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Cleaning Products: Friend or Foe?

Cleaning Products: Friend or Foe?

For good reason, we are often conscious of the quality of food that we consume and with maintaining an active lifestyle, but what about ensuring we have the healthiest, cleanest air to breathe inside our homes? We can live a few weeks without food, a few days without water, but only a few minutes without air. With indoor air pollution levels weighing in at around 5-100 times higher than outdoor air, it is paramount that we make healthy selections on the products we use inside our homes. Much like water, which can be either a source for life or a cause of death, cleaning products, can either be a source of clean air or a source of indoor pollution, depending upon your choice of product. For example, a conventional cleaning product may well take away the dirt, but can leave a chemical residue and/or offgass in its place. My philosophy is “if nature put it there, nature can take it away again”. However, getting past the decades of conditioning predominantly since the 1950’s of “if it doesn’t burn it off, it doesn’t work” mind-set can be difficult for society to embrace and adopt. After all, the world was flat right? It is up to you whether you decide to stick with convention or go out on a limb and trust the idea that you can have a beautifully clean home using products that won’t put you in the emergency room.

Imagine yourself in the cleaning product aisle at your favorite store. On the shelves you see many products with dazzling colors and tempting phrases such as “sparkling clean”, “non-abrasive”, “effective” and perhaps you even see the phrases “all-natural”, “non-toxic”, and “environmentally-preferred”. The choices are so many that you may easily find yourself confused, so you start looking at the prices and I’ll bet you’ve even taken some of those products off the shelf and unscrewed the top to give them a good sniff (you know who you are).

So which products should you choose? Don’t leave it to chance, price or smell. Instead, arm yourself with some useful information to help narrow that search and make a selection that makes good healthy and clean sense. Consider the following tips during your next visit to the store:

READ THE LABELS, ESPECIALLY ON THE BACK.

1. Is there a way of contacting the company with concerns and feedback? A toll-free number and/or website to contact should be present.

2. Beware of the disclosures “WARNING” “CAUTION” AND “DANGER”. If it is necessary to warn the consumer, it may not be the safest product to select.

3. There should be clear instructions on how to use the product for best results.

4. Is there any symbol to indicate “no animal testing”– ideally look for the leaping bunny symbol which is a known standard.

5. There are no regulations for the term “Natural” along with some other terms. Organic, Environmentally-preferred etc can be used without much policing, and because they are popular at present, they can and do show up on labels. Look at the ingredients– I’ve seen products that claim to be “eco” and still contained chlorine bleach!

KNOW WHAT IS IN YOUR PRODUCT.

1. Try to select products which have their ingredients listed.

2. Chose products that are plant-based, which means they will biodegrade.

3. What’s NOT in the product is just as important as what is. Look for the following:

NO Parabens,

NO Petroleum,

NO CFC’s

NO synthetic materials and/or fragrances

Anything you suspect may be unhealthy, research it.

4. Natural doesn’t always mean safe! Example, silica is natural, but is a suspected carcinogen and found in some products on the shelves touting to be a safer, eco-friendly choice.

PACKAGING.

1. The packaging should be made from recycled and/or recyclable plastic ideally. Look for the recycle symbol, normally on the bottom of the bottle.

2. Selecting a concentrated product reduces the size of the container, making it a more eco-friendly choice.

3. Selecting a product that offers refill pouches helps reduce packaging even further. Less transport, less waste, overall a better choice for the environment.

4. Ease of use. The product should have an easy-to use dispensing system, perhaps a trigger spray or a squirting bottle, measuring cap, etc.

5. NO aerosols. These are not good for the ozone but also put out finer particles making it easier for you to breathe into your body.

6. Size matters. This will depend on your family and how much product you will be using. You don’t want to buy a size too small due to more packaging use, but also if you purchase something too large, it may not remain effective during it’s time spent in your cupboard as the more natural products tend to have a shorter life …

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Good Finds: Successful Online Business Ideas

Finding the perfect career and business opportunity for you may prove to be difficult. There are a lot of opportunities that seem to be really good but cannot be easily trusted to work. In fact, when it comes to successful online business ideas, there are too many opinions that count. Even online activities like getting involved in social networking sites and blogging can now be considered as great business opportunities.
Usually, people think along this line when they attempt to start online businesses. This may be brought on by how easy things are done within the Web. Putting up a website is relatively easy because of the readily available platforms in the Web. You can tweak applications, widgets, and designs to suit the look and feel that you envision. Blogging can also get you enough income if you deliver really good paid articles.
As you start your own business online though, research is important. This is a big part of the difficulty that is experienced by entrepreneurs. There are a few tips that you may consider in researching for successful online business ideas through the Internet. Here are some:
1. Use keywords. You have to remember that most websites offering or posting about successful online businesses use keywords in their articles. These are words that help their sites gain rates from search engines and be indexed as credible sources. So when you search for online business ideas, use keywords that are relevant to what you want to find. They can be about blogging, entrepreneurship, online business, and selling. The more specific you are about what you want to find, the better your search will be. Phrasing is also important. You want to use phrases that would give you the best results from a search engine. For example, “best online business” gives a different set of results from “successful online businesses”. Being specific matters a lot, so do type in the exact set of results that you want to get.
2. Get referrals from trusted people. Definitely, one way to ensure that you are visiting the right business pages is to ask credible people. They can be friends you have online or actual persons who have had successful business ventures through their own Internet finds. Visit blogs, websites, and social network accounts of people you trust. Also, do try visiting the sites of those who are widely acknowledged online as being successful business owners. Using information from these people is better because they have experienced the consequences of their search. Not only would you be able to get valuable information on where to find great business ventures online, you would also be given free firsthand advices on how to make your own be more successful.
3. Do not be afraid to contact site administrators. One of the many problems encountered by people who research online is that they are unsure of the website’s credibility. Of course, this gives them the dilemma of whether or not they should trust the information in those websites. But as experts agree, a good way to ward off these uncertainties is to ask. There are contact details in the websites of online organizations offering business opportunities. These details are all made to be accessible whether through phone or email. Make use of those details. Give the administrators a call to discuss their articles. Some people think of it as awkward because others generally do not like being called upon regarding their posts. But do know that there are a lot of things that cannot be posted online and talking about it in as close a way as possible helps to clarify matters. If you are not good in speaking over the phone or if doing so is not possible due to differences in language or time, you can easily draft an email and send it to them. Ask them all that you need to know about their offer: pricing, procedure, and benefit package.
Successful online business ideas are not always hatched from the brightest minds. As opposed to what a lot of people believe, these ideas can also be researched. Once you know what you are looking for, go and do everything in your power to find it.…