that is supposed to kill germs. It makes sense that it is such a success, what parent wants their children to be covered in germs. We live in a world that is very anti-germ, if there is a chemical out there that can make getting rid of germs even easier then people will want it. Most people know about Triclosan being the active ingredient in many soaps. However, it is put into more then just soap. Triclosan is in almost everything; sponges, towels, toothpaste, dish detergent, clothes, shoes, shower curtains. Anything that is labeled...

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