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Organic Fabric

Posted in Uncategorized by thismakessense on July 24, 2009


Organic Cotton is grown without any synthetic chemicals including pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, or chemical fertilizers.  Slowly I have started to see some bags, basic tee-shirts and a few baby things (like onsies) but not nearly enough to create an entire wardrobe from. Cotton is about half of all the fibers in the world and is the most chemically dependent crop. With 25% of all insecticides and 10% of the worlds total agricultural chemicals being used to grow this crop. Meaning to make a tee-shirt they use 1/3 pound of chemicals, or 3/4 pound for jeans. Not only is this terrible for the planet, but more than 20,000 deaths a year are caused from pesticide poisoning in the third world and countless other health problems such as parkensons dissease are caused by them.

So what can I do if I don’t want to support this industry? Organic Cotton seems to be rare and hard to find. You can always buy vintage or used clothing, but it is important to vote with our money and fuel a slow growing industry of organic and natural fibers.

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Toxic Tattoos

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More Breastfeeding and oral health info

Posted in Uncategorized by thismakessense on July 24, 2009
The Influence of Breastfeeding on the Development of the Oral Cavity: A Commentary
By Brian Palmer, DDS


Conventional wisdom, supported by scientific research, advocates breastfeeding as the superior method of infant feeding. The nutritional, immunological, psychological, and general health advantages conveyed to infants have been documented for years. 1-9 Legovic 10 listed the merits of human breast milk as compared to artificial feeds to include ideal nutritional content, better absorption, fewer food-related allergies, more favorable psychological development, better immunologic defenses, and a substantial economic advantage. There is another compelling benefit to exclusive breastfeeding: positive effects on the development of an infant’s oral cavity, including improved shaping of the hard palate resulting in proper alignment of teeth and fewer problems with malocclusions. The purpose of this commentary is to stimulate further research, as well as to propose the importance of breastfeeding to developing and maintaining the physiologic integrity of the oral cavity.


Effects of Breastfeeding and Bottle Feeding on Infant Swallowing
As Lactation specialists are aware, the key to successful breastfeeding is a proper “latch-on” and swallow by the infant as described by Woolridge, 11 Escott, 12 Weber, 13 and Bosma. 14 During effective latch-on, the infant draws both the nipple and some of the surrounding areolar tissue into the mouth and extends the tongue over the lower gum pad. The lips flange outward over the areolar tissue to create a good seal. Initially, suction is needed to latch on and extend the mother’s breast and nipple to the junction of the infant’s hard and soft palate. If the seal is poor, repeated additional suction will be required. So long as the seal remains intact, the infant obtains milk easily by using a peristaltic-like motion of the tongue to compress the flattened soft breast nipple against the palate. The infant must compress the areolar tissue, because the mother’s lactiferous sinuses are located in that area. The compression of the lactiferous sinus area helps to start the flow of milk forward through the multiple openings at the nipple. This peristaltic action of the infant’s tongue flattening the nipple against the hard palate moves the milk toward the throat, where the baby swallows and gains nourishment (Figure 1). This normal, healthy swallowing habit sets a pattern for a correct normal swallow into adulthood.

Contrasting the mechanical aspects of breastfeeding with bottle feeding, Weber 13 noted that in breast-fed babies the tongue action appeared to be a rolling or peristaltic motion. However, the tongue action for bottle-fed babies was more piston-like or a squeezing motion. Picard 15 wrote that in order to stop the abundant flow of milk from a bottle with an artificial nipple (with a large hole in the end), the infant was forced to hold the tongue up against the hole in the nipple to prevent the formula from gushing forth. This abnormal motor activity of the tongue is referred to as a tongue thrust or a deviate swallow. It is noteworthy that the adults have not outgrown their tongue thrusts.

Weber 13 also observed that when breast-fed babies were not sucking or swallowing, they rested with the nipple moderately indented by the tongue, while bottle fed babies rested with the latex teat expanded (indenting the tongue). The differences between the tongue movements and resting position of the tongue in breast-fed and bottle-fed babies are probably due to the properties of the latex/silicone artificial nipple. Since the manufacture of bottles and artificial nipples is not a standardized process, there may be varying effects of “bottle feeding” on infant suck.

