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From the creator of the award winning film "Garbage! The Revolution Starts At Home" (Sundance Channel, Super Channel) comes a shocking tale about the products we use to clean our homes and bodies.

"Chemerical" explores the life cycle of everyday household cleaners and hygiene products to prove that, thanks to our clean obsession, we are drowning in sea of toxicity.

The film is at once humorous, as we watch the Goode family try to turn a new leaf by creating and living in a toxic free home, and informative, as director Andrew Nisker works with many experts to give audiences the tools and inspiration to live toxic free.

Chemerical tackles "the toxic debate" in a truly informative and entertaining way, not only by raising awareness, but most importantly by providing simple solutions.

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Personally, I feel that a little dirt is healthy for our immune systems.
Kitchen: Normally I only clean counters, sinks etc with a little dish detergent or vinegar. I'll use a tiny bit of bleach if there's a really good reason or a stain just hasn't come off after a week or so. The exception is the stove - we have one of those glass tops and the commercial cleaner is the only thing I've found that takes the burned stuff off. I try to clean it with a cloth and dry it *before* use and that decreases the need for the commercial cleaner. I have a plastic "razor" blade that scrapes the big stuff off before I use the cleaner also.
Bathroom: Again, Vinegar is generally the only thing I use. We're on a deep well, so if sediments build up, I soak a rag in strong vinegar and leave it on the stain for 3 hours or more and it usually does the job.
 
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I am in the process of getting rid of the poisons in my life. I've started making my own toothpaste and deodorant, and while I've never been much for 'beauty' products, I have gotten rid of soaps and such, and am relying on the cleaning power of water as much as possible.

As for cleaning the house, although I am not sensitive to cleaners and scents, I surely don't want to be sucking chemicals into my body. So I don't use nasty stuff to clean my home. Water, a little lemon vinegar, and no paper towels!

Who else has traded in their Pine Sol for something a little more earth friendly?
 
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Watching this video the overwhelming sensation is guilt.

The woman feels so guilty, it's debilitating.  It's getting in the way of finding solutions.

She did exactly as she was told.  She trusted these cleaners are safe.  She thought she was doing the right thing.

Now she discovered how harmful all this is.  That her actions are damaging her family.  No wonder she feels overwhelmed.  

The second thing that comes across to me is the overwhelming sense of being overwhelmed.  It feels like she and the family could have had more help and guidance learning what the alternatives are.  

 
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I have not yet seen the movie but it sounds amazing from the trailer. I'm not sure if a movie will make effective changes in people. Affective, certainly, but past this I found a little book that I turn to every time I want to change a bad habit: It is my Reference book, my go-to for cleaning.
It is called "Greenup your Cleanup" and was written by Jill Potvin Schoff. What I like about it is that after explaining why you should go green, it takes you by the hand in each and every room and offers solutions to clean each and every item in your house: Showers and tubs, toilets for the bathroom, sinks, counter tops, cabinetry, appliances kitchenware for the kitchen etc.
It is a very natural way to look at how people makes changes: Not all at once but a change here, a change there, when you go to a dirty sink and think: I've got to get that clean!. then I look up into this little book and find my solution. Because it is a very piecemeal approach, you can take this advice today and make an effective change, another advice the next day and make another change... You are not bashed over the head feeling guilty about "the environment". Instead, she acknowledges that change is hard but the argument is "You want to feel better and not spend lots of money on cleaners that may harm your family? Well, you can use..."
I have made some changes and I feel better. No cosmetics [At my age, whom would I fool!] I collect all rainwater from roofs and use it in the garden. I have diminished my lawn, I don't use any chemical fertilizers... Instead, I make comfrey tea and use my chicken's manure to fertilize.
I'm not quite there yet for washing clothes and dishes [at 70+, there are conveniences that are hard to resist]. This year, I will disguise an outdoor toilet to look like a garden hand tool shed. It will be on skids so I can move it and use the humanure to plant a tree where the latrine was and place it over another hole.
 
