Breast cancer isn't pretty. Get rid of the chemicals in your home!

by Lesli

in Natural Beauty

Cancer isn’t pretty.  If you’ve never seen it up close and personal, your only experience may be cute pink ribbons, “A Race for the Cure”, pink October, etc., and cancer doesn’t look so bad from that angle.  Don’t get me wrong, those things are great and certainly bring awareness to this dreaded disease.

And still, someone, somewhere, dies every 20 minutes from breast cancer.

Cancer — Yet Another Toxic Connection

The National Cancer Association released results of a 15-year study concluding that women who work in the home are at a 54% higher risk of developing cancer than women who work outside the home.

Why would that be?  Studies have concluded that it’s toxins in the home!

Yes, My Little Card-Carrying, Boobie-Licious Friends…

… the average home in America … perhaps your home …  is a veritable wasteland of chemicals and toxins that have been linked to breast cancer (and other cancers too)!

The ABC’s of the Toxic Chemical Connection

  1. Begin by thinking of your home as a toxic waste dump. The average home today contains 62 toxic chemicals – more than a chemistry lab at the turn of the century.
  2. More than 72,000 synthetic chemicals have been produced since WW II.
  3. Less than 2% of synthetic chemicals in wide spread use have ever been tested for toxicity, birth defects or their mutagenic or carcinogenic effects.
  4. The majority of chemicals have NEVER been tested for long-term effects.
  5. An EPA survey concluded that indoor air was 3 to 70 times more polluted than outdoor air.
  6. Another EPA study stated that the toxic chemicals in household cleaners are 3 times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor air.
  7. CMHC reported that houses today are so energy efficient that “out gassing” of chemicals has nowhere to go, so it builds up inside the home.
  8. We spend 90% of our time indoors and 65% of our time at home. Moms, infants and the elderly spend 90% of their time in the home.
  9. Cancer rates have almost doubled since 1960.
  10. Cancer is the number one cause of death for children.
  11. There has been a 26% increase in breast cancer since 1982.
  12. Breast cancer is the number one killer of women between the ages of 35 and 54.
  13. Primary suspects are laundry detergents and bleach, household cleaners, and pesticides.
  14. There has been a call from the U.S./ Canadian Commission to ban bleach in North America.
  15. Bleach is being linked to the rising rates of breast cancer in women, reproductive problems in men, and learning and behavioral problems in children.
  16. Chemicals get into our body through inhalation, ingestion and absorption.
  17. We breathe 10 to 20 thousand liters of air per day.

Watch this quick video and see what we’re up against…

I Used to Believe…

I used to believe that if it’s for sale in the grocery store it’s safe.  I mean, we have agencies to protect us … right?  WRONG!

If you still believe that, you couldn’t be further from the truth.  Labeling laws do not protect the consumer – they protect big business.

Did you know that the labels on your cleaning products don’t even have to list all the ingredients that are in them?  And most of the time they don’t!

What Can We Do About It?

We Live in a Toxic World We live in a toxic world and we can’t control everything in our environment, but we can control what we bring into our homes.

The research is out.  Many/most of the cleaners we buy at our local grocery store are known to have cancer inducing chemicals in them.  What really infuriates is that the manufacturers know it and choose to keep it on the market. It’s all about profit and chemicals are cheap!

To them, we’re like lambs to the slaughter and they’re laughing all the way to the bank!

“But I love Tide!” you say?

Oh, I can hear the whine from here … GET OVER IT!! Would you be willing to give up a breast for it?* What you don’t know could kill you!

There isn’t a household cleaner, bleach, disinfectant, air freshener (and don’t even get me started on those) that I’d be willing to die for.

I chose to kick the chemicals and toxins in my home to the curb.

Since I’m Not a Chemist…

I’ve chosen the only safe option that makes sense to me.  I’ve chosen to give my household cleaners and personal care products business to a source I trust… a company with the kind of integrity I’m comfortable introducing to my family, because guess what … they don’t have to put everything on the labels either, but they do!

My lovelies, is there even one chemical laden, toxic cleaning product in your home that’s worth more than your family’s health?  I’m on a mission to reverse the dis-ease that’s rampant in our country one blog post at a time.  I’m hopeful that the right eyes will see it and a life will change forever.

The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of larger ideas, never returns to its original size. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Have you made progress in getting the chemicals out of your home?

Friendship happens in the comments below — leave a comment and join the conversation! The AHK community thrives in the comments and it’s a great place to get support!

Peace and love to you, my bleach free, boobie-licious friends!

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*Tide is used merely as an example. The truth is most cleaners on the market put your health at considerable risk.  And I’m not saying you’re going to get cancer if you use Tide, I’m simply saying you’re rolling the dice. Do you feel lucky? Would you gamble your family’s health? It’s an option, I guess.

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If these products are not safe then what should people be buying? Or is water only safe these days? My family has a long long history of breast cancer so unfortunatly for me I already have a 50% genentic chance of getting it 🙁 and I would like to know about more ways to prevent it from happening 🙂 please email me back with what to eat and where to shop? 🙂 I like your article very much



I know exactly how you feel! I felt the same way and it’s been a struggle to find the products that get the job done and make me happy. I can be kind of picky! Thanks for the compliment on the article, and I’ll email you today.