Effects of Breast and Bottle Feeding on Oral Cavity Development

Muscular development. In 1959, Picard 15 observed that active breastfeeding encouraged mandibular development, with a strengthening of the jaw muscles. Bosma 14 concurred in 1963, suggesting that “the tongue, lower lip, and mandible move in concert to draw the nipple into the mouth and to empty it rhythmically by a series of compressions in a front-to-back sequence.” Weber 13 concluded that the “stripping” movement of the tongue in breastfeeding was more important than suction in obtaining milk. In his early work, Picard 15 suggested that the undesirable effects of artificial nipples on infants were permanent, and that correction in later life would be extremely difficult because muscle development would be affected. The forceful breastfeeding motion encouraged mandibular development, while bottle feeding could actually hinder the formation of strong jaw muscles. Newman 16 stated the early introduction of bottles could cause suckling problems.

Drane 17 noted that during breastfeeding, the shape of the breast-nipple is dictated by the internal geometry of the infant’s mouth. However, an artificial teat is already formed, with a specific shape, and is made from a material stiffer than breast tissue. The piston-like action used to obtain milk from the bottle is more explosive and more powerful than the action used in breastfeeding. Therefore, greater pressure is applied to the artificial teat than is applied to the breast-nipple. This pressure is produced predominantly by the oral musculature. Koenig 18 stated that during bottle feeding, the infant produced oral suction with the oral musculature rather than with thoracic musculature. Woolridge 11 has also demonstrated that less suction is needed during breastfeeding than during bottle feeding. Forceful suction causes the cheeks to draw in, putting pressure on the gums and teeth, affecting the position of teeth. This action can also cause an implosion of the oropharynx, and thereby affect the development of the oropharynx. During breastfeeding, the infant has to work the jaws and tongue in a natural physiological manner to aid in the compression of the lactiferous sinus. This action, plus normal swallowing motions, help to develop proper perioral (around the mouth and jaw) musculature.


Cranio-Facial Development and the Etiology of Malocclusions

Shepard 19 noted that the largest increments in craniofacial growth occurred within the first 4 years of life, and that craniofacial development is 90% completed by 12 years of age. The flexible and soft human breast tissue is beneficial in shaping the hard palate because it flattens and broadens in response to the infant’s tongue action. As the infant uses a peristaltic-like motion to “strip” milk from the mother’s nipple/areolar area, the hard palate is gently shaped by the infant’s tongue to a rounded U-shaped configuration. A physiologically and appropriately shaped palate aligns the teeth properly and reduces the incidence of malocclusions.

In the early stages of oral cavity development, the palate is almost as malleable as softened wax. Thus, when any object is pressed against the soft bones of the palate, these bones can be molded into a narrow, unnatural shape. This eventually leads to the poor alignment of teeth, and the “V-shaped” palate found in many people with malocclusions. This dynamic also explains how the upper back teeth are pulled inward to cause a mismatch or “cross-bite.” Once a malocclusion develops, it can create a domino effect that can damage the rest of the teeth.

In 1987, Labbok and Hendershot 20 published a retrospective cohort study of 9,698 children between 3 and 17 years of age. That study assessed the association between breastfeeding and malocclusion. The data demonstrated children who were breast fed for 3 months or less had a malocclusion rate of 32.5%. Children breast fed more than 12 months had a malocclusion rate of only 15.9%. In that study, children who were bottle fed were 1.84 times more likely to have malocclusions than children who were breast fed. Labbok and Hendershot 20 concluded that each additional month of breastfeeding contributed to a decline in the malocclusion index.

Other infant habits, unrelated to feeding, may contribute to malocclusions. Studies conducted by Larsson 21,22 concluded that prolonged finger sucking caused an anterior open bite, proclination and protrusion of the maxillary incisors, a lengthening of the upper arch, and the anterior displacement of the maxilla. In addition, studies by Bowden, 23 Melsen, 24 Paunio, 25 and Ogaard 26 found a positive association between the use of pacifiers and malocclusion. The forms of malocclusion described by these authors included crossbite, reduced arch width, lower anterior facial height, rotation of mandibular plane angle, open bite, and tongue thrust swallow.


