Detoxing Your Home

thievesWe are exposed to harmful toxins on a daily basis.  Toxic chemicals are found everywhere in our environment: in our food, water, the air we breathe, the products we use on our skin and in our cleaning and laundry products.  We have the most control over the choices we make with the products we use in our homes on a daily basis.  Even when we buy cleaning products labeled “green” or “environmentally friendly” they aren’t as toxin free as we might think.  Household cleaning products are not required to have all of the ingredients listed so reading labels won’t always provide answers.  A solution is to research various cleaning products on the EWG website and purchase from companies who provide complete disclosure about what’s in their products.

Over time I have researched and found some products that work well for me.  Here’s what I use:

Cleaning

A friend of mine has her own cleaning business and was having a host of health issues.  She determined that many were being caused by reactions to the cleaning products she was using on a daily basis.  It makes sense since many cleaning products have warnings like “avoid prolonged or repeated skin contact” and “this product can cause coughing or irritation of nose and throat”.  She began using Young Living Essential Oils and other natural ingredients like lemons, baking soda and vinegar to make her own cleaning products.  They are economical and clean beautifully without any irritation for her or her clients and there are no disinfectant smells lingering.   This is truly “green” cleaning!

As with any product it is important to purchase from companies with integrity as there are many essential oils on store shelves that are not pure.  My husband and I were introduced to Young Living Essential Oils last year and love the oils.  I use Thieves Cleaner in a big spray bottle with water to clean and disinfect.  It not only disinfects*, it smells great and is completely safe.  Young Living products are sold only through distributors (my husband is one).  For more information about Young Living Essential Oils click here.

*Thieves® Oil is scientifically documented to be highly anti-infectious, antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic. During an independent study conducted at Weber State University in 1997, this therapeutic blend of oils was proven to kill 99.96% of all airborne bacteria.

Laundry

For laundry I use Tropical Traditions Powdered Laundry Detergent and Oxygen Bleach.  This gets clothes clean without harsh detergents or chemicals.  Instead of fabric softener I use a couple of drops of Young Living Lavender essential oil and a 1/2 cup of white vinegar.  Whether it goes into the dryer or hangs to dry, everything comes out clean and smelling fresh!

Dishes

In the dishwasher I use a small amount of Powdered Dishwasher Detergent along with 2 drops of Young Living Lemon essential oil.  For washing dishes by hand I use Household Traditions Dish Liquid.

Hand Soap

It is a good idea to avoid antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers.  You can do a google search and find many articles about the issues and even the FDA is questioning the use of antibacterial soaps (although the FDA recommends alcohol based hand sanitizers so haven’t quite gotten it right yet).  Most contain triclosan and/or triclocarban.  Do a Google search and you will find many articles on the dangers of these chemicals.  Many soaps also contain fragrance which is problematic.  I like Tropical Traditions Liquid Soap which contains only virgin coconut oil.  You can add a few drops of Thieves to make it antibacterial!

Happy cleaning!

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