EWG’s “Dirty Dozen” list of hormone-disrupting chemicals | Environmental Working Group

 

This is why we use products like KD Gold to keep our home and bodies clean, without the very real concern of chemicals as found in this article!

EWG’s “Dirty Dozen” list of hormone-disrupting chemicals | Environmental Working Group.

Great Sale Information–Discount to NLT Readers on KD Gold Soap!

KD Gold RTU offerings in the Starter Pack

KD Gold RTU offerings in the Starter Pack

As you may have seen in my recent post on KD Gold all-natural super soap, we are VERY excited to have such a versatile, toxin-free and potent product to use to clean everything–from our kids’ faces to our garage floors.

After years of looking at the research and reports of the effects of chemicals in our environment on our health and well-being, I believe with all my heart that any way we can reduce our toxic burden–whether in the foods we eat or the products we clean ourselves and our homes with– is an integral component to our wellness.

However, “Natural’ and “Green” labels often belie the truth of the ingredients–there are many products labeled as such that still contain chemicals none of us would wish to use.  Likewise, many of the natural products may be free of toxins, but their effectiveness is lackluster.  So, when I come across something that is toxin-free and works as well or better than the chemical-laden options on the market, I am in!

So, here’s some more really great news:  The good folks at KD Gold have offered to give a 10% discount to you if you enter NLT10 when prompted during the checkout process!  There is no expiration on this offer and you can use it time and again (on separate orders)–just be sure to enter NLT10 anytime you check out from the KD Gold store.  This is in addition to the other promotion they offer, which is free shipping on any concentrate purchase, from the quart to 5-gallon size.  Simply enter CONCENTRATE when prompted as you check out.  So, if you’re planning to use both codes on the same order, type in NLT10, CONCENTRATE and you’ll receive both!

So, to save on your orders of KD Gold, always enter NLT10 when you check out, and if you’re buying the concentrate, also enter CONCENTRATE  to receive free shipping!

Happy, safe cleaning!

Toxin- and Fragrance-Free, Crazy Effective, All-Purpose Natural Soap

KD Gold Display

In past posts, I’ve written about the importance of being mindful of not only what we put into our bodies, but what we put onto our bodies as well.  According to the website Is It In Us?, over 80,000 chemicals are in use in modern commerce, but only about one quarter of these chemicals has even been tested for safety.

And while many consider keeping pesticides off their food, or organic labeling as a necessity for consumption, what we come into contact with is truly every bit as important in terms of our health.

From the detergent we wash our clothes in, to the dishwashing soap we use, to the products we employ to clean our homes, our bodies, our children’s bodies–all of these choices have an impact on our well-being.  From hormone disrupters like DDT and BPA, to  carcinogens like 1,4 dioxane and formaldehyde, these are common and dangerous ingredients that have long-term effect on our bodies at a cellular level.

I’ve shared my recipes on natural cleaning products, and I love them!  But now, I’d like to add one more ingredient, either as a stand-alone cleaner, or as a component to those great recipes.

Have you been looking for an all-natural soap that is completely free of fragrance, safe for the most chemically-sensitive among us, is powerful enough to clean grease from an auto mechanic’s garage, but gentle enough to bathe a baby in or even brush your teeth with?  Well, then look no further than here!

KD Gold is an incredibly potent, effective, odorless soap derived from a proprietary, bio-based formula of fatty acids, vegetable- and plant-based enzymes and minerals, organic alcohol, coconut oil, folic acid, natural vanilla and deionized water that has been reconstituted using Dr. Emoto’s beneficial method.  Every ingredient in KD Gold  is found on the FDA’s Generally Recognized as Safe list.  Because of this, no warning labels are needed on the KD Gold products.

