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Hello everyone.  Women’s Voices For the Earth – a great grassroots organization out of Missoula, MT recently distributed a publication on cleaning products and their effects of our health.  Please take time to read it and think about your daily exposure to these substances.  There are many alternatives that are equally as useful for cleaning your spaces.  Please read their wonderfully written report at: http://www.womenandenvironment.org/

” How too Clean may Be Hazardous to Our Health

Powerful antimicrobial chemicals (also known as disinfectants) are increasingly found in household cleaners, from laundry detergent to kitchen cleaners to handy wipes.  Yet research has shown that some of the most common antimicrobial chemicals used in cleaners could have serious health consequences. Exposure to these chemicals has been linked to potential health impacts from simple irritation of the skin, eyes, and respiratory system to hormone imbalance, immune system impacts, asthma, and potential reduced fertility. The overuse of disinfectant chemicals also contributes to the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, more commonly known as “superbugs.”  The truth is that in most households, the need for routine disinfection is rare. Scientists agree that soap and water are effective for most routine cleaning jobs, and research has demonstrated that safer alternatives, such as vinegar and borax, have antibacterial properties that may be used in place of harsh chemicals. Also, other steps can be taken to prevent the need to disinfect in the first place.”

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