Healthier Home

The Sad Reality

The American Cancer Society estimates that 90-95% of all cancers are environmental and preventable. That means you can do something about it...TODAY!! 

Removing toxins from your home doesn’t just protect you and your family, it preserves the generations who will come after you. 

The average person applies 300 harsh chemicals to their body every single day, and 80 of those harsh chemicals before breakfast! Most from four things - soap, makeup, shampoo, and hair care. The biggest pollutants in our home are fabric softener, dryer sheets, air freshener plug-ins, and candles. You are literally poisoning your family every day with the stuff that you can't pronounce in your home, like your bright blue dish soap, the cleaner you use for your kitchen counter, processed food, and more. Health and safety data only exists for 15% of all the harsh chemicals out there, even though so many are known to cause asthma or endocrine disruptions. 

There are over 185,000 known harsh chemicals actively used in products in the United States today. The average person puts 300 chemicals a day on their skin through 4 things: soap, shampoo, makeup, and hair are. 80 of those chemicals are used before breakfast. The FDA says to date, less than 15% of all chemicals in the U.S. have been thoroughly studied for their side effects. Common side effects of chemical uses: endocrine disruptors, which make you gain weight, skin issues, asthma, and even cancer. There is a better way to get the points on out of your home. It comes down to making smarter decisions. 

In an article published by The Guardian in 2019, "research published this year found that one in three adults claim to have experienced health problems caused by fragranced products, whether perfumes, cosmetics, laundry detergents or soap. The study found that fragrance sensitivity caused migraines, watery eyes and respiratory issues. A lead researched and professor at the University of Melbourne, characterized fragrance sensitivity as a healthcare epidemic of which we don't yet know the scale." (1)

The Hidden Toxins in Air Fresheners & Scented Candles

Synthetic fragrances may be the most common type of harsh-chemical in your home.

Air fresheners, plug-in type deodorizers, and scented candles can emit hundreds of harmful chemicals known to be carcinogens, respiratory and endocrine disruptors, and reproductive toxicants, even at low levels.

In 2014, Scientific American Reported that a study in the journal, Environmental Health Perspectives, shows a strong link between exposure to phthalates (chemicals that are found in air fresheners and often plastics) during pregnancy and the child’s future risk of asthma.

The Hidden Toxins in Household Cleaning Products

The 3 most common toxins in household cleaners:

  1. 2-Butoxyethanol (commonly found in window and multipurpose cleaners)
    Risks: sore throats when inhaled, at high levels can also contribute to narcosis, pulmonary edema, and severe liver and kidney damage
  2. Ammonia (commonly found in bathroom and window cleaners, as well as jewelry cleaner)
    Risks: can trigger asthma, and chronic bronchitis with regular exposure.
  3. Bleach & Chlorine (commonly found in scouring powders, toilet bowl cleaners, mildew removers, and laundry whiteners)
    Risks: can cause acute respiratory and skin irritations, and can be a chronic hormone disruptor.

 

The Hidden Toxins in Laundry Detergents & Fabric Softeners

Scented, petroleum-based laundry detergents contain high levels of VOCs. These hazardous chemicals are linked to asthma and, possibly cancer. They add to indoor air pollution, and are absorbed through your skin, which can create a host of problems.

Fabric softeners and dryer sheets coat our clothes with a subtle layer of slimy chemicals, which is why they feel a little softer. The most common softening chemicals are called “quats” (short for quaternary ammonium compounds).

Did you know that 83.33% of fabric softeners get a D or F rating from the Environmental Working Group?

The Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics, a leading international authority or asthma, calls these chemicals “asthmagens”, which are substances that can cause asthma to develop in otherwise healthy people.

Source: Rebecca Sutton, PhD, EWG Senior Scientist

 

The Hidden Toxins in Toiletries and Beauty Products

The skin is the largest organ and anything that comes into contact with it can be rapidly absorbed into our bloodstream. A baby’s skin is three-times thinner and more absorbent than adults’ skin.

Young children are more vulnerable to toxic exposure due to their developing organs and reproductive system, therefore it is important to avoid these chemicals whenever possible.

Check out the Dirty Dozen. The Dirty Dozen is a list of twelve ingredients that we suggest avoiding when choosing products for your home.

The "Dirty Dozen" to Avoid:

 

1. BHA and BHT is an Endocrine disruptor and carcinogen and is used mainly in cosmetics as preservatives.

2. Coal tar dyes are carcinogens and have a heavy metal toxicity; they are commonly found in processed foods, lipstick, hair dyes.

3. DEA-related ingredients are also carcinogens; they are found in creamy or foaming products, such as moisturizers and shampoos.

4. Dibutyl phthalates are Endocrine disruptors, as well as a reproductive toxicant; they are commonly used in nail care products.

5. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are a carcinogen; they are used in a variety of cosmetics as preservatives.

6. Parabens are Endocrine disruptors and they may interfere with male reproduction; they are used in cosmetics as preservatives.

7. Parfum/Fragrance are carcinogens, and can cause neurotoxicity, allergies and skin sensitivities; they are used in variety of cosmetics to add aroma. Companies do not have to disclose the ingredients due to “trade secret”.
Young Living essential oils are NOT fragrances.

