Health Problem & Solution

Here is a health and environmental benefit that’s become official.

We are proud to have been one of the very first people to promote the Bio Degradable degreaser, cleaner, “Purely Green” (formerly called “Ted’s Stuff”).  Our first messages on why we use it, and its health and environmental benefits, appeared in our first emails almost 20 years ago.

We have been a strong advocate (and user) since.

Our friend Ted Tidwell gave us a sample over two decades ago. I was amazed at its cleaning power and encouraged by its environmental benefits.

Since that time, we have used Purely Green to save hemlock trees from the Wooly Adelgid blight at our North Carolina farm and increase production in our Florida orange grove.

“Purely Green” was the “cleaning-solution-of-choice” at the hotel we owned in Ecuador.

Most of all, we use it for almost all types of cleaning in our homes, on floors, furniture, counter tops, bathtubs, literally every surface, as well as dishes and clothes.  We clean all our fruit and vegetables with Purely Green.  Plus I use it as my shampoo.

Bureaucracy being what it is, it has taken decades for Ted to get official approval for the benefits of this great product.

Countries abroad embraced this wonderful cleaner first, but finally the states are making this bio degradable, non mutagenic product official.

Ted recently sent me this note with a subject title “Problem & Solution”.


Toxic pesticide residues are in the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. We cannot escape.

We are breathing them now. Every breath delivers them to our brains, distorting and/or destroying brain cells.

They were in our last glass of water and our last meal. They are now in our bodies.

They are one of the greatest health hazards facing humanity.

They are genotoxic, meaning they attack our cellular DNA, deteriorating cellular structure and inducing cancer.

They cause “neurobehavioral alterations,” meaning deteriorating of learning and rational thinking.

They cause birth defects resulting in life time handicaps, mental retardation and even fetal death.

The consequences go on and on. For self-education click on

1,296,000,000 pounds of toxic insecticides and fungicides are being sprayed each year.

They present one of the biggest, if not the biggest and most challenging problems facing humanity.


Fortunately, we now have a new solution.

Purely Green

At this date, 31 states have approved a new bio-pesticide with ingredients clinically tested and documented as “Genotoxicity Free,” meaning “harmless to human and animal cellular DNA.

It is destined to replace 1,296,000,000 pound of hazardous pesticides.

Here are the new labels.

Purely Green

These labels are slightly different, due to state regulations.

Purely Green

But the ingredients are clear,  soybean oil, peppermint oil, cinnamon oil, lemon grass oil, garlic oil, almond oil, soap and filtered water.

Purely Green

The genius in the product is in how these ingredients are processed so they create nano particles that penetrate almost any surface.  They penetrate so deeply that they lift off grease, dirt and on insects they penetrate the carapace and dissolve the insects fatty lipids.

The other benefit of “Purely Green” is the low cost you can see outlined below.


Food For Thought and Better Health With Purely Green

Merri and I take the cleanliness of our food supply seriously.

In North Carolina we eat a lot of wild food and vegetables we grow in our garden.


surrounding our house with lettuce of all types, greens and herbs.


Our greenhouse allows us to start our planting early.

In the spring nature provides us with dandelions and a wonderful lettuce (called branch lettuce) that grows wild in the creek later to be supplemented by Bee Balm and Echinacea for tea.


Here is echinacea and tomatoes growing in front of our meditation room.

Here is a bit of our harvest.


This time of year, we harvest our grapes and collect apples from our many apple trees.  We have acres of…


wild blackberries in the summer and wild mountain strawberries in the late spring.


Our chickens provide us with summer meals like this.


We also have a greenhouse in Florida and start the gardening process again in winter.

In addition we have citrus, grapes, figs, blueberries and loquats that provide us with Florida fruit throughout the year.

These crops, plus trout in North Carolina, bass and panfish from our Florida lake allow us to eat less commercially grown food.

This gardening is fulfilling, provides gentle exercise and we find picking our own food especially satisfying.  Plus there are some enormous health benefits.