I became interested in this subject when I noticed similarities in patterns of malocclusions, tooth defects, and the shape of the hard palates among thousands of patients seen over 27 years of private dental practice. I hypothesized that artificial nipples negatively affect palate formation. To test this hypothesis, I began a study of ancient skulls of persons who necessarily would have been exclusively breast fed.

Historically, breastfeeding was the primary means of infant nourishment until relatively recent times. Fildes 27 explains that although “glass feeding bottles with spherical bases and extended necks: with screw tops with sponges for sucking” were developed around 1770, “rubber teats did not come into general use until the mid-nineteenth century.” By comparing skulls of persons who lived before versus after the introduction of rubber teats, one can examine the impact of the artificial nipple on formation of the oral cavity. Larsson 28 studied medieval Swedish juvenile skulls, searching for malocclusions that may have been related to a finger-sucking habit or to sucking a dummy-like object. He found the prevalence of malocclusions relatable to those habits was very low, which was consistent with reports from non-industrialized cultures.

The first collection of skulls I evaluated was preserved at the University of  Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. These 210 skulls were believed to be old skulls from India, a culture that, until recently, predominately breast fed. Of those 210 skulls, only four (or approximately 2%) showed signs of malocclusions. One of those skulls had a genetically asymmetrical jaw, and three others had slight open bites, perhaps due to abnormal motor activity of the tongue. The skulls without malocclusions (98%) had broad hard palates with “U-shaped” arches, and proper alignment of teeth. Following the study of the original group of skulls, I reviewed an additional twenty prehistoric skulls, some dated at 70,000 years old, stored in the Anthropology Department at the University of Kansas. Those skulls also exhibited positive occlusions, minimal decay, broad hard palates, and “U-shaped” arches.

The final evaluations were of 370 skulls preserved at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The skulls were those of prehistoric North American Plains Indians and more contemporary American skulls dating from the 1920s to 1940s. The prehistoric skulls exhibited the same features as mentioned above, whereas significant destruction and collapse of the oral cavity were evident in the collection of the more recent skulls. Many of these more recent skulls revealed severe periodontal disease, malocclusions, missing teeth, and some dentures. This was not the case in skulls from the prehistoric periods before the invention of baby bottles, artificial nipples, and pacifiers. Malocclusions were rarely found during the evaluation of prehistoric skulls. The “U-shaped” arch found in prehistoric skulls has enough room for proper alignment. The modern “V-shaped” arch is associated with crowded and mal-alignment of the teeth.

To better understand the significance of the influence of breastfeeding on malocclusion, one must consider that, of the approximately 600 older skulls this author examined and evaluated, nearly all had perfect occlusions. All of the skulls were from populations living before the invention of the modern baby bottle or were from breastfeeding cultures, and therefore these individuals were necessarily breast fed. These skulls universally demonstrated good occlusion, few dental caries, and well-rounded and full “U-shaped” dental arches. These features were found in far fewer of the modern skulls.


Another problem that occurs during early oral cavity development is that of infringement on the space of the nasal cavity. When the roof of the mouth is pushed up, the floor of the nasal cavity rises as well. Since the bridge of the nose does not rise accordingly, there is a decrease in the total nasal space. This can have a dramatic effect on the individual’s breathing efficiency because the size of the nasal chamber is reduced. Kushida et al. 29 have shown that a high palate and narrow arch, as described here, are good predictors of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. Individuals with good occlusion normally have a well rounded and full “U-shaped” arch.


Preventing disease in a natural way far outweighs the alternative: treating the disease with our newest medical technologies, which can be costly and time consuming. Breastfeeding has been shown to be immunologically, emotionally and nutritionally advantageous. This paper presents another rarely reported benefit of breastfeeding, dental health.

Breast-fed babies have a better chance for dental health than artificially-fed infants because of the effects of breastfeeding on the development of the oral cavity and airway. With fewer malocclusions, these children may have a reduced need for orthodontic intervention. In addition, children with the proper development of a well rounded, “U-shaped” dental arch, which is found more commonly in breast-fed children, may have fewer problems with snoring and sleep apnea in later life.


