Why You Should Be Using Eco Friendly Laundry Products

spring-mountain-stream smLaundry products and various detergents and cleaning agents such as hand sanitizers and soaps are very commonplace in our homes. Unfortunately however, a number of these products have chemical ingredients and other substances that have been shown to be harmful to the environment. This is largely due to the fact that surprisingly, neither the EPA nor the FDA makes it necessary for the companies that produce laundry produce to disclose the different ingredients that they are using. This means that they are able to use just about any chemical additive regardless of its toxicity. Getting these toxins out of our kids lives is thankfully not as hard as it might initially seem.

The good news is that earth friendly laundry products are offered on the market that contain ingredients that are environmentally safe. Brands like Natural Homelogic, Molly’s Suds  and Pureturgent for example have no environmentally harmful chemicals.    Bearing this in mind, following are several benefits in opting to use eco friendly laundry products:

Lessen Pollution

Earth friendly products are not usually known to contain toxic chemical agents like butyl, phosphates, formaldehyde, ammonia, parabens, chlorine, EDTA, sulfates or glycol ether. This is highly advantageous given that toxic chemicals can find their way into nearby water streams as well as into other reservoirs for water such as dams and rivers. To get a better understanding of this, a US Geological Survey study found that as many as 69% of American streams have trace amounts of metabolites and disinfectants that are commonly found in laundry soap. Moreover, a study that was performed by the University of Washington shows that a number of the most popular laundry products have toxic chemicals. Actually, all of the products that were examined in this study had at least one chemical ingredient that the FDA has classified as toxic and hazardous. Fortunately, you can protect the natural environment by opting to invest in eco-friendly products for the home.

Improved Health

Another benefit that you can gain by choosing to use the best green laundry products is access to solutions that do not have any known carcinogenic ingredients in them. Keep in mind, laundry detergent manufacturers are not required to disclose their ingredients lists. As per a New York Times report, a number of the laundry products that are currently being sold include 1,4-dioxane, a chemical substance that is a known carcinogen. EWG, the Environmental Working Group discovered that just 7 of the 271 most popular laundry detergents scored an A rating. Moreover, a University of Washington professor of civil and environmental engineering, Anne Steinemann carried out two surveys that found that 10 percent of US residents, especially asthma sufferers experienced negative health affects from having used popular laundry products. To prevent future health complications and even cancer, you could opt for earth friendly products that have non-toxic ingredients that are non-carcinogenic and all-natural.

Many of the laundry products that are currently being sold contain harmful ingredients such as chloromethane, formaldehyde, acetone, butyl and 1,4-dioxane. To avoid exposure  via inhalation of volatile organic compounds that are known to be toxic and to protect the environment, you should invest in an eco friendly laundry detergent.

Broken Fridge, Spoiled Food. Maybe Not.

Don’t let your broken refrigerator get you down.

It seems like when you least expect or can afford it to happen, something breaks around the house. Sometimes it’s the little ones that do the breaking and sometimes it’s just time.  Of all of the things that can cause the most havok in your day, the refrigerator breaking is on the top of our list.  When it happens you have to get a repair company called, take a mental inventory about the contents, decide what you will cook to try to save and then what to do with everything else.

We wanted to find out what the best course of action is when your fridge breaks down. According to this refrigerator repair company, the contents of your fridge are generally safe for about 4 hours if you don’t open the doors! Now the kids will be hungry and want something so this can be difficult but it is crucial if you want to keep the food fresh. In some Latin American countries people are accustomed to the power going out frequently. We learned a trick from some friends in Panama where the infrastructure is under improvement on the way to their house. They have had almost weekly outages for months.  Take all of your food that is really perishable and put it in the freezer right away. It will get colder than the fridge is and will be in good shape when you get back power to your refrigerator. Of course this doesn’t work great for every type of food but it can save you from having to throw out too much. The good news is that if you don’t open your freezer door, the contents should stay frozen for 48 hrs. For everything else we found that a cooler with an abundance of Ice seems to do the trick. Dairy products that don’t freeze well like cheese and yoghurt are good candidates. Remember to double bag them so they don’t get water logged. We also place anything else that might turn or otherwise become unusable in there as well.

The FDA has some great suggestions on food safety and safe temperatures for food storage. Here are a few of the important ones.

“Never allow meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, or produce or other foods that require refrigeration to sit at room temperature for more than two hours—one hour if the air temperature is above 90° F. This also applies to items such as leftovers, “doggie bags,” and take-out foods.”

“Keep your appliances at the proper temperatures. Keep the refrigerator temperature at or below 40° F (4° C). The freezer temperature should be 0° F (-18° C). Check temperatures periodically. Appliance thermometers are the best way of knowing these temperatures and are generally inexpensive.”

“Food that is properly frozen and cooked is safe. Food that is properly handled and stored in the freezer at 0° F (-18° C) will remain safe. While freezing does not kill most bacteria, it does stop bacteria from growing. Though food will be safe indefinitely at 0° F, quality will decrease the longer the food is in the freezer.”

If you follow some of these simple procedures, you can avoid a potentially costly and dangerous situation. You’ll save your food too. Unfortunately you will still have to pay to fix your fridge!