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What ingredients should I avoid in home care tooth products?

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, also known as SLS, is a foaming agent that is used in many types of toothpaste. While that bubbly feeling might make you think it’s good for your mouth, a 1983 study by the American College of Toxicology concluded that SLS actually irritates sensitive oral tissues. In some people, SLS aggravates or even causes canker sores, and irritation can occur with exposure to as little as 0.5% concentration. Once consumed, it lingers in the heart, liver and brain. It’s also toxic to aquatic life exposed to it once we rinse it down the drain. –> bs dibilang deterjen, banyak jg terdapat di produk sabun cair

Sodium Chlorite – A dose of 10-15 grams of this material can be lethal, and the material is known to be toxic to the kidneys. It’s used as a bleaching agent in the manufacture of paper, and is also found in some mouthwashes and toothpastes as a cleansing agent.

Fluoride – Fluoride is placed in toothpaste to reduce sensitivity, as well as reduce susceptibility to decay and cavities in children, or those who have diminished saliva flow. Some patients have concern about fluoride as an ingredient. Check with your dental professional to determine if a fluoride-containing toothpaste is indicated. Community water fluoridation is controversial and the scientific data is inconclusive, but fluoride that is used topically in toothpastes, mouthrinses and varnishes are generally considered as safe and effective for cavity prevention. –> biasanya untuk anak di bawah 2 tahun dianjurkan pakai yg fluoride-free (toothpaste)

Sodium Hydroxide – A powerful cleansing agent used in manufacturing processes. It’s also known as lye or caustic soda. It is a strong chemical agent that can cause pain to throat, lips and tongue and can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting.

Trisodium Phosphate – Also known as TSP, you may be familiar with this cleansing solution used to clean your driveway. It has been removed from most household cleansers and detergents due to the damage it causes to our water systems by promoting the overgrowth of algae, but it remains an ingredient in some oral care products.

Alcohol – You might not realize it, but mouthwashes can contain up to five times the alcohol of beer. Some mouthwashes have alcohol contents exceeding 25%, which in addition to being dangerous for households with children, have other negative effects. Alcohol-containing mouthwashes dry the inside of the mouth, and a dry mouth can lead to bad breath, the very thing people use mouthwash to avoid.

Titanium Dioxide – Titanium dioxide is a chemical used to make paint white. It is also used in some toothpastes. While the FDA considers it safe for this purpose, other countries, like Canada believe it should be avoided as a potential carcinogen, particularly when inhaled. Use of this ingredient in toothpaste is cosmetic only, meaning that it simply makes the toothpaste look white. Given the sensitivity of our oral tissues, consider whether to avoid toothpastes containing this ingredient.

note: saya pribadi untuk anak biasanya saya pakai pasta gigi yg organik, biasanya produk2 itu ga pakai SLS, berlabel fluoride free, biasanya hampir semua kandungannya berisi bahan2 alami/mostly organic, cuman si fira masih ga doyan pake pasta gigi, jd skrg masih pake air putih T_T

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Posted by on December 9, 2011 in Green living, health


Over 40% of cancers due to lifestyle, says review

By Michelle Roberts

Health reporter, BBC News

Nearly half of cancers diagnosed in the UK each year – over 130,000 in total – are caused by avoidable life choices including smoking, drinking and eating the wrong things, a review reveals.

Tobacco is the biggest culprit, causing 23% of cases in men and 15.6% in women, says the Cancer Research UK report.

Next comes a lack of fresh fruit and vegetables in men’s diets, while for women it is being overweight.

The report is published in the British Journal of Cancer.

Its authors claim it is the most comprehensive analysis to date on the subject.

Lead author Prof Max Parkin said: “Many people believe cancer is down to fate or ‘in the genes’ and that it is the luck of the draw whether they get it.

“Looking at all the evidence, it’s clear that around 40% of all cancers are caused by things we mostly have the power to change.”

Weighty matters

“We didn’t expect to find that eating fruit and vegetables would prove to be so important in protecting men against cancer”

Prof Max Parkin

For men, the best advice appears to be: stop smoking, eat more fruit and veg and cut down on how much alcohol you drink.

For women, again, the reviews says the best advice is to stop smoking, but also watch your weight.

Prof Parkin said: “We didn’t expect to find that eating fruit and vegetables would prove to be so important in protecting men against cancer. And among women we didn’t expect being overweight to be more of a risk factor than alcohol.”

In total, 14 lifestyle and environmental factors, such as where you live and the job you do, combine to cause 134,000 cancers in the UK each year.

