Reduce Chemicals

These are the things I do to reduce chemicals:

Use vinegar and baking soda for cleaning

We are harming our health, our lakes, rivers  water supply, and our air with all the chemicals we use.

English: No name baking soda
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How can we reduce chemical use?.

First, use toxic free cleaners.  Plain baking soda and vinegar can clean almost anything, but this a another All-Purpose cleaning recipe:  Place the following in a heavy-duty spray bottle: 3 1/2 cups warm water, ¼ Cup vinegar, 2 tsp. Borax, 2 drops lemon essential oil. Gently mix together.  Finally, add ¼ Cup of  7th Generation dish soap.

Second, Use only chemical and fragrance free products on your skin, and hair. You can refill your own bottles with good quality chemical-free body products at food coops.

Third, Plant Native Plants and create less lawn surface to reduces your need for yard chemicals! Many other plants don’t need chemicals either.  My shrub roses do just fine without chemicals.  Houseplants are healthy for your home environment. Work a little compost into the soil of house plants twice a year

Fourth, recycle and reduce the amount of plastics you use.

Fifth, purchase organic fruits and vegetables.

Sixth, Never use lawn products containing neonicotinoids. They are killing bees, butterflies and I wonder what else? Ask when you purchase plants.

#EcoFact Only a few hundred of the more than 80,000 chemicals in use in the US have been tested for safety. President’s Cancer Panel

Because we use so many:

For most of us it is easy to cut down on harmful chemicals whether it be nail polish remover, hair dye, bleach or lawn chemicals because we use so many.  It takes time to adjust to a non-toxic lifestyle, and I thought fragrance free would never work for me, but now most of the old products I previously used seem  smelly! It is not difficult to become more aware of how chemical dependent we have become, and together we can make a big difference for our own health and the health of our earth.



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