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Enviro-One is a “Superior” cleaning product

Here is what Christy from The Cleaning Valkyries company had to say about Enviro-One…

“I launched my residential cleaning service two and a half years ago with the mission of supporting the health and well-being of all involved. As I researched products that would be in line with our company, I looked for superior products that really work, are economical on the business level, and that would keep our work-force healthy and promote the health of our customers. I discovered Enviro-One, which quickly became the cornerstone of our product line. Used in a 20:1 solution, it is our best All-Purpose cleaner, easily addressing handprints on walls and woodwork, spills on kitchen counters and marks on cabinets. In the 5:1 solution, it is a superior grease-cutter. The concentrate is so economical that one gallon lasts us nearly a year, costing far less than any other solution we have found. We absolutely love it! Because it is non-scented and non-toxic, our teams and our customers are truly delighted with the cleaning experience. We are proud to feature Enviro-One as one of our hand-picked, non-toxic products. It is truly the backbone of the fresh, bright cleanliness which is our signature. Thank you for creating this terrific cleaning product!”

FDA: Antibacterial Soap could be bad for your health.

If you are using antibacterial soap to wash your hands, you need to read this article. 

The FDA Doesn’t Believe the Hype on Antibacterial Soap

By Danielle Wiener-Bronner December 16, 2013 1:50 PM
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/fda-doesn-39-t-believe-hype-antibacterial-soap-185038377.html
The FDA Doesn't Believe the Hype on Antibacterial Soap
The FDA Doesn’t Believe the Hype on Antibacterial Soap

The Food and Drug Administration proposed a new rule today that would require manufacturers behind products like Cetaphil, Dial, and Softsoap to prove that antibacterial soaps are safe for long-term daily use, and that they more effectively prevent illness and the spread of infection than their non-antibacterial counterparts. Because right now, they probably don’t.

According to the FDA, there’s reason to believe that antibacterial soaps and body washes don’t work any better than regular soap — and could actually be harmful to users:

Although consumers generally view [antibacterial] products as effective tools to help prevent the spread of germs, there is currently no evidence that they are any more effective at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water. Further, some data suggest that long-term exposure to certain active ingredients used in antibacterial products – for example, triclosan (liquid soaps) and triclocarban (bar soaps) – could pose health risks, such as bacterial resistance or hormonal effects.

Under the new rule, soap makers would have to provide clinical studies and other proof to the FDA showing the preventative-health advantages of antibacterial soap in order to keep marketing the products. The FDA notes in their statement that alcohol-based hand sanitizers remain a good alternative to soap and water. The FDA is inviting “consumers, clinicians, environmental groups, scientists, industry representatives and others” to weigh in on the rule during a comment period, which will last for more than 180 day. The rule should be finalized by 2016.

Home cleaning alternatives: Natural home cleaning solutions

Many of the common cleaning products available in you local stores are poisonous, cause allergic reactions, or create dangerous fumes. So what’s a household to do?

Some people have chosen to rid their homes from these toxic cleaners by making their own natural cleaning products. However, these natural homemade cleaners may not work great on all surfaces.

Our Enviro-One formula has proven to not only be safe but have been tested on over 200+ surfaces. With just one solution, you can clean your kitchen, dishes, floors, counters, bathrooms, sinks, tub toilets and much, much more. Visit our User Guide page to see some of the many applications.

The Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

The Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition represents more than 11 million individuals and includes parents, health professionals, advocates for people with learning and developmental disabilities, reproductive health advocates, environmentalists and businesses from across the nation.

Learn more about The Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition and join in the effort to toxic cleaning products from entering our homes and workplaces.


Glass Cleaner are Toxic… Did you know?

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Glass Cleaner are Toxic

Did you know that most glass cleaners on the market uses toxic ingredients that can be harmful to your health. Check out your bottle of glass cleaner to see if it contains any of the following ingredients.

  • Isopropyl Alcohol: Known carcinogen: cancer of the nasal cavity
  • 2-Hexoxyethanol: May cause CNS depression and kidney injury; [HSDB] A severe skin, eye, and respiratory tract irritant; “The substance may have effects on the blood.” [ICSC] An irritant; May be absorbed through skin; [MSDSonline].
  • Ammonium Hydroxide: Can cause injury to the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract.
  • Propylene Glycol: Causes CNS depression. A mucous membrane and severe eye irritant.

If your glass cleaner contains these or other toxic ingredients, it is recommended that you switch to a cleaner containing only natural ingredients.

[Source: http://hazmap.nlm.nih.gov]

4 Natural Ways to Clean your Fruits and Vegetables

Fruit and Vegetable Wash

4 Natural Ways to Clean your Fruits and Vegetables 

Long gone are the days of simply washing your produce under running water and popping it into your mouth. In the toxic world that we live in, it takes more than just a quick visit from H2O to wash away the grim and chemicals that are present. Even the organic varieties should be meticulously cleansed, just because they are free of pesticides doesn’t make them truly clean. Below are four easy ways to clean your fruits and veg.

