Moms Know it All - or Do They - How Toxic is Your Home?
Published by Tana Hamiter - Goes Green Mentor
Major consumer brands that have been heavily advertised for years, and those which grew out of the shiny postwar era have deeply embedded themselves in the American psyche. These days, more parents are choosing to play it safe around the house, and look for more natural green cleaning alternatives, but more education is needed.
In order to asses the level of consumer awareness about the potential dangers of toxic home cleaning products (and no doubt to support their own product development and marketing efforts), the pioneering natural products company Our Goes Green Company commissioned a Harris Interactive poll.
Harris called 1,108 moms across the U.S. with children under the age of 18 living at home. The results are interesting:
95% of moms agreed that household cleaning products can be made of toxic ingredients
61% agreed that the fumes from cleaning products bothered them
81% of the respondents agreed that household cleaning products may trigger asthma in children and adults
Despite this, 70% claimed they thought home cleaning products are safe to use around their own family anyway
Only 49% said they were worried that their own children may be exposed to household toxins when products are used as directed
Only 38% agreed with the EPA's scientifically supported claim that indoor air tends to be more toxic than outdoor air
Even so, 94% of moms said they would stop using their favorite cleaning product if they found out it may be harmful to their families' health
These results show that parents are definitely concerned about the possible negative effects of chemicals they use in the home, yet they are still not educated enough about the dangers of indoor air quality in general. Further, the lack of clear association between using common toxic chemicals and any possible adverse effects goes to show why the natural products industry has had uphill growth in recent decades.
As a Shaklee Distributer we have that to offer. Not only do we provide education but the highly researched products to back it up. Is your home a Goes Green Home? Here is one way to start, some are fragrence free as well. If not, and thatís ok, donít beat yourself up. Just get started, one step at a time. Starter Packs.
Or if you are already a Goes Green Home, why not search of ONE more thing each month you can do to be even more friendly to the environment. None of us have it 100% yet, always room to grow. Being Healthy Fit 4 Life is more than cleaning supplies.
If you have not already done so you can take this Goes Green Test to get ideas on what your using and good alternatives.
I hope you boxed up and properly disposed of the toxic supplies you are clearing out. Please DO NOT put them down the sink or toilet. I honestly could not come up with a good answer to that when we changed over our homes, so I donated it all to the homeless shelters. I knew they had nothing and would be grateful for any assistance. Wished I could of just backed up a truck of Goes Green Products for them, but this was the best I could come up with.
Are you ready to make your home Non Toxic and Goes Green? If doing it in one big sweeping movement ~ fine. If not, then take it one day or even one week at a time. Perhaps start with Green Laundry; then move to Green Cleaning Supplies, and more. It is wise to be keenly awear that those sneeky toxins can tend to get back into your home, one here, one there. So keep your eyes open and if found, evict them without notice.
Shaklee Independent Distributer Tana Hamiter - Goes Green Mentor
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