Monday, May 4, 2009

The world is a toxic place

I was reading this months edition of “ Health” and this article particularly got my attention and a feeling of fear gripped me…most of us like me have kids in the house and I didn’t even know the drugs I considered safe for them were indeed toxic. I know the world is a toxic place but how do we protect us and our loved ones…everyday day unintentionally we consume potential toxins in our body.... its difficult to fight back considering the amount of chemicals thats used everyday to make our lives supposedly easy…or is it more difficult…

This post is a gist of that article.. hope you can be toxic free

1.Protect against pesticides
Washing fruit and veggies is a must do every time you bring them home. Apparently the chemicals in pesticides – which find a home on the surface of produce- can damage the energy producing parts of the brain cells. Please please wash all the vegetables and fruits thoroughly before you put them in the fridge…you don’t need to use fancy detergent, plain water should do the trick.

2.Its curtains for plastic
You know the strong odor emanating from some plastic curtains and mattress covers? Blame the silly PVC(polyvinyl chloride) used to manufacture them – it releases toxic chemicals that can make you drowsy and dizzy with just few deep whiffs. There are curtains made from cotton, polyester or hemp which are safer to use and easier to clean and less toxic….

3.Plastic bottles and containers
Recently a friend mentioned that every plastic bottle comes with an expiry.. some as less as 7 days. I didn’t know this until now..especially in India people have the habit of reusing anything plastic...Pls refrain from doing so …better get glass bottles..or metal cans...Again do not use plastics in microwaves..they emit carcinogens...

4.Pain pills
Our liver is indeed a toxic clearing machine. Even the most amazing machine such as the human machine can be fooled by these toxins. Many drugs including our commonly used pain killers can damage the organs..If you must use in small dosage.

5. Stay smoke free
We all know that regular smoking is hazardous and is a killer but occasional smoke cant hurt…? Not true..Just one cigarette can impair blood flow in the heart.

What about passive smoking? We cant help it ..but cant averse it by following a healthy diet.

6.Freshen in friendlier ways
That sweet smelling lavender air freshner..Is a toxin and may be polluting our homes with chemicals that can irritate your eyes and lead to headaches..nausea. Open the windows and allow some fresh air whenever weather permits…And green up with plants ferns, ivy all do wonders…

7.Cleaning without pesticides
How about cleaning your precious home with vinegar and baking soda instead of cleaning materials available in supermarket.

Use these easy household recipes to help make your home toxic-free.

All-purpose Cleaner

Choose one and add to 1 gallon of water:
3 tsp. liquid soap, or
1/4 cup white vinegar, or
1/4 cup lemon juice, or
1/4 cup borax

Stain Remover

Soak fabrics in 1 gallon of water with one of the following:
1 cup white vinegar, or
1 cup lemon juice, or
1 cup borax

Controlling Cockroaches and Ants

Combine equal parts powdered sugar and borax. Sprinkle where they crawl.

Window Cleaner

Fill your own spray bottle with 1/2 cup white vinegar to 1 gallon warm water.

Guys... I know it’s difficult to get away from this toxic world.... ..I might sound like hyper condriac..not really.... just scared for my kiddos....

Any ideas you guys have which is toxin free..pls feel free to share..



Solilo said...

Bindu, That is a much needed post. Sadly! how much ever we try, we still inhale harmful fumes.

I was recently reading an article on home made cleaning solutions. As you mentioned Vinegar and Soda go for most things.

Another tip: powder Soda on carpet the previous night and vaccum the next day.

Rahul Viswanath said...

OOOO la la ..... Look whozzz back with a bang !!! Binduji .....

A post for all ..... Play Safe :)

DPhatsez said...

Mum's guide to Safe Cleaning: Bindu Nayar.

Grab your copy today! :)

Will try out Stain remover tip!

Anrosh said...

and sometimes vaccinations! too
every pharmaceutical company is making a vaccination and FDA is pushing it to be injected to new bodies !

Nandini Nair, Gulmohar Days said...

hey bindu...such an appropriate post! am seriously thinking of making these home cleaners and giving it to friends. have you tried any yourself? will try out your window cleaner one and let you know. :)