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Why I am passionate about reducing chemicals

***Note*** If you are a Consultant or blogger, I want to encourage you to share this information, but please use honesty and integrity and do not pass off my research as your own. You are more than welcome to share this information with your friends and loved ones, but I do ask that you credit me accordingly for the time I have put into doing the research.

With that being said, a friend of mine named Rebecca Thompson did a talk several years ago and it gave me a great starting point in where to begin to look at the harmful effects of chemicals. She is a wealth of knowledge and a real advocate and inspiration to me for healthier living.

I have listed my resources and many websites for you to do your own research along the bottom of this post.


Hi everyone! As many of you know, I am a Norwex Consultant. I help others create a healthier home and take the chore out of cleaning. Saving you time, money and your health. I always feel it is important to know about the WHY we have a mission to reduce chemicals in peoples’ homes.

Today, I want to take this time to share what I am passionate about, reducing chemicals in your home.  Let me tell you, that even though I am sharing this information, I am NOT an expert on chemicals. I  First, I will tell you about why I became interested in helping others create Safe Havens. Secondly, I will give you some general chemical information. Lastly, we’ll discuss some ways for you to create a Safe Haven in your home.

I am Chrissy D, helping others create Safe Havens in their homes.

Let me share with you how I started my “cleaner living- green” journey.  It began 5 years ago with Norwex. BUT scroll the clock way back to 16 years ago, as my son was being born, he got trapped in the birth canal and I had to have an emergency c-section. He was this beautiful baby boy, whom I promptly told my in-laws looked just like me (although looking back, I now know he did NOT look like me but a spitting image of my husband). We accounted for his 10 toes, and 10 fingers and he seemed to be “healthy” despite being born with meconium in his lungs. Throughout his entire childhood, he would get croup, asthma and colds. In January, if we got a cold, he would get pneumonia and we would be in the hospital for nebulizer and asthma treatments. His illnesses would be the one area of life, my husband and I argued the most about. Mostly at 1 am, debating if this was the night we would take him to the hospital or not?

Many of you know, I am not a person who ENJOYS cleaning. I like a clean house, but I will not obsess over it. When Noah was younger, I would purchase the antibacterial wipes in bulk and cleaned every toy, door knob and surface he would touch. He would continue to get sick.

Have you ever read the back of one of those containers? If you have some in your home, go pull them out and read the packaging! This is a generalization, I know, so bear with me as I say this...I feel as Americans, we often do not take the time to read the directions on our cleaners. If you flip over that handy wipes cleaner, it will say you need to use enough wipes to keep the surface visibly wet for 4 minutes. Wait. What!? 4 minutes. Imagine, how many wipes would that take?

Here are the directions taken from a popular brand's website:
To Clean, Deodorize & Disinfect Surfaces: Wipe surface clean with  Disinfecting Wipes. Use enough wipes for the treated surface to remain visibly wet for 4 minutes. Let surface dry. For highly soiled surfaces, remove excess dirt first. (I never did that!) That does not even share the bottom of the package: harmful to animals and humans. AND when you get done cleaning the surface with a wipe, you need to wash it down with a wet cloth to remove the chemicals. 

OK, I digress... back to my interest in the harmful affects of chemicals timeline.  In 2012, I was teaching paper crafting classes in my home and 2 of my customers started talking about these cloths. They came to my classes 2 or 3 months talking about these products. I rolled my eyes and blew it off, because I KNEW that another over priced cleaner would just be one more thing I would have to worry about my son and his asthma and breathing issues. Nothing pains a mother more than to have her precious little ones sick. Then one month later, Katie became a consultant and Kathy decided to host a party. I immediately thought, "great, now I can kill two birds with one stone and get this over with once and for all." Of course, you know the story...I went to the party and saw a definite need for the products in my home once I saw them work. This was the beginning. Once I started using Norwex, I was living pay check to pay check and could not afford the products, so I decided to have a party. I had an average turn out, yet ended up with over $450 in free products.  I was cleaning so often, my husband asked me if I was nesting.  I quickly decided I wanted to sell the products just to get the rest for free. This was in May 2012. I started learning more about living with reduced chemicals at this time. Within 6 months, I noticed my son was no longer using his inhaler and January came, no pneumonia. It is now 4.5 years later and he has not been sick one time other than small bouts with a cold here and there.

 I started doing some more research on chemicals and learning more, which developed a hunger for more facts that I didn't feel were being shared openly to the public. I took notes, I observed and I read.

 In the past 50 years in the United States, more than 85000 chemicals have been introduced to our homes. Out of those, only 200 of them have ever been tested and 5 of them have been tested by the EPA on an ongoing bases for human consumption…and by that, I know you are not eating your cleaners, but you are breathing them and touching them. It will only take 26 seconds to get to every major organ in your body.

