Detox Your Home

Written by
Jen
on November 11, 2015

Chemicals in your home

Do you have toxic chemicals in your home? You might be surprised where they’re lurking. We just finished a month-long education event in our private members only group (one of the perks to joining our team is access to this group!) where we discussed why we need to detox our homes and ways we can do this. I’ll be posting some of the information our team put together for that event here on the blog.

Here is the first round of info, posted by Jennifer Williams, Young Living Silver:

Do you read the labels on the products you purchase? Have you ever wondered what your skin care products are made from or how the ingredients in your hand soap could affect you and your children? Have you worried what would happen if your kids got into your cleaning supplies? Some of you have started down a road evaluating what kinds of things you have in your house. For others, you might be thinking, “Man, I have no idea what’s in my skin care. Should I care?” Life is a journey and this is one area where all of us are in a different place. Today, I would like to ask you to consider what kinds of hidden dangers could be lurking in your cabinets. After taking the time to learn about harsh chemicals and how they affect my body, my family and I began a slow journey to make changes in our home. One product at a time, we started getting rid of the products filled with toxic chemicals and have replaced those products with non-toxic items in our home! I will fill you in on some of the negative side effects these harsh chemicals can have on you, some statistics about chemicals, a list of chemicals to avoid, and resources you can use to help make educated choices on what items you purchase!

Facts you might want to know

Why should you be concerned about harsh chemicals in your home? Here are some facts about chemicals you might find interesting. . .

*US Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that airborne chemical levels in homes were as much as 70 times higher inside than outside.

*The FDA cannot require companies to do safety testing on their personal care products before they are sold to the public.

*In homes where aerosol sprays and air fresheners were used frequently, mothers experienced 24% more headaches and were 19% more likely to suffer from depression. Additionally, infants under 6 months of age had 30% more ear infections and 22% higher incidents of diarrhea.

*Women who work at home have a 54% higher death rate from cancer than those who work away from home. The 15 year study concluded it was as a direct result of the much higher exposure rate to toxic chemicals in common household products.

*Over 80% of adults and 90% of children in the US have residues of one or more harmful pesticides in their bodies.

*Petrochemical cleaning products in the home are easily absorbed into the skin. Once absorbed, the toxins travel to the blood stream and are deposited in the fatty tissues where they may exist indefinitely.

*On average, women who use makeup daily take in 5 pounds of chemicals each year through their skin.

*The average adult uses nine personal care products each day, containing 126 different chemicals.

*Putting chemicals on your skin or scalp, such as getting a hair dye, may actually be worse than eating them. When you eat something, the enzymes in your saliva and stomach help to break it down and flush it out of your body. However, when you put these chemicals on your skin, they are absorbed straight into your bloodstream without filtering of any kind, going directly to your organs.

Side effects

This is a list of possible side effects that could occur from chemical exposure:
Fatigue, headaches, flu-like symptoms, skin rashes, muscular and joint pain, irritability, digestive upset, insomnia, onset of allergies and asthma, memory and concentration loss, swollen glands, hormonal imbalances, behavioral disorders. Does that sound fun to you? It sure doesn’t sound fun to me!

What to avoid

There are so many chemicals on the market that it’s hard to know which ones to avoid. A good rule of thumb is to look for items with less ingredients and with words you can pronounce! Here are some I look to avoid when I’m shopping. Many of these are known carcinogens. Urea, Parabens, Phthalates, Petroleum by-products, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) (this one is in almost everything including your toothpaste), Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA), formaldehyde, synthetic fragrances, synthetic colors, Mica, Nanoparticles. If you want to know why to avoid these, check out this website! http://benaturallyou.com/information/skin-care/top-10-chemicals-to-avoid/

Resources

If you are looking for some reliable resources regarding chemicals in products, check out these websites:
http://www.ewg.org/ This website is the Environmental Working Group- a nonprofit group dedicated to protecting you and the environment! You can research food items, cosmetics, sunscreens, what chemicals to avoid, etc., on this site!

http://www.goodguide.com/ If you want to search out specific products, this is a great website.

There are 3 apps I like to use. All offer a barcode scanner where you can pick up items in your house, scan the barcode and get a rating on that product. This makes getting rid of things a little bit easier when you can see how bad it is!

The apps are:
Skin Deep by EWG
Think Dirty Inc.
Good Guide

I hope this has helped you get started! There is a lot more information so be sure to check out the next post on how to detox your home Thieves-style!

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