Hidden Chemicals in Laundry Detergent

It would be nice to think that the detergents we use have natural ingredients.  However, for the majority of detergents this is not the case.

A study done by the University of Washington on leading detergents showed that 99% of laundry detergents on the market contained cancer causing chemicals that are considered hazardous by the EPA.

However most of these ingredients in your leading laundry detergents are not even listed on the label.  Now that is scary.

Most detergent companies patent their formulas and are not legally required to disclose all the ingredients despite the fact that they are hazardous to health.  They hide these ingredients under umbrella labels such as “fragrance” or “flavorings” in the case of foods.

The deadliest of these chemicals is nonylphenol ethoxylate. It is a main ingredient in pesticides and is used to kill organisms.  It imitates the hormone estrogen within the body and is extremely harmful.  When this chemical along with others enter into your bloodstream through contact with your skin they cause serious damage to the body.  The  Journal of Pesticide Reform shows that these chemicals cause severe damage to heart and muscle function.

Another main ingredient not listed but contained in the majority of laundry detergents is formaldehyde.  The EPA has reported that formaldehyde causes cancer in both humans and animals.  Formaldehyde is the same chemical that is used to preserve dead bodies for dissection – not exactly the chemical you want to put into a living body.  In addition to this, it causes severe allergic reactions in the body and the gas can irritate your breathing and cause nausea and headaches.

Many of these ingredients are hidden under the broad label “fragrance”, not being required to list the specifics that go into it as proprietary formulas.  There was a big controversy that is still going on in food products with “the natural flavors” label for instance.  Many vegetarians are eating meat without knowing it and even aborted fetal cells and sweat glands of animals that are all hidden under the natural flavorings label.  It is quite disturbing to say the least that companies are not required to disclose all their ingredients and put the worst ones under these categories.

These chemicals from your laundry detergent absorb through your skin and accumulate in the body over time.  There are remnants of them on the clothes that you wear that get taken in daily.  If you have irritable skin from your clothes or headaches when wearing your clothes, this can be the result of the chemicals in the modern brand laundry detergents which are not disclosed on the bottle.  Over time these hidden chemcials weaken your immune system.  Skin cancer is on the rise these days and this is yet another reason why as everyone is being poisoned today from so many toxins around them and in what they take into their bodies as a result.

The next time you stop to smell the laundry detergent, don’t forget you might actually be inhaling formaldehyde and these other toxic chemicals into the body.  Removing chemicals from your daily life and that of your loved ones is essential to good health.  Knowing what goes into and on your body is fundamental to being healthy and happy.

We produce our own laundry liquid but unfortunately the postage costs are much greater than the product. So I would like to share with you our recipe so that you can make your own. Its great for everything, biodegradable easy to make, economical! Our laundry liquid is available on Kangaroo Island and some stores in Adelaide. Click here for sizes and prices.
If you are in Adelaide its available in certain stores, please contact us if you would like to know where.

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You will find this and more great natural recipes in my recipe book.

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If you don’t have the time to make your own, and are too far away to purchase ours we have also come across a reputable company and a laundry powder we can recommend. It is free from these nasty chemicals.  You can find it here: Laundry Powder, please contact us if you want to purchase this great range of products. They are leading the way to enhanced health and wellbeing through safety-conscious formulas. Every time you or someone you know chooses these products it makes a difference by changing lives for the better. One home at a time, we know we can change the world. Add in our commitment to environmental sustainability, and together we can create a healthier place for you to thrive and a healthier planet for future generations.

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Homemade Glass Cleaner

There are many great benefits when it comes to making your own cleaning products. Not only do they help you save money, but you also know exactly what’s in them. Our environment is filled with toxins and one of the biggest offenders in the toxin department is household cleaners.  At Emu Ridge we like to clean naturally and keep as many toxins as possible out of our home and workplace. This cleaner is completely non toxic so you feel safe using them around your children, pets and yourselves!

This homemade glass cleaner recipe is a simple, easy to make solution that uses everyday ingredients from around your home and works effectively. All you need is:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon dish washing liquid
  • 8 drops eucalyptus oil

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Simply combine all the ingredients in an empty spray bottle and give your mixture a shake and it is ready to go! An old glass bottle is also great, we have a 1 litre glass apple cider vinegar bottle, you just need to get a spray top that fits it. We recommend using Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil, but our Lemon Myrtle can also be used, it has similar properties and a different fragrance. (Hint – recycled bottles don’t last long as Eucalyptus oil disolves some plastic parts inside the pump. We have found it best to buy a pump from our local Jasol agent they last forever)

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Why Use Eucalyptus Oil Instead Of Other Oils?

Stops Streaking: Everybody hates those annoying streaks that are commonly left behind after washing your windows. Using eucalyptus oil in your cleaning mixture helps to prevent those annoying streak marks on your windows.

