Monday, July 13, 2020

Are Your Cleaning Products Causing Your Health Problems?

     Do you suffer from asthma, allergies, hormonal issues, mood swings, low energy, skin problems, and other typical health issues? Your cleaning products may be part of the problem. Conventional household cleaning products, including laundry products, contain an alarming array of synthetic chemicals linked to reproductive and developmental harm, cancer, and numerous other health effects.

What Cleaners Do To Your Body 
1. Lung Damage on Par With Smoking
* cleaning as little as 1x per week over the long term causes lung damage

2. Harmful to Immune System
* being too sterile is unhealthy
* chemical cleaners kill beneficial bacteria

3. Lung Penetrating Air Pollution
* cleaners often contain toxic air contaminants, VOC's, terpenes, and synthetic fragrances that harm lungs and respiratory system

4. Breathing Problems
* there is an increased risk of rhinitis after exposure to cleaners

5. Asthma
* cleaners make asthma worse, and in some cases causes asthma

6. Dermatitis
* contain contact allergens that irritate the skin

What To Use Instead of Chemical Cleaning Products
Just because a product is sold on the supermarket shelf, doesn't mean it is safe. It's easy to avoid bringing toxic cleaning products into your home. Here are my top recommendations:
  • Most people don’t need industrial disinfectants for home cleaning. Use ingredients like white vinegar, baking soda and castile soap for cleaning purposes. When you do need a more potent cleaner, use germ-killing essential oils, including Young Living Thieves essential oil blend. 
  • When in doubt, choose unscented products.
  • Avoid antibacterial soap that include the active ingredient triclosan and ingredients used to replace triclosan.
  • Don’t always trust “green” or “natural” cleaners. Many purportedly eco-friendly cleaners contain carcinogens, toxic fragrances and VOCs similarly to regular store-bought cleaners. 
  • Use the "Think Dirty" app to see how your cleaners rank and to find safer alternatives.

I use my Thieves all-purpose household cleaner for cleaning everything from my counters, dinner table, bathroom, my kid’s rooms, and everything in between. With Young Living, cleaning those surfaces while avoiding the harsh chemicals is easy. 

 Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner

1 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner
500 ml water

All you do is mix 1-2 capfuls with some water and put it in a spray bottle. I keep a few of these around my home to clean up messes throughout the day.
Another solution is to make your own cleaner~

All Purpose Cleaner

¼ cup white vinegar
1 ¾ cups distilled water
30 drops Young Living essential oil 
(I love Thieves, although Lemon, Lime, and Orange are also good)

Mix all of the ingredients together in a 500 ml spray bottle and shake the bottle well before each use.

15 drops each of Lavender & Lemon
10 drops each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, & Orange
30 drops Thieves essential oil blend
15 drops each of Grapefruit & Thieves 

Young Living also makes Thieves Laundry Soap, Foaming Hand Wash, Toothpaste, Dish Soap, Fruit & Veggie Wash, Toothpaste, and even Breath Mints!

Interested in learning more about natural solutions for women's health and beauty? Join Keeping It Real Natural Living FB group! It's the home of my FREE Detox Your Diet in 7 Days Challenge too!

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