Category Archives: Organic




We wash, scrub and sanitize—but no one is able to live in a totally bacteria-free environment.  “If you’re breathing, there will always be some bacteria,” said Carol Alt recently on her health show.

We, at pluggz, think you’d be shocked to know that some of the most unlikely places that are full of germs, possibly leading to illness and disease.

For those concerned about chemicals, there are some pretty great organic green products on the market; also keep in mind that many essential oils, like tea tree and clove, have anti-bacterial properties.

Some of the most unpleasant surprises include:

  • Handbags

They have more bacteria than toilets, says Initial Washroom Hygiene. Of all the bags they swabbed, 20 percent had bacteria-related contamination that crossed inside to hand and face creams, lipstick and mascara.

Stick with the leather or vinyl bags, since they tend to be cleaner than cloth.  If you’re in a public restroom, hang your bag on a hook, rather than leaving it on the floor.

  • Shopping cart handles

They’re handled by many people every day, and swabs have revealed saliva, bacteria and more.  What’s more, raw food also carries some pretty nasty pathogens.

A lot of stores now have disinfectant wipes near their carts.  If yours doesn’t, bring your own or use a cart handle cover.

  • Money

This is one of the worst offenders. One paper bill can be handled by dozens of people. Also note that viruses and bacteria live on surfaces for several days.

If you handle money, wash your hands frequently, use disinfectant wipes—and for heaven’s sake, wash those hands before eating!

  • The kitchen sink 

Dirty dishes transfer a lot of bacteria!  Kitchen sinks also often house dirty, sometimes smelly sponges–and that odor is caused by bacteria!

Keep kitchen sink free of dirty dishes, and throw those sponges in the microwave to nuke for 2 minutes to kill bacteria. If that’s not possible, throw them in the washer or just replace them.

  • Bathtub

Kind of ironic, isn’t it? The very place you go to get clean is full of bacteria–even more so than toilets!

Make sure you clean the tub after each bath or shower.

So now we turn to you–what are some of the things you do to stay as bacteria-free as possible?  We’d love to hear!




organic skin and hair care


You generally live a healthy, natural lifestyle with fresh, whole foods, essential oils, yoga, and plenty of activity and outdoors time.

Then you put on moisturizer and BAM!  It contains pesticides, parabens, glycols, petroleum, sulphates, phthalates, GMOs, silicones, artificial dyes or fragrances, formaldehyde, and a lot of other scary ingredients that conventional beauty products often contain.

Our skin is the body’s largest organ, and it absorbs over 80 percent of what we put on it.  Yikes! Time to think of switching to a 100 percent organic, food-grade, vegan, gluten-free, GMO-free product, isn’t it?

Beware, because not all organic is the same. Many are labeled “all natural” or “organic,” but still contain some toxic chemicals and/or pesticides. Make sure you choose product that’s 100 percent USDA certified organic and includes that seal on the label.

When you go organic with your beauty products, you’ll:

  • Experience Health Benefits.  You’ll see fewer allergies and irritants because there won’t be any chemicals, toxins and pesticides. Organic skin products are “cleaner” and won’t clog your pores, so there will be fewer blemishes.

The earth is a powerful energy source and when an ingredient comes straight from that planet, all those positive electrons are soaked up. As a result, healing properties are passed on to you, giving you an overall sense of well being and a calming effect.

  • Preserve the environment. Since these products are created from ingredients grown without toxic pesticides and fertilizers, there will be less damage to the soil, more in keeping with safe ecological standards and practices.
  • Encounter good karma.  Ethical farmers are a dying breed.  You help to sustain them by buying organic food-grade products—and that goes for what you put on your body, as well as what you put in it.