Recipe for my Non-Toxic Cleaner

This is my Non-Toxic, All-Purpose Cleaning Recipe. I use this to clean sinks, wash floors, and for most of my cleaning needs.

Place the following in a heavy duty spray bottle:

3 1/2 Cups warm water,

¼ Cup vinegar,

essential oils lavender, lemon and sweet orange
essential oils lavender, lemon and sweet orange (Photo credit: How to be Sustainable)

2 tsp Borax,

2 drops lemon essential oil. This is optional-Adds scent. Purchase at Whole Foods or some grocery coops.

Gently mix together

Finally, add ¼ Cup of  7thGeneration dish soap or other dish soap

Synthetic chemicals in everyday products are likely to be at least the partial cause of a global surge in birth deformities, hormonal cancers and psychiatric diseases, a United Nations-sponsored research team reported on Tuesday.

These endocrine-disrupting chemicals or EDCs may also be linked to a decline in the human sperm count and female fertility, to an increase in once-rare childhood cancers and to the disappearance of some animal species, they said.

http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/19/17017313-synthetic-chemicals-could-affect-fertility-health-who-says?lite?ocid=twitter

Valentines Day Chocolate Pie

005Happy Valentines

My healthy  “no waste” and “chemical free” Chocolate Pie

Chocolate Pie for Valentine’s Day

Use organic ingredients to be chemical free, and bring reusable containers to your local coop to purchase ingredients in bulk.

Crust:

2 cups shelled walnuts

9 seeded dates

Process in a food processor and press into a reusable glass pie plate

Filling:

2 ½ to 3 avocados

4 T Cacao

3 T Agave

2 T Coconut oil

Blend the filling ingredients in a food processor or blender, and smooth on top of the crust.  Cool before serving.  Store in the refrigerator, and serve with strawberries or blueberries.

Don’t Purchase Products with Triclosan

English: Lake Harriet and Minneapolis

For those of us who love our lakes and care about clean water:  You should be paying attention to the recent debate about Triclosan.

What is Triclosan?  It is an antibacterial used in hand wash and soaps and some other products.  For some time it has been recommended not to purchase products using this Triclosan because it can lead to antibiotic resistance. A recent study by the University of Minnesota and the Science Museum of Minnesota has shown that Triclosan is converting to harmful toxins in our Minnesota lakes as well as Lake Superior.

How do you find if a product has Triclosan?  Always read the ingredients in the products you purchase, Triclosan will be listed as an active ingredient on the product label.

How do we dispose of Triclosan?  According to the Minnesota Pollution Control (PCA), “Do not put Triclosan down the drain or toilet!”  At the present time their advice is to throw Triclosan products in the trash.  In the future they hope to have a better plan to dispose of them.  The best is NOT to purchase any product with Triclosan.  “Consumer avoidance can be more powerful than any legislation!” says the Minnesota PCA.

http://www.startribune.com/local/187826601.html

http://www.startribune.com/opinion/editorials/189451681.html

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/22/environment/triclosan-pollutes-minnesota-lakes-u-of-m-study-finds

From the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)

  • MDH recommends against using products containing triclosan at home. Using products with triclosan offers little or no  benefit, and may contribute to the development of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.
  • Use products without triclosan to reduce your exposure and environmental impact. Most products advertised as “antibacterial” contain triclosan. Check product labels to see if triclosan is listed as an ingredient.
  • Lake Superior in winter
    Lake Superior in winter

January on Lake Superior

Superior Views, January, 2013

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

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Downy and Hairy woodpeckers devour the suet, and happy Black-capped chickadees are everywhere and there is an invasion of red poles.

Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Common Red-Poles
Common Red-Poles

Lake ice is solid out about 200 feet from shore, then open water with floating chunks of ice. A coyote paces back and forth looking for something to eat on this life threatening white surface.

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Do Not Use the Chemical Triclosan

Cosmetic Ingredient Tainting Minnesota Lakes, Streams and the Great Lakes

An antibiotic widely used in cosmetic products is converting to toxins in Minnesota’s lakes and streams according to research by the University of Minnesota and the Science Museum of Minnesota.  http://www.startribune.com/local/187826601.html

Triclosin was listed as an active ingredient in a handwash product I had not opened, and I never purchase antibiotic products.  Do NOT put these down the drain, or use them.  I would suggest bringing any of these products to the hazardous waste disposal site.

https://health4earth.com/2013/01/14/resolve-put-less-harmful-chemicals-on-your-body-in-2013/

Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Resolve put Less Harmful Chemicals on Your Body in 2013

005How can You Reduce your use of Chemicals?
I know I am naïve, but I think it is the government’s job to protect us from harmful chemicals. Unfortunately there is little reliable research on most of the chemicals we put on our skin, hair and mouths. After reading the book Ecoholic by Adria Vasil, I wondered why I would put chemicals on my body when I never put chemicals on my yard or plants? I went to my local coop to research organic beauty products. Choices for organic body products are not huge, and they are expensive, but this is the only body you have and this should be a priority. Deodorant has some harmful chemicals, and I would start with a chemical free deodorant. http://www.naturalnews.com/033364_deodorants_chemical_ingredients.html
Next, I would purchase an organic or a scent free body lotion, and then research the ingredients in other products you use.
Part of the mission of this website is to encourage the use of less chemicals, and I hope the list below will help you make smarter cosmetic choices and have a healthier life in 2013. As with everything we purchase, it is always important to read the labels and purchase low carbon impact products( buy local and non-toxic.) Good Luck and remember to recycle all containers when you are finished.
Environmental writer, Adria Vasil has 15 chemicals to avoid in our personal body products:  Her list follows:
1. BHA and BHT
2. DEA/MEA/TEA: (diethanolamine):
3. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives:
4. Oxybenzone (BP-3/ benzophenone) and octinoxate (octyl methoxycinnamate)
5. Palm oil: unless it’s fair trade/organic
6. Parabens:
7. Parfum/fragrance:
8. PEGs:
9. Petrolatum/paraffin/mineral oil/petroleum distillates:
10. PPD In all permanent hair dyes.
11. Phthalates:
12. Retinyl palmitate:
13. Siloxanes:
14. Sodium laureth sulphate:
15. Triclosan/triclocarban:

The source:
http://www.ecoholic.ca/books/mean15/
Look up unfamiliar terms at http://www.cosmeticdatabase.com

http://www.ways2gogreen.com/blog/post/2012/05/23/Guest-Post-How-to-Reduce-Excessive-Underarms-Sweating-Through-Organic-Products.aspx

New Year on Lake Superior

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.—Rachel Carson

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A New year on the Big Lake: December into 2013
A Merlin hunting in our yard, but the chickadees are too smart for him. A bald eagle sits on the morning lake ice eating her breakfast.
Three deer walk through: small, medium and large!! Wildlife tracks everywhere in the fresh snow: bobcat, coyote, fox??
The best: The face of the lake changes hourly as it renews itself. A patchwork of ice in the morning and then open water by the afternoon. Icebergs of all sizes are pushed around. The constant moving and shifting of the ice flows is beautiful and surprising. It is a magical mystery where the ice disappears to and then reappears. It is never predictable nor will it look the same again.
Wow, three ore boats pass at the same moment on the shipping highway. These boats will soon tie up for the winter.
Cloudy days create a black and white picture. White contrasted with dark bark, and the pileated, downies and chickadees add to the black/white birch tree look. 018