4 Natural Ways to Clean your Fruits and Vegetables: 

Homemade Vegetable Wash: Pure lemon juice and raw apple cider vinegar contains natural antibacterial and antifungal properties. When used together in this wash, they have the ability to kill germs and bacteria without altering the taste of your crops. In a clean spray bottle, mix together 1 tablespoon of organic lemon juice with 2 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar and one cup of water. Shake and then spray all over your produce. Rinse with water and then consume.

Let you Produce Soak: Leafy greens are particularly dirty because they tend to collect dirt. Produce such as kale, spinach, chards, herbs and celery should be washed by soaking. Place your leafy greens in a bowl filled with cold water and let it soak for a few minutes; this will loosen all the dirt, allowing it to sink in the bottom. After a few minutes, rinse and proceed to cooking.

Soap it Up: Some produce are sold with a waxy film on their skins. In these cases, a soap wash is the ideal option. With the aid of a natural, mildly abrasive sponge and a natural food safe soap (pure vegetable glycerin is ideal) wash your produce by scrubbing the skin softly, and then rinse with water.

Store Bought Washes: There are natural washes available, specifically made to clean produce. Make sure to choose a veggie wash made with only natural ingredients because it makes no sense to wash your produce with synthetic chemicals.

Enviro-One Fruit & Vegetable WashThere are many natural fruit and veggie washes available in your locals store, specifically made to clean produce. But the most natural, most powerful cleaner on the market is the Enviro-One Fruit and Vegetable Wash. It contains no harmful synthetic chemicals. It also remove harmful pesticide, fungicide & herbicide residues, waxes, oils and deadly bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella.

Taking the time to properly wash your fruits and vegetables before you consume will cut down on the risk of illness. At first the process may seem time consuming, however, once you get into the habit of washing your produce, doing so will become second nature.

Sean Penn Film ‘Human Experiment’ Explores Potential Dangers of Toxic Chemicals in Household Products

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Oct. 3, 2013

By Susan Donaldson James via Good Morinign America


Scientist Susan Kay Murphy started her graduate career in vaccine development but after the death of her 3-year-old son Kyle from a rare form of liver cancer in 1994, she switched to epigenetics, the study of how genes can be turned on or off.

“That was a better way to honor the memory of my son,” said Murphy, who is on the faculty of the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy.

Her son’s cancer — “one in a million” — was linked to epigenetic changes in his cells, a disruption that can be triggered by chemicals or hormones, especially in the early weeks after conception.

Kyle was born at 26 weeks and weighed a little more than a pound after Murphy developed eclampsia, but his disease did not show up until years later.

“I watched my tiny son with all these plastics getting nutrition because he was too small to feed,” she said. “Everything they used was pretty much made out of plastic.”

Today, Murphy is doing research into the long-term health effects of exposure to chemicals in children. Her 21-year-old son has autism and her 15-year-old daughter was diagnosed with ADHD.

Recent studies in mice suggest what a mother eats or her exposure to chemicals can turn on a switch that predisposes the child to future disease, she said.

And, just recently, Murphy had a mastectomy and is undergoing chemotherapy for aggressive breast cancer, even though there is no family history.

Murphy worries that every day, Americans are exposed to a barrage of chemicals that can damage their reproductive systems and show up decades later in their children.

“It could have been my diet,” Murphy said of their health problems. “We lived next to a freeway in Charlotte and diesel fuel has been implicated in autism.”

She points to “multiple” exposures to lead and asbestos while renovating an old house; second-hand smoke from her husband; and the pesticides in the California fields where he grew up. Murphy said she was also exposed to chemicals and radiation in a vet clinic and the lab where she did research.

“We have such limited understanding of this in the human population because we are all a bag of cumulative exposure from childhood,” she said. “We all have levels of it. No one is immune in modern society.”

Now, a powerful documentary produced and narrated by activist-actor Sean Penn, “The Human Experiment,” argues that there are dangers from the “chemical load” in seemingly innocuous household products like cosmetics, deodorant, cleaning fluids, shampoo and even toothpaste.

Its world premiere is Sunday, Oct. 6 at the 36th annual Mill Valley Film Festival in California.

The film cites skyrocketing rates of autism, breast cancer and infertility and questions the role of some 80,000 chemicals used legally in the United States and the uphill battle against powerful interests of industry to curb the chemicals.

Co-directed by Dana Nachman and Don Hardy, a former Emmy-winning TV news team, it tells the stories of three women affected by chemicals and the activists calling for sensible, science-based research and greater regulation to protect public health.

“Most products we have in our homes are not tested for safety,” said Nachman, 41 and a Los Altos-based filmmaker. “Providing data that a product is safe and then putting it on the market is what happens in pharmaceuticals. That should be the burden of proof [in household and industrial chemicals] to avoid scientific catastrophe.”

The film follows a young woman diagnosed with breast cancer; another with polycystic ovary syndrome, struggling to get pregnant; and one with a nonverbal brother with autism.

They, too, wonder how chemical toxins may have played a role these health problems.

The film looks at several chemicals that have been linked to disease in humans and are still in legal use.

