Why Worry about Chemicals in the Home
The Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976 grandfathered in an estimated 65,000-100,000 chemicals currently on the market today. What does that mean to you? Simply put: these chemicals have not had any safety testing and we know very little information about their effects. Of the chemicals tested, toxic labeling is required only if 50% or more of the animals tested with a chemical die. Under the TSCA, manufacturers are protected by trade secrets laws that allow them to keep their ingredient lists a secret. This is one of many reasons we want to avoid toxic chemicals in the home.
The bottle looks cute and makes promises of a germ free environment The bottle may even warn of immediate health dangers or poisoning but what’s missing from the label is the hidden danger of long term toxicity. Conventional cleaning products wreak havoc on the respiratory system, cellular health and even mental clarity of those who are exposed to them. The Volatile Organic Compounds, (gases emitted from certain solids or liquids which represent a variety of chemicals) of the cleaning agents remain in the air long after the surface has been cleaned. While there is not yet a standard of safety established for non-industrial buildings, it is interesting to note that OSHA does regulate the carcinogenic VOC formaldehyde to a permissible level of .75ppm. +The average home measures an astonishing VOC level of 50ppb. +A common furniture polish reads 275 ppb after exposure while surfaces wipes often requested on the school shopping lists measure 1.798 ppb after use. +Most shocking of all is the VOC measure of a common surface spray advertising to kill 99.9% of germs at 12,000+ ppm. Notice we have no moved from parts per billion to parts per million. It is no wonder that the quality of air inside your home is now five to seven times more toxic than outdoor air quality. The consumer household cleaning products sales market was a 7.3 Billion dollar industry in 2007. The good new is, thanks to consumer awareness, the sale of chemical household products is slowing from a previous growth rate of 10% annually. Perhaps a new DIY ingredient savvy generation is to thank!
A Few Chemicals to Avoid
There are so many chemicals in our everyday products that are harmful to our health and bodies without us even knowing. What we want to do is EMPOWER our people and EDUCATED everyone on what to avoid and how to avoid it. Here are a few to be aware of: +Fragrance: Short term toxicity can include coughing, skin irritation, rash, wheezing, headaches, nausea, vomiting, and irritability. Long term toxicity can include cancer, lung disease, heart disease and reproductive disorders. Found in: scented candles, perfumes, lotions, and more +Triclosan: Used in many formulations as an antibacterial agent to prevent or reduce bacterial contamination and registered as a pesticide by the EPA. Topical absorption of triclosan has shown disturbances to the endocrine system, and is believed to lead to birth defects and uncontrollable cell growth Found in: soaps, deodorants, cosmetics, shave gel, first aid spray, kitchenware and children’s toys. +Phthalates: A low cost endocrine disrupting chemical that in lab studies has shown to interfere with hormone production in rats and mimic estrogen in human studies. Found in: plastic food packaging, lotions, skin moisturizers, fragrance, cleaners, glues and nail polish. +Formaldehyde: This is a known carcinogen and recognized as such by the Cancer Institute. Exposure can cause eye irritation, asthmatic response, skin irritation, headaches and nausea. Long term effects include cancer and possibly leukemia. Although products generally contain small amounts, when this chemical is used in many common everyday household items in addition to being present in our wood, sheetrock and furniture, our exposure adds up. To make things even more alarming, this isn’t an easy ingredient to find. The ingredients is often listed as it’s fragmented name. Found in: baby shampoo, pet shampoo, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, sunblocks, cosmetics, baby wipes, toothpaste, and more.
Did you know that if you are not ready just yet to dive into oils, you can join our team by purchasing the Thieves Starter kit filled with many of the thieves items to get you closer to a chemical free home? How long are you going to wait to take the amount of chemicals in your home seriously? More and more studies coming out and the effects they are having on our bodies.
Thieves Home Cleaner
With the power of Young Living’s Thieves oil blend, you can get a deep clean without dangerous or synthetic ingredients. Thieves cleaner also includes the scent of Lemon essential oil for an even more uplifting aroma.
This all-purpose cleaner can be used on any surface in your home for dusting, spot cleaning,
scrubbing, or any other cleaning need. Wherever you use it, you’ll feel good knowing it’s safe to use around everyone in your family, including pets. Spot test in an inconspicuous area before applying this product to woods, plastics, fabrics, and granite. If staining or damage occurs, discontinue use on the material.
Suggested Ratios According to Usage:
All Purpose // Combine 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner and 2–3 cups water. Add this to a glass spray bottle and use on:
Kitchen Sink - Daily Cleaner
Degreaser // Combine 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner and 1-2 cups water. For heavy cleaning, use half or quarter the amount of water. If necessary, use a cloth to apply Thieves Household Cleaner undiluted. After cleaning, wipe the area with a cloth dampened with water.
Add this to a glass spray bottle and use on:
Kitchen Sink - Deep Cleaner
Floors and Tile
Glass and Mirror Cleaner // Combine 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner, 5 drops Citrus Fresh™ essential oil blend, 1 teaspoon white vinegar, and 3 cups water."
Thieves Starter Kit
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