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We spend so much time analyzing the food we are putting in our bodies, but why is it that so few of us take a long hard look at what we are putting ON our bodies? or at all the toxins we knowingly expose ourselves to on a daily basis? Once you start paying attention, it is actually quite scary. How many toxic chemicals are hiding in your beauty and skincare products? How about your cleaners? Let's take an in-depth look at one of the more popular commercial toilet bowl cleaners. The results may just send you running to your bathroom cupboard and then out to the trash. But have no fear, we have an easy peasy non-toxic toilet cleaner recipe you can whip up in no time flat.
The Environmental Working Group has created a scoring system to give consumers the best information available to make informed, healthy choices.
From the EWG site - "To accomplish this, we asked four questions:
- Does the product contain hazardous substances? We scored the safety of all the ingredients listed on the labels, websites and worker safety documents for the 2,000 cleaning products under review. We considered the credibility of the data sources, the comprehensiveness of the information and the severity of the health and environmental effects associated with these substances. We combined this information using EWG-developed scoring algorithms to produce a hazard/safety score for each ingredient. We combined the scores of each substance in a product to calculate the product’s overall ingredient hazard/safety score.
- Do we know about all the ingredients? We gave each product a “disclosure” score based on how much information the manufacturer provides to consumers about a product’s contents. The more the manufacturer discloses, the better the product’s disclosure score, and vice versa. EWG scientists developed specific criteria and algorithms to generate the disclosure score.
- Do other factors come into play? We modified some scores to take account of other problems or merits. Products that were highly acidic or caustic received demerits, as did those that violated a regulation. Products certified as “green” by an EWG-reviewed and approved program received an improved score.
- How does this product rate overall? We translated final product scores into letter grades familiar to most readers. An “A” indicates very low toxicity to health and the environment and extensive ingredient disclosure. An “F” means the product is highly toxic or makes little to no ingredient disclosure. A “C” indicates an average cleaner that poses no overt hazards and provides some disclosure of ingredients.
A complete technical description of the structure, definitions and algorithms used by the EWG scoring system can be found here."
Do you have a bottle of Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach under you bathroom cupboard right now? If so, this will make you cringe. Based on the criteria listed above, the Environmental Working Group gives this cleaner an F rating and finds it toxic on multiple levels. It is even linked to general systemic/organ effects, developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects, damage to vision, cancer, kidney and urinary effects, nervous system effects, digestive system effects. SCARY! Run, don't walk to the bathroom and toss this out. We have an all natural solution to this toxic problem.
DIY Toilet Bowl Cleaner Recipe with Essential Oils
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