Breastfeeding. Refers to exclusive breastfeeding with the mother’s nipple and areolar tissue entering the infant’s mouth for the purpose of nourishment.

Normal swallow. A swallow initiated with the tip of the tongue starting in the area of the maxillary anterior papilla (just behind the upper front teeth), then with a peristaltic wave-like action, the tongue presses up against the roof of the mouth, forcing the bolus of saliva or food posteriorly  and finally down the throat. The tongue should not press with any force into, against, or between any teeth during a swallow.

Occlusion. The proper alignment of teeth. With proper alignment, three criteria are met in ideal occlusion (Dawson, PE. Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Occlusal Problems. 2nd ed. St. Louis, MO: Mosby, 1989): (1) All teeth touch at the same time on closing with a cusp tip point contact to a flat surface. (2) during movement of the teeth to the side, guidance comes from the cuspid (eye) tooth. Guidance is transferred to the front teeth in extreme side movements or when moving the lower jaw forward. (3) The posterior (back) teeth should not bump or drag on one another during side or forward motions.

Malocclusion. Mal-alignment of the teeth and failure of the bite to meet the criteria described above.

Cross-bite. A form of malocclusion in which the lower teeth are outside (to the cheek side) of the upper teeth.


For references please contact the PPNF office at 619-462-7600 or 800-366-3748.

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For Tomorrow’s Children:
A Manual For Future Parents.

This book outlines a program by which parents-to be may improve their health to produce mentally and physically healthy offspring. This program is based on the premise that most of the problems related to birth defects and infant mortality can be avoided if both parents make proper preparation prior to conception. Topics include: nutrition, vitamins and minerals, allergies, environmental hazards, contraception and prenatal influences. This advice applies to any and all ages. CLICK HERE for more information.

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“Safe Sex” Not Green

Posted in Uncategorized by thismakessense on July 24, 2009


In Jewish custom, a man and a woman were considered married even while they were still engaged or “betrothed.”

Casual Sex = Not green

Condoms are for one time use. Period. You don’t reduce, reuse, recycle them if you are having sex casually with strangers. Contrary to what popular opinion is telling you casual sex is not okay! It is not safe, even if you use a condom. Safe sex is only safe if you are married. Sex is never 100% flawless or safe. It is not healthy either, especaially emotionally, no matter how strong or modern you think you are.

If you are having what you call “safe sex” by using condom after condom, that means you are tossing condom after condom into a landfill. So maybe you are using green condoms, well I doubt that a sheep intestine condom is really going to keep your new partner in bed with you.

Condoms only reduce the transmission of AIDS by 85%. Which is not enough worth the risk. Only decreasing the transmission of the HPV virus that causes cervical cancer by 70%.

Experts, such as AVERT, recommend condoms be disposed of in a garbage receptacle, as flushing them down the toilet may cause plumbing blockages and other problems.[7][86]

While biodegradable,[7] latex condoms damage the environment when disposed of improperly. According to the Ocean Conservancy, condoms, along with certain other types of trash, cover the coral reefs and smother sea grass and other bottom dwellers. The United States Environmental Protection Agency also has expressed concerns that many animals might mistake the litter for food.[87]

Condoms made of polyurethane, a plastic material, do not break down at all. The plastic and foil wrappers condoms are packaged in are also not biodegradable. However, the benefits condoms offer are widely considered to offset their small landfill mass.[7] Frequent condom or wrapper disposal in public areas such as a parks have been seen as a persistent litter problem.[88]

Position of the Roman Catholic Church

The Roman Catholic Church directly condemns any artificial birth control or sexual acts, aside from intercourse between married heterosexual partners.

To date, statements from the Vatican have argued that condom-promotion programs encourage promiscuity, thereby actually increasing STD transmission. In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI asserted that handing out condoms is not the solution to combating AIDS and actually makes the problem worse. 

There are hundreds of programs headed by the Roman Catholic Church dedicated to fighting the AIDS epidemic in Africa, however, but their stance in opposition to condom use  has been highly controversial.

