Approximately 90% of chemicals on the market have never been tested for their effect on the human body. Virtually none of them have been tested in combination with each other. They make their way into our bodies, and the bodies of our beloved pets, by way of skin and lungs.
Skin is the largest organ of the human body. It’s purpose is to protect us from chemicals, airborne toxins and bacteria; it’s our first line of defense. In a typical day we each come in contact with hundreds or possibly thousands of chemicals from sources such as body care products, home furnishings, cleaning products and even electronic equipment.
We can lessen toxins getting into our systems by washing our skin with toxic free soap (shameless plug for Sound Earth Baby’s Bath Soap) on a regular basis. Keeping our skin safely clean not only washes away potential harm, but it sustains skin in healthier condition – giving it a boost at defending us.
Some chemicals are carried on our backs all day long through our clothing. Phenols and petroleum distillates (napthas) are are found in some brands of laundry detergent. They have a potential impact on our central nervous system, endocrine system and some are suspected of causing cancer. When we sweat, our pours open allowing a direct route to our blood stream. Some symptoms are more obvious and immediate such as skin irritation, rashes and eczema.
When we cozy up to our favorite blanket we are getting close to whatever it’s been washed in. Pet beds pose the same problem. There are alternatives to common laundry detergents that are safe for everyone in your house (shameless plug for Sound Earth Organic Soap Nuts).
Chemicals that effect us negatively don’t always effect our pets in the same way, however, they may still pose a threat. In fact, many studies indicate our beloved pets are more effected by toxins than we are. It makes sense to eliminate as many chemicals as we can from our day to day lives.