2009 - Documentary - 75 minutes
Blending humor and education, this engaging documentary follows the Goodes, a typical American family, as they attempt to rid their home of all toxins. The film provides simple remedies to help viewers reduce the toxic substances in their lives.
This documentary is a real eye opener to how reliant people have become on chemicals as "cleaners". It's actually pretty horrifying. While we watched this we noticed a transformation in the Goode family. Not only that they became receptive to the fact you don't need all those chemical cleaners to clean, but actually in their appearance. By the end of the film they simply looked healthier. We were shocked in the beginning at how addicted they were to all their cleaners. I didn't realize that people could have such a strong attachment to something like that, I would love to take this challenge and get rid of everything in my home. We actually don't have many cleaners in our home and what we do have are from Seventh Generation. But we have decided that we are going to go one step further and start making our own detergent and look into different shampoos and deodorants.
Please check out the Chemical Nation website and take the 75 minutes out of your day to watch the film. It is on streaming Netflix as well as on Youtube if you don't have Netflix. We joke that we must be dirty little hippies because we have turned into a homestead that we grow our own veggies, (soon will be) keeping our own bees, making our own soaps, refusing to use plastic, buying local and organic, buying handmade. It just makes you feel good as a person. I know we are just two people, but if enough 1 or 2 people all do this, it will really make a huge difference in the world.
Here is the Laundry Detergent Recipe from their website:
34 Cups (8.5L) Water
2 Cups (500ml) Washing Soda
2 Cups (500ml) Borax
2 Cups (500ml) Soap Flakes
Bring 4 Cups of water to a boil.
Add soap flakes to the boiling water and dissolve over low heat. Find a stainless steel or aluminum container with a lid and pour the mixture into it. Stir in the washing soda and borax until it disappears.
Add the 30 cups of water to the mixture, combine and you now have your own laundry detergent!
Check out my post here for more non-toxic cleaners.
Obviously I am going to say "watch it now!!"