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Toxic Products to Ban From Your Home – Plus Healthier Alternatives to Help You Do It

By Elisha McFarland N.D.

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

The average American spends 90 percent of their time indoors. While people are aware of the health risk caused by outdoor air pollution, few may consider that indoor air quality can also have a negative impact on their health. According to the EPA levels of indoor air pollutants can be 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor pollution levels. In fact indoor air pollutants are ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health.

Since we spend so much time indoors it is important to create a healthy, toxin-free indoor environment that is safe for everyone. Here is a list of toxic products you may like to consider banning from your home, plus some healthier alternatives to help you do it.

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How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer – 2 Easy Recipes!

By Alex ‘Earthie Mama’ Du Toit

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Fact: Commercial hand sanitizers are chemically-scented and made with toxic ingredients. While, yes, they do kill certain bacteria and viruses, the unfortunate byproduct is that these chemicals also seep into the pores of the skin and are absorbed into the bloodstream.

The primary active ingredients in commercial sanitizers are Ethyl alcohol and Isopropyl alcohol. [1] Isopropyl alcohol is a petrochemical that is commonly used as an industrial solvent. It is a well-known neurotoxin, meaning it is toxic to the human brain and nervous system. [2] Ethyl alcohol, also known as ethanol, is both neurotoxic and psychoactive. [3] 

Thankfully there are natural sanitizer alternatives that can help keep you and your children’s hands clean and germ-free, without damaging your nervous system in the process. And today I’m going to share with you two simple recipes I came up with that are effective and very easy to make at home! The first one is a gel and the other one is a spray. They both work great, it just depends on your preference.

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Apple Cider Vinegar – 23 Research Backed Benefits (11 is a must read)

By Chantelle Zakariasen

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Apple Cider Vinegar has a plethora of useful and medicinal properties. There have been resources written on all the amazing benefits that Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has regarding multiple physical ailments as well as cleaning and DIY purposes.

ACV is a cheap and effective multi-purpose cleaner, you can add it to your water, tea and salad dressings for a refreshing zing and capitalize on the multiple health benefits you’ll be receiving.

Why All The Fuss Over Apple Cider Vinegar?

The word vinegar translates to vin aigre, is french for “sour wine”. The medicinal uses of vinegar date way back to when it was discovered in 5000 BC by a courtier in Babylonia.

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The Benefits of Organic Laundry Detergent

By Dr. Edward F. Group

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

To live a truly green and healthy life, simply changing what you eat and how often you exercise can make a huge impact; but, why stop there? Your home is your haven, and it is meant to keep you and your family safe and comfortable. Unfortunately, there are certain products common to many homes that might be damaging your health, and a main offender may be in your laundry room. Many commercial varieties of laundry detergent contain pollutants, chemicals, and artificial preservatives, all toxic to human health.

The Dirty Truth Behind Clean Clothes

When selecting a laundry detergent, it’s common to breeze past the unpronounceable ingredient list that is printed on the back of the product. Heck, sometimes what’s on sale is the biggest factor in which detergent gets purchased. If you do look at the ingredient label on most commercial laundry detergents, you’ll probably notice that surfactants are listed. This ingredient is a wetting agent that helps water penetrate fabrics. The term “surfactants” isn’t simply one ingredient but a reference to a number of different chemical ingredients.[1] Surfactants can release benzene, a toxin linked to cancer and reproductive disorders. [2] [3]

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Make Your Own Chemical-Free Citrus Household Cleaner!

By Sam Benson

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Sick of nasty chemical-laden household cleaners? Think you’re making the smarter, healthier buy with “green” cleaning products? You might still be using some nasty, environment-harming chemicals in your home. Many products that are supposed to be environmentally friendly still contain chemicals like 2-Butoxyethanol, which is linked to birth defects, reproductive problems, and a host of other diseases.

So if you can’t even be safe from chemicals in “green” cleaners, what can you do? You can make your own, that’s what!

Here’s an easy, step-by-step guide to making your own citrus vinegar cleaner.

Make Your Own Chemical-Free Household Cleaner

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Herbal Cannabis Soap – The 7 Herbs Recipe

By Sandra Hinchliffe

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Today I want to share one of my staple treatments for healing the body and soothing the skin – my 7 Herbs Cannabis Soap recipe.

The ‘7 Herbs Recipe’ for herbal cannabis soap includes these 7 ingredients: soapberries, fresh lavender, fresh rosemary, fresh aloe vera, fresh mint, lemon or orange peels, and cannabis… and that’s it! 5 common fresh herbs plus soapberries and cannabis make a herbal soap that is cleansing, purifying and soothing.

I love the fragrance of herbal teas and herbal blends, and this blend really plays well together – and you won’t smell like cannabis afterwards!

Use this soap generously for hair and body; it’s great for itchy scalp too. If you are a person that loves a lot of rich foam, try this soapberry soap kettle technique for creating lots of lather.

The ‘7 Herbs’ Cannabis Soap Recipe

Makes a liter of liquid soap. Keep refrigerated and use within 30 days.

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How to Create A Healthy Non-Toxic Bedroom

By Elisha McFarland

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Many of us understand the importance of consuming organic foods and making detoxification a regular part of our health routine. Creating a healthy home environment is also part of the detoxification/clean living process. After learning about the health hazards of dryer sheets and toxic cleaning products, you may have already eliminated these products from your home. But what about your bedroom? After all we do spend one third of our lives sleeping, yet often times this is the room that is neglected.

Creating a clean (non-toxic) bedroom can be a financial challenge, so starting small is the easiest solution. Every change you can make will have a positive impact on your health. How you begin is a personal decision based on your budget and health issues. Some people begin with replacing their mattress, others an air cleaner or bedding.