Dr. John Douillard at (1) points out that “Environmental pollutants, cancer causing chemicals, plastics, preservatives, pesticides, heavy metals and industrial waste overwhelm the body’s natural detoxification pathways.  Toxic cloud plumes from burning coal cover most of the United States and lace even our organic vegetables with heavy metals. Pesticides and preservatives have infiltrated their way into almost all the food consumed in America and can store in the body’s fat, including the brain, for years. Industrial wastes have permeated our ground water and can enter our body by simply washing our organic veggies with tap water.  Over time these stored chemicals undermine our immunity, render us susceptible to disease, infection and premature aging.”

This is why Merri and I clean our our vegetables and fruit, especially those we purchase in the store, with Purely Green 25.

I asked our friend, Ted Tidwell, who manufactures Purely Green to explain how this works.

Ted replied:  In order for pesticides to remain on the plant and effective during rains, they are encased in oil.  An ordinary vegetable wash that does not dissolve oil will permit pesticidal residues to remain on the plant and be ingested.

PurelyGreen is powerful enough to dissolve crude oil and tar, so it easily dissolves the oil and removes the poisonous pesticides.  Ted

Merri and I use Purely Green 25, diluted at the rate of two (2) ounces per quart of water is our preferred method for cleaning purchased fresh fruit and vegetables.

We simple spray our fruits and vegetables thoroughly and generously with Purely Green and let it penetrate for several minutes before rinsing.

This removes the oil encrusted toxic chemical pesticides that ordinary veggie washes cannot remove.

This also improves the taste by removing the oil and toxins and extends the freshness and edibility for several additional days.

Purely Green is certified carcinogen free.  Many consumers save the cost of expensive organic produce by removing the insecticides with Purely Green.  This organic cleaner/degreaser helps the environment and poses no threat to humans, animals or marine life.

Recently Ted sent this note to me:  EcoCert International has certified BioWash 25, BioWash 100 and BioWash Soil Amendment as ORGANIC.  This achievement will help enrich hundreds of distributors and thousands of organic growers.

ECOCERT (2) is an organic certification organization, founded in France in 1991. It is based in Europe but conducts inspections in over 80 countries, making it one of the largest organic certification organizations in the world.  The company inspects about 70% of the organic food industry in France and about 30% worldwide. ECOCERT is also a leading certifier of fair trade food, cosmetics and textiles as per ECOCERT Fair Trade Standards.

Congratulations to Ted.  It is great to see other organizations confirm what we have known and have let readers know for decades.

There is also a huge financial savings.  Three quarts of 409 household cleaner delivered by is $16.98 or about $5.66 per quart before shipping.  You then have shipping costs or have to pay to be an Amazon Prime customer for free shipping.  But $5.66 per quart is about the best you’ll get for 409 household cleaner.

One gallon of Purely Green 25 is $96.  This is a concentrate that is mixed 15 to 1 (two ounces per appx. quart 30 ounces of water).  That gallon of Purely Green creates 64 quarts of ready to use at less than $2.00 per quart. 

There is one drawback to the Purely Green products, a high cost of shipping.   Ted does not offer Purely Green in stores and Fedex charges quite a bit for shipping.  The shipping, for a gallon averages out around $26 a gallon.  So the Purely Green and shipping are $122.

If you were to purchase the same amount of a traditional non organic house cleaner (such as Clorox 409) from,  you would pay $266.24 more.  

You can order one gallon here and the shipping is included.

One Gallon of Purely Green 25 $122. Buy Purely Green 25, one gallon

Purely Green

We are bombarded daily with toxicities of every sort.  We see toxic news.  We are sold and served toxic food.  Much of our water supply contains poisons.  There are chemicals in the air.  Anything we can do to reduce the pollution that gets in our bodies can help us get and maintain natural health.  I hope that sharing this program for Purely Green will help create a cleaner world.


(1) Lifespa: Clean and Dirty Foods



You can see a 1st Enviro’s list of all the states that have approved one of the labels and status of other states here.