KD Gold's Concentrate Label

KD Gold’s Concentrate Label

So, what can KD Gold do?  By no means is this an exhaustive list, but here’s a good start:

  • Incredibly effective degreaser, from spills on concrete to grease splatters in the kitchen or on the grill
  • Excellent laundry soap and spot remover
  • All-purpose cleaner for glass, stainless steel, counters, appliances, and auto interiors
  • Body wash, shampoo, baby cleaner…even teeth cleaner!
  • Powerful delousing agent (yes, lice!)  KD Gold is so powerful in this capacity, they have developed a case study of its use in killing lice from both the body and head!
  • Pet shampoo, flea eliminator, and urine stain and odor remover
  • Phenomenal carpet cleaner, both for the entire floor, or for spots
  • Varnish (in a 2:1 ratio of water to KD Gold concentrate) and tarnish remover
  • Vegetable and fruit wash for safe and effective dissolution of waxes and chemicals
  • Wound care and hand sanitizing
  • Poison oak, poison ivy and poison sumac pain relief

The power of KD Gold to do all of the above (and much, much more!) is found in the size and action of its molecules.  Called colloidal micelles, this type of soap’s molecules are so tiny and active that they can penetrate into much larger oil and grease molecules and break them apart into biodegradable components.  This action makes KD Gold an excellent, environmentally-friendly choice in oil spills of any kind, or spills of chemicals that are petroleum-based.

We have used it to clean our kitchen, our bathrooms, our outdoor grill, take the tarnish from silver jewelry, clean the walls in and out of the house, deeply (and easily!) clean tile and grout, wash our skin, clean our laundry and dishes–and I have even used it in lieu of toothpaste, and it works great!  Its utility in our home, on our bodies and on our pets is only as limited as the ways we need to use it at a given time.  It is truly multi-functional and incredibly versatile.  But what  varies in all of these uses is its dilution…different needs have different concentrations, and it can be purchased as a concentrate or in the various ready to use formats (RTU) listed above.

KD Gold is a small, family-owned business that was created out of the personal need for a product that was safe for someone with chemical sensitivity, compromised immunity and hyper-allergenity–but who still wanted an effective cleaning agent.  The company is so certain their customers will love their product that they offer a 30-day return policy on any unused portion of the product–or even an empty bottle–less shipping costs.

Additionally, the company offers different promotions from time to time, so be sure to check back often!

Please let me know if you order KD Gold and what you think of the product…I will love to get your feedback.  And we’ll be posting different ways we use it–I’m really excited to have something that has this much functionality–and safety!

 

Natural Housekeeping in the Modern World

Our suburban clothesline--just don't tell the H.O.A.!

When it comes to natural housekeeping, I am a stickler for any hooey polluting the air of our home (especially since we live in a climate that requires keeping the windows tightly shut for a few months of the year), or leaving dangerous residues behind on counters or in our clothing.

It really doesn’t make sense to make such an effort to eat well, take the best supplements, get exercise, drink clean water…and then to wear clothes or eat from dishes washed in petrochemically-derived detergents, or to use neurotoxic insect sprays as a means of protecting the home from buggy invasions, or to spray all surfaces of our kitchens and bathrooms with harsh chemical combinations that require we wear gloves, that make our eyes smart and our nostrils burn.

And, thankfully, with each year that passes, there are more offerings on the market to make what we put in and around our homes and on our bodies safer for us and for the environment. In many respects, natural housekeeping is getting easier all the time.

Before the advent of the chemical revolution of the 20th Century, people managed well, taking care of their home environment by using what was available to them. Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), vinegar, citrus oils and juices, hydrogen peroxide, water, soaps derived from animal or vegetable fats and old-fashioned elbow grease got the job done. By necessity, housekeeping, naturally, was the way of the day.

And we now have the opportunity to go to the market place (either online or at the grocery store), and choose between the glut of commercial offerings, full of chlorine bleach, ammonia, and artificial scents, marked with words such as “Warning” and “Danger,” and the number for Poison Control printed conspicuously in case of ingestion or should one be overcome with the fumes. Or, we can choose products derived from plants, based in water, vinegar, enzymes and scented with natural oils.

To be sure, there are a number of products that really aren’t as clean as they claim to be. Be a vigilant label reader, and if something seems unclear in the product list, call the company’s toll-free number, or check on their website—you’ll do one of two things, or possibly both, by doing so:

1) You will find out if a product is truly free of dangerous chemicals and unnatural scents so that you can make an educated choice as to purchase it or not.