Former cancer patient Jackie Gledhill: “My lifestyle had really gone downhill – I did go out for walks but it wasn’t enough”

About 100,000 (34%) of the cancers are linked to smoking, diet, alcohol and excess weight.

One in 25 of cancers is linked to a person’s job, such as being exposed to chemicals or asbestos.

Some risk factors are well established, such as smoking’s link with lung cancer.

But others are less recognised.

For example, for breast cancer, nearly a 10th of the risk comes from being overweight or obese, far outweighing the impact of whether or not the woman breastfeeds or drinks alcohol.

And for oesophageal or gullet cancer, half of the risk comes from eating too little fruit and veg, while only a fifth of the risk is from alcohol, the report shows.

For stomach cancer, a fifth of the risk comes from having too much salt in the diet, data suggests.

Some cancers, like mouth and throat cancer, are caused almost entirely by lifestyle choices.

Cancer causes

But others, like gall bladder cancer, are largely unrelated to lifestyle.

The researchers base their calculations on predicted numbers of cases for 18 different types of cancer in 2010, using UK incidence figures for the 15-year period from 1993 to 2007.

By making small changes we can cut our risk of serious health problems ”

Public Health Minister Anne Milton

In men, 6.1% (9,600) of cancer cases were linked to a lack of fruit and vegetables, 4.9% (7,800) to occupation, 4.6% (7,300) to alcohol, 4.1% (6,500) to overweight and obesity and 3.5% (5,500) to excessive sun exposure and sunbeds.

In women, 6.9% (10,800) were linked to overweight and obesity, 3.7% (5,800) to infections such as HPV (which causes most cases of cervical cancer), 3.6% (5,600) to excessive sun exposure and sunbeds, 3.4% (5,300) to lack of fruit and vegetables and 3.3% (5,100) to alcohol.

Dr Rachel Thompson, of the World Cancer Research Fund, said the report added to the “now overwhelmingly strong evidence that our cancer risk is affected by our lifestyles”.

Dr Harpal Kumar, chief executive of Cancer Research UK, said leading a healthy lifestyle did not guarantee a person would not get cancer but the study showed “we can significantly stack the odds in our favour”.

“If there are things we can do to reduce our risk of cancer we should do as much as we possibly can,” he said.

Glyn Berwick, of Penny Brohn Cancer Care, which specialises in offering nutrition and exercise advice, agreed.

“We know from years of experience the positive impact that changing lifetsyles can have.”

The president of the Royal College of Physicians, Sir Richard Thompson, said the findings were a wake-up call to the government to take stronger action on public health.

“The rising incidence of preventable cancers shows that the ‘carrot’ approach of voluntary agreements with industry is not enough to prompt healthy behaviours, and needs to be replaced by the ‘stick’ approach of legislative solutions,” he said

The government said it was intending to begin a consultation on plain packaging by the end of this year.

Diane Abbott, Shadow Public Health Minister, said: “The government is failing on all the main public health issues.

“And the message from Labour, the Tory-led Public Health Committee, campaigners like Jamie Oliver and even some the government’s own policy panels is clear: the government’s approach to tackling lifestyle-related health problems is completely inadequate.”

Public Health Minister Anne Milton said: “We all know that around 23,000 cases of lung cancer could be stopped each year in England if people didn’t smoke.

“By making small changes we can cut our risk of serious health problems – give up smoking, watch what you drink, get more exercise and keep an eye on your weight.”

Graphic showing causes of cancer
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Posted by on December 9, 2011 in Green living, health, Vegetarian


vegetarian, to be or not to be? *edisi curhat*

ini topik yg sedang memenuhi kepala gw saat ini, sebenernya gw pribadi udah pengen ngikutin vegetarian lifestyle ini, alasannya? untuk kesehatan

yg gw tau nih (entah bener atau ga), jadi vegetarian itu lebih sehat karena mereka ga konsumsi produk hewani yang.. mengandung hormon2 pertumbuhan, dan juga banyak penyakit yg disebabkan dari produk2 hewani tsb, apalagi jaman skrg ini rata2 produk hewani itu sudah banyak campur tangan manusia..

tapi,,, jadi vegetarian jaman skrg jg bukan suatu pilihan sangat aman jg, secara kebanyakan sayur dan buah yg ada di sekitar kita rata2 tercemar pestisida,,, huhu, klo bgini jadinya klo mo aman kan pilih yg organik, nah klo smua makanan organik kan mayan mahal jg, dan ga mudah jg untuk carinya, musti ke foodhall atau spm2

bagaimana menurut pendapat anda2? ^_^

sekarang ini gw makan sayur buah karbo2 dan seafood (ini jg dalam jumlah yg ga banyak)

klo untuk fira emang dari awal mpasi kukasi sayur n buah aja, jarang2 kukasi daging (ga mo dibiasain jg soalnya) tp klo telur organik, keju, ama susu uht sih masih konsumsi… tp rencana ke depan mo ganti uht susu sapi sama susu kedelai organik.. untungnya dia suka sih.. tp klo gw ama fira nemu sop buntut.. hahahhaa khilafff langsung tancepp 😀 😀

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Posted by on August 21, 2011 in Green living, Meal time, Thoughts


10 Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent Recipes

Here is a nice stack of different homemade laundry detergent recipes I’ve collected over the years. Do they work? Yes, I’ve had good luck with them.

