Lufkin mom raising awareness about alternative cleaning items

Lufkin mom raising awareness about alternative cleaning items

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - For parents with autistic children, everyday items such as laundry detergent can bring an added sense of danger.

A Lufkin mom is hoping she can bring an alternative for everyday household items.

Mahjal Bengiz said keeping everyday items such as laundry detergent and dish soap in her house wasn't an option.

"We started into it not by choice but because we had to do it," Bengiz said.

Bengiz is the mother of an autistic child and said a little over a year ago she was told by her son's doctor to get rid of everything in the house with toxic chemicals.

"Kids with autism are the most sensitive to toxic chemicals which are present in a lot of our household cleaners and detergents," Bengiz said.

And after research she found an alternative.

"For you to get really non toxic household stuff you just have to make your own," Bengiz said.

Simple items such as baking powder organic soap and oil can replace items that are common place in every American house.

Bengiz is leading classes hoping to spread her knowledge to anyone no matter what the reason is.

There are some parents that come to the classes that have autistic children, but many of the students are people who just want to live a healthier lifestyle.

"This is not something new," Bengiz said. "Just because of the rise of modern medicine and technology, people have forgotten that. Now they call it alternative, but really this is the original medicine."

For more on the classes, click here.

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