Perchloroethylene – Common Household Chemical of the Month

What is it? Perchloroethylene, aka PCE, is a manufactured chemical used mostly as a cleaning agent. PCE is a colorless, nonflammable liquid with a faint, sweet odor. It is also a volatile organic compound, which means it can turn into a gas. It’s usually a liquid, capable of dissolving another substance.

Where is it found? Scouring cleaning supplies, stain removers, paint products, degreasing agents, and other household cleaners. It’s the solvent used by about 85% of U.S. dry cleaners.

Why should I avoid it? First of all, you need to know that there is no safe level of PCE. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has classified PCE as “likely to be carcinogenic to humans”. Studies have linked it to a slew of different cancers:

· Bladder cancer

· Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

· Multiple myeloma

· Leukemia

· Rectal cancer

· Lung cancer

· Esophageal cancer

· Kidney cancer

· Cervical cancer

· Breast cancer

· Liver cancer

· Ovarian cancer

· Prostate cancer

Not only has this chemical been determined to play a role in cancer, but it is especially dangerous for pregnant women. It can cause a handful of horrible symptoms to expecting mothers and unborn babies. While small levels of PCE have been found in the air and water supply, I would recommend avoiding having it in your home by choice. 

Safer alternatives – Norwex offers an awesome stain remover free of chlorine, bleach, and other harsh chemicals. There are also safer alternatives for removing grease or other sticky substances. One of my favorites is Cleaning Paste. You can get years of use out of one container. Cleaning Paste is “elbow grease in a jar”! Use it for scuff marks, grease, permanent marker, anything sticky, and so much more!

Less chemicals = MORE LOVE!

Since tomorrow is Valentines Day, let’s talk about a HUGE way you can show some love to your family – reducing the amount of chemicals in your home!! This might not be noticed as much as chocolate or a bouquet of roses, but trust me, your family’s bodies will be thanking you!

Did you know: The average home today contains 62 toxic chemicals – more than a chemistry lab at the turn of the century. More than 72,000 synthetic chemicals have been produced since WWII, and less than 2% of those chemicals have been tested for toxicity, mutagenic, carcinogenic, or birth defects. ?!?!?!?!? Oh my word!! Crazy you guys. Show your people how much you loooove them by removing some chemicals from your home and introducing them to some earth-friendly alternatives! And maybe buying chocolates or roses, cooking them a nice dinner, or simply telling them how much they mean to you 🙂

Get your home clean FASTER than ever!

It’s a fresh new year everyone! A wonderful time to start new things, chase dreams, and leave behind what isn’t helping us. Want to know something you can totally leave behind in 2018? Taking forever to get your house clean! I get it. Usually, cleaning takes time and effort. You have to pull out a different product for each job, run back and forth to the sink rinsing said product out of your sponge before adding another product, get on your knees, crawl around, do somersaults…okay, maybe not the last one but it’s exhausting!!! What if I told you I know how you can shave hours off of your time spent cleaning in 2019? Well…I CAN! I’m going to highlight 3 of my favorite Norwex products, specifically products that are the best TIME SAVERS! I totally believe with these 3 items, you can cut your cleaning time in half!

The Mop!!! This may very well be my favorite product ever created. It’s amazing how much time this saves. No longer do you need a bucket full of water & chemicals, no longer do you need to wring out the mop head, not with the Norwex mop system! With 6 kiddos running in and out all day long, I have constant messes be made. Muddy footprints, crumbs, scraps, dirt, etc. I can’t even imagine how many hours a day I’d be mopping, if it wasn’t for our Norwex mop. The thought of filling a bucket and going through that whole process every time the floor gets dirty is not appealing! The Norwex mop is so quick and easy, all you do is run the mop pad under water and do your thing!! One pad can almost always clean your floors without having to be rinsed, unless it’s a HUGE mess. So, no running back and forth rinsing and squeezing. So simple even the kids can do it! No chemicals. Fast. What’s not to love?! You’ll be shocked by how much time (and sanity) this product save you. It’s a real game changer.

EnviroWand – The EnviroWand is bendable and flexible to make dusting any space super simple! This guy can reach under couches and beds, fan blades, TVs, tops of dressers, desks, countertops, tables, any nook or cranny that you can imagine! Dust literally CLINGS to the two-sided chenille sleeve and doesn’t get spread all over the surface or drop down on the floor. This makes dusting a quick, easy chore…I almost don’t even want to call it a chore when you have the EnviroWand!! Gone are the days of whisping dust all over the house with your feather duster! You’ll be so pleased with the EnviroWand and how simple and FAST it makes dusting!

Window Cloth – If you don’t have a window cloth in your life…it’s time to change that! Cleaning windows will become a breeze! What sold me on this product was the complete lack of streaks on windows after use. I could NOT find anything that wouldn’t leave streaks or dust particles on my windows after wiping…until THIS! Just wipe windows with a damp EnviroCloth, then polish with the window cloth and they’ll seriously look just like new. I LOVE that this doesn’t require the use of any common chemical sprays, all natural cleaning here guys! 

Make 2019 a year you spend less time cleaning and more time doing things you LOVE! 

Parabens – Common Household Chemical of the Month

What are they? Any of a group of compounds used as preservatives in pharmaceutical and cosmetic products and in the food industry.

Where are they found? Skincare products such as lotions, scrubs, sprays, body and face wash, and even foods.

Pros & Cons? Parabens are tricky, because there actually is a PRO to this chemical. Parabens allow items like face wash, lotion, body wash, etc, to stay on your bathroom shelf for years, without growing bacteria. Most of us wouldn’t like the idea of rubbing bacteria-ridden lotion all over our bodies. So if you have a skincare product you’ve been holding onto for years, rest assured that if parabens are an ingredient, it is still fresh and ready to use. However; as with most chemicals that extend shelf life, there are a handful of CONS.

In 2004, a British study found traces of five parabens in the breast tissue of 19 out of 20 women studied. The study didn’t prove that parabens can cause cancer but identified that the parabens were able to penetrate the skin and remain within tissue. The fact that this chemical can stay under your skin for who knows how long doesn’t settle well with me! 

Parabens are believed to disrupt hormone function by mimicking estrogen. Too much estrogen can trigger an increase in breast cell division and growth of tumors, which is why paraben use has been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues.

So with parabens, I would err on the side of caution. There are so many safer substitutes and a handful of skincare brands who have promised not to use parabens in their products. If there are products available that are safer, why not use them instead of risking it?! Using products with parabens isn’t terrible in small quantities, but my advice would be to start slowly switching over your products that contain parabens, to paraben-free products for happier skin!

Safer Substitutes –  Norwex offers a slew of skincare products, from soaps and lotion, to deodorant and eye creams! 

How to stop static clothes after winter washing!

Something that plagues most of us this time of year is the dry winter air! My kids are so fascinated by static electricity and how they can rub against something fabric and shock their siblings. While static electricity can be fun for kiddos, it is quite annoying when it disrupts the laundry process. How many of you go to grab clothes from the dryer to start folding and find they’re clinging together due to static electricity?! I know it was happening with our clothes ALL THE TIME during winters, until I started using…

DRYER BALLS! Even during the cold, dry winter months, these guys keep our clothes from clinging and make them super soft feeling, without having to use fabric softener. Also, they are high quality and last what seems like forever! I’ve had mine for years now, so it’s safe to say we’ve saved hundreds of dollars using dryer balls vs if we were to be using fabric softener. If you haven’t jumped on the dryer ball train yet, there’s no better time than now!!