Stops Mirrors Fogging Up: There is nothing more annoying than going to look in the mirror and its all fogged up! Wiping down your mirrors with eucalyptus oil helps prevent mirrors from fogging up.

Helps Prevent Germs: This is handy for when you have dirty and grimy glass sliding doors. Children tend to put their hands and mouth all over the glass when opening sliding doors, so eucalyptus oil is great for stopping the spread of germs.

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The dish washing detergent in this cleaner removes detergent residues and this can can be omitted once you have been cleaning with your natural cleaner.This cleaner has a strong smell but this will completely disappear once it dries. We use old newspapers to wipe the area we are cleaning, but you can use a microfiber cloth or old t-shirts work well to. Just avoid paper towels as they tend to leave lint on them.

Happy toxic free cleaning 🙂

All-Natural Flea Collar & Flea Powder

The chemicals on flea collars are definitely not something we feel good about at Emu Ridge, especially on dogs and around kids who are playing with them and patting them!

Many dogs are also very sensitive to commercial chemical flea collars, but respond well to natural flea collars made with essential oils.

This homemade flea collar recipe is a natural and healthy alternative because it uses essential oils rather than the toxic chemicals found in store bought flea collars.

How to make your “All-Natural Flea Collar”:

You can use this on a leather, material or  fabric collar. To make the mixture, you will need to combine:

Ingredients

(NOTE: The above recipe is for a medium size dog. For smaller dogs, use 1-2 drops and for larger dogs, use 4 drops)

Procedure

Put the mixture on your dog’s collar, leave to permeate through for a few hours, and then put the collar on your dog. You can repeat this process once per month. (Depending on where you live and how often your dog is in flea-infested environments). Make sure you remove when the dog is swimming or having a bath.

You can also make a spray on flea deterrent using this recipe plus add 250ml of apple cider vinegar!

We also sell an All-Natural Flea Powder, which is great for deterring all those nasty pests without any of those harmful chemicals. See more info about our flea powder see below.

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We hate the idea of putting any sort of toxic chemical flea treatment on our dog. Apparently those products are the number 1 cause of pet poisonings.  Did you know that on those commercial flea and tick repellents, there’s a big warning to not let it come into contact with human skin. So somehow it’s ok to put all over my dog?!! I don’t think so!

Ingredient List and Benefits of our Natural Flea Powder:

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth: 

Also known as Diatomaceous Earth or DE, this substance is composed of fine, fossilized remains of aquatic organisms called diatoms. Diatoms are one of the most commonly found phytoplanktons in aquatic environments. Due to diatoms being silica-based, these DE particles are very sharp on a microscopic level. This lets them puncture an insect’s exoskeleton and cause death by dehydration. For humans and pets, however, DE particles feel like a fine baby powder and the food grade, freshwater variety of DE is harmless to them.

NOTE: Make sure the DE you get is “Food Grade.” Other varieties like Crystallized or Filter Grade DE can cause lung damage if breathed in over long periods of time. Food Grade DE, however, is processed differently and is safe for human consumption. That being said, if you foresee yourself using it for a long period of time (like on your yard), it’s probably best to wear a dust mask.

Neem Powder: 

Neem is an herb that has been used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. It’s a highly effective insect repellant and contains many compounds that affect insects negatively. For instance, the active ingredient  Azadirachtin inhibits the metamorphosis of insect larvae, which means larvae never get to develop into the next generation of fleas. Another compound, called salannin, has been shown to be as effective at repelling biting insects as DEET.

Yarrow Powder:

Yarrow powder has been used by herbalists to treat wounds since ancient times. Many cultures regard it as sacred due to its healing properties. Yarrow is especially effective at treating skin inflammations, as well as having antimicrobial and pain relieving properties. Pets with flea bites often get secondary infections, and yarrow helps to ward off germs while soothing irritated skin.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil:

Our Eucalyptus oil is a natural bug deterrent and like neem, has also shown itself to be as effective as DEET when it comes to repelling insects. It’s also antiseptic properties to heal after being bitten.

Directions:

Apply from head to tail along your pets spine in dry conditions. Brush your pets fur going the opposite direction so the powder comes in contact with the skin. Avoid the eyes and nose. Rub the powder on the belly and legs. Try to get the flea powder on as much skin as you can.

Brushing the fur in the opposite direction and applying the flea powder with a cosmetic puff works really well. Fleas seem to like the tail, the area right above the tail and the belly/groin area so make sure to pay extra attention to those areas to get them well covered.

How often to apply flea powder?

To use this as a general repellent (with no serious flea infestation), applying once a month during active flea season (end of spring/summer) is sufficient. If the pet gets a bath or gets wet, it will need to be reapplied.

