Seems a little counter-intuitive, no? While keeping a clean and tidy home is visually appealing, we also clean to … well, clean. We want the dirt, microbes and gunk out of our homes and away from the people we love.
Most popular cleaning products are hazardous to our health.
I spent well over a decade of my adult life never considering that exposure to conventional cleaning products could be hugely detrimental to my health. I mean obviously I knew not to drink the stuff, and when my kids were teeny we made sure to install the ever-annoying childproof cabinet thingies, but I never spent one iota of time truly considering the impact of these chemicals on my health.
There are many things my younger-self did that leave the current me dumbfounded and this certainly makes the list. The real truth is those common household brands like Lysol, Clorox, Fabuloso, Windex, PineSol, etc. should be packaged with a big fat skull and crossbones, a red flashing light and a voiceover that says “poison, poison, poison” in the most dreadful, fear-inciting tone. (For those of us who don’t easily clue into the obvious.)
Are conventional cleaners really THAT bad?
While drinking these chemicals would require an immediate call to poison control and probably a scary trip to the ER, contact exposure through our skin and respiratory system is something to be taken very seriously as well. The fact is, most of what we come in contact with through our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream. And in the lungs, very tiny blood vessels are in constant contact with the air we breathe in. As a result, airborne contaminants can be easily absorbed through this tissue.
Yes, they are really. that. bad. Ingredients in these common household brands are known human carcinogens and endocrine disrupting compounds. They are linked to asthma and other respiratory conditions. Some have an association with developmental effects and reproductive problems. The list goes on and on. With the millions of tons of these popular cleaners lining the shelves of your neighborhood Walmart, Target and CVS, is it any wonder why the CDC reports that as of 2012, about half of all adults—117 million people—had one or more chronic health conditions? And one of four adults had two or more chronic health conditions? Yikes.
Here’s the good news.
Clearly exposure to toxic chemicals can’t take the full blame for the dismal state of health in America, but we do know they are certainly contributory to our ever-frightening overall health outcomes. There are a lot of toxic exposures in our daily lives that we can’t control, but guess what? Swapping out our toxic home cleaning products for a product that will get the job done without digging you an early grave is easy to do.
The little bottle that could.
Once I finally got clued-into the fact I was poisoning myself and my family on a daily basis with conventional cleaning products, I needed a safe alternative. Enter my now beloved Thieves Household Cleaner. It is formulated with the power of Young Living’s Thieves essential oil blend, and provides a deep clean without dangerous or synthetic ingredients. Thieves Cleaner also includes Lemon essential oil for an even more uplifting aroma. It smells great and can be used for every surface in the home. It’s also super multi-purpose and crazy affordable! The cleaner comes ultra concentrated and is easy to dilute for every cleaning need. When diluted for standard all purpose cleaning, it comes to a little less than a dollar per bottle, compared to $3-$6 for conventional all-purpose cleaning. That’s winning anyway you look at it.
I still keep a toxin-free powder around for added scrubbing power like baking soda or BonAmi and have mixed up an essential oil-based furniture polish for our older wooden surfaces but other than that, Thieves Household Cleaner takes care of all of our cleaning needs. Need some ideas on how to incorporate Thieves Cleaner into your daily cleaning routine? This blog from Young Living gives you three innovative ways to put it to good use.
Little changes have a BIG impact.
Did you know that there is evidence to suggest that the broad variety of toxins we carry around in our bodies have a synergistic effect with each other. A sort of 1 + 1 = 3 situation. In other words, the pesticides you were exposed to while working in your yard and the mercury toxicity you acquired from your amalgam dental fillings combine to have a more deleterious effect on your health than either would independently.
We are exposed to so many toxins every day for which we have no control over. And since we know how harmful the cumulative effect of these toxins can be, it only makes sense to make the easy changes to reduce our overall toxin-load. Tossing those toxic household cleaners is one of those easy changes that can significantly reduce daily toxin exposure and lead to a happier, healthier life.
Who knew such a little change could make such a big difference?