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The Truth About Air Fresheners

The Truth About Air Fresheners

By Clifford Woods

Do you buy air fresheners for your home or office? Hard to believe that something so small that smells so nice has ingredients in it that are actually dangerous chemicals. Chemicals that you, your family or your co-workers breath in on a daily basis. And to make it worse, there are no labeling requirements to warn you and even “natural” products can contain toxic chemicals.

the truth about air fresheners

It is virtually impossible for the average consumer to know which products may pose a risk or not.

These chemicals in air fresheners have been found to be toxic to humans and these chemicals have been recently investigated for their safety. Investigations concluded that these substances may cause or increase health problems. Air fresheners that are natural and healthy are now being used as alternatives in order to minimize health hazards and environmental pollution.

Basic Ingredients in air fresheners are:

  1. Phthalates
  2. Formaldehyde
  3. Petroleum distillates
  4. DCBs

1. Phthalates are known as “endocrine disruptors” because they mimic the body’s hormones and have, in laboratory animal tests, been shown to cause reproductive and neurological damage.

Toxic phthalates found in some air fresheners:

  • Diethyl Phthalate (DEP): May cause damage to the liver and central nervous system.
  • Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP): May cause damage to the liver and central nervous system.
  • Diisobutyl Phthalate (DIBP): May be harmful if inhaled. May cause respiratory tract irritation.
  • Dimethyl Phthalate (DMP): The substance is toxic to the nervous system.
  • Diisohexyl Phthalate (DIHP): The available studies demonstrate significant effects on the male reproductive organs and developmental effects.2. Formaldehyde (CH2O) Nasal cancer, respiratory tract irritation; reproductive disorders, asthma, dermatitis; multiple organ damage.

2. Formaldehyde (CH2O) Nasal cancer, respiratory tract irritation; reproductive disorders, asthma, dermatitis; multiple organ damage.

3. Petroleum distillates (PDs) – can affect the nervous system causing headache, dizziness, nausea, and loss of balance and coordination. If inhaled – can irritate the nose, throat and lungs. Petroleum Distillates are on the Right to Know Hazardous Substance List because they are cited by OSHA, DOT, NIOSH and IARC. This chemical is on the Special Health Hazard Substance List.

4. Dichlorobenzene (DCBs) – there are three forms of dichlorobenzene. These chemicals are man-made and do not occur in nature.

1,2-Dichlorobenzene, 1,3-Dichlorobenzene, 1,4-Dichlorobenzene

  • 1,2-Dichlorobenzene- This substance is toxic to kidneys, liver, mucous membranes.
  • 1,3-Dichlorobenzene- Very little is known about the human health effects of this substance.
  • 1,4-Dichlorobenzene- This substance is toxic to kidneys, lungs, liver, mucous membranes. Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage. Repeated or prolonged inhalation of dust may lead to chronic respiratory irritation.

Some Helpful Tips

1. Read the labels and you may be able to identify phthalates in some products by their chemical names or abbreviations: (DEP)(DBP)(DIBP)(DIHP)

  • DBP (dibutyl phthalate) and DEP (diethyl phthalate) are often found in nail polishes, deodorants, perfumes, cologne, aftershave lotions, shampoos, hair gels and hand lotions.
  • DEHP (di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate or Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate) is used in PVC plastics, including some medical devices.
  • BzBP (benzylbutyl phthalate) is used in some flooring, car products and personal care products.

Be wary of the term “fragrance,” which is used to with a combination of compounds, possibly including phthatates, which are a subject of recent concern because of studies showing they can mimic certain hormones.

Preventative Measures

Ventilation: Good ventilation systems reduce the need for air fresheners by stopping the need to cover up odors and naturally eliminate unpleasant odors. Air fresheners cannot substitute for adequate ventilation.

Use Natural and Safe Air Freshener: Alternatives: many products are available that offer healthy alternatives to commercial air fresheners.

