I’ve made it my mission to make people aware of the toxins surrounding us. What they choose to do with that information is entirely their choice! But – are you aware of the toxins lurking in your home?
What’s your favorite cleaner? Below is a list of the cleaners I used to keep on hand in my home. I’m a bit mortified at the information I found on the Environmental Working Group website.
Murphy Oil Soap Original Formula- http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/349-MurphyOilSoapOriginalFormula#.WbqWcMiGOM8
Murphy Oil Soap All Purpose Cleaner – http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/3328-MurphyOilSoapMurphyAllPurposeMultiSurfaceCleaner#.WbqWg8iGOM8
Lysol Disinfectant Wipes – http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/1216-LYSOLICDisinfectantWipes#.WbqXSMiGOM8
Kaboom Toilet Cleaner – http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/2285-KaboomFoamTasticToiletCleaner#.WbqYSsiGOM8
All of the above listed cleaners are linked to a health concern of some kind. Endocrine (hormone) disruptions, reproductive disruptions, respiratory disruptions, cancer, etc.
Most, if not all, of the above listed cleaners have poor ingredient disclosures. It is not mandated that every ingredient be listed on the label in the cleaning product industry. What in the world? The ingredients that *are* listed in these products are scary enough. I don’t even want to begin to imagine the level of unknown we’re dealing with for the ingredients that aren’t listed.
Guys, there’s over 100,000 chemicals on the market today. Only approximately 15% have been tested and have health and safety data available for them. That means there’s roughly 85,000 chemicals being used that we as consumers have NO idea the consequences of being exposed to.
According to the American Cancer Society, at best 10% of cancer is genetic. That means 90% of gene mutations that lead to cancer are caused by environmental factors. According to the World Health Organization, cancer is the second leading cause of death globally. The number of new cancer cases is expected to rise by 70% over the next two decades.
Those statistics are terrifying. I’m afraid for the generations to come if there is no change. You can exercise and eat right all day long, but these chemicals still exist if you don’t eliminate the products that contain them. Can you control the environment outside of your home? I doubt it. But you *CAN* control the environment inside your home. You can be the gatekeeper. You are the only person that can make that decision.
I’m not saying your’re not going to get cancer if you quit using these chemical-laden products. I’m not saying you will get cancer if you use these chemical-laden products. (You bet there’s more than just cleaners at play here! We’re going to cover those, too. But for the sake of not writing a novel on one blog post, this one is exclusive to cleaners.)
But if you could make the decision to be the gatekeeper to your home, would you? If you could begin eliminating products from your home that we already know do harm, would you?
Thieves Household Cleaner hands down gets my vote. Every single day. Not only do I know what ingredients are being used, because Young Living feels very strongly about transparency and letting the consumer know what they’re *really* getting, the price on it is a fraction of other organic, “clean” cleaners. The price point alone is worth it, AND it is multi-purpose. No other cleaner needs to lurk in household cupboards anymore.
I’ll break down the cost comparison for you real quick. I am a wholesale member.
- Wholesale price of Thieves Household Cleaner 14.4 ounce bottle: $22
- Dilution ratio per Young Living : One part cleaner to 30 parts water
- Spray bottles of cleaner utilized from one bottle of concentrated cleaner : 14
- $22 divided by 14 = $1.57 per 30 ounce spray bottle
I’m not here to tell you this is the only option on the market to reduce chemical exposure, but it is by far the best cleaner I have found. No more worrying if one of my boys squirts the bottle right in his brothers face or right in his mouth. Because yes, that has happened. No, I don’t encourage it. But in this house, surviving motherhood means not hovering over every little thing they do. (They’d still do it anyway.)
Only you can decide what’s best for your family. You have an intuition. For my family, I am *so* thankful to have found something that’s affordable AND 100% plant derived.
Be an advocate for your family. You won’t regret it. I promise.