Many families are seeking to live a toxin free life. Although it’s impossible to avoid all chemicals, avoiding as many as possible can certainly provide many benefits. There are several areas where we can cut the toxins in our homes – cleaning products, laundry products, and personal care products. Sit back and enjoy the information here. It might be depressing at first to see all the toxins that are in our products, but take heart because there ARE wonderful alternatives!
Toxins in Personal Care Products
One of the main ingredients in all antibacterial soaps is triclosan. It is believed to disrupt thyroid function and hormone levels. Some studies also say that the overuse of antibacterial soaps has made antibiotic resistant strands of bacteria. This can cause all kinds of problems, one being the increase of MRSA. No one wants more of that!
Shampoos, creams, deodorants and everything else we put into our bodies go directly into our largest organ – our skin! The beauty care industry is one of the least regulated industries in the world. This is where the buyer needs to do their homework. The main ingredients to avoid include SLS (sodium laurel sulfate), parabens, phthalates, fragrances, proylene glycol, alcohol, DEA, and petrolatum for starters.
Companies are not required to list all ingredients in personal care products and most of them don’t because they want to preserve their trade secrets. If the government doesn’t require ingredients to be listed, companies won’t list them.
Toxins in our Food
When we purchase fruits and vegetables in the store, we don’t realize how many chemicals have been used on them to make them look so good. It is important to buy organic produce whenever possible. Organic produce is becoming more popular and should become even more affordable as more people ask for it.
Toxins in Our Laundry
Even though we think laundry is clean if it smells perfumey, we don’t realize how many harmful chemicals are in detergents and softeners. We breathe these chemicals all day because they are on our clothes and then we breathe them all night because they are in our sheets. Too much of a good thing is too much and too much of a bad thing can negatively impact our family’s health! This graphic shows the link to asthma because of toxin overload. Has anyone noticed how many more people have asthma today than 40 years ago? It’s not just a coincidence!
Toxins in our Cleaning Products
We think that we have to use harmful chemicals to get our house really clean, but that is not the truth. We have been trained to think that killing germs needs to be done with chemicals.
I have used lots of natural and toxin-free cleaners over the years and I found them to be very ineffective. Most of the “green cleaners” that companies produce, usually contain just as many chemicals as the non-green cleaners and are not truly toxin-free. They are just labeled differently. I will share all the effective alternatives we use at the end of this post.
Toxin Alternatives – What to Use Instead
Hand Soap and Toothpaste – Our alternative to toxin-laden antibacterial soap and toothpaste is the Thieves line of products from Young Living Essential Oils. The toothpaste is very good for our gums and teeth and doesn’t have any harmful chemicals in it. It has Thieves essential oil in it which is very supportive of mouth and dental maintenance.
The foaming hand soap smells and works great. It also contains Thieves essential oil which is very supportive of the immune system. The Thieves Waterless Hand Cleaner is also great when we are out and about and feel the need to get the germs off our hands.
Some families choose to make their own toothpaste with natural ingredients and you are certainly welcome to do that. Here is our natural hand soap recipe.
Fruit and Vegetable Wash – Young Living has a fruit and vegetable wash available in a spray bottle or pourable bottle. Another alternative is to use a spray bottle and fill it with 5-8 drops Thieves oil and water. Spray down produce and let sit for a few minutes. Then wash off.
Laundry Detergent – The Thieves Laundry detergent is amazing. It works well and uses just about 1 teaspoon for each normal load in a HE washer. Cost is about 45 cents per load but the fact that it cleans well and contains no harmful chemicals is important to our family. I use wool balls and homemade dryer sheets made with vinegar and essential oils to help soften our clothes and remove static in the dryer.
Air Fresheners and Candles – These products also contain potentially harmful chemicals so we choose to diffuse essential oils instead. They provide a clean fresh scent that is actually beneficial to our family’s health. Always use a cool mist micronizing diffuser and never heat essential oils.
Cleaning Products – Only one cleaner is necessary to clean anything in the house. Thieves Cleaner can replace every cleaning product you have in your house! It is incredibly powerful and there is nothing on the label that says “if ingested call poison control.” I take 1/2 T Thieves Cleaner (capful) and put it in a large spray bottle with water and clean everything in my house for months! PLUS it’s THE most effective cleaner I have EVER used! I have cleared out ALL my other cleaners and just have this one on the shelf. Have you used it yet?
To start your toxin free life, Young Living has a nice sampling of home care products that can be purchased in a kit valued at $300 for $160 that includes: Thieves Cleaner (2 bottles), Thieves spray (2 bottles), Thieves mouthwash, Thieves waterless hand cleaner (2 bottles), Thieves hand soap (2 bottles), Thieves toothpaste, Thieves essential oil, Stress Away essential oil, essential oil samples and bottles. This all comes with a Young Living membership that allows you to purchase Young Living products at the wholesale cost. Please contact me if you’re interested and I can answer all your questions and guide you along the way.
I hope this post has been helpful in explaining the toxins in the products we use. Do some research on the chemicals and use the products and recipes I provided here and you should be on your way to a toxin free house.