Dear Living Fuel Family,
The food we eat and serve our families is of obvious importance to good health. Consider how nutrient-rich whole foods positively impact the quality of our body's internal environment. However, an often overlooked aspect of our lives is the quality of our external environment, particularly, the cleanliness of the air we breathe at home, at the office and at school.
Our friends at the Environmental Working Group (EWG) have published a new study that links the air quality in 13 California school districts to chemical cleaners used at these schools. The EWG further tested 21 cleaners used by these schools and discovered some startling findings. Check out their list of tested cleaners and evaluate the safety of your cleaning cabinet. Click here
to read the full report.
The cleaning products and air fresheners we use everyday can create an invisible "soup" of potentially harmful chemicals. While you cannot completely control the environment in which you work and play, the first step is to educate yourself, then take practical steps to minimize your family's exposure to chemicals and agents that could impact your good health.
Detox Your Environment
It isn't necessary to detoxify your external environment in one dramatic overhaul. Instead, start out simply and eventually you'll find that you've created a much more wholesome living environment with minimal inconvenience. Many conventional cleaning products are petroleum-based and chemically-laden with potentially harmful substances. Begin by reducing or eliminating these items from your home.
Natural and Economical Substitutes to Conventional Products
• Replace traditional glass cleaners with white vinegar. It works just as well, and leaves behind a fresh (not vinegary) smell. Create a solution of 50% water and 50% white vinegar. It's also a natural deterrent to fungi and bacteria.
• Replace conventional abrasive cleaners with a solution of baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice. And instead of drinking that acidic cola soft drink, let it go flat and pour it into the toilet as a great bowl cleanser.
• Create your own insect repellent that doesn't contain harmful insecticides.
There are better ways to eliminate household pests. For ants and cockroaches, try a potent blend of crushed garlic, onion, red pepper, soap, and hot water. For the "recipe", click here
. Let the mixture sit for a couple of days, then strain before using. Many other insects, such as spiders and beetles, are completely harmless. Instead of killing them, gently move them outside.
• Replace furniture and shoe polishes with lemon juice and olive oil or baby oil. Start with 1/2 cup of lemon juice and add a teaspsoon olive or baby oil. It smells great and brings out a brilliant shine in both leather and natural wood.
• Disinfect multiple surfaces with a blend of citricidal or tea tree oil and water. In a bucket of water, add 20 drops of citricidal or up to 50 drops of tea tree oil (found at most health food stores) to a bucket of water and stir well. Use this for wiping floors, counters, sinks, bathroom tiles, shower and toilet seats. Mix a few drops of citricidal with water and spray directly on the tile in the shower to discourage mold growth.
Many alternatives are inexpensive items that you may already have on-hand. By making these changes, you'll save money and improve your health at the same time.
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Here's to your SuperHealth!
KC & Monica Craichy
Founder & CEO
Living Fuel, Inc.
(November 5, 2009)