Tipnuts Homemade Laundry DetergentTipnut’s Homemade Laundry Detergent 

At the time I was using homemade detergent, we had a relative who was in trade school living with us. Every day he was mechanic grease from head to toe–the clothes cleaned up nice!

Making your own laundry detergent is a discipline and it’s not for everyone, but it definitely saves money–sometimes just costing pennies a load!

First Some Tips:

  • For the bar soaps required in the recipes, you could try Fels-Naptha, Ivory soap, Sunlight bar soap, Kirk’s Hardwater Castile, and Zote. Don’t use heavily perfumed soaps.
  • Washing Soda and Borax can normally be found in the laundry and cleaning aisles.
  • Some people with really hard water or well water may have to adjust the recipes if the clothes look dingy.
  • Although several of the recipes have the same ingredients, the measurements are different–some contain a higher soap to water ratio. Test and see which works best for your laundry needs.
  • You can make huge pails of this at once, or smaller quantities. Also if you can get your hands on a few empty liquid laundry detergent bottles they work great for storing the detergent. Just make a big batch and pour in bottles, cap then use as needed–shake before use.
  • Some of the recipes call for large amounts of water. Check with a local restaurant to see if they have any empty large pails from deep fryer oil–that’s how many restaurants buy the oil. See if you can have one or two of the pails after they’ve emptied it–just wash them out really well before using. They’re big, heavy plastic and very sturdy when stirring the soap and hot water.

10 Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent Recipes

Recipe #1

1 quart Water (boiling)
2 cups Bar soap (grated)
2 cups Borax
2 cups Washing Soda

  • Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until soap is melted. You can keep on low heat until soap is melted.
  • Pour the soap water into a large, clean pail and add the Borax and Washing Soda. Stir well until all is dissolved.
  • Add 2 gallons of water, stir until well mixed.
  • Cover pail and use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry. Stir the soap each time you use it (will gel).

Recipe #2

Hot water
1 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax
1 Soap bar

  • Grate the bar soap and add to a large saucepan with hot water. Stir over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
  • Fill a 10 gallon pail half full of hot water. Add the melted soap, Borax and Washing soda, stir well until all powder is dissolved. Top the pail up with more hot water.
  • Use 1 cup per load, stirring soap before each use (will gel).

Recipe #3

Hot water
1/2 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax
1/3 bar Soap (grated)

  • In a large pot, heat 3 pints of water. Add the grated bar soap and stir until melted. Then add the washing soda and borax. Stir until powder is dissolved, then remove from heat.
  • In a 2 gallon clean pail, pour 1 quart of hot water and add the heated soap mixture. Top pail with cold water and stir well.
  • Use 1/2 cup per load, stirring soap before each use (will gel).

Powdered Laundry Detergent – Recipe #4

Picture of Cup Of Powdered Laundry Detergent - Tipnut.com2 cups Fels Naptha Soap (finely grated – you could also try the other bar soaps listed at the top)
1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup Borax

  • Mix well and store in an airtight plastic container.
  • Use 2 tablespoons per full load.

Recipe #5

Hot water
1 bar (4.5 oz) Ivory Soap – grated
1 cup Washing Soda

  • In a large saucepan add grated soap and enough hot water to cover. Heat over medium-low heat and stir until soap is melted.
  • Fill a large pail with 2.5 gallons of hot water, add hot soap mixture. Stir until well mixed.
  • Then add the washing soda, again stirring until well mixed.
  • Set aside to cool.
  • Use 1/2 cup per full load, stirring well before each use (will gel)

Recipe #6

2.5 gallons Water (hot)
1 Bar soap (grated)
3/4 cup Washing Soda
3/4 cup Borax
2 TBS Glycerin

  • Melt bar soap over medium-low heat topped with water, stir until soap is melted.
  • In a large pail, pour 2.5 gallons of hot water, add melted soap mixture, washing soda, borax and glycerin. Mix well.
  • Use 1/2 cup per full load.

