I went to a home improvement store this weekend. My husband and I are working on updating a closet and it was time to purchase some organizational pieces to complete the project.
As I walked into the store, I was struck with the high volume of cleaning products diplayed. I'm talking shelf upon shelf and row upon row. Maybe it was so eye-catching because the shelves were tall and reached far beyond my eye-level, which, I admit, isn't hard to do, but that's not the point. The point is, there must have been hundreds of the same cleaners stacked high waiting to be purchased.
And that made me sad.
I know when choosing products to use in our homes, it seems easiest to just grab whatever items are available at the local stores. However, those products may not be the safest. Sadly many of them - even the “green” ones - contain ingredients you do NOT want in your house or anywhere near your family!
Now, I didn't stop to take a closer look a what was on the shelves, so I'm not sure if the products claimed to be "clean" or if they
- Formaldehyde - This is a preservative that is often seen in lotions, cosmetics, and baby wipes. It’s a known carcinogen and can cause skin and respiratory irritations.
- Phthalates - These are a group of chemicals found in personal care products and many plastics and vinyls. They can affect your endocrine system, reproductive health, and even potentially cause cancer.
- VOCs - Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are gases that are emitted into the air. They’re found in some building materials, home and personal products, gasoline, and even things like glue and permanent markers. Breathing VOCs can cause eye, nose and throat irritation as well as difficulty breathing and nausea, even damage to the central nervous system and other organs. Some VOCs can even cause cancer.
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) - These are surfactants commonly used as an emulsifying cleaning agent in household cleaning products (laundry detergents, spray cleaners, and dishwasher detergents). In other words they keep things mixed up and help them create lather. Oftentimes they are synthetically derived and have the potential to cause skin irritation.
- Ethanolamines (MEA, DEA, and TEA) - These are found in many household and personal care products and have been linked to organ system toxicity, bioaccumulation, and even cancer.
- Triclosan - This is found in many antibacterial soaps, hand sanitizers, and detergents as well as some toothpastes, deodorants, cosmetics, plastics, and more. It can affect the thyroid and endocrine system and was recently banned by the FDA to be used in “antiseptic washes” but can still be found in some other products like toothpaste, cosmetics, and even clothing, kitchenware, furniture, and toys.
- Fragrance - The word “fragrance” can appear on a label and contain an enormous list of ingredients that a company is not required to disclose, as it is considered a ‘trade secret.’ That means a product could contain some awful ingredients and the consumer wouldn’t even know! These chemicals could be linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental toxicity, allergies and sensitivities. Why take the risk?
Doesn’t that sound exhausting to have to read label after label, wondering if what you’re using is safe?! Thankfully you have help.
HERE'S WHAT I RECOMMEND YOU DO:
1. Download an app called Think Dirty. I discovered it when I began ditching and switching in my home. Its a handy tool that helps you shop clean. It rates a product based on it's ingredients. For example, if you use Dawn dish soap, go get it and scan the barcode. A picture of the bright blue bottle will come up with a rating of 8. However, it doesn't just leave it at that. The app rates each ingredient and explains it's possible health impact. A rating of 0-3 is green and considered clean, 4-6 is yellow and labeled half/half, and 7-10 is red and called dirty. You'll want to aim to find as many green products as possible and avoid those in the red.
Go ahead. Try it out. Heres a link. I get no benefit from suggesting it to you other than the pleasure of sharing a resource I find to be tremendously helpful when I'm researching a new product. https://thinkdirtyapp.com/
2. Or, if that seems inconvenient and too time consuming, consider the easy button of ditching and switching with Young Living. You won’t find ANY of the above listed ingredients in their products, especially in the Thieves line. You can trust that what you’re purchasing is truly a SAFE product. Young Living never uses any artificial dyes, harsh chemicals, or synthetic fragrances. How wonderful is that?!
And the best part… it all comes directly to your door. Easy peasy!
From the kitchen to the bathroom and every room in between, you can find products that meet a strict seed to seal standard that will not compromise your health.
Why Young Living?
Now, there are many products in the Thieves line, and I DO want to share all of them with you. However, I also
don't want to overwhelm you with all the the things if becoming aware of the toxic products in your home
is new to you.
So, I've broken this post into two parts. This is part one. Part two will introduce you to many more easy
button products YL has to help you ditch and switch with out the hard work of reading every. single. label.
Thieves Household Cleaner is a great place to start
Are you convinced yet?
Ready to give Thieves a try?
I thought you would be! I put together a bundle to get you started. Go Hereto order your very own Thieves cleaning products. It has the basics of the household cleaner, kitchen scrub, dishwasher soap, dish soap and hand soap. Ditching the harsh chemical cleaners and switching to a plant based, sweet and spicy, smell from the bottle, all purpose cleaners has never been more fun! Cleaning and fun may seem like an oxymoron, but seeing the results of Thieves Household Cleaner and enjoying a smell that doesn't give you a headache makes it possible!
Wait… there’s more! A clean living makeover is possible and easy in every area of your home with Thieves! Keep reading and then make the switch.