I saw a headline last weekend that stopped me in my tracks. As long as I can remember “accidents” was always listed as the #1 cause of deaths among children. This article and this article claim that cancer is now the leading cause of death among children in the United States.
To be fair, I tried to track the sources of these articles and couldn’t find anything confirming these claims. Whether it’s true or not, cancer is the leading cause of childhood mortality by disease, and even if it didn’t pass accidents, it sits proudly in the second place position as a potent childhood killer.
I’ll admit, there are times wish I didn’t know everything I do about the hazards that lurk in our everyday lives: dangerous chemicals in plastics and drinking water, GMOs, food additives, pesticides, who knows what in the air we breathe. It’s a lot to take in and honestly, sometimes I feel like a crazy woman to even think about it as much as I do.
But when I read articles like these, I am reaffirmed in my passion about living an anti-cancer lifestyle. I know that avoiding these potentially deadly toxins as much as I can isn’t being over-protective or extremist; it’s being smart.
Many of you have expressed an interest in what natural products I use. It is admittedly hard to find good natural products and I’ve tried a lot. Sometimes they smell awful. Other times they just don’t work. Other times they are awesome, but super expensive. I thought I’d take some of the guesswork out of choosing natural products and share with you a few each month that I am using and loving.
The products I feature will range from personal care to household cleaning to kitchen products. None of the products I feature will be any I’ve been paid to review, just the natural products I’ve found and tried on my own. I hope you find this new series helpful!
This all-purpose soap is great! It’s cheaper than Dr Bronner’s and I like it better. I use it as a shower soap and shampoo. I love the peppermint smell–it’s very invigorating. I haven’t tried using this for anything else, but the bottle says it can be used as laundry soap and a general household cleaner, too. I recently added this product to my Amazon store if you are interested in giving it a try.
Wool Dryer Balls from The Graceful Mom on Etsy
Did you know that regular dryer sheets are filled with chemicals? Many of the chemicals are linked to asthma, skin irritation, and other disorders. Those chemicals get all over your clothes; they are vented into the air we breath and rubbing off onto our skin! I ditched the dryer sheets almost a year ago in favor of wool dryer balls. I got mine from The Graceful Mom on Etsy and love them! They cut down on the time it takes to dry your clothes (making them great for the environment, too) and we have no issues with static cling.
You probably think I’m a paid spokesperson for e-cloth by now, but I promise you, I’m not. I just love their products. They work great and eliminate the need to use a lot of household cleaners. This mop cleans your hard surface floors with just water. The bottom part of the mop pulls off easily and you get it wet under the faucet, ring it out so it’s damp, and it’s ready to clean! It’s so easy to use and gets your floors really clean. The handle is adjustable so you can make it small enough that your toddler can help you clean as you can see in the picture. 🙂 What’s not to love?
One thing that I love the most about having a blog is the community feature. I would love it if you would share what natural products you are loving now, too, in the comments. Links are welcome! I hope you are having a great week!