Sunday, September 11, 2011

Detox Series #7 -- A Little Research

We've been a little busy around here -- getting into the swing of September, celebrating a birthday, staring some home school preschool with Ruthie, traveling to a cousin's wedding, freezing 40 quarts of sweet corn and 15 cups of zucchini.  I'm still hoping to get lots of applesauce canned this fall...and some pumpkin in the freezer (if I can find some pumpkins).  This week we start Awana and BSF; I'm looking forward to it but it will probably be a bit stressful to get settled into the new schedule.

This week I challenge you to do a little bit of research.  Grab your personal hygiene and personal care items -- soap, lotion, shampoo, makeup, etc -- and bring them to your computer.  Look up each product in the Environmental Working Group Skin Safety Database and see what it scores.  A score of zero to two is low hazard; a score of three to six is moderate hazard; and a score of seven to ten is high hazard.  It also lists what in the product causes concern.  Since our skin is the largest organ of our bodies, everything that comes in contact with our skin is absorbed and travels throughout our entire body.  It will be well worth your time to see what you are putting into your body on a daily basis.

The EWG Skin Safety Database has more than 65,000 products, so more than likely, the products you use will be in the database...but if they are not, you can still research each ingredient individually; it will just take a bit longer.  What you discover may surprise you -- Johnson's Baby Shampoo earns a score of "4" and Johnson's Baby Lotion earns a score of "6".  I'm not OK with using products of moderate hazard on my babies!

Once you have done your research, I urge you to look for alternatives to products that are rated at a moderate or high hazard.  This, while a bit tough at first, has also made our lives a whole lot simpler -- we all use the same soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, deodorant and lotion.  Only one kind to buy, less clutter in the bathroom and makes traveling so much easier too!  Come back next week and check out what we use!

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