Creating A Healthy Bedroom

1. Replace Your Bedding with Organic Materials

Replace or remove all artificial fabrics from your bedding. Start with pillows and pillow cases, gradually working your way through the sheets, mattress and bed frame (if it’s made from artificial products such as particle board or MDF, see suggestion #5 below). Many people make the mistake of assuming that cotton is a safer choice than synthetics, but the fact is that cotton uses 25% of the worlds insecticides and over 14% of its pesticides. As you can afford it, replace your bedding with organic materials.

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9 Natural Ways to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

By Mary West

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

The market is flooded with “air fresheners” touted to make your home smell like a citrus grove or bower of flowers. However, their fragrance creates a dangerous illusion. Instead of improving the indoor air quality of your home, they worsen it by emitting an array of harmful chemicals.

The winter season in colder climates presents an added challenge, as people tend to keep their doors and windows tightly shut. While this practice helps keep homes warmer, it traps pollutants indoors; and the prolonged exposure to mold, dust and chemical toxins can be detrimental to anyone’s health.

The good news is – it is easy to reduce the pollutants in your home and infuse it with a delightful scent through natural ways.

Here are 9 easy ways to improve your indoor air quality.

Natural Ways to Improve Your Air Quality

1. Clean Away Odors and Pollutants

Use natural means to keep your home clean. Baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice are effective general household cleansers; and they work to eliminate odors and pollutants without toxic chemical effects.

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20 Domestic Uses For Coca Cola… Proof That Coke Does Not Belong In The Human Body

By John Summerly

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Coke is the most valuable brand in history, and “Coca-Cola” is the world’s second-most recognized word after “hello.” However, the beverage itself is an absolute poison to the human metabolism. Coke is very close to the acidity level of battery acid and consequently it can clean surfaces equivalent to and often better than many toxic household cleaners.

It’s cheaper and easier to buy Coke in some third world countries than it is to access clean water. Coke uses “public relations propaganda” to convince consumers and entire nations that it is an “environmental company” when really it is linked to pollution, water shortages, and disease.

People who consume soft drinks such as Coke have a 48% increase in heart attack and stroke risk, compared to people who did not drink the sodas at all or did not drink them every day. A study published in the journal Respirology reveals that soft drink consumption is also associated with lung and breathing disorders including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The carbonation in Coke causes calcium loss in the bones through a 3-stage process:

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Introduction to Electrolyzed Water and the Science of Alkaline Water Machines

13th November 2013

By Shawn Butterworth

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

There are two types of electrolyzed water: one is alkaline water and the other is acidic water. And each is produced from ionizing tap water with an alkaline water machine.

Each type either has a positive ORP or a negative ORP (Oxygen Reduction Potential) value. Through the process of electrolysis, the two water types that are produced are: electrolyzed reduced water, and electrolyzed oxidized water; the reduced water is the alkaline water, and the oxidized water is the acidic water. These devices that do the electrolysis are referred to as alkaline water machines, because it is the alkaline water that people are mostly interested in for drinking purposes.

The electrolyzed reduced alkaline water primarily has an ORP measurement on average of between -500 to -800 mV. With this value, through studies that I will reference in this article, it has the ability to scavenge for ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species, otherwise known as toxins or free-radicals). Also, pH (which stands for power of hydrogen) levels of reduced water measure in most cases in between 8 to 10. With the higher pH level after ionization, this is why it is called alkaline water.

On the other hand, the electrolyzed oxidized acidic water consists of an ORP value between +500 to as high as +1300 mV. Having this value enables it to effectively destroy bacteria and pathogens in seconds with contact. As this water has efficient cleaning effects, it is widely used in Asian countries as a safe alternative to conventional cleaners. The pH value of electrolyzed oxidized water can measure anywhere from 4 to 2.5. But in order to effectively remove pathogens within seconds, it must be as close to 2.5 as possible.

When you understand the uses of the acidic water as well as alkaline water, you can get a lot more value from a water electrolyzer.

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Happy Armpits: Make Your Own Coconut-Oil Deodorant (Recipe Included!)

By Ana Jadanec

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

I’ve always been picky about deodorants. Not because they didn’t do their “job”, but there was always something I wasn’t too happy with. Scent, consistency, usability, bottle shape, irritation, drying factor… Well, this whole pickyness escalated in 2003 when I read the ingredients printed on the packaging of my store bought deodorant.

Aluminium jumped right at me. Let me just explain what this most abundant metal in Earth’s crust does, and how it ended on our armpits.

Aluminium-based complexes react with the electrolytes in the sweat to form a gel plug in the duct of the sweat gland. What this means is that someone in some lab discovered that adding aluminium complexes into the already suspicious mix of ingredients in deodorants closes pores in the skin and prevents sweat production. Well, this new piece of information officially started my crusade for happy armpits, without metals from Earth’s crust.

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10 Unexpected Uses for Lemons: Kiss the Chemicals Goodbye!

By Amanda Schoonover

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Nature supplies us with some great stuff, no? Like lemons. In a lemon you can find a tangy compliment for any beverage, a flavor-enhancing ingredient for food, a deodorizer, a stain remover and plenty of other uses. Lemons are inexpensive, safe for human consumption and environmentally friendly. Grab a few on your next supermarket trip for these 10 common uses.

1. Laundry brightener

Add a half cup of lemon juice to your whites for extra brightening. That’s it!

2. Air freshener

I recently found an excellent tip that’s especially good for dry winter days: Fill a pot with water and place it on the stove top. Add lemon juice and peels along with cinnamon sticks, cloves and apple skins (all optional). Simmer for as long as you’d like. It really freshens the room while also adding a little moisturizing.

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