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Natural Year Challenge: Month Ten
We hope you've been enjoying the momsAWARE Natural Year Challenge! We finish up our 10-step journey to a healthier, more natural lifestyle with the following topics:
- Natural Year Challenge: Household Edition
Make Liquid Soap. In our Month Ten Household Challenge we learn to make our very own liquid soap, with uses ranging from hand soap to dish soap, shampoo, and even laundry soap! With a few supplies and an adventurous spirit, you can save money and enhance your home with this easy-to-follow recipe. A helpful video tutorial is included!
- Natural Year Challenge: Food Edition
Make a Cultured Condiment. In our Month Ten Food Challenge we find out how to add probiotic nutrition to any meal by making fermented condiments: ketchup, mustard, and a special emphasis on fresh mayonnaise. See how simple homemade mayonnaise can be, using an immersion blender!
Toxic Talk Tuesday: Appliances
On our last edition of Toxic Talk Tuesday, we helped you go shopping for appliances. What should you look for in a washing machine or refrigerator? How can you avoid unwanted mold growth or undesirable intense electrical fields? If you missed the practical discussion with momsAWARE's Andrea Fabry, visit our Radio Interviews page to listen to the archived program!
Not sure where to begin when you suspect mold in your home, school, or workplace? ERMI testing analyzes dust samples to identify and quantify the mold species present, and it's a great way to begin an assessment of any indoor environment. momsAWARE is pleased to offer two levels of this laboratory testing through our Online Store. To learn more about the testing process, check out our article on How to Interpret ERMI or HERTSMI-2 Mold Test Results.
Pesticides and Schools
How concerned should we be when our children's schools spray pesticides and herbicides on a regular basis? Are these chemicals as harmless as we're led to believe? To learn more about how pesticides work, the possible health hazards involved, and the safer natural options available, see our article on Pesticides and Schools.
Autumn is a great time of year to buy seasonal, fresh, and locally harvested food. Find out if there's a farmers market near you and download a list of helpful questions for Making the Most of Your Farmers Market. Enjoy the wonderful bounty this season brings by making a trip to your local market!
Natural Lawn Care
How can you care for your lawn without using harsh chemicals? Can how you mow and water make a difference? What are some natural alternatives for weed control? And are all weeds necessarily "bad"? Don't miss our article on Natural Lawn Care for numerous resources to help you maintain a safe, attractive lawn for your family's enjoyment!
Most of our soy and corn crops are Roundup Ready, but the question is: Are we? Since the introduction of glyphosate into our food supply in the 1970s, it has been assumed that this popular herbicide is harmless to humans. See our article Are We Roundup Ready? to find out why this assumption may be proving wrong, and what steps you can take to protect your family from the increasing contamination of our food and water supplies.
Choosing a Mold Remediator
Tackling a serious mold issue yourself can often make matters worse, as opening up a wall without proper containment can easily exacerbate the problem. But finding a qualified mold remediator who understands the potential hazards of improper remediation can be difficult. See How to Choose a Mold Remediation Company for eight questions to ask before making a hiring decision.
Can exposure to mold cause health issues? Many mold-exposed individuals are met with skepticism by physicians and even friends and family. See our Mold Illness Studies article for a downloadable listing of over 300 studies linking exposure to toxigenic contaminants found in water-damaged buildings with adverse health outcomes—a valuable resource for those seeking to validate an illness or educate the medical community.
Making the Most of Your Natural Soaps
Are you enjoying the benefits of natural, chemical-free soaps, but noticing they don't last as long as you'd like? Truly natural soaps are super-fatted, which means they retain the glycerin and include extra moisturizing oils, making them tend to dissolve more quickly. For three simple ways to extend the life of your soap, check out our article Making the Most of Your Natural Soaps.
All-Natural Pest Control
Insects and other uninvited pests are a time-consuming nuisance and may even present a risk to your health. The strong chemicals found in most commercial bug-killers and repellents may further compromise the safety of your environment. So how can you win the war against pests and still keep your family safe? See our Bug-Busting Bonanza for the four R's of natural pest control!
Life with Less Plastic
Looking to reduce your use of plastic around the home? You're not alone. Many of us are aware of the increasing concern over endocrine-disrupting chemicals and other hazards associated with plastics. See Life with Less Plastic: 10 Simple Steps for resources to help you become better informed and practical ideas for cutting back on your use of plastics in the home.
"How I Survived Toxic Mold"
Have you experienced a serious toxic mold exposure or know someone who has? These stories will encourage anyone walking through this difficult valley. Read the accounts of several fellow travelers who have made it to the other side in our Mold Survival Stories.