  • Organic Odor Control
  • organic soy and beeswax candles
  • natural potpourri
  • fresh flowers or herbs
  • natural essential oils
  • baking soda

Businesses that are looking to find non-toxic air fresheners should investigate available products to ensure not only their own health but also the health of their employees.

the truth about air fresheners

References:

United States Environmental Protection Agency
Science Lab
Sigma Aldrich
ECHA – European Chemicals Agency
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS): Formaldehyde
Refuels Recycling Contaminated Fuels
State of New Jersey


Clifford WoodsClifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services
and Organic Environmental Technology.
We brew Beneficial Microorganisms that eat toxins and offer Natural Organic Solutions

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Avoid Health Problems Caused by the Environment

Avoid Health Problems Caused by the Environment

By Clifford Woods

avoid health problems caused by the environmentClimate change, dangerous water supplies, inadequate quality of air inside and outside, in addition to infected food products are just a few of the main environmental health conditions we are presently suffering from today.

These types of issues might appear extremely frustrating, it might appear unavoidable and inescapable, however it is us that have the ability to avoid or repair these kinds of issues. It really is the people who have all the capacity to reduce polluting of the environment, reduce our direct exposure to harmful compounds, and most significantly, reinforce the body and environment in an effort to withstand toxic contamination. Below are some actions we can take.

Avoid Health Problems Caused by the Environment

Organic Ingredients

It will always be far better to consume all-natural, organically grown foods as well as take in fresh water and workout in clean surroundings. You should always be aware of what exactly you are consuming.

You will discover that there are kinds of fish which are found in specific regions that have contaminants such as mercury within their tissue; this could trigger a number of developmental issues in fetuses as well as children.

Although insect sprays boost crop yields, additionally they boost the occurrence of pollutants within our water and ground. The installation of a water filtration system will certainly guarantee that your water is going to be thoroughly clean.

Try to remember that eating the natural way will certainly reduce contact with toxic pollutants.

Harmless Insect Poison and Cleaners
While it is strongly recommended that you stay away from pesticides entirely, should you make use of them, use eco-friendly and harmless insect sprays. In terms of cleaning chemicals, you must also use eco-friendly and risk-free cleaning agents.

When maintaining your home, it is advisable to restrict the usage of chemical substances in order to avoid impurities from getting inside. Environmentally friendly items may also keep the water supplies safe for ingesting.

Minimize Pollution
Make an effort to increase your standard of living by reducing your share of polluting of the environment. A case in point would be to lower the temperature setting during wintertime as doing this would minimize carbon dioxide emissions as well as increase the quality of interior air.

Heating ventilating and air conditioning will only circulate the toxic pollutants inside an establishment. In order to avoid using heating ventilating and air conditioning systems, make an effort to wear suitable clothes for the temperature. As an example, rather than increasing the heating unit throughout winter, just put on a thicker coat to avoid wasting electrical power; you will not simply save electricity, but your body’s defense mechanisms will be improved and it will learn to reside well with nature.

Reduce Direct Exposure to Contaminants
If at all possible aim to restrict your contact with contaminants. Our body was created to process at a certain degree of contaminants. Environmental health issues are the results of exposure to amounts, which are way too high for your body system to process. As it is essential to lessen levels, when there are already a few impurities existing, safeguards ought to be taken to be able to restrict publicity.

An alternate way to stay away from exposure to lung illness factors is by ventilating your house. The use of HEPA-filtered systems in your house could possibly eliminate any paint chips filled with led which can make your kids protected from lead poisoning. An additional way to control your contact with chemical substances is assuring that your building supplies, clothing, home furniture, as well as other items you make use of every day are just manufactured from components that do not produce chemical substances.


