Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Pine could be the last thing you smell


…HA could have told ya. Making your house smell too clean can be “a bad thing.”

…A new study says household cleaners and air sprays with pine, orange, and lemon scents may emit toxic pollutants.

…Yup, this from Univ of California-Berkeley scientists!

…A person who cleans a shower stall for 15 minutes (are these people insane?) with a product containing glycol ethers may get more than 3X the dose of this stuff recommended for an hour. (Well, not recommended, allowed.)

…Don’t use an air freshener with an air purifier machine that emits ozone—or the room can fill with 25% more formaldehyde than anyone should breathe.

…Professional house cleaners who clean more than 20 houses a week are steeped in formaldehyde. This is a known carcinogen (cancer causer, for the non-paranoid).

…Writing for Knight-Ridder, Candace Renalls suggests dumping all the scary caustics and chlorinated stuff.

…She quotes Ellen Sandbeck, author of Organic Housekeeping, who still loves 20 Mule Team Borax (which will set off a certain tune in the minds of those of a certain age). Bon Ami is still a stand-by (cleanser). Murphy’s Oil Soap. Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps. Ah, good times.

…One hint to avoid that hideous oven cleaner stuff? Two tablespoons of Murphy’s Oil Soap and 2 tablespoons of borax in a pint spray bottle. Fill with hot water and shake. Spray on oven sides, wait 20 minutes, and scrub off the gunk with a plastic scrubbie.

…Sandbeck’s idea for cleaning drains? Prevention! Don’t let stuff get in there.

…Finally, something HA knew.

1 comment:

ackaty said...

This is so true! I had no idea how bad my cleaning products were until I started selling ones that are non-toxic.

I used to clean houses for a living, and never put together that I felt so terrible from my exposure to chemicals. I know I'll never go back to the toxins that once had my rear end dragging!