Recipe #7

2 cups Bar soap (grated)
2 cups Washing Soda
2 – 2.5 gallons hot water

  • Melt grated soap in saucepan with water to cover. Heat over medium-low heat and stir until soap is dissolved.
  • Pour hot water in large pail, add hot soap and washing soda. Stir very well.
  • Use 1 cup per full load.

Recipe #8

2 gallons Water (hot)
1 bar Soap (grated)
2 cups Baking soda (yes baking soda this time–not washing soda)

  • Melt grated soap in a saucepan with enough hot water to cover. Cook on medium-low heat, stirring frequently until soap is melted.
  • In a large pail, pour 2 gallons hot water. Add melted soap, stir well.
  • Then add the baking soda, stir well again.
  • Use 1/2 cup per full load, 1 cup per very soiled load.

Powdered Laundry Detergent – Recipe #9

Picture of Cup Of Powdered Laundry Detergent - Tipnut.com12 cups Borax
8 cups Baking Soda
8 cups Washing Soda
8 cups Bar soap (grated)

  • Mix all ingredients well and store in a sealed tub.
  • Use 1/8 cup of powder per full load.

Recipe #10 – (Powdered)

Picture of Cup Of Powdered Laundry Detergent - Tipnut.com1 cup Vinegar (white)
1 cup Baking Soda
1 cup Washing Soda
1/4 cup liquid castile soap

  • Mix well and store in sealed container.
  • I find it easiest to pour the liquid soap into the bowl first, stirred in the washing soda, then baking soda, then added the vinegar in small batches at a time (the recipe foams up at first). The mixture is a thick paste at first that will break down into a heavy powdered detergent, just keep stirring. There may be some hard lumps, try to break them down when stirring (it really helps to make sure the baking soda isn’t clumpy when first adding). I used 1/2 cup per full load with great results.


*pengen cobaaaa*

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Posted by on January 29, 2011 in Green living



Help Ban Triclosan!

We need your voice to ban the antibacterial chemical triclosan, which is now found in the bodies of 75% of the US population and is linked to endocrine disruption, bacterial and antibiotic resistance, dioxin contamination, and contaminated fish and biosolids.

What to do:

Sample Language:

Re: Petition for a Ban on Triclosan. Docket Number: EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0548

I am writing to support the concerns raised in the petition regarding the prevalence of the toxic pesticide triclosan in consumer products. Research has shown that triclosan poses a threat to human health, contaminates water and persists in the environment. EPA has a responsibility under the law to protect the health of the public and the environment and must move to do so now. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds triclosan concentrations are increasing in the human population, triclosan is too dangerous a chemical to be allowed in consumer products as it is causing involuntary exposure directly and through environmental contamination. Triclosan has been linked to:

  • endocrine disruption as it interferes with the thyroid hormone, estrogen and androgen hormones and as a result can impact fetal development
  • bacterial resistance and possible cross-resistance to antibiotics
  • contaminated biosolids that are used for compost and agricultural fertilizer
  • toxic and more persistent breakdown products including dioxins and other endocrine disruptors
  • accumulation in plants, crustaceans and is toxic to amphibians, algal communities and certain fish species

Since triclosan is no more effective than regular soap and water at reducing bacteria, there is absolutely no need for triclosan to be incorporated into consumer products, given the hazards to people and the environment. I sincerely hope your agency takes the threats posed by triclosan seriously and moves quickly to rid this chemical from consumer products.


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Posted by on January 19, 2011 in Green living


10 Ways to Pamper Yourself Naturally

Like many of you, I’m an over-worked mama busy with kids and work and life and numero uno often falls to the bottom of the to-do list. Still, it’s important to take a little me time to relax and rejuvenate every now and then.

Lately, I’ve been experimenting with DIY spa-like treatments – and not only are they much easier than I’ve expected, they’re also much more affordable. AND most importantly – they’re free of the unnecessary toxic chemicals that go hand in hand with conventional spa services or at-home beauty treatments.

Here are ten of my favorites:

1. Avocado mask. My kids think this is hilarious, but after you eat an avocado, rub the skin lightly against your face. Leave the leftover avocado bits on for skin for about ten minutes and then rinse.

2. Sugar scrub. A few years back, I used a sugar scrub at a friend’s house – it was amazing! But, when I found them in the store, I suffered a bit of sticker shock. It seemed like an easy enough product to make at home and it turns out it truly is. I found dozens of recipes on-line – the simplest is 1 cup sugar, ½ cup olive oil, and a few drops of essential oil (optional).

3. Regular rejuvenation. Mix 1 egg yolk, 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt, and ½ teaspoon of olive oil. Apply mixture to your face for 10 minutes and rinse. Weekly application rejuvenates the skin.