Clifford WoodsClifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology
We brew Beneficial Microorganisms that eat toxins and offer Natural Organic Products

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Fighting Microbes with Microbes | The Scientist Magazine®

Like humans, with their complement of microbes that aid in everything from immune responses to nutrition, plants rely on a vast array of bacteria and fungi for health and defense. Over the last decade, research has revealed many new functional aspects of the crosstalk between human-associated microbes and human cells, but plant biologists are only beginning to scratch the surface of the often surprising ways that soil microbiota impact plants, from underground fungus-wired alarm systems to soil bacteria that can trigger defensive plant behavior or even act as a sort of vaccine. But despite these benefits, microbes are still primarily thought of as harbingers of disease……

Fighting Microbes with Microbes | The Scientist Magazine®.

Keeping a Ranch Organically Clean

Keeping a Ranch Organically Clean

By Clifford Woods

Just because you live on a ranch doesn’t mean that you have to live in the filth and dirt that goes along with ranch life. People have been much more enthusiastic about cleaning their homes in a green way, and if you are dedicated to keeping an all organic ranch, then you should bring that same style of thinking into the ranch as well.

Now you can buy all sorts of products that claim to be “all-organic”, but they don’t always offer the power that you need to get the smells, filth and dirt off a ranch. You might need to really start making your own organic ranch cleaners, so that you know exactly what is going into them and be able to determine and measure out exactly what it is that you want to use for keeping a ranch organically clean.

Making your very own organic cleaners means that you control the scent, the style and even what you want to use for cleaning purposes. You can be confident in knowing that it will be safe for you, your children livestock and any pets that you might have as well.

Things like making your own all natural dish soap is as easy as getting yourself a large container of Castile Soap in its liquid form and then adding the scents that will make you happy, including things like lemon grass oil, lavender oil, lime oil, orange oil and so on. When doing so, you won’t have to worry about the wash water contaminating any other parts of the ranch that you live on and run.

What about if you have dirty windows that need to be taken care of? You can use all organic vinegar, which you can buy at speciality shops, add a bit of natural spring water and then add in a few drops of your favorite oil, especially things like lemon oil or lime oil, and you combine them all into a spray bottle.

Followed by that, simply using recycled newspaper, you can get your ranch windows sparkling clean. Organic ranch cleaners are really something that you should be making yourself. It might take a bit of work, but that work is really worth it in the end for all the cleanliness and health benefits you get out of it.

Keeping a Ranch Organically CleanHow about cleaning those hard to get to floors that you have around the ranch? You can make your very own floor washes that can be used on all types of floors all over the ranch. Combine a bucket full of hot spring water, add lemon juice, about a fourth of a cup, then add your favorite citrus oils, lemon, lime, grapefruit, and wash your floors like you would if you were washing them with any normal cleaner. Now, there won’t be much of foam or froth, but it will get up the grease, grime and dirt, so that you can have nice clean floors once more.

Keeping the ranch organically clean by using organic cleaners doesn’t mean you have to spend an arm and a leg on them as there are things you can make with the stuff that you already have around your ranch.

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Author: Clifford Woods is the CEO of Organic Environmental Technology. and Effective Environmental Services

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Benefits of Having Organically Clean Ponds

Benefits of Having Organically Clean Ponds

By Clifford Woods

Anyone who has a fish pond in their yard wishes there was some easy way to clean it out. It can smell bad and you have to clean it out occasionally to keep it healthy for the fish, so they do not get sick and die.

Even if the pond has a filter, other gadgets and products from the store, there are still going to be times when you need to clean the pond. Ponds tend to become the most polluted parts of our environment. And due to the polluted water in ponds, lakes and rivers, they attract insects and other little creatures, which make the pond even dirtier and can turn it into a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Benefits of having Organically Clean PondsSo, cleaning a pond is not only needed for providing a healthy environment for garden animals, such as frogs or toads, insects and your fish, but also to keep the population of mosquitoes under control. Ponds that are built well, maintained on a regular basis and are in harmony with nature will need less work.

