Cleaning Up Our Cleaning Practices

stop using cloroxI am stunned to see that popular products are still promoting bleach as a positive addition to their ingredient list.

Are people really still falling for the “bleach” thing? If so, my advice is to do a little research on Google.

Look up dioxin. At the EPA for instance…
http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/CFM/nceaQFind.cfm?keyword=Dioxin

Dioxin is not a manufactured chemical. It is a “by-product’ of various combinations of “members of three closely related families: the chlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (CDDs), chlorinated dibenzofurans (CDFs) and certain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).”*1

These chemical combinations are formed in incinerators, paper and pulp or fiber processing, where chlorine is the bleaching agent; and in municipal waste treatment plants where the water supplies are chlorinated.

Dioxin is persistent in the environment and breaks down very slowly over a long period of time. That means it will travel through the food chain to the top in larger concentrations over time as it isn’t broken down along the way.

“Dioxin enters the general population almost exclusively from ingestion of food, specifically through the consumption of fish, meat, and dairy products since dioxins are fat-soluble and readily climb the food chain.”*2

Before the great new “Dioxin Reassessment” went up at the EPA it was already a known fact that certain dioxins are several orders of magnitude more carcinogenic than DDT. Not twice as bad, mind you, but thousands of times more toxic…

But those “bleach added” commercials just don’t quit, eh? There is even a little video on Google that will teach you how to clean the inside of your refrigerator with bleach.

Hmmm. Chalk it up to human nature. We imitate our parents. Unfortunately, our parents and their parents were all part of
a massive expansion into the “chemical age” without a lot of solid science about the impact of some of the chemicals involved.

Not to worry. We have other choices. In this whole social climate of “cleanliness” or “germ phobia” we have come to see ourselves as somehow endangered by the natural environment. Evil germs and bacteria will take us down if we don’t sterilize the surroundings to death, literally.

But we can choose another way. We can have our clean and be healthy and nonlethal to the rest of the environment too.With simple hydrogen peroxide we can do the job better. When we put hydrogen peroxide in combination with acetic acid (white vinegar to us novices) we get 100 percent of the sterilizing power needed in food handling with none, and I mean zero, zilch, zip, nada, no environmental, health, or other consequences to you, your home or your family, dog, cat, fish or anyone or anything else living in the environment. Are you getting the picture yet? Consequences.

The consequences of hydrogen peroxide are water and oxygen. That’s your by-product. No carcinogens. No long term
residual toxicity to build up in the environment and move up the food chain.

Seems simple enough to me.

In case you are thinking that what you pour down your drain is no big deal, consider this small excerpt from a L.A. Times last Spring regarding anti bacterial soaps:

“About 75% of a potent bacteria-killing chemical that people flush down their drains survives treatment at sewage plants, and most of that ends up in sludge spread on farm fields, according to Johns Hopkins University research. Every year, it says, an estimated 200 tons of two compounds” triclocarban and triclosan” are applied to agricultural lands nationwide.”

We can clean up our cleaning up. We can go to a real clean without consequences which actually endanger us. From compost to septic tank, municipal water treatment to flood water decontamination and yes, even to our own house hold cleaning regimen, we can go along with the natural order and thrive.

Start thriving now… Clean up your messes with H2O2 and thrive in a clean and toxin free environment for everyone.

*1 E.P.A. Dioxin FAQ
*2 Dioxin and Human Health Wikipedia


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