2) You will be letting the company know that consumers are serious about the claims being made about a product being a truly safe and natural product—and if it’s not, by way of the company receiving enough feedback, they will hopefully reformulate to use only safe and natural ingredients.

Also, there is always the option of simply making your own cleaning supplies at home —that is mainly what we do. But I do like to add some products from the retails sector , as they may offer some ingredients that I don’t have ready access to, such as enzymes.

There are many ways to keep house, naturally. Find the ways that work for you and feel free to send me your favorite recipes and tricks—as always, there can be great synergy in our collective wisdom! 

Natural Housekeeping Recipes

Natural Housekeeping Recipes

These are some of my standby natural housekeeping recipes that I have been using for years to keep our home clean, fresh, and chemical free. 

All-Purpose Citrus Cleaner

• ½ quart Water

• ½ quart White Vinegar

• 1 T. Plant-based Soap (Trader Joe’s dish soap, Ecover, etc.)–or, 2-3 drops Norwex Dish Soap

• 8 drops Essential Oil of Orange or Lemon

• 8 drops Essential Oil of Grapefruit

• 8 drops Tea Tree Oil

Combine all in a clean spray bottle, shake well and spray onto surfaces to be cleaned.

Be careful when using this on grout–the vinegar will soften it. Best to avoid grout areas with vinegar.

This can also be diluted with 1 part cleaner, 2 parts water and 1 part vinegar to mop tile and linoleum floors. 

Shower, Toilet and Sink Cleaner

• 1 large bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide

• All-Purpose Citrus Cleaner (recipe listed above)

• Baking Soda or Bon Ami

Pour hydrogen peroxide into a clean spray bottle and spray all surfaces of the shower. Bacteria and debris will cause an oxidative reaction when the hydrogen peroxide is sprayed on them; allow this process to happen for a few minutes, then sprinkle baking soda or Bon Ami over the areas to be cleaned.

Next, spray on the All-Purpose Citrus Cleaner (if using baking soda, another oxidative reaction will happen once the vinegar of the Cleaner and baking soda combine—not a problem—it will just fizz.) Use a an mildly abrasive sponge like the Norwex SpiriSponge to clean.

Rinse with water to remove residue.

Safe and Effective Surface Disinfectant

Truly, all you need is a water-dampened Norwex EnviroCloth–if you have a hard time believing this, please take a couple of minutes and watch this video.

If you really want to use a cleaner, a good option is to simply spray Benefect Botanical Solution onto the surfaces to be disinfected and allow it to sit a few minutes before wiping (don’t use your Norwex cloths with any non-Norwex cleaning products–they are designed to ONLY be used with water.)  The formulation, rich in thyme oil, has been clinically-proven to kill such pathogens as bacteria, fungus and viruses.

Natural Carpet Cleaner for spot removal

• 1/8 tsp. Norwex Laundry Detergent

• 1 drop Norwex Dish Soap

•1 cup Hot Water

Combine all 3 in a spray bottle and shake well until soap dissipates into the solution. Spray the stained area, and blot with a clean Norwex EnviroCloth microfiber. Repeat as needed, until stain is gone. Afterward, blot with a dry EnviroCloth or Kitchen Towel to remove residual moisture and cleaner.

For heavy-duty cleaning, I love the Carpet Spray Cleaner from Norwex.  We have used it with complete success when our pets have had the infrequent-but-very-messy digestive disturbances on the carpet.  It is non-toxic, unscented and incredibly effective when used with a steam carpet cleaner.

 

For Windows and Mirrors

• The one-two punch of a dampened Norwex EnviroCloth, followed by a Norwex Window Cloth—can’t-see-the-glass kind of shine—amazing!  Use only water–no chemicals needed nor wanted–they will ruin the cloths.

What can Trader Joe’s do for You? Quite a Lot, and at a Darned Good Price!

Trader Joe’s has been a mainstay in my grocery-shopping experience since I was a teenager—and, except for my years in Northern Arizona, I have always had one nearby (and when I didn’t, I made a pilgrimage, every second or third week, to stock up on provisions, packing produce and perishables on ice to make the 2+ hour drive home.)