Mena Noll

First of all, well done, lovin’ the way you talk about these chemicals! No one should be taking the risk, especially those with kids. I am a mother of a child with cancer, 5 yrs old now, Trenton was diagnosed 32 months ago with a brain tumor. Our fight was long and hard and now after 31 months of chemo, 2 surgeries, and the grace of God we are in remission! I have decided to give back my passion to the world and have joined a wonderful organization, Children’s Cancer Recovery. We are launching a National Campaign, Toxic Free Kids. I am currently working on a blog for the website which basically tears your house apart and teaches people how to go toxic free. I realize that going toxic free is becoming more popular, but not fast enough! I truly believe that our son’s exposure to toxins is to blame for his cancer.

Anyhow you speak my language, putting it out there for the world. Just curious if you have any tips for me on running a blog that is meant for the better good of mankind! I believe the organization is using Word Press for the blog, curious what you are using, love the way your site looks and functions! Any advice is appreciated, thanks again for spreading the word of the dangers of household chemicals. Know that anyone who read this post and made the change may have just saved a child’s life, that is thanks to you!



Mena, I’m so gratified by your kind words and that you would take the time to share your story here. So happy to hear Trenton is in remission and I can’t help but believe you’re absolutely right about the chemical connection. I’ve been blogging at A Healthy Kitchen for two years now and it didn’t start out as a blog about toxics, chemicals, endocrine disruptors, cancer, or anything of the like. I was talking about recipes and weight loss.

What I’ve found out in this past six months about the chemical connection to disease and obesity in this country, has my blood boiling. While I’ve tried controlling my weight for all these years, I’m just learning of the connection to chemicals that the manufacturers have known a hecka lot longer than I have and they still produce the products that are so knowingly harmful.

From there, I’ve learned of the toxic connection to cancer. My blood boils even further – my heart breaks wide open – and I too am on a new quest to spread the word. I think it’s quite possibly the most important work I could do AND BY THE WAY — next to being a great mom — it’s quite possibly the most important work YOU could ever do!

To answer some of your questions, I do use Wordpress as my blog platform. I use DIY THESIS THEME as the layout because it’s perfect for a newbie like me and it has a lot of expertise and flexibility behind it. It means that even a non-website or blog builder like myself can have a nice-looking and well-functioning blog. If you want to get connected to their website, simply use the link above.

God bless you Mena. You’ve been given a special project to do and your efforts will save many lives. If I can be of further service to you, please feel free to call me at the number I gave you. We are kindred spirits and I’d love to connect with you — wellness warrior to wellness warrior!




I buy my laundry soaps and products at Trader Joes chemicals.



I love Trader Joe’s! Yeah to “no chemicals”!



I was just curious as to what brand name you would recommend? And can it be found in Canada? I’m trying to have a family and I want to raise my kids around as little chemicals/no chemicals at all :).



Hi Teri, I don’t recommend a specific brand of cleaning products, but you can clean most anything with vinegar & water, or baking soda & water. I know a lot of people wash their clothes with borax. I’d suggest you do a google search for homemade natural cleaning recipes. As an example, I shampoo my hair with a water/baking soda rinse and I condition it with a water/vinegar rinse. There are so many great, easy, and inexpensive natural cleaning recipes out there. You shouldn’t have any problem at all getting rid of the chemicals in your home. Congrats on making the move to natural!

Lesli 🙂



Great article and thank you for increasing the exposure and, thus, the awareness of this growing issue. (actually, whether it’s growing or not is immaterial as the problem is already tremendous in galactic proportions).

It is absolutely true what you said about the mindset of, “if it wasn’t safe, they couldn’t sell it.” Nothing could be further from the truth yet there are so many ostriches out there that these companies who are slowly killing us and the planet, will thrive and flourish well beyond our lifetimes. I have a relative who actually said, “Ah, bleach has been around for a hundred years” as a justification for using it to pollute her living space. I should have invited her to drink some of it. I have a co-worker who has no less than 8 scented air “fresheners” (love that word) tacked to the vent outlets in his SUV. It is so strong smelling, that I can smell it on his clothes throughout the entire day. My wife and I can smell the laundry products in the parking lot of the grocery store 300-400 feet from the entrance and we have brought home produce that actually absorbed and the same smell. Just what I wanted for dinner, Tide Roasted Zucchini. People wonder why they get sick. If there was an agency who’s function was to protect the consumers, there would be a law passed keeping toxic laundry soaps from being sold in the same building as food products. Think of it this way, did it help to have only part of the airliner non-smoking? I’ll repeat what I heard elsewhere for everyone’s benefit: persistent airborne chemicals such as laundry products, perfumes, and other fragrance-producers are the new second-hand smoke.

My point to all this: If you want to beat cancer, you have to keep from getting it.



You made me laugh, although it’s not a funny subject! I am a mother of nine children, about 10 years ago my husband was paralyzed from the bottom of his feet to the top of his head. After researching the causes (in his case Guilliam Barre), I began a journey into the world of rebuilding severely damaged nerves. We did this through foods, real foods! The Weston Price Foundation was, and continues to be, a primary source for sustaining his, and the rest of the family’s health! He is so healthy now that a recent physical for a life insurance policy allowed him to reduce his premium and increase his coverage!
It hasn’t been just foods that needed to change, we have removed all chemical products from our home and use only Young Living Thieves cleaning products, toothpaste etc. This way we not only clean, but boost our immune systems as well! Once we start taking responsibility for our families again, maybe these big corporations will start to lose business and rethink their paradigm.


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