Health issues

Dry dusting powders are applied to latex condoms before packaging to prevent the condom from sticking to itself when rolled up. Previously, talc was used by most manufacturers, but cornstarch is currently the most popular dusting powder.[94] Talc is known to be toxic if it enters the abdominal cavity (i.e. via the vagina). Cornstarch is generally believed to be safe, however some researchers have raised concerns over its use.[94][95]

Nitrosamines, which are potentially carcinogenic in humans,[96] are believed to be present in a substance used to improve elasticity in latex condoms.[97] A 2001 review stated that humans regularly receive 1,000 to 10,000 times greater nitrosamine exposure from food and tobacco than from condom use and concluded that the risk of cancer from condom use is very low.[98] However, a 2004 study in Germany detected nitrosamines in 29 out of 32 condom brands tested, and concluded that exposure from condoms might exceed the exposure from food by 1.5- to 3-fold.[97][99]


Condoms made from sheep intestines, labeled “lambskin”, are also available. They provide more sensation and are less allergenic than latex. However, there is an increased risk of transmitting STDs compared to latex because of pores in the material, which are thought to be large enough to allow infectious agents to pass through, albeit blocking the passage of sperm.[37] Lambskin condoms are also significantly more expensive than other types.


Posted in Uncategorized by thismakessense on July 24, 2009


There is a verse in the bible that I really like (Malachi 2:16), and it flat out says that God said “I hate divorce.” I am pretty sure this is one of the only things God is quoted as saying he hates in the bible. Marriage was intended to be a lifelong bond, and over the past 100 years it has begun to mean something different in our society. “So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate” (Matthew 19:6). Even though marriage had its roots in religious institutions the government grants marriages leaving the definition of marriage ambiguous, fluid and in the minds of the ever changing social construct. Because the state regulated marriage laws are not based on any religious doctrine or hard definition, the law has now allowed that to mean that marriage can be many different things and end many different ways and many times.

The Divorce Rate

Statistically speaking 40% of all marriages end in divorce. That is roughly 50% percent of first marriages, 67% of second and 74% of third marriages in the United States. But in some countries such as Malta and the Philippines, which are predominately Roman Catholic countries divorce is illegal, although in certain cases annulment is permitted. What an interesting idea. Can you imagine how different peoples views in these countries must be toward marriage? They must actually take it seriously, as if it were actually a serious life long commitment? What a concept! What would happen if divorce became illegal in America today? Certainly the Vegas weddings would loose popularity, engagement lengths might increase and others would swear off marriage all together. But the reputation of marriage would certainly have a resurrection. Instead of becoming increasingly viewed a joke or “outdated institution” it would once again be an honorable and respectable symbol of love and commitment that only the most dedicated, honest and mature would enter into.

The Awkward Truth

Divorce is a bad deal all around. One persons selfish decision not to patch things up will effect everyone who knows them and interacts with them for the rest of their lives! In my own family I have divorced grandparents, a divorced aunt and an uncle twice divorced. On the other hand one set of grandparents never divorced, and my parents and other aunt are still very much married. So half of my family is divorced and it seems like noting usual, we are right there in the middle. But even having the “normal” family in this aspect it is still makes things very awkward and uncomfortable. My grandparents divorced before I was born, so I grew up thinking of my grandmother’s husband as a “bonus grandpa” and I love him very much, but I could do with out the awkward moments and uncomfortable family gatherings. There is obvious competition between my grandparents still (they haven’t been married since the mid-70’s). They have always seemed curious to find out what the other one paid for, gave as a gift and how much. The asking is always done in a non-chaulant, like that “is not really what I am asking but if you happen to tell me I will listen” sort of way but it is quite clear that is really fishing for.

Recently my grandpa arranged a trip to Croatia with all of the kids, grandkids and spouses to visit his cousins and to show us our roots. Im my grandmothers eyes all of her family were off froliking in the beautiful and faboulous Croatia with her ex-husband while she was stuck at home caring for her sick husband with cancer. Naturally at one point she asked my mother if he was paying for everyone to go, which he was not, so that must have eased some of her suffering. But can you imagine how she must have felt sitting at home knowing she was missing out in the most glorious family vaction that ever happend and she was not invited? I know how I would feel and I would be very very jealous. After I returned it seemed she did not have much interest in knowing about the Croatia part of the trip, but my other travels that occured after the family part. She also quickly mentioned that she would like to take me to Paris sometime. Mhmm.

