Ok. You’ve learned about all the horrible things in household products and you’re traumatized.
Where do I even start?
Do I throw everything away and start fresh? But that’s so expensive!
I hear you sister. I’ve been there.
I was basically freaking out when I learned all my household cleaners, cosmetics, and soaps were out to poison my family.
I was downright mad that there aren’t higher standards for the ingredients we put in household products.
Here is what I did to rid my home of toxins.
- There are so many ingredients to be aware of due to cancer-causing properties: Alcohol, Aluminum, DEA/TEA, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, TALC, Parabens and more. These are found in so many common household products and should be avoided as much as possible for more healthful alternatives.
How do I know what I need to check/throw away?
This is a really good question. Here are the biggies:
- Dryer sheets ( click here to see why they’re terrible)
- Windex ( basically every traditional household cleaner)
- Toilet bowl Cleaner
- Air fresheners
- Air Plug-ins
- Chemical sunscreens ( zinc oxide is the only safe ingredient)
- Cosmetics (talc, bismuth, parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, nanoparticles, synthetic fragrance, synthetic colorants, or cheap synthetic fibers is what you don’t want)
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Body soap
- Take it slow.You really don’t half to throw everything out and buy all new. ( unless you have the budget for it, have a trash can party girl!) You have gained the most priceless piece of knowledge now that you want to do better for your family. And that’s all that matters. Use up what you have and start making better choices from now on.
- How do I know what to buy from now on?As you learn about safer products, there is one big thing you have to be careful of, and its called “green washing”. Big box companies start selling “organic” products by advertising with misleading packaging to make the consumer think its safe, when its not. Safe products are becoming exceedingly popular and everyone wants to make some money off of it. Really do your research on the company first. One red flag is if you call the company and ask for a complete ingredient list and they won’t do give it to you.
You want to stay far away from synthetic fragrance when you’re looking for clean products and this is why. In 1976, Congress passed the Toxic Substance Control Act which grandfather in between 63,000 – 100,000 chemicals that were on the market. These chemicals were grandfathered in, without any testing, and are simply unregulated. Today, only about 50% of the chemicals on the market have been subject to any chemical testing at all. Under this act, manufacturers are protected by trade secret laws, so that they do not even have to post what ingredients are in their products. If you go look at a bottle of household cleaner, you may be surprised to see that they only list a small percentage of the ingredients in the bottle.
OK. So what’s your favorite “clean” cleaner?
I’M SO GLAD YOU ASKED!
My favorite all time cleaner in the world is Thieves household cleaner.
It replaced all the cleaners I owned under my sink. Its super inexpensive and works on everything from toilets, greasy stoves, to carpet stains. Thieves comes in a concentrate and lasts forever.
You can grab the kit I got here. You’ll be redirected to Young Living’s site:
Choose ” wholesale member”
Confirm me as your enroller.
Go to “other premium kits” and choose “Thieves kit”.
Continue check out.
That’s it! You’ll get an amber spray bottle and some other goodies from me.
I do make a commission when you purchase a kit, but I wouldn’t recommend it for a second if I didn’t absolutely love it!
Click here to see the different ways I use Thieves.