You can make a difference

Here is some interesting information from a Breast Cancer Support Group I belong to. We are women who have a vested interest in taking steps to reduce our exposure to harmful chemicals as they are always listed as a possible cause when we research the reasons for breast cancer.

The website which helps us to read labels on cleaning products is:
http://www.seventhgeneration.com/files/assets/pdf/7thGen_Ingredient_List_01_09.pdf

One book which provides information on how we can access environmentally friendly products and services is: Ecoholic: Your Guide to the Most Environmentally Friendly Information, Products and Services in Canada by Adria Vasil

David Suzuki says: “This book is for people who want to do something to lighten their impact on the planet. The small steps cost us little in the way of effort, money or time, but the cumulative effects can be enormous.”

One tip I’ve benefited from is to use vinegar for cleaning practically everything in the house. It is the cheapest solution available as you just need to purchase a spray bottle and mix 1 part vinegar to 1 part water for an effective solution. Check out a good article here: http://housekeeping.about.com/cs/environment/a/alternateclean.htm

Vinegar is great for hardwood floors and even disinfects and deodorizes bathrooms. Warnings on the About.com article are to “always test on an inconspicuous area. Improperly diluted vinegar is acidic and can eat away at tile grout. Never use vinegar on marble surfaces. Don’t worry about your home smelling like vinegar. The smell disappears when it dries.”

Don’t be concerned that this is “too much information” because as David Suzuki says, it’s the small steps that make a difference. If you wish to help improve our living space, please pick one easy thing to do that is environmentally friendly, and know that you will be making a difference.

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