Going Green: The 10 Most Toxic Things You Used This Morning

The Huffington Post Canada     First Posted: 09/20/2011 3:48 pm   Updated: 11/14/2011 4:12 am

Ever thought about how many chemicals you sprayed, slathered, swallowed or sniffed even before you left the house this morning? Lisa Borden, marketer of holistic and eco-intelligent products (and a The Huffington Post Canada blogger), says we should all be concerned about the chemical-laden, toxic products we utilize on a daily basis without a second thought.

"People would make the right choice 90 per cent of the time if products could speak," she says. Her advice is to consider where what you're using comes from, what's in the product and where the packaging is going afterward. Some of the most toxic products you may be using include:

Toothpaste
"Toothpaste is one of the least eco-friendly things in the world," says Borden. "Most of them contain triclosan, an anti-bacterial that the EPA classifies as a pesticide, and you shouldn't use it on your hands, let alone your teeth." Borden points out in studies, soap and water has been found to be just as effective at killing germs as triclosan. Her family uses something called tooth soap. It's made of olive oil, coconut oil and essential oils. Borden says since using it, her family has less plaque and excellent dental checkups. "A lot of people say, "Tooth soap -- it's like washing your mouth out with soap," but you get used to anything," she says.

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