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I’m not going to get into the possible negative energy emitted from cellphones (although it is a good conversation to have). And this post is slightly different then the previous posts. This is about not bringing toxins/germs into your home in the first place. As always, I present info I’ve read to start a conversation and suggest alternatives to more toxic choices. If you have ideas that work please share.

Image1ME002I am an average person from a small town — (former) teacher — mother — who was poisoned by products that I and other Americans assumed were safe because our government allowed them to be put on store shelves. Well shame on me for being so trusting. As you probably know when you take the word “assume” apart, what you get is that someone made an ass (out of) U (and) me. Unfortunately, we need to do our own research into the safety of the products that we are bringing into our homes. So before you reach for bleach or ammonia or any of the super germ killing products advertised with the recommendation that you mask and glove before using them — maybe we can keep some of the germs out of our homes in the first place.

Here is a quiz to see what you know about where germs may be in your home. If you don’t like quizzes skip down to the next link it will just tell you some of them. But before you read on — for those who like to take quizzes: where are the most germs found in your house? (Answer at bottom of post in case you miss it)

Dr. Oz Quiz: Where Are Germs Lurking

Dr. Oz: Where are Germs Hiding

I found the previous links when I was searching for this one. It is a video about how germ ridden purses can be and cellphones and makeup. Three women were asked to give Dr. Oz one of these items to have them sent to a lab for testing. Before you watch the video think about where your purse goes in a day: EVERYWHERE! That includes public bathrooms, car floor, trunk, work drawers, grocery store cart in the seat where someone else put their non-potty trained toddler…. and then you come home and put it where? The kitchen counter? The dining room table? The cellphones and makeup I will let the video do the talking but think about that both of these go on or near your face.

Image4shoeNow let’s think about where our shoes have been and what we might have stepped in. The park — dog and bird poop. The parking lot on a rainy day with its rainbow-like sheen — gasoline and oil. The garden store (nonorganic) — spilled amounts of pesticide, herbicides, fertilizers. Public Restroom — urine, fecal matter, blood.

Now let’s think about how many fewer toxins and germs we would have to clean from our homes if we left our purses and shoes at the entryway. I have to admit I am terrible about remembering to take my shoes off. I do admit that when I watched the video 5 years ago, I have never put my purse on a table or counter again. And if I’m in public restroom, if there is no one to hold my purse and no hook — I drape it over my neck. And I do throw my hiking boots and sneakers in the wash fairly frequently.

For those with extreme sensitivities like mine you may want to reconsider carrying a purse. I have noticed that if I have my purse out in public and someone had perfume on and I take something out of my purse even a few days after — the person wearing the perfume might as well be right there with me.

Image7shoeHere’s an article with statistics if you want to know about the number of germs and how easily they are spread from shoes to the floor. And another from ABC News.

This isn’t about becoming insane about germs. But all the previous posts were about cleaning in a nontoxic way. If germs and toxins aren’t brought into the home in the first place than we don’t have to work so hard to get rid of them.

According to the articles I read — the germiest surface in the house: the cellphone.

Here’s a bonus slide show from Dr. Oz on cleaning the non-toxic way.

If you really want to think about reducing toxins then you may want to also consider what your shoes or purses are made of: plastics and leather tanning processes can release toxins into the environment which you are a part of. Sites like O ECOTEXTILES offer help finding alternatives.