A few years ago my aunt and uncle divorced and family realtions have never been the same since. We used to be very close with that side of the family and now it is a struggle just to get my aunt on the phone. The divorce intensified some financial trouble that they had already been having to the point that my aunt had to borrow $10,000 from my parents. As a single mother, with two kids living with her she is struggling with multiple jobs and dosen’t like talking to my parents because she knows she owes them payments and can’t make them. Another thing I thought about is her now ex-husband. All of my life he was just “Uncle Don,” part of the family who I used to see many times a year, but now I haven’t seen him in about 5 years and I wonder if I will ever see him again. What if I run into him somewhere? What will I say? How will I act? That would be very awkward for me. Afterall it was not me who divorced him, but my aunt. I guess I indirectly divorced him as part of my extended family that he is no longer apart of.

So my experience with divorce is not a pleasnt one, but is still no where near the experice a child of two divorced parents has. When parents divorce with young children, their life splits between two worlds. Less time for friends, less time with family, awkwardness every time you talk about one parent. Even when divorce happens and the children are adults it becomes awkward. It is always messy.

VBAC & Duggar Mom

Posted in Uncategorized by thismakessense on July 24, 2009

Duggar Mom

I would say the greatest change that I have seen in the field of obstetrics, and I might add that it is very troubling to me, is the idea that once you’ve had a C-section you must have a C-section for any other pregnancy. It is much healthier for mom and baby to avoid major surgery and all the complications that go along with a C-section if possible. Granted, there are health situations that would warrant such, but for years obstetrics encouraged TOL (Trial Of Labor after previous C-section) with many successful healthy vaginal births. It was quite alarming to be told that I could no longer have a vaginal birth due to hospital or insurance companies regulations. It appears that what is best for the patient is not the priority with this decision. I feel our health care is being jeopardized by this unhealthy approach. Doctors are having to tell their patients that they no longer offer VBAC assistance due to hospital regulations and some might even state to the patient that they are not safe so as to avoid confrontation. Statistics prove much differently. For the many women that find themselves in this situation, ICAN is an organization that is very helpful in gaining more information on this topic. One of which I believe will be reversed in the near future as more women make a clear statement to health care providers and insurance companies as to how they would prefer to deliver there babies in a safer, healthier manner.

Praise your children ten times more than you correct them!

Encouragement goes a long way in good behavior. Saying comments such as, “I’m so happy for you, what a big girl you are you practiced self-control and went potty all by yourself! Great job!” or  “Thank you for taking out the trash without even being asked. I’m so encouraged by your initiative. You saw what needed to be done and just did it! You encourage me to have more of a servant’s heart.” These kind of positive statements will make our children seek to become even more of who they should be.
Remember anger outbursts from parents will push our children away and undermine the very right character that we are trying to teach them. Asking God and others forgiveness when we react in anger is the first step to learning to respond correctly. One thing that helped me (Michelle) was to purpose to lower my voice when I felt myself getting angry. (A soft answer turns away wrath. The wrath of man will not bring forth the righteousness of God.) Meaning my anger will not bring about the right behavior I desire to see nurtured in my children. Secondly, Jim Bob heard another father share that he had an anger problem and he asked his family to help him by keeping him accountable. If they noticed him getting angry he gave them permission to respectfully come to him and put their hand on his arm and whisper in his ear and say, “Daddy, I think you are getting angry.” This has been something that we have practiced for years now and by God’s grace we have been able to encourage each other to speak kindly to one another even when we feel angry. Not just Daddy and Momma, but all of us now hold each other accountable. It makes for a much more peaceful happy home.

14. What are your top five best parenting tips? (For parents with families of all sizes.)

  1. Teach our children to love God with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength, and memorize God’s word together as a family.
  2. Teach them to have a servant’s heart, leading by your example. Love your neighbor as yourself.
  3. Daily read the Proverb of the Day that corresponds with the day of the month and discuss it as a family.
  4. Diligently keep up with each child’s attitudes and actions and ask what is going on in their heart. Pray with them one on one letting them lead in prayer and then you closing the prayer time together.
  5. Ask God to help you conquer anger because it can destroy your relationship with your children. Praise them ten times more than you correct them.

