Green Cleaning with Essential Oils | 10 Day Challenge

Green Cleaning with Essential Oils is easier than you think!

Here are some interesting facts about cleaning ~

Women today are still doing over 70% of the housework in the average home.

. . . The cleaning industry in the U.S. employs about 3.4 million cleaning workers.  Of those, women comprise nearly 90% of the maids and housekeepers.

Children are often more vulnerable  to chemicals because their organs and immune systems are not yet fully developed, and certain chemicals may interfere with the development of their neurological, endocrine and immune systems.

Many household cleaners contain chemicals, some of which are toxic.  These chemicals may cause short-term health problems like skin and eye irritation when you use them and they may have long-term health impacts as well.

Chlorine bleach is commonly used to treat drinking water, sanitize swimming pools, and to whiten laundry, yet is a strong eye, skin, and respiratory irritant. Mixing chlorine bleach with other cleaners like ammonia can release dangerous chlorine gas. Exposure to chlorine gas can cause coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, or other symptoms.

Ammonia is often included in glass cleaners and other hard-surface cleaners, and can be irritating to the skin, eyes, throat, and lungs. Ammonia can burn your skin, and can damage  our eyes (including blindness) upon contact.

Ammonium quaternary compounds (“quats”) are