The Importance of Washing Fruits and Vegetables


It’s Farmer’s Market season. Eating fruits and vegetables is a great way to support good health. However, the fresh produce you purchase may be covered with pesticide residue, if it’s not certified organic.

Produce grown in the United States may actually have more pesticide residue than produce grown in other parts of the world. Buying organic vegetables and fruit reduces the exposure but does not eliminate it. Cross contamination could come from neighboring fields, continued presence of persistent pesticides in the soil, or the accidental or fraudulent use of pesticides.

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Tips For An Organic Gardening Experience

Are you a gardener? Do you aspire to be a gardener? Whichever you happen to be, there are some basics that apply to everyone during the various stages of their gardening journey.

Many garden products and sprays are loaded with harsh chemicals. There are safer alternatives for you and your plants.

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Tips For Toxin-Free Spring Cleaning

The first day of Spring is March 20. That means it’s time to give your home a nice deep cleaning. You could go and pick up the usual items off the shelves at you local store. Or you can choose some “old fashioned” stand bys and plant-based non toxic cleaners

Many cleaning products contain harmful chemicals that can have adverse effects on your health, the health of your loved ones, and your furry family members.

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Remove Physical Clutter To Eliminate Mental Clutter


Organizing and cleaning up clutter in your home is vital to create and maintain inner peace. Take a good look around your house. What do you see? Is there clutter, scattered papers, clothes lying around, stacks of mail, etc.?

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The Importance Of Personal Care Product Safety

Do you know what’s lurking in the personal care items you use every day? Things like shampoo, body wash, lotion, deodorant, etc. It’s important that you do as many contain harsh chemicals that can have adverse effects on your health with repeated use.

A partial list of toxins that may be found in common personal care products:
  • Aluminum: found in antiperspirants and deodorants
  • Fragrance: found in almost anything that has a scent
  • Oxybenzone: found in sunscreen
  • Parabens: found in shower products, lotion, deodorant, and more
  • Petroleon (Mineral Oil): found in lotion, cream, lip balm, and skin care products.
  • Phthalates: found in fragrant products such as soap.
  • Propylene Glycol: found in shampoo, toothpaste, shaving foam, body washes and facial cleansers.
  • Retinyl palmitate or retinol: commonly found in lotion, moisturizer, chapstick, sunscreen, and lip balm
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: commonly found in most skincare products.
  • Talc: commonly found in baby powder and deodorant.
  • Triclosan: found in liquid soap, toothpaste, laundry detergent, shampoo, etc.
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