Washing Laundry

Posted in Uncategorized by thismakessense on July 24, 2009

White Laundry

After recently running out of my biodegradable eco-friendly laundry detergent, I began thinking that there has got to be a better way to do laundry! After all why do I need a specialized soap just for clothes that is probably very similar to soaps I use for other things. Are not all cleansers created equal? After a quick internet search (they never end up being very quick) I found that there are many many ways to make simple biodegradable laundry detergents at home for a fraction of the cost and they work just as well if not better than store bought formulas.

To make you only need a few simple ingredients. Ingredients vary depending on the recipie but commonly contain a combonation of 3-4 ingredients siuch as Baking Soda, Washing Soda, Borax, Soap (such as Fels-Naptha, Castile, or any Bar Soap), Essential Oil (such as Lavendar or Tea Tree), and Vinegar.

That crazy Duggar Family on TLC with too many kids to remember and even have recipies listed on their website that they use to wash those prarie dresses. They claim that in a front loading washer you can get 640 loads out of $2 worth of materials. DAMN! That is what I am talking about!

Basically here is the rundown:

Fabric Softener in Wash

1 cup white vinegar added to rinse cycle will remove odors, residues and keep the machiene’s hoses clean too. Vinegar is also used to help set dyes so it only makes sense that is will also help retain colors.

Static Cling in Drier

1 ball of aluminum foil will take away that problem.

Fabric Softener in the Drier

The Duggar’s use a sponge with the absorbed mixture of 1 part commercial fabric softener to 2 parts water and toss it in with the clothes. There has got to be a less lameO way to do this.

Laundry Detergent

There are so many different recipies out there but here seem to be the simpliest and most effective.

1. Baking Soda and 5 drops of Tea Tree Oil: Users of this swear this is all you need.

1/2 cup of baking soda and 5 drops Tea Tree Oil for Smells

Dishwasher: Borax and Baking soad

Washing Soda – Albertsons $2.79 /55oz

Washing Soda is simply Sodium Carbonate or Soda Ash. It is very high it PH and for this reason you should handle it with gloves on because it can be harsh and drying on the skin. It can be found in bulk at pool supply stores where it is used to bring up the PH. Toxic

Borax – Home Depot $2.60/76oz

Use gloves. High PH. Works well for cleaning; you need a high base or acid to get things super clean. Toxic

Vinegar – Costco (appx) $2.50 / 2 gal

Baking Soda – Costco (appx) $2.50/3gal

Non-toxic. ALSO: Because Washing soda is so high in pH, it can wear the fibers of your clothes out over time (especially cloth diapers and elastics). I wouldn’t use it on floors because it takes the wax off of flooring. Baking soda may irritate your eyes or if you inhale it but washing soda is very toxic if inhaled over time (because it’s stronger):

Hydrogen Peroxide – Costco (appx) $2.00/ 1 gal

vinegar where jetdry goes

Mix together 1 1/2 Tablespoons of Baking Soda with 2 Tablespoons of Borax. Use in place of automatic dishwasher detergent.

OxiClean: Sodium Percarbonate and Sodium Carbonate. Sodium Carbonate is just washing soda and sodium percarbonate, when mixed with water, forms hydrogen bubbles. Hydrogen is unstable, so it kind of blasts stains off of things. I have read that hydrogen, because it’s unstable, isn’t good for skincare like they thought it was years ago, because over time, the instability (or free radicals) can harm your skin and wrinkle it. But for our purposes here, I think hydrogen peroxide based cleaning is okay.

As for other products I saw — dishwashing powder has sodium silicates and sodium carbonate (washing soda). Sodium silicate I saw again in Drano and it was explained on there that it’s an anti-corrosive agent (so it doesn’t wreck your pipes). That makes perfect sense because washing powder AND Drano has a pH of 11, which can corrode a lot of stuff. This is why gloves are a must – think of what such a high pH can do to your skin!

