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10 Facts About Chlorine and 10 Things You Can Do About it Now!

FACT 1: Dioxin is a chemical by-product of the manufacturing of chlorine-bleached paper and is believed to be the single most carcinogenic chemical known to science

ACTION: Do not buy any products for your family that uses chlorine bleach – check the packet before you buy. Start planning now if you want to finish what’s in your cupboard first.

FACT 2: Scientists find residue of this cancer-causing dioxin from chlorine-bleaching in products like disposable nappies, paper towels, toilet paper and coffee filters

ACTION: It’s easy to buy chlorine-free alternatives to all these products either in the supermarket or shops like Nature’s Child. It’s worth the few extra cents.

FACT 3: Dioxin has been linked to endometriosis, immune system impairment, diabetes, neurotoxicity, birth defects (including foetal death), decreased fertility, testicular atrophy and reproductive dysfunction in both women and men

ACTION: Detox and stop buying chlorine based products. Start slowly. Start with easy things like your tea and coffee, your butter and milk, your bread and your cleaning products. Once you change these simple things, you will find the rest changes easily. Change may take a year or more… be kind to yourself. Set a goal, take your time.

FACT 4: If you suffer from asthma and other lung problems, chlorine products should be avoided as the vapours can irritate your lungs, increasing the risk of onset

ACTION: Ask a friend or relative who suffers from asthma if any of these products bring on their asthma and share this information with them. Research a good mattress before you next buy one! Latex, wool or organic cotton are not usually made with any chemicals that can off-gas.

FACT 5: If you use commercial dishwasher powder that has appealed to you in ads where plates and glasses shine, remember that when you open the door of your dishwasher, the toxic volatized chlorine from the detergent and tap water is released into the air. That’s the smell that makes you step back and gasp when you open your dishwasher.

ACTION: Tri Nature Citrus Dishwashing powder is one of the products you can purchase that will not have this affect and does not use chlorine bleach but will make your dishes sparkle! Available from Nature’s Child of course! Just click on cleaning products.

FACT 6: Most household poisonings are caused by household cleaning products that are chlorine based

ACTION: Don’t get sucked in by cheap prices and fancy commercials. Just don’t buy their products. IT IS MUCH CHEAPER TO PURCHASE LESS PRODUCTS THAT HAVE MORE USES MADE FROM ORGANIC COMPOUNDS. Good old water, vinegar, bi carb and essential oils will clean most surfaces! Use your search engine to look for recipes and ideas that do not include chemicals.Or purchase TRI NATURE or SONETT products found on our website We have done the research and chosen a few simple products that cost very little and last a long time.

Contact the companies and let them know why you are not buying their products. If they don’t hear from people regularly, they won’t make an eco-friendly product. Boycotting is good for your family but to help the whole planet, we need to educate our family, friends and manufacturers so they will stop using these products that pollute our waterways.

FACT 7: If you love your coffee and especially filtered coffee, think carefully before you next drink it. Studies show that forty to seventy percent of the dioxin in bleached coffee filters can leach into your coffee.

ACTION: Buy unbleached coffee filters or drink espresso. There are many organic and fair trade coffee and tea companies on our supermarket shelves, at health food stores and on line stores. If you love your tea, choose unbleached tea bags and leaf tea where possible. Everything we do is a habit so just create a new one by finding a fair trade organic brand that you love. Also, leaf tea has a higher dose of antioxidants and minerals. Purchase an easy to use tea pot with a built-in filter, making it just as easy to drink leaf tea as teabags.

FACT 8: Many white food containers such as milk cartons potentially contain chlorine bleach that leaches into the milk you drink

ACTION: Ring your milk company and ask them if they use chlorine bleach and if they do, tell them you will not be able to buy their product any more because of that; if you have access to a farm, purchase unprocessed milk direct from the farmer; many farmers markets offer local milk; your local health food store may know a source, even if they don’t advertise it; or buy online.

FACT 9: Pregnant women in their first trimester who drink five or more glasses of chlorinated tap water a day may be at a much higher risk of miscarriage than women who drink non-chlorinated water. Sorry, don’t mean to be scary but I find this amazing!

ACTION: Buy a good water filter and only drink filtered water, especially if your council adds chlorine to your tap water.

FACT 10: Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Cancer-causing chemicals like chlorine found in many household items and personal care are easily absorbed through the skin.

ACTION: Check the ingredients. Use only organic skincare and chlorine free household products and buy in bulk to save money. Check out Tri Nature Products at Nature’s Child or visit your local health food store for alternatives.

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