Wednesday, October 9, 2013

{31 Days} Back to Basics Day 9

This month I am participating in the nester's {31 Days} challenge.  My topic for the month is Back to Basics.  If you would like to follow along,  you can find all of my posts here.

I have been spending a lot of time talking about local food the past several days.  But, my topic is not just local food.  It is Back to Basics.  But, I think that local food was really the catalyst in my journey for Back to Basics.  Once I started reading more about local food, the state of our agricultural system in the country, the issues that have come of it; I started to realize that there were other areas of our family life that would need to change as well.

It is amazing how many chemicals are out there in the world now.  Not that all chemicals are bad, but the way many are used can be a huge detriment to our health.  Learning about BPA in cans was a big wake up call to me.  The fact that BPA had been used for years without anyone objectively looking at the dangers is scary.  Then it comes out that BPA is in plastics, plastics that people have used for a long time without realizing the health effects.  That BPA was used in baby bottles, storage containers, water bottles, not to mention canned goods. 

I think when I became pregnant all of the different chemicals involved in our food, cleaning products, hygiene products; it all came to a head.  I did not want to damage my baby before she was even born.  Hearing that a lot of these chemicals are now found in umbilical cord blood, when the babies have not even been in the world to begin with, I was concerned to say the least.

It was then that I started researching what chemicals were in cleaning products and our hygiene products.  Obviously when we clean our bathroom, we know that we are using dangerous chemicals.  The warnings are all over the label, don’t let it touch your skin, don’t touch your face with it, don’t breathe it in; so many issues!

I have never been a huge fan of the smell of cleaning products, they give me a headache.  I remember during my first pregnancy my husband didn’t want me to be around the smell of the cleaning products – it was a great thought, my husband always doing the cleaning because he didn’t want me or the kids around the smell.  Of course, I knew that if the kids and I should not smell these products, my husband should not either.  That was when I started to look for ways to make my own cleaning products.

When I think of Back to Basics, I think of how our grandparents, or great-grandparents may have done things way back when.  What did they use to clean?  What did they eat?  This helps to guide me as to what I want to do.

Have you thought about the chemicals in your cleaning products?  When the information about BPA came out, were you upset not knowing this chemical was present in our food and baby bottles without our knowledge?

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