Anyway, washing soda seems to be the common element in dishwashing and for laundry (at least if you’re talking about OxiClean or SUN Oxy cleaner type products). Based on the little kid’s research (link posted earlier), she found that OxiClean lifts stains better than other detergents.

My deduction? Washing soda can be used for all kinds of cleaning. HOWEVER, baking soda is so much more readily available and the pH is lower. It’s environmentally friendly and – dingdingding – it’s NON TOXIC.

Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda)

Sodium Carbonate (washing soda)

Perhaps the baking soda will not pack the punch of washing soda but they’re similar enough that I think baking soda is probably a safer version of washing soda. But I think it’s a good thing to try out. Perhaps we can all use the baking soda for our dishwashers and laundry unless we have something SUPER DUPER soiled and then we have to use regular detergent or washing soda. Washing soda removes lipstick and grease from garage floors, for pete’s sake. Most of us don’t need that much grease cutting power in EVERY wash.

Here’s somebody who used washing soda in their dishwasher, results were positive, posted on the bottom of the page:

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Raw Nut Milk Recipe

Posted in Uncategorized by thismakessense on July 23, 2009

Cousin tree

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Essential Oils

Posted in Uncategorized by thismakessense on July 23, 2009

Peppermint Plant

Recently I began noticing that “essential oil” seems to be the new buzz word in organic bath and beauty products. A few months ago I bought a delightful citrus hand sanitizer spray made by the company EO (Essential Oils). It is organic and doesn’t kill the good bacteria living on your hands and comes in an easy to apply spray top. So it already had that going for it when I bought it, but the thing that got me hooked is the scent: it smells like fresh oranges! I didn’t think I cared before I smelled it though, but now I can’t get enough of the scent and tend to spray it more than necessary just to get a good whiff of it. Now that I think of it, I think I must have always had a fondness for citrus smells because as a kid I always loved sniffing those lemon hand wipes they gave you after an El Pollo Loco chicken dinner. Also the Soaring Over California Ride at Disneyland’s California Adventure has a heavenly citrus scent when you “fly” over the orange groves. Those scents didn’t smell artificial, so there is a possibility the could use actual essential oils, but somehow I doubt the hand wipe company and Disney are actually using the real deal.

What is an Essential Oil?

An essential oil is essentially a extract of oil from a plant that carries a distinctive sent or essence of that plant. They are used  to scent things such as perfumes, cosmetics, incense, candles, bath products and are sometimes used to flavor foods or drinks. The most common oils being lavender, peppermint and eucalyptus. Over 700 different kinds of plants contain essential oils, but they usually only contain small amounts, so many times several hundred pounds may needed to produce a single ounce.

List Of Essential Oils

What are the uses/applications of Essential Oils?

Throughout history essential oils have been used medicinally in aromatherapy and topically to treat skin problems. It has even been used as a cancer remedy. More recently essential oils have become more popular due to the mainstream practice of aromatherapy where specific aromas are used to sure or treat various things. Essential oils often are added to massage oils to enhance the experience.

Essential Oil Profiles
Uses In Aromatherapy

How are Essential Oils Extracted?

Generally essential oils are extracted through a distillation process. The raw plant material, either the flowers, leaves, wood bark, roots, seeds and/or peel are placed into a chamber and heated with water creating water vapor that condenses back into liquid in another chamber. The remaining oil is separated from the recondensed water and bottled. The byproduct of recondensed water, known as a hydrosol, contains the essence of the plant and is often sold as another fragrant product such as rose water, lavender water, or orange blossom water. Not all plant hydrosols can be used as some have unpleasant smells.

Most citrus peel oils are cold pressed due to the large quantities of oil present in citrus peels, their availability and low cost to produce. For this reason citrus fruit oils are generally cheaper than most other essential oils. Prior to the advent of distillation process all essential oils were cold pressed.

How can I extract my own Essential Oils?

Essential oils can be quite expensive to buy, but are inexpensive and simple to distill at home. If you are dedicated to self sufficency or simply have an excess of lavender, peppermint or some other raw material you would like to make an oil from you can try to distill or cold press it yourself.

Distilling Instructions