There are many chemicals, under many different names. For example, the term “fragrance” can be a mixture of up to 100 different chemicals, out of more than 4,000 commonly-used fragrance chemicals! Chemicals of concern in fragrances are linked to allergies, cancer, birth defects, and infertility. In my research I found out that Household cleaners do NOT have to list all of the chemicals listed in their cleaners. So only a portion of them are listed on the containers for us as consumers to view.

The Toxic Substances Control Act was passed in 1970, and is the law that regulates the introduction of new or already existing chemicals. When the TSCA was put into place, all the existing 62,000 chemicals were considered to be safe for use and subsequently grandfathered in, with no evaluation of the evidence.  Only 5 (PCBs, halogenated chlorofluoroalkanes, dioxin, asbestos and hexavalent chromium), of those 62,000 chemicals are partially regulated.  That is 8/100000 that are being partially regulated.  That means of the 22,000 chemicals introduced since 1976, chemical manufacturers have provided little or no information to the EPA regarding their potential health or environmental impacts.  In 2012, the EPA identified a work plan of 83 chemicals for further review under TSCA.  They planned to work on 7 of those 83 chemicals in 2012 and 18 in 2013 and 2014.  At that rate, it will take 9-12 years to assess the current 83 chemicals in their work plan, or between 9,444 to 12,143 YEARS to assess the remaining 85,000+ chemicals. 

Hazardous chemicals have become so pervasive that scientists now talk about babies being born pre-polluted, sometimes with hundreds of synthetic chemicals showing up in their blood.  According to the The Environmental Working Group's study there are over 230 chemicals in each newborn.  There is a presumption that chemicals are safe until proven dangerous.  Google and watch the video by Ken Cook, called Ten Americans. 

I started my research with Triclosan. Tricolsan, which is an endocrine disruptor, (There is no end to the tricks that endocrine disruptors can play on our bodies:  increasing production of certain hormones; decreasing production of others; mitating hormones; turning one hormone into another;  interfering with hormone signaling; telling cells to die prematurely;  competing with essential nutrients; binding to essential hormones; accumulating in organs that produce hormones.) This may lead to antibiotic resistance, and is toxic to aquatic life.

  Triclosan is considered a pesticide and is “regulated” under FIFRA (Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act).  Recent studies and the media have shared Triclosan does not kill bacteria.

Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors.  Exposure to phthalates mainly occurs through inhalation, it can also happen through skin contact with scented soaps or dryer sheets. Unlike the digestive system, the skin has no safeguards against toxins.  Absorbed chemicals go straight to organs.  Phthalates have been banned in Europe since 2003.  They are carcinogenic and linked to breast cancer.

I then began to research what Bisphenol A or BPA was.  BPA leaches from plastics.  Dozens of studies published in the peer reviewed literature link BPA exposure at extremely low levels to a number of adverse health effects, including breast and prostate cancer, early puberty, infertility, obesity, and behavioral problems.  And, some of these effects appear to be epigenetic and trans-generational, meaning they pass from one generation to the next.  So that means my childrens’ children, and their children, and their children, and so on will be affected, and carry that chemical load.  BPA actually alters DNA.  BPA is found in toys, dishes, vinyl flooring, high chairs, bottles and more. It is everywhere. Our family began making small changes where we could afford too.

What I can tell you that I have learned in the past 5 years, is that chemicals are highly unregulated, and we need to be savvy consumers to avoid them.  The Manufacturers are savvy as well on how they market their products by having multiple names of some chemicals or not including them on the packaging.

So what can you do?  Where do you start? I am guessing many of you have replaced your chemically laden cleaning products with Norwex products, right?  Great step!   Maybe you pitched all the plastic in your home?  Maybe you said, “no shoes” in your home?  Or, maybe you are at the starting line and are wondering where to begin.

You can GO to 10 Simple Steps to reduce the chemicals in your home.

If you would like more information about how you can become a Healthy Home advocate by becoming a Norwex Consultant, please contact me. You can find out more information here. If you are interested in hosting your own party and earning products for free, please contact me here.
Chrissy D

Norwex Movement 

10 Americans video

Environmental Working Group

Labeling Regulations: American Cleaning Institute: Ingredient Communication and Safety Initiatives

Chemicals of Concern #1  and #2

Learn more about Body Burden

You can read more at: The Trouble with Disinfecting Wipes

Chemicals in Babies Umbilical Cords

Toxic Substances Control Act

Timeline of BPA

BPA: Natural Society

BPA Exposure

More about BPA