Over the next few days I will be doing some educational posts on Young Living’s Thieves product line and information on how to have a Healthy Home without using harsh chemical products to clean. It is my hope that you will enjoy this information.
Chemicals in cleaning products are some of the most toxic and harmful to the body. By reading these educational posts, you will learn how to detox your home, why you need to, and practical, simple steps to create a healthier home!
These posts are designed to empower each of you with the knowledge to live a more chemical-free lifestyle!
Why is it important to clean with natural ingredients?
You’re at the grocery store and you see a cleaner on the cleaning aisle. It looks cute and makes promises of a germ-free environment. You assume it’s safe for use because it’s sold at the store. Most people assume cleaning products on the grocery store shelf have been tested and are safe for use, but that is simply not true!
Just because a commercial cleaner promises a germ-free environment doesn’t mean there aren’t hidden dangers and other risks associated with its use:
• Conventional cleaning products contain many endocrine-disrupting chemicals that can wreak havoc on your respiratory system, cellular health, thyroid, adrenal glands, and even mental clarity.
• Indoor air quality is five to seven times more toxic than outdoor air quality mainly due to conventional cleaners.
• Children born to women who held cleaning jobs while pregnant have an elevated risk of birth defects, according to a 2010 study by the New York State Department of Health.
• Some ingredients found in cleaners may be linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental toxicity, allergies and irritation, burns and poisonings.
• According to the U.S. EPA, cleaning products contribute to concentrations of many common pollutants that are two to five times higher inside homes than outside.
• Studies show that many toxicants invade our bodies. They have been found in blood, urine and breast milk, as well as in the umbilical cord blood of newborns.
• Nurses who used disinfectants to clean surfaces at least once a week had a 24 percent to 32 percent increased risk of developing lung disease.
• Regular use of cleaning sprays can have as much of an impact on health as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, according to this study
Because of the Toxic Substance Control Act, companies did not have to clear even a basic safety review before using a chemical in a consumer product. Instead of requiring chemical manufacturers to demonstrate that their products were safe before they went into use, the law required the government to prove that a substance caused harm in order to control or replace a dangerous chemical. The law has been slightly updated for newly created chemicals, but the 80,000+ chemicals created in the last century are still being used in the marketplace. Yikes.
But it’s such a small amount!
Ok we get it, chemicals in cleaning in products are bad.
How many of you have heard someone say, “But there’s such a small amount of chemicals in these products, does it really matter?” Or “I’ve been using them for years and I’m fine.”
Have these thoughts ever crossed your mind?
Consider the effects of bioaccumulation. The EPA has stated that small amounts of chemicals are not harmful to the body, but what happens when a small amount of chemicals are found in every single product you use and you use these products every single day, every week, every month for the rest your life?
A small amount of chemicals in your personal care products, hair products, detergents, and cleaning products can add up to big problems and this can put a significant burden on your body. This is called body burden. You feel fine, until one day, you are don’t. Chemicals can stay in your body and build up over time.
•Some chemicals accumulate in our bodies over time
•Impacts may show up long after exposure
•Some chemicals can become harmful or more toxic in combination with other chemicals
•Chemicals can have more impact during certain periods of development (womb, infancy, puberty)
•Even tiny doses can be very potent
What can we do?
Feeling overwhelmed or like every product is harmful to your body?
We’ve been there too.
Take a deep breath, at first it may seem impossible to have a chemical free home, but don’t be overwhelmed. There are a few simple, practical changes that can make a huge impact on your home.
The first step to a chemical free home is to become aware. Understand that there are chemicals found in many household products that can be harmful to your health. You are already becoming aware of harmful chemicals by taking this class!
Step 2: Focus on avoiding chemicals you can control, like the products you choose to have in your home.
Step 3: Educate yourself on ingredients and chemicals you should avoid.
Step 4: Take action. You don’t need to replace every single product in your home tomorrow. Transitioning to a healthy, plant-based home is lifestyle journey and you can make changes overtime. Start by replacing the products you use most frequently. This may be your household cleaner or maybe your hand soap. Focus on replacing products used on those most susceptible. Children and those with a compromised immune system can be more prone to the harmful effects of chemicals.
What products are you switching out first?