As you go about the business of detoxing your home you’ll come across a few questions about natural products like Borax. I say ‘natural wonder’ as you may wonder if, as a natural product, it is completely safe or not. If you research Borax you’ll find lots of conflicting opinions about it; some use it lots, others won’t, calling it toxic or unnecessary, while many use it for some purposes and not others. Confusing, huh?
Popular store-bought laundry powder is a quiet chemical storm that many know nothing about. There are some real doozies in laundry detergent and fabric softeners, including ‘fragrance’ where the chemicals used to make ‘fragrance’ are not defined and commonly include pthalates which are endocrine (hormone) disruptors, carcinogens, they are known to cause asthma and to be a neurotoxin. This is just the tip of the iceberg on ‘fragrance’. Fragrance can contain hundreds of harmful chemicals, none of which need to be listed on packaging and sit comfortably under the blanket of the lovely, harmless sounding word ‘fragrance’ (also known as ‘parfum’).
My ‘Operation Home Detox’ recently overhauled our non-stick cookware ‘situation’. I was a big user of these pots and pans. I had them all! Teflon, Scanpan, Jamie Oliver’s non-stick collection, Bessemer. I’d spent hundreds of dollars over the years. And I loved them all before I knew better.