Bisphenol A or BPA, is an industrial chemical that has been present in many hard plastic bottles and metal-based food and beverage cans since the 1960s.

Toxicity studies have shown “some concern” about its effects on the brain, behavior and prostate gland in fetuses and young children, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

The EPA is currently investigating BPA, which has estrogen properties and is an endocrine disrupter, for human health risks.

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is used in building materials as well as vinyl clothing, and has been linked to cancer and immune system damage. Several national companies have begun to transition to PVC-free packaging.

Since 2004, there has been a national phase-out of bromated flame retardants that are used in sofas and in electronics. The chemical can end up in breast milk and body fat, causing thyroid and reproductive damage. Particles can fall to the floor and leave dangerous dust.

The heart of the film is the Congressional debate over reform of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, which requires that chemicals must be scientifically proven to be dangerous before they can be taken off the market.

“In Europe they use the precautionary principle that you take caution before putting things on the market,” said Nachman. “They test them. We err on the side of industry, putting things out there assuming they are safe–assuming they are innocent until proven guilty.”

In the United States, chemicals like lead, for example, in fuel, paint and other building materials, were on the market for years before they were found to cause neurological problems and were banned by the EPA under the Substances Control Act.

Andy Igrejas, executive director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, a national coalition of parents, reproductive health professionals, environmentalists and businesses, praised the film.

“It looks at the fullness of the problem, not just one or two chemicals,” he said. “It looks at the big picture.”

“The whole system has broken down,” he said. “In the vast majority of chemicals, we just don’t know and they are still getting into products. If there is any major theme in science in the last 20 years — some chemicals are toxic at very low doses, not just when you are working in a factory, but they can be a problem for anyone.”

The group lists 130 chemicals on its website that have been identified by “authoritative bodies” as hazardous to human health. “They are known chemicals we come into contact with that are widespread,” said Igrejas.

In June, the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and Sen. David Vitter, R-Louisiana, with 22 sponsors introduced a bill to reform the toxic substances law — the Chemical Safety Improvement Act .

Since Lautenberg’s death last summer, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., chairs the committee that is handling the legislation.

But Safer Chemicals Healthy Families does not support the bill in its current form, saying that it needs “strengthening.” Igrejas said the bill is “flawed” and “not true reform.”

The measure, however, is supported by the advocacy group, the American Chemistry Council, which the film alleges “hijacks the science” by funding safety studies and pouring millions of dollars into the defense of industries, using slick public relations tactics and strong lobbying to fight stricter regulation.

“Unfortunately, this film appears to present an often-repeated and overly simplistic view of chemicals and disregards the science associated with chemical exposure and decades of research regarding disease,” wrote the ACC in a statement for ABCNews.com.

“It paints an incomplete and distorted picture of current chemical regulation while ignoring the essential role that chemistry plays in making modern life safer, more convenient and more fulfilling.”

The ACC, which has not seen the documentary, according to the filmmakers, argues more than a dozen federal laws govern the “safe manufacture and use of chemicals.”

“All new chemicals must be rigorously evaluated by EPA before manufacture,” it said. “The notion that 84,000 chemicals are being used in commerce without any safety testing is simply inaccurate, yet it is often used as a fundamental argument in films like this.”

Wash hands with soap to prevent child sickness

Soap and Water: Your first defense.

enviro-one-washing-handsOne of the oldest remedies for preventing sickness in children is teaching them how to properly wash their hands with pure soap and water. This simple solution with help keep their immune system strong so that it can fight disease-producing organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Your child can easily be exposed to pathogens when they get around other children in that are sick in places like daycare, park, or even touching a shopping cart.

A child’s body produces its own antibodies to build the immune system and keeping the immune system strong can help fight of sickness when exposed. So teach your child how to properly wash his or her hands with soap and water. It is also good to keep them in a non-toxic environment. If you are not already using a non-toxic soap for washing hands and cleaning your house and daycare, you may want to get a bottle of Enviro-One Green Cleaner. We always cary around a two oz spray bottle so we can spray and wipe surfaces that our children come into contact that can have pathogens.


FANS – (5:1) Remove protective grille, spray, let sit a minute, wipe.
FARM EQUIPMENT – Follow manufacturer’s instructions, if any. Spray and wipe, scrub with stiff brush, if necessary.

If an unpainted part needs to be cleaned or degreased, put 5:1 solution in a bucket or tub to cover part, immerse part in solution and let soak until it can be easily wiped clean.


DUST – (50:1) Spray the solution on a clean cloth or paper towel. Use the slightly damp cloth to clean shelves, furniture, ceramics, etc. Follow with a dry cloth.


DRY ERASE BOARDS – (5:1) ENVIRO-ONE™ doesn’t just move the dry erase ink around – it gets the board white again! Keep a 2 oz. mister and a roll of paper towels handy. (Do not use with a regular dry eraser.)

Spray directly on the white board, and wipe with fresh paper towel. Apply pressure to older, faded dry erase ink marks, or allow soaking for a few minutes, and then repeating process.