4. Hair care. Dry, damaged hair? Mix ¼ cup plain yogurt, ¼ cup mayonnaise, and 1 egg white. Apply to hair and comb through for even coverage. Leave for 30 minutes and then rinse.

5. Eye De-puffer. You’ve seen it before. It really works. Put a slice of chilled cucumber over your eyes for 10 minutes.

6. Detoxifying bath. Mix ¾ Epsom salts, ¼ cup baking soda, and a few drops of whatever essential oil you like (or none). Add to bath water and relax.

7. Under eye eraser. Apply thin slices of potato under your eyes for 10 minutes to fade dark circles. Great for sleep-deprived moms!

8. Lip gloss. Soften and condition your lips while adding shine by rubbing olive oil on them. Add a bit of beet juice for color if you’d like.

9. All over moisturizer. Olive oil with a few drops of essential oil. (These two ingredients, as you can tell by now, are the power players in your DIY spa kit.)

10. Coffee scrub. Another fantastic pick-me-up for tired out mamas. Make your morning cup of joe. Mix 3 Tablespoons of the used coffee grounds and 1 Tablespoon salt in a bowl. Use as a scrub in the shower within 20 minutes (before the grounds start to oxidize).

I love how easy all of these are, how most of the ingredients are staples in my kitchen, and the peace of mind that comes with pampering naturally.

How about you? Do you have and tips or recipes for DIY beauty treatments?

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author: Janelle Sorensen

note: di indo jg ada forumnya di FD, nama threadnya how to: homemade skincare remedies

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Posted by on January 14, 2011 in Green living


tips aman pake plastik

temen2, berikut ini sharing ttg keamanan pake plastik, si plastik ini emg praktis banget, ringan, anti bocor (kecuali robek), tp kita jg musti tau plastik apa yg kita gunakan, en cara lebih aman dalam penggunaannya,

monggo diunduh file berikut ini library_plastic

intinya,, klo buat makanan coba diperhatiin biasanya di bawah kemasan plastiknya, ada logo recycle dalamnya ada angka, yg boleh itu nomor 1,2,4,5, tp paling aman kynya yg nmr 5, klo nmr 3,6,7  musti dihindarii, tidak baik untuk kesehatan..

tips aman pemakaian plastik:

1. jangan pake si plastik ini dalam microwave, meskipun klaimnya microwave safe, tp lebih amannya pake wadah kaca (contoh: mangkok ayam jago hehehehhee)

2. ati2 jg ama pemakaian cling wrap di microwave, jgn kontak lgs ama makanan, klo beli makanan jadi yg dibungkus cling wrap itu mendingan bagian yg kontak ama si plastik dibuang aja

3. sebisa mungkin hindari pemakaian plastik, ehehe biar ga nambah timbunan plastik yg susa diurai selain itu jg ga baik buat kesehatan, jd apa mending kita kemana2 bawa wadah makan sendiri gt jd klo mo bungkus makanan tinggal sodorin wadah milik sendiri, bnr ga yaaa? hehehe

4. minimalisasi pemakaian botol plastik air minum, yah alasan kurleb sama ky di atas2 tadi si, tapi yg gue pikirin… aqua galon isi ulang itu termasuk jenis plastik yg aman kah? apakah ada tau en bisa bantu?????

5. ati2 jg klo pake botol plastik air minum, jgn masukin minuman panas/anget2 gt, manatau ada yg meleleh ke air minum kita heuheue,,, lagian kemasan air minum plastik itu cm bole buat skli minum aja (idealnya)

gitu aja sharingnya,,,, 🙂 moga ada manfaatnya buat yg baca yaa.. 🙂

–anyway BPA (bisphenol A) jg ternyata ada pengaruhnya bagi kesehatan orang dewasa, lebih parah lagi klo buat anak2 yg imunnya blm sempurna–

curhatan: emg ga mungkin rasanya buat kita untuk bener2 bebas dari bahan2 kimia yg berpotensi bahaya di sekitar kita, bisa stress sendiri klo mikirin ini itu, sekarang ini gw panasin makanan fira yg biasanya babycubes (yg klaimnya microwave en freezer safe, BPA free) dari freezer lgs gw masukin microwave, skarang gw pindahin dl makanan dari babycubes ke dalam wadah mangkok kaca baru gw microwave, ntr klo udah dingin baru gw taro di mangkok makannya dia yg bahan plastik PP, tp apa yg bisa gue minimalisir akan gw lakukan, lebih baik meminimalisir resiko daripada ga sama sekali kan heehhee *ngeles*

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Posted by on January 10, 2011 in Green living