I am so comfortable with the store, in fact, that I can easily spot an item not offered in one store, but mixed in to the offerings at another. (No seaweed snacks back in Minnesota this last summer, but they did have more beef offerings.)

And on the occasion that my husband needs to pick up our weekly purchases, I close my eyes and make my list of items based on where he’ll be in one of the 2 or 3 local stores he will be shopping on my behalf.

I still rhapsodize about products that have been discontinued, many years ago—the Spicy Bean Soup from Germany, or the clarified butter that made my need to shop at multiple stores a little less necessary.

Certainly, my allegiance is clear. However, all is not perfect—it is a store bent on offering convenience, very fair pricing and meeting a slightly-left-of-center taste demographic that sometimes hangs a little too close to the middle-road for my preferences.

So, often regular salt rather than sea salt will be used as an ingredient. Or torula yeast will be used as a flavor enhancer in a snack food. Or soybean or canola oil might be included in a dressing, sauce or dip, rather than olive oil. There are different infarctions, and many would consider them minor.  However, for me, they won’t find their place in my shopping cart.

Therefore, dependent on how seriously you read labels, you may find that many of the prepared foods will not meet your standards. Not to worry, however—just take the time to look over the ingredients and decide if what is listed is a good fit for you.

From meeting the needs of those concerned with wheat allergies, to offering ingredients for simple, healthy recipes, Trader Joe’s has many options.

So, what do I buy? Hands’ down, Trader Joe’s has some of the best pricing and highest quality of organic produce from any retail grocery outfit. It is always my preference to support all the local farmers in the area, but out of season (meaning, the height of summer here in the Sonoran Desert), there needs to be a Plan-B.  And, it is nice to fill in some of the blanks of what is offered in our CSA program.

So, when I do shop Trader’s for produce, I love the 4-pack of organic avocadoes, the organic micro-greens, the different organic fruits available in season, packages of different varieties of organic lettuce, the organic onions, garlic, and the bags of organic sweet potatoes…I usually find that at least 2/3 of my purchases are of produce alone.

And I also love the organic, free-range eggs for when I’m unable to get mine locally. The organic, unsalted butter is a great price, and comes in handy for when I run out of ghee—I just melt a few sticks down for my own homemade clarified butter. In the refrigerated section, I also like the carrageenan-free, unsweetened vanilla almond milk—wonderful as a base for the kids’ superfood shakes.

When I’ve not made any  cheese or goat yogurt , it’s wonderful to get some raw gruyere, or Dutch goat gouda, or goat brie from the store’s selection—and what a price! These products are not organic, but they are rBST-free—a compromise in quality on each over making them at home with organic, raw milks, but sometimes I simply run out of time to do all that I would like.

The store also offers great pricing on organic hamburger, free-range and/or organic chicken, nitrate- and nitrite-free and antibiotic-free turkey bacon. There are many other meat selections—again, just read the labels closely to make sure it’s something you are happy to consume.

I also love both of their organic, extra-virgin olive oils—they make a wonderful handmade dressing with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar and fresh herbs. They are also carrying organic coconut oil these days.  And from their herb and spice offerings, I am totally enamored with their smoked sea salt, the South African smoke herb blend, and the vanilla extract in bourbon.

We also use many of the organic, frozen foods, too—broccoli, spinach, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries—they’re all great to have on hand, and they are excellent quality.

And I love many of Trader Joe’s eco-friendly cleaning supplies, especially both varieties of their dish soaps–each cleans well, using a plant-based surfactant, and they are scented with essential oils, rather than chemical perfumes. I also like their Next to Godliness surface cleaner when I’m traveling and away from my homemade cleaners. And who can argue with recycled toilet paper and paper towels, especially at the price offered at Trader Joe’s?

Finally, if you’re in the mood for a little wine, they even have differentvarieties made with organic grapes—and, again, at a ridiculously-low price. I love the Trader Joe’s Chardonnay—wonderful to drink, and a great addition to chicken stock.

So, these are but a few of the ways that I have loved Trader Joe’s and encourage everyone I know to take some time and explore one when they have an opportunity. For taking care, naturally, their stores are a wonderful asset in doing so without too much of a dent in the pocketbook.

Just read the labels and enjoy your finds!