How toxic is fragrance?

how toxic are fragrances, perfumes and colognes?

We’ve all been there—you’re walking through a department store and some overly-enthusiastic salesperson has sprayed you with their newest fragrance. 

You barely have time to register that you’ve been doused in an overpowering scent before you’re quickly ushered away from the cloud of stench. I often ride in taxis and good old Uber. The drivers almost always have an “air freshener”..... Freshener?
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Dirty Dozen - hidden toxins

One of the best ways to make small changes in your home is to be aware of what ingredients to avoid. 

Let’s talk about the Dirty Dozen; the Dirty Dozen is a list of twelve ingredients that we suggest avoiding when choosing products for your home.
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Essential oils for cleaning

You can also enhance your cleaning with essential oils!
Essential oils can be diffused to freshen the air, naturally deodorize any space, and enhance your cleaning products!  Adding a few drops of essential oils such as Lemon, Pine, Purification®, Tea Tree and of course Thieves or Thieves Cleaner or your DIY cleaners is great way to improve your home cleaning.
These are some of our favorite oils to add to your cleaning routine.  Tell us your favorite oils to clean with below!
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quick and easy 1 ingredient laundry recipes

Since living in Panama we are doing the laundry waaaay more often than before in the Northwest of the US. What makes the difference? well.. in the US it was high desert, that means dry climate, humidity at it's lowest at 12% and 4 seasons per year. 

Here now in tropical Panama we have dry season about 3-4 months and rain season 8-9 months - humidity always high - in comparison to where we lived before.
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Water Is Life [I checked]

Water Is Life [I checked]
Ryan MikolashI used to live in a mining town and the water tasted...different.  It was the key distinction from surrounding towns.  “How do you drink that?”, I would frequently hear.  You get used to it over time.  The association between the water and the mine was always there but the annual municipal water report said that it was safe.

I met this super smart lady and then married her.  Concerning water, she said “nope, we need a good filter”.  It took a little convincing.  

Don't we get important minerals from water?  It turns out that this is somewhat true but there are two important factors.  First, we can easily get the vitamins and minerals that we need from eating fresh food [certainly not processed food].  Second, pharmaceutical chemicals are becoming more and more prevalent in water and we have no idea how that affects us.  We all have expired pills in the medicine cabinet and the majority are thrown away.  These chemicals eventually end up in our water.  Think of the tens of thousands of prescription pharmaceuticals available in our pharmacies.  

There are many other unhealthy items in our drinking water.  Don't invite a serial killer to your family reunion.  The most effective way to protect your loved ones from the unknown affects of these is to filter your drinking water.

To be clear, pitcher water filters or those that attach to the end of the faucet are not nearly effective enough.  Also, if the physical filters are replaced as often as they are supposed to be, filtration gets expensive.  I highly recommend a five-stage reverse osmosis system.  They are not very expensive and not that difficult to install.  Your family is worth it.

Drinking properly filtered water is the first and most important step towards a healthy lifestyle.  I promise you you will feel a difference after a few weeks.

Bonus Feature:  If for some reason your tap water stops flowing, your filters reserve tank holds typically 3-5 gallons of filtered water that can be used in an emergency. Nice.


That's what we are using now for about 5 years and we brought it to Panama as well.
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