A Clean Home is Good. To Poison Yourself Is Bad.
I’m confident that there will be a few “aha” moments for you in my post today.
Cleaning our homes and businesses has become an over-the-top, MUST DO, never ending, constant practice rooted in the fear of germs: aka viruses. That said, the WAY we go about keeping our indoor spaces safe can actually be adding another type of problem; especially if you have children and/or pets in the home. What is the problem? The answer is “environmental toxicity”. Aside from the real & present danger of becoming sick from a contagion, how about becoming ill and having complications from the products used and misused to prevent or eliminate germs?
Let’s take a look at a COMMON misused product: Lysol Disinfectant Spray
Lysol got its start waaaay back in 1889. Isn’t that incredible? It appeared on the scene as a way to help end a cholera epidemic in Germany. I’m not jumping on my soap box to give Lysol a bad rap. It does disinfect. The trouble is, most use disinfectants in risky and improper ways. Case in point with Lysol, it is intended to be sprayed on surfaces – not willy nilly through the air all around your house. It is intended to be sprayed on surfaces (hard surfaces to be left untouched for 3 to 4 minutes and soft surfaces to be left untouched for at least 10 minutes and then left to dry completely: How To Use Lysol). The process must be repeated frequently to have the 99.9% bacteria/virus kill to be effective. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have all day to spray my office or my home. Again, many proceed incorrectly. The CDC recently released information that at least a third of you are spraying willy nilly and consequently INHALING the spray. So what exactly are you inhaling? Lysol contains ethanol, ethanolamine, ammonium hydroxide, MIPA-Borate, petroleum gases, myristalkonium saccharinate (and some other really bad stuff) which are poisonous to humans. Is that a big deal you ask? Yup. Yes. Yes it is. I won’t go into ALL the consequences of improper use, but just to get you thinking: asthmatic trigger, reproductive and developmental toxicity, cancer, depression, fatigue, headache, tremors, and some other unpleasant outcomes. The can is clear, “Hazards to Humans and Domestic Animals”… well alrighty then.
Do you want to make your head spin? If you are still with me it’s because this matters to you too! Largely, the cleaning supplies and household products that fill up a whole aisle (and sometimes TWO aisles) at the store have become “accepted” as a means to tidy up our homes for a safe and germ free environment. Even the products advertised as “green” or “natural” can have ingredients that are SCARRRRY. One big common issue is the volatile organic compounds they release. So, just because something is on the shelf with fancy packaging doesn’t mean it is good for you. There is a lot of crap on the shelves and we know it, don’t we? Enough of all that.
So, what can you do to have a clean, germ free home and/or business and protect your loved ones from chemical exposure?
If “saferrrrr” isn’t good enough for you (that CDC list)… meaning you want “SAFE” without the “errrrrrrrrrrr”… then up next is a technology that is certified by the NASA Space Foundation and is inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame. It is the most powerful and proven air and (here is the kicker!)… air AND SURFACE purification technology ever discovered! How’s that? Pretty neat, huh? The unit simply plugs into an outlet and continuously cleans and protects air and surfaces 24 hours a day and is able to accommodate up to 3000 sqft. I always get a little giddy inside every time I say that! That is impressive!
The chart I’d like to share with you is specific to RNA Virus. Aside from the time stamp on the chart, notably – in ONE MINUTE 90% is already eliminated!
Sidenote: In addition to the 24/7 clean air and surfaces in my home… I DO have “grime” that happens and for that I too need a good ‘ol rag to wipe down furniture or glass, etc. For safe cleaners I lean on Norwex and dōTERRA.