Something that ponds do benefit from is organic pond cleaning. This is a method that is beneficial to the health of the fish, as no harsh chemicals are used and the waste that is taken out has many other uses. The use of chemicals also drops the quality of the water making it hazardous for humans as well. In order to have organic healthy ponds; it is essential that only organic pond cleaners are used, as it can keep the ponds clean without any risk to all the life that lives there.

The pond does need to be cleaned at least once a year with the fall or spring being the best time, as the water is cooler during those months and the fish adapt better. If the pond smells bad – you have waited too long. If cleaning the pond is done on a regular basis, it will not get to the point where it might get smelly.

Move the fish to a water tank while cleaning or if you have several ponds, you can just move the fish to another pond. This makes it easier on the fish. You need a brush that is nylon for cleaning the sides of the pond. With the nylon brush, there will probably not be any need for harsh cleaners.

The silt that is on the bottom of the pond can be scraped up and be used in the garden as mulch. This silt is great for gardens and plants, and will make your garden soil really healthy. Another benefit is that this keeps all the essential minerals in the pond for the health and protection of the fish.

The benefits of having an organically clean pond is not only healthy fish but a healthy environment as well.

A safer healthy environment is essential for any adults or children spending time in the yard and with pets who quite frequently drink the pond water, it will be safe for them too.

There are many ways to contribute towards a safer and healthier environment for all of us to live our lives and the benefits of having organically clean ponds can be one of them.

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Clifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology

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The Benefits of an Organic Dry Erase Board Cleaner

The Benefits of an Organic Dry Erase Board Cleaner

By Clifford Woods

Dry erase boards are used all over the world, at seminars, in classrooms and even in the comfort of homes. You are more likely to find them in an official setting than you are likely to find a pen because these implements are replacing paper more and more each day.

Organic Dry Erase Board CleanerThe only catch when using these useful items is that they have to be cleaned. The question most of us do not ask ourselves however is, what is in the cleaner we use for these boards? Is it healthy for humans to use at all?

Since the advent of the dry erase boards, many companies have set out to make a killing on the cleaners. Each company has its formula for coming up with the best cleaner possible and the cleaner is more often than not packaged inside a spray bottle for easy use. Unfortunately, efficient and convenient as they may seem, these fluids are made from inorganic ingredients that are toxic and therefore harmful to human beings. Body parts that come in contact with the cleaner such as the eyes, the skin, the nose and even the mouth can come to a lot of harm through continued use of these inorganic cleaner fluids.

It is common knowledge that most inorganically formulated board cleaner sprays contain isopropyl, ethanol and dichloroacetic acid. These are not naturally occurring and when used over a long period of time can cause severe damage to the human body as a whole. A great alternative to these harmful inorganic cleaning products is an organic dry erase board cleaner.

These are made using 100% natural ingredients and pose zero or no danger at all to the user regardless of how long they are used. A standard organic dry erase board cleaner would normally contain simple ingredients such as water, beneficial microorganisms, molasses, sea salt and other ingredients that pose no danger of any kind to the user.

A severely stained erase board may not become spotlessly clean when this kind of organic cleaner is used, but it will clean the it enough to be used efficiently. This alone can reduce the frequency with which inorganic cleaners are used.

An even better and more interesting way for you to make your dry erase board clean is by formulating your own safe cleaning product. Hand sanitizers can double up as a cleaner for instance. Water mixed with vinegar is also an option when it comes to a home-made cleaning fluid for your board. Other mixtures that have been known to function aptly include toothpaste infused into hairspray. Organic glass cleaner also gets the job done without leaving behind drastic health hazards.

Organic dry erase board cleaners are largely preferred over inorganic for a number of reasons.

First and foremost is the health issues mentioned. No use having a clean board that you will not be around to use long enough now is there? Secondly is the fact that these cleaners can be made right at home, using locally available ingredients. This not only reduces your expenditure but also makes the process safe for everyone.

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Clifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology.

We brew Beneficial Microorganisms that eat toxins and offer Environmentally Friendly Products.

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