If you have a flea infestation:

You will need to apply more often, depending on how bad of an infestation you are dealing with. I applied every other day until I saw no more traces of fleas (now I’m just using it as maintenance). Some are successful with applying as little as once a week, but others need it more often – it just depends on the level of infestation. Also remember to reapply if your pet gets wet (important!).

 

If you have a flea infestation, you will also need to apply this flea powder to your floors, windowsills, door sills, pet bedding, sofa, etc. Focus your efforts where your pet spends the most amount of time, since fleas and their eggs will be the most concentrated in those areas. Just apply a light dusting to the areas in your house and leave it there overnight. Vacuum in the morning or sometime the next day.

This flea powder works amazingly, BUT, it will not work overnight if you have a flea infestation. You must be diligent about applying it to your pet AND applying the powder to your home and vacuuming at least once per week for 4 weeks in a row to get rid of an infestation.

You can even use this flea powder it in your yard to repel and kill fleas, ticks, spiders, ants, mosquitos, etc!

You can also leave a little bit of flea powder in your door and window sills  to prevent spiders, ants and other bugs from entering.

 

Has your pet ever had fleas? What worked for you? Have you tried any natural options before? Let us all know!

You can buy many of our other great natural products by visiting our Online Store

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Dog Bed made out of Pallets

Since 1991  Emu Ridge, has been been building, renovating, up-cycling with anything we can to improve our shop and workspaces. Using second hand supplies and materials for a new use means less waste and more money being saved, plus it adds character! For those who want a simple up-cycling project, a pet bed made out of wooden pallets is a great place to start!

How to Up-cycle a wooden pallet into a fabulous pet bed…

Creativity has no limit and that is why a lot of people are tending to learn about the DIY pallet pet bed. Pallets are found easily anywhere for free or at a cheap rate. You can build just about anything out of the pallets if they are clean and free of pests. If you have a dog in your house, which you treat like a family member and want to provide it with a solid and comfortable bed, then I think a pallet pet bed would be the best option for that.

You can decorate your pallet pet bed by putting a comfy pet cushion or blanket in it. That way, the dog doesn’t have to lie down straight down on the hard wood.

You won’t find pallets which are already made in a perfect square shape. All you have to do to fix this is sand them and color them to make them look neat and nice. Your pet is going to love it because it will be very cozy and relaxing.

Don’t forget we make a great natural flea powder. And a  great way to keep their pallet bed smelling fresh and free of parasites is to mix a teaspoon of Eucalyptus oil and with 250ml of water and spray the area whenever you think it needs to deter the fleas and mites.

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We can help you if you think you Dog may be dealing with is annoying fleas and other parasites.

Parasites can cause great discomfort for your dog as well as health problems such as skin irritations, allergies, anemia and even death if not treated.

Chemical treatments may get rid of fleas, but they can also cause side affects such as breathing problems, tremors, vomiting, skin irritations and permanent nerve damage. Using natural remedies such as eucalyptus oil is a safe alternative to chemicals, as well as keeping your dog’s coat healthy and vibrant, because the fleas and other insects hate the smell of eucalyptus oil. You may need to apply the oil more often than you would chemical formulas, but it will effectively and safely repel fleas without hurting your dog.

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What To Do:

  1. Begin by shampooing your dog. Mix 5 drops of eucalyptus oil into aprox 250 ml of a natural, no-tear dog shampoo. Use an eyedropper to measure the oil and mix well.
  2. Start the bath water to get it to a good warm temperature. Place a cotton ball into each ear of your dog to avoid water and soap getting in, and then wet your dog’s coat thoroughly and completely.
  3. Bathe your dog as you normally would with the eucalyptus shampoo, creating a nice rich lather from head to toe. Be careful not to get shampoo in the eyes. Rinse your dog and repeat with the eucalyptus shampoo. This time, rinse extremely well.
  4. Towel-dry your dog from excess water and follow with a thorough blow-drying.

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For added protection after and between baths, make a mixture of 3 drops of eucalyptus oil in 250ml of water in a spray bottle. Mist your dog lightly with the mixture. Let it air-dry. This is also great to spray the dogs bedding as well.

You can also use a cotton wool ball soaked in Eucalyptus oil and dab behind your dogs ears, along their back and under there arms, this is a great deterrent.

Eucalyptus oil can also be rubbed into your dog’s collar to work as a natural flea collar.

Eucalyptus oil has been proven effective in most cases though you may have to experiment to find the best solution to meet your dog’s particular needs.

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To buy our Eucalyptus Oil or Flea Powder, as well as many of our other great products, visit our Online Store and you will find lots of great pallet ideas here at 101 Pallet Ideas

Memorabilia – Did you know farmers used to wipe the rump area of  a female dog on heat with a cloth and eucalyptus oil to hide the scent of the female apparently it worked very well.

