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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.
Spring is the ideal time to throw open the windows and do a deep cleaning in your home. What are some natural, chemical-free ways to clean? Can a clean home really make a difference in your family's health? See our Guidelines for Spring Cleaning for 10 great tips, plus our free downloadable Dustbusting Dozen checklist!
Natural Year Challenge: Month Four
Welcome to Month Four of the momsAWARE Natural Year Challenge! Our 10-step journey toward a naturally healthy lifestyle continues with the following topics:
- Natural Year Challenge: Food Edition
Learn Your Greens. Why are greens so good for us? Which ones are the most nutritious? What can we do with them besides throw them in a salad? See our Month Four Food Challenge to learn about the health benefits of dark leafy greens and discover five fun ways to incorporate these powerhouses of nutrition into your diet. A helpful video demonstration is included!
- Natural Year Challenge: Household Edition
Clean Your Bathroom. Our natural, chemical-free cleaning moves to that all-important room of the house: the bathroom. See our Month Four Household Challenge for tips on simple cleaning, stain removal, shower heads, and air fresheners, plus a great soft scrubber recipe. A video by Andrea will help you along the way!
The Benefits of Natural Light
Do you suffer from mal-illumination? Is there a difference between natural light and artificial light as far as their effects on our health? See The Benefits of Natural Light to find out how a little outdoor time with access to full-spectrum light can go a long way toward boosting both our mood and our immune system!
They're in our beauty products, shampoos, water bottles, and even our food. These chemicals defy the conventional "the dose makes the poison" premise and are wreaking havoc with our health. Find out more about endocrine disruptors and ways to reduce your exposure to them in Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Explored. If you missed our recent Toxic Talk on this subject, don't miss the Hormones and Environmental Issues program on our Radio Interviews page!
Are We Roundup Ready?
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.
Not sure where to begin when you suspect mold in your home, school, or workplace? The ERMI test analyzes dust samples to identify 36 different species of mold, and is a great way to begin an assessment of any indoor environment. Thanks to the support of our donors, momsAWARE is pleased to make this laboratory testing available at a discounted price. Visit our Online Store to find out more!
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.
Is your immersion blender contaminating your food? A recent study by Stockholm University suggests that some hand blenders leak chlorinated paraffins, a type of chemical found in flame retardants, plasticizers, and metal-working fluids. Find out more, including the tested brands that showed chemical leakage, in Hand Blenders: Cause for Concern.
Five Natural Products
Are you one of the many who are trying to use fewer chemicals in your home? The good news is that switching to natural cleaning and personal care products can actually save you money! See our article on Five Cheap, Natural, Accessible Products for Your Home and discover a few common items that will go a long way in your household!
Do you find yourself overwhelmed or confused by the abundance of health information on the Internet? Whether facing a health crisis or just looking for ways to improve your family's lifestyle, sifting through the masses of online data can be a daunting prospect. What's a healthy way to approach your research? How do you know what to believe? momsAWARE's Andrea Fabry draws from her own experience to offer five sanity-saving strategies in Who's Right? Navigating Online Health Information.
Amy tried the momsAWARE Natural Year Challenge, but grew discouraged and stopped. Encouraged by Andrea's Toxic Talk tips, she tried again and came up with a great system for making healthy changes in her household! "I am a visual learner and so are my kids. Even though two of them are too young to read, they know if they see a green card, there is a change happening and I can teach them about it." Find out more in Natural Year Challenge: One Mom's Journey.
"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.