8. PEG compounds: can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane which may be a carcinogen; this ingredient is commonly used as the base for cosmetic creams.

9. Petrolatum is also carcinogen; it is used in hair products for shine, and as the moisture barrier in lip balms/sticks.

10. Siloxanes are also Endocrine disruptors, as well as a reproductive toxicant; they are used in cosmetics to soften, smooth & moisten.

11. Sodium laureth sulfates are carcinogens; they are used in foaming cosmetics, shampoos, cleansers, and bubble bath.

12. Triclosans are also Endocrine disruptors, and can cause antibiotic resistance; they are found in toothpastes, cleansers, and antiperspirants.

 

+ a bonus to the list here:

13. Aluminum. Aluminum is found in anti-perspirants, gets absorbed into the body, and is able to cross the blood-brain barrier.


By reading labels and seeking fragrance-free products derived from natural sources, you can help protect your family from these toxic harsh chemicals.

What is an Endocrine Disruptor?
Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that may interfere with the body’s endocrine system and produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects in both humans and wildlife. According to the Environmental Working Group, “There is no end to the tricks that endocrine disruptors can play on our bodies: increasing production of certain hormones; decreasing production of others; imitating hormones; turning one hormone into another; interfering with hormone signaling; telling cells to die prematurely; competing with essential nutrients; binding to essential hormones; accumulating in organs that produce hormones.

 

Making the switch to health-promoting products is easy...

It’s simple and inexpensive to replace virtually every toxic product in your home with a clean switch from the YL product lines! 

Diffusing essential oils provides a safe and effective method for purifying and scenting the air in your home as a fantastic alternative to harmful air fresheners, candles, and plug-ins.

Thieves Fruit & Veggie Spray or Fruit & Veggie Soak

Utilizes naturally derived ingredients and the cleaning power of Thieves essential oil blend to effectively wash produce at home or on the go.

Thieves Fruit and Veggie spray is great for single-use servings or when you are away from home. The convenient 2-oz spray bottle bits it a purse, backpack, or carry-on, making it easily accessible. With just a few spritzes, you can quickly and efficiently clean fruit and vegetables no matter where you are.

Thieves fruit and veggie soak is a perfect choice when cleaning larger amounts of produce. With the help of DiGize, Purification, and Thieves essential oil blends, you can prepare produce from a wonderful meal or healthy snack.

Thieves Household Cleaner

Is a powerful, all-purpose, concentrated cleaner formulated with 100% plant and mineral based ingredients. Thieves household cleaner is biodegradable and complies with EPA standards

Dilution Chart

Light Degreasing
1:60 (1 capful cleaner to 3.75 cups water)

Medium Degreasing
1:30 (1 capful cleaner to less than 2 cups water)

Heavy Degreasing
1:15 (1 capful cleaner to less than 1 cup water)

Dishwashing Liquid
1:100 (1/2 capful cleaner to 3+ cups water)

Floor Cleaner
1:100 (a capful cleaner to 6.25 cups water)

Fabrics, Carpet Spotting, etc.
1:40 (1 capful cleaner to 2 cups water)

Glass
1:320 (1 capful cleaner to 5 quarts water)

Sink, Tub, Tile Cleaner
1 capful cleaner to 1 cup Baking Soda (mix well) 

Thieves Laundry Soap

With a plant-based formula, Thieves laundry soap gently and naturally washes your clothes, cleaning them without any chemical or synthetic residue. Natural enzymes and powerful essential oils add to the formula’s strength to leave your clothes fresh and clean with a light citrus scent.

DIY
Add 3-4 drops of your favorite essential oil combination and re-use for up to 2-3 loads of laundry before needing to reapply oils -- for a fresh, static-free experience that can also actually speed up your drying time!

 

Young Living has many safe and natural options for all of your family’s needs! Lotions, shower gels, deodorants, shave oils, shampoo and conditioners, skin care, makeup, and much more!

Thieves Whitening Toothpaste

This Thieves Whitening Toothpaste is clinically proven to clean and whiten teeth, using the Thieves essential oil blend without fluoride and synthetic dyes.

Thieves Foaming Hand Soap

Blends Thieves, lemon, and orange essential oils with other natural ingredients. It is a gentle and effective alternative to antibacterial soaps laden with toxins.

Thieves Hand Sanitizer

Waterless and convenient hand sanitizer that is clinically proven to kill 99.9% of germs!

 

You can't control all of the toxins you'll be exposed to. But you can draw a line in the sand and say "no more" when it comes to what is found within the walls of your home. Make a better choice today. Make the switch to oils. Oils for your deodorant instead of deodorant with aluminum. Oils in your toothpaste instead of toothpaste with fluoride. Switch out your glass cleaner and multi-surface cleaner with Thieves cleaner. Use Thieves laundry soap to get rid of your laundry soap with sodium laurel sulfate in it - known to cause cancer. There is a better way. Start with 1 small step at a time; one small swap each month. A chemical free home is a safer home. 

 

Sources:
(1) - 
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/sep/15/fragrance-sensitivity-why-perfumed-products-can-cause-profound-health-problems