I know another story like this to but with Guinea pigs. Apparently Guinea Pigs are very territorial and fight fearlessly if a new comer is introduced. All animals are rubbed with Eucalyptus oil so they all smell the same. By the time the oil wears off they have accepted their new friend with no fights! I bet you didnt know that.

~Bev~

Homemade Eucalyptus Toothpaste

Homemade Eucalyptus Toothpaste

If you’re looking for a safe alternative to the common toothpastes, then there are many alternative options, ranging from the more expensive natural toothpastes (be careful– some contain some of these questionable ingredients), to simple recipes you can make at home like this one.

EUCALYPTUS OIL is excellent for treating gum disease as well as sinus and respiratory infections, it kills pathogens, microbes and treats bad breath.

Some ingredients to be wary of in toothpaste products:-

Glycerin – Certainly not bad in and of itself if properly sourced, but its use in toothpaste may not be ideal. Some suggest it may leave a layer of film on the teeth that prevents remineralization. It can also be dangerous to our health if processed with dangerous chemicals, and I assume most toothpastes contain the cheapest possible source.

Sodium Laurel Sulfate – SLS is a known carcinogen. Some natural companies still stand behind it’s use and claim it is safe, but I prefer to stay on the safe side here.

Saccharin – This was the first ingredient I questioned when I started to re-think my approach to dental health and toothpaste several years ago. I avoid artificial sweeteners like the plague, as most of them are proven carcinogens, several contribute to obesity and other health problems, and some are excitotoxins, meaning they cause rapid firing and death of brain cells. And yet, we see the artificial sweetener, saccharin, in our toothpaste.

Fluoride – You knew I’d get to this one. I don’t claim to be an expert on fluoride, but from my basic understanding, fluoride is highly toxic in the form found in toothpaste and never found in nature in this state. If you’re trying to rebuild tooth enamel, just like with glycerin, a “protective” layer of fluoride is not ideal. It is also suggested that the layer it forms on teeth is much thinner than originally thought and is useless against protecting teeth from decay anyway.

To buy our Eucalyptus Oil and many more of our great products, visit our Online Shop

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Stay cool during a heatwave with FROZEN EUCALYPTUS TOWELS

Frozen Eucalyptus Towels: What a great idea for those hot days!

Frozen Eucalyptus TowelsFirst, start with some washcloths (bar mop towels also work well)

towelsNext, put a couple cups of water in a container (a large plastic tub or bucket will work). Add about 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to the water and stir

One at a time, submerge the towel in the water-oil mixture, and squeeze out the excess liquid. Fold in half then roll it up

Place on a sheet  of baking paper in a single layer and place them in the freezer.

Freeze until solid (it may take a couple of hours).

To enjoy, place the frozen towel on your face, head, or wherever you need a bit of cooling. It is recommended to use it rolled up and slowly unroll it as it thaws, rather than trying to open it up right away, because the coolness lasts longer.  T

Tip: They are best enjoyed alongside a cold drink.

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How do you stay cool during heat waves?

This information was found on Simply {Darr}lings blog page. If your want more information about Eucalyptus Oil and other great natural products, click this link

Tea Tree Oil – A Natural Tick Deterrent

This always a good one to remember.  Here at Emu Ridge, we sell & recommend good quality Australian grown & made Tea Tree Oil. It is great to have when you’re at home, travelling, camping, beach days, exploring the back yard or just having a BBQ!  It’s helps keep away insects, treat cuts, burns & infection. It’s an all-Natural treatment for foot fungi & nail infection, acne and cold sores and much, much more. To order some 100% Australian Eucalyptus or Tea Tree Oil, click on the links. We post Australia wide! Buy Australian Made today!

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Eucalyptus Oil Recipe & Uses

The first of its kind, our recipe book for Eucalyptus Oil Recipes & Uses was launched in 1993 full of my own & others recipes.

Our booklet is available, and contains many tried and tested uses that have been handed down for generations in Australia.

Protect the environment with the trees that produce this unique oil, as it is the the only one of it’s kind in the world. Because it is produced from natural Eucalyptus leaves, it can be used In and around the House, On the Body, In the Workshop, Used on Animals etc.

It will give you so many ideas and ways to use Emu Ridge Eucalyptus oil, only $5.00 + $1.30 postage within Australia. We are able to post worldwide, but postage may vary, so check website.  To order, click here or use any of the hightlighed links. Buy Australian made today!

 

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Kangaroo Island Olive Oil

We all know that olive oil is great for making yummy dressings, but look at what it can do to tired  scratched leather furniture. Amazing results! It also makes fantastic carrier oil for our Eucalyptus oil.  Mix a teaspoon of Olive oil with a few drops of Eucalyptus Oil and you have yourself relaxing massage oil or a great decongestant. You can order Kangaroo Island Olive Oil Company Wild or North Coast Olive Oil from our Online Store, all grown & made on Kangaroo Island. Buy Australian made today!

 

 

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