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r ranson wrote:
The second thing that comes across to me is the overwhelming sense of being overwhelmed.  It feels like she and the family could have had more help and guidance learning what the alternatives are.  



I was amazed that, instead of suppling them with the vinegar, baking soda, washing soda and good soap, they made them search for them, without someone there to point them out or guide them to where everything was. I was happy when they took the daughter to go and make better lipstick--I could totally understand her not wanting to spend hours researching and wandering around stores looking for non-toxic make-up product during her college exams!

All in all, I give this video 9 out of 10 acorns. Some of the scene changes were a bit odd, especially when their commercials came on for their Gum documentary. It sounds like a fascinating documentary, but it was really incongruous to be talking about cleaners one moment, then a black screen for a second and then their logo  and then a spleel about their other documentaries. I watched this with my 2 and 5 year old kids, and those ads were really hard for them to understand.

I was also amazed at just how much people really do use toxic cleaners. I've been using vinegar and baking soda and soap as my main cleaners since I moved out on my own, over 10 years ago. I've recently added in citric acid as a toilet cleaner (works great!) and hydrogen peroxide to mix with baking soda to create oxygen bleach for tough stains.

I really appreciated how this film showed not just the high level of VOCs in their house (how much IS one of those readers, anyway?) and the other affects of the toxic chemicals, but they also drove and visited places that make the toxic cleaners, where children have died from the toxins in the streams and ground water. But, instead of fixing it, the company just puts up a memorial and a CHILDREN'S PARK on the toxic waste.

For many permies, this video will be an eye-opener about how much people rely on toxic cleaners. Having learned not to used that stuff, it's easy to think everyone else is learning along with us...but they're not. This is definitely a film I would show to a family using these cleaners.

And, like Jocelyn noticed, the mother really does improve through the movie. You could see the brain fog she was slogging through at the beginning, and by the end she was more energetic, passionate, and elequent. Her completion (amd the completions of her kids) also all improved in that time span. It was really impressive!
 
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Jay Angler wrote:Personally, I feel that a little dirt is healthy for our immune systems.



You are so right on that: This country is so OBSESSED with cleanliness that we waste an incredible amount of food to the adoration of our God of Clean. How did our ancestors *ever* manage to survive without the millions of 'cleaning' products on the market?
I'll tell you how they did: They developed strong immune systems by being in contact with dirt and dangers. Every vaccination works this way: inoculate the patient with a weak/ dead microbe, and our system reacts by creating anti-bodies. We have a wonderful body if only we work WITH the system we were given.
We are LOSING the benefits of our immune system now because of this obsession: All these auto immune system diseases did not even exist when I was a little girl. [OK, it was a long time ago, but the trend still is.] I knew of ONE kid who had allergies. At schools nowadays, the nurse comes with a double-decker cart of "medicines" that our kids can't live without.
On this topic, I'd like to recommend a very interesting book titled:
I CONTAIN MULTITUDES, by Ed Yong. [ISBN  978- 0-06-236860-7]
It encourages us to see each organism not as ONE organism, but instead as a colony of organisms: Mess with this perfect balance in this splendid colony and the entire colony suffers. The best example off the top of my head is taking some antibiotics. the very word means "anti-life" (let that think in for a minute): It flushes all the good bacteria from your system and you find yourself having to take yogurt to counter the effects of the medicine-induced diarrhea.
And every organism works this way: In August, beekeepers see a real drop in the production of our bees. It coincides with the application of anti-fungals to our crops. Every digestive system helps in the putrefaction of food, (that is what digestion is, at its most basic: a break down of the food so our bodies can use the precious life sustaining stuff) and those 'fungi' in the situation of our bees helps them digest. Absent a good healthy digestive tract, they can't digest well and it really weakens them.
Girls/ women, if you keep getting yeast infections, that is due to an imbalance in your system, [There too, apply yogurt to the site- yeah, I'm not kidding- eating it will help in the long run but eating it will take a while and you will get immediate relief]. It is up to you after that to keep your digestive tract just on the acidic side to prevent recurrence.
 
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