Healthy Child Party Day 15: Clean Well on the Go

Welcome to Day 15 of our 21-day Virtual Healthy Child Party: Clean Well on the Go!

We’re excited you want to participate and can’t wait for all the great conversations and questions today and in the days to come!

To participate in today’s Virtual Healthy Child Party and Giveaway, please review Healthy Child Healthy World’s 5 Easy Steps and answer the question that follows in the comments section below.

  Step 1: Avoid Pesticides

Pesticides have been linked to a range of health problems, including asthma, hyperactivity and behavior problems, cancer, learning disabilities, reproductive disorders and compromised brain development. Non-toxic solutions are safer and just as effective!

  Step 2: Use Non-Toxic Products

Many chemicals used in conventional cleaning products, personal care products and furnishings are linked to negative health impacts. Often, what’s in them ends up in you. Fortunately, there are many safer alternatives!

  Step 3: Clean Up Indoor Air

People in the U.S. spend about 90 percent of their time indoors. It might seem safer and cleaner, but indoor air is typically more polluted than outdoor air. Luckily, it’s typically very easy to improve indoor air quality!

  Step 4: Eat Healthy

Today’s modern diet is grown, processed and packaged using toxic materials. Pesticides, bacteria, industrial chemicals and food additives all find their way into children’s foods, often at levels that can be harmful for them. Shifting to healthier foods is easy, and can even save you money!

  Step 5: Be Wise With Plastics

Plastics are everywhere. In most cases, they are affordable and convenient. But increasingly, scientists are finding that the hidden cost may be our health. Many common plastics release harmful chemicals into what we eat, drink and breathe.

From handrails to playgrounds, their mouths and their friends’ noses, it’s no secret that kids touch all sorts of things. As a parent, I often find myself searching for the best solution to keep my kids’ hands free from potentially harmful germs – especially at mealtime. Most of the time, we rely on good, old-fashioned hand-washing to clean our hands. But we also like to visit children’s museums and other indoor play areas when it’s rainy outside, and may of them require kids to use hand sanitizer before they are allowed to enter the facility. Breaking out my reusable water bottle and castille soap like I do at the park doesn’t work so well in these situations. So before the attendants can spritz my kids’ hands with alcohol and triclosan-containing sanitizer gels, i break out safer hand sanitizer brands like CleanWell. Larry Weiss, MD, has been studying the antibacterial triclosan and its health impacts for years, which prompted him to start CleanWell, a manufacturer of all-natural thyme-based antibacterial liquid hand sanitizers and soaps. Weiss talks about how triclosan affects people and the planet and how the nation’s notion of hygiene should shift.

The experts at Environmental Working Group have stated that even with all of the “sanitizing products” on the market, the best way to clean hands is still good old soap and water, but I am very happy that there are safer alternatives available for those times when we need it. Here are some reasons I prefer CleanWell over other hand sanitizer brands:

As a thank you for participating in our Virtual Healthy Child Party, one lucky reader will win a CleanWell Hand Sanitizer Spray and Wipes Canister (ARV $14.00) plus a gift bag filled with safer product samples and coupons (worth min. $25.00 in products and savings), for a total value of $39.00!

Want to give CleanWell a try? Get a Coupon to print and buy in a store near you or shop online and Save 15% At CleanWell, with Coupon Code: CWAA15

For your chance to win this and the other giveaways throughout our Healthy Child Party Event, don’t forget to:

Answer our Healthy Child Party Day 15 Question of the Day:

What do you think makes a product non-toxic?

Please leave your response in the comments at the end of the article.And feel free to ask any questions you may have and/or respond to others’ questions/responses. This party is all about generating communication and building awareness!

While only your first comment at the bottom of this post will be counted as an entry for the giveaway, we invite you to engage with each other, respond, invite your friends, share via social media, etc.

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Note: Please be sure to read the full rules and giveaway eligibility in our Virtual Healthy Child Party Event Kickoff. Entries for all 21 days of giveaways for this event must be received by May 31, 2012 at 11:59pm PST to be eligible to win. All winners will be selected via Random.org and notified via email by June 4, 2012. Healthy Home Magazine and/or Sponsor will ship product directly to winner within 30 days.

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8 Responses to “Healthy Child Party Day 15: Clean Well on the Go”

  1. Angela H
    May 30, 2012 at 10:41 AM #

    I think that non-toxic products contain no harsh chemicals such as alcohol, BPA’s, pthalates, SLS, anything synthetic really, such as ‘fragrance’
    Usually when an items says ‘fragrance’ on the ingredients list, it is likely that it contains pthalates.
    I like products such as Hugo Naturals that are made with all natural, food-grade ingredients!

  2. Angela L
    May 30, 2012 at 11:33 AM #

    Good question! I’ve often wondered that myself. You can’t just say natural things are always nontoxic because there are natural poisons out there. Rhubarb leaves come to mind when I think of that. Perhaps nontoxic is all of these…

    (a) something that is naturally occurring or very close to its naturally occurring state. Sure, lead is natural, but it’s never just hanging out by itself. It has to be extracted.
    (b) it can be eaten or put on the skin and is harmless – short-term and primarily long-term harmless so that you go back to being the same once it’s out of your system – like ethanol.

    Of course, everyone loves to mention that water is toxic to the body in large amounts, just like ethanol. But, small doses of those don’t permanently mess with your endocrine system like BPA plus water and alcohol are naturally occurring. Nontoxic chemicals don’t cause cancer. It might be easier to define toxic vs nontoxic.

  3. SANDY
    May 30, 2012 at 3:54 PM #

    it means to me natural products, not toxics, nothing that even mixed together causes explosive or damage to air, body or products. Toxic to me is anything that leaves a bad reaction- or embeds in the body air etc and causes damage- to me I do not trust companies who say we have tested unless I see results- the testing needs to be precise..adn I really think well they say tested- how long, what situations, etc

  4. Wendy
    May 30, 2012 at 5:34 PM #

    I think non toxic products are products that are safe for the environment and our health. If its a chemical that has negative effect on either then I consider it toxic.

  5. Betsy
    May 30, 2012 at 8:39 PM #

    I think of non toxic as something as something if consumed might make you have a stomach ache, but would not hurt you. I am only saying this because we made our sons bed and finished with beex wax on the label it said this and it always stuck with me. He had a great smelling bed. Also it would not hurt a person or environment.

  6. kia
    May 31, 2012 at 4:44 PM #

    I think of non-toxic as something that does not have reactivity that deviates from normal metabolism and processes.

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