Category: Cleaner Living

Cleaner Living: Organic Foods ARE Better for you!

Lately in the news there have been misleading headlines about “studies” and “findings” that organic foods are no better for you than conventional foods. I’m calling Bullshit. A study done by the University of Stanford “concluded” that there were no nutritional benefits to eating organic versus conventional produce.  I say “concluded” because the study was

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Cleaner Living: Picking our Battles

Last week I was honored to have been asked to give a speech at the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy CT’s annual meeting.  The Coalition is comprised of citizens, health professionals, workers , environmental justice groups, educators, and others seeking preventive action on toxic hazards and they are committed to raising awareness of the health impacts associated

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No Poo – is it for you?

I began this journey in February, after the very informative blog series on chemicals in our hygiene products by fellow blogger Dena,  I began reading different articles on the internet and I some how came across the No Poo method for your hair…. your probably saying “the What” right about now, as I did also.  No Poo basically means

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Cleaner Living: Cancer in the Sandbox

So we bloggers have our own little community where we ask questions of one another and bounce ideas around: “When did your little one start sleeping through the night?” “Is such and such normal for this developmental milestone?” “Any suggestions for play sand that doesn’t cause cancer?” Wait, what?!?! This was a question put out

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Cleaner Living: The Magic of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps

I promised I would do a review of one of my favorite products, Dr. Bronners Magic Soaps.  Honestly, this is my go to for nearly everything in my house! Dr. Bronner’s soaps are Castile Soaps, which mean they are completely vegetable-oil based, meaning no animal products.  The ingredients listed on the bottle are:  Water, Saponified Organic

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Cleaner Living: Toxin #12- Nitrosamines

Well, we have made it to the 12th day… But no Partridge in a Pear Tree here, we are learning about Nitrosamines today! Nitrosamines are not actually an ingredient.  They are a compound created when nitrites and amino acids (which often occur from proteins) are combined.  This combination can occur in very acidic settings, such as

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Cleaner Living: Toxin #11 BHA (Butylated hydroxyanisole)

Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA)- not to be confused with beta hydroxy acid (also abbreviated BHA)- is a preservative found in food and cosmetics.  It is used to keep fats from going rancid and to preserve shelf life of cosmetics.  Most common foods it can be found in butter, meats, cereals, chewing gum, baked goods, snack foods, dehydrated

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