Do You Use A Variety of Cleaning Products in your Home?
Your cleaning routine may be hazardous to your health and costing you a bundle.
Chemicals used in everyday cleaning products are linked to organ damage, cancer, hormone disruption, liver and kidney toxicity, immune system damage, and reproductive and developmental toxicity.
$600 a year spent on Toxic Chemicals
In 2017, the average American family spent about $600 a year on cleaning products. This includes laundry products, floor and surface cleaners. In an effort to maintain a clean and healthy home, consumers are in fact spending money on products that are causing a dangerous level of toxins to accumulate in the body.
No Safety Standard for Cleaners
Rebecca Sutton, PhD, a senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), explains, “In terms of household cleaners, neither ingredients nor products must meet any sort of safety standard, nor is any testing data or notification required before bringing a product to market.”
Does the Dose Matter?
Dr. Sutton explains: “Our concern is daily, weekly, chronic exposure over a lifetime. Maybe if you’re exposed to a chemical a handful of times it wouldn’t cause harm, but some chemicals build up enough or cause enough harm in your body over time that it triggers some kind of disease outcome. The concept [of body burden] is that pollution is not just in our air and in our water — it’s also in us.”
The Worst Products and Harmful Chemicals
The ingredient “fragrance” is a toxic soup of dozens of harmful chemicals. Fragrance contains phthalates known to cause lung damage and irritation, headaches, sneezing and watery eyes. Throw out any product containing “fragrance” including:
- Air Fresheners
- Laundry products
- Personal care products
Cleaning products with bleach or sodium hypochlorite including:
- Tilex Mold and Mildew remover
- Clorox products
- Kaboom, CLR, Lysol and other Mold and Mildew removers
Antibacterial products with triclosan. Products like:
- Shaving cream
- Toothpaste and mouthwash
- Trash cans
- Cutting boards
Unknown or Unlabeled Ingredients?
PTFE, PEG, Copolymer, Parabens, Dyes, Formaldehyde, Ammonia, Phthalates, SLS. Of the more than 80,000 chemicals currently used in the United States, most haven’t been safety tested for their effects on human health. The laws do almost nothing to protect us from the thousands of untested chemicals put in products.
Home cleaning and personal care products are loaded with harmful chemicals that need to be avoided. Do not trust that the label is accurate or disclosing all ingredients. Do not believe those who say these chemicals are safe and do not harm humans and animals.
VOCs in Cleaning Products
Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs) are found in regular cleaning products and even so-called “green” products. The Environmental Defense of Canada tested the level of VOCs after people used various cleaning products in their homes for 30 minutes.
Using regular cleaning products like Mr. Clean, CLR, Lysol, Windex and Pledge resulted in 120% increase in VOCs.
VOCs increase respiratory problems, allergies, risk for asthma. Pregnant women with regular exposure to VOCs can give birth to babies of lower birth weight and lower IQ.
Cleaning supplies and household products containing VOCs and other toxic substances can include, but are not limited to:
- Aerosol spray products
- Air fresheners
- Chlorine bleach
- Detergent and dishwashing liquid
- Dry cleaning chemicals
- Rug and upholstery cleaners
- Furniture and floor polish
- Oven cleaners
Greenwash Products are Unregulated
Using so-called green products also resulted in an increase in VOCs, 35-100% in the Environmental Defense study. Why? Because there are no safety standards or required labeling on any cleaning products.
Do not fall for marketing spin on packages. Words are meaningless, including:
- Organic (for cleaning products this means carbon-based ingredients and is not the same as “organic” in food which means grown without pesticides and herbicides.
VOCs release harmful fumes and may cause organ damage and cancer.
PFAS Damages Health
There are manufactured chemicals, called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), that are not biodegradable. People are exposed to them through contaminated soil, food, water, and air.
PFAS tied to Kidney Problems
Study Sept 13, 2018
Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
Researchers analyzed 74 studies on PFAS, and found the chemicals are associated with poorer kidney function and other kidney problems. These chemicals are especially dangerous for children who actually have a greater exposure to these chemicals than adults.
“The kidneys are very sensitive organs, particularly when it comes to environmental toxins that can get in our bloodstream,” said Dr. John Stanifer of Duke University in Durham, N.C.
What I Use to Clean my Home
- I use a safe, plant-based cleaner for everything, and it costs about $1 per quart spray bottle.
- Purchased as a concentrate, I add my own water which greatly reduces plastic waste.
- Thieves® essential oil is a powerful combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils.
- Economical – add 1 capful to a quart of water to prepare your spray bottle.
- Safe plant-based ingredients
- Non-Toxic, No synthetic fragrance
Get the Household Ditch and Switch Kit infused with Thieves essential oil.
Thieves® essential oil is a powerful combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils.
Adding the power of Thieves oil means cleaning is safe and easy. Thieves essential oil is an important ingredient in a full range of home cleaning and personal care products, from hand soap to toothpaste.
This kit is a great way to get started on replacing toxic products in your home.
Stop spending $50 a month on toxic cleaning products when one $22 bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner concentrate will give you months of use.
How to Dilute Thieves Household Cleaner
One capful of Thieves Household Cleaner (THC) is equal to approximately ½ tablespoon. I use 1/2 – 1 capful in a 16-32 oz spray bottle for most applications, costing me less than $1 per spray bottle that I make.
- All-purpose cleaner: 30 parts water to 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner
- Heavy degreasing: 15 parts water to 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner
- Light degreasing: 50 parts water to 1 part THC
- Glass and windows: 50 – 100 parts water to 1 part Thieves Household Cleaner
Benefits of Thieves Household Cleaner
- Uses an ultra-concentrated, biodegradable formula
- Helps clean virtually every surface in your home, including floors, glass, counters, walls, and more
- Combines the strength of Thieves® essential oil blend with naturally derived, plant-based ingredients for superior cleaning power
- Effectively cleans without the harsh chemicals found in many traditional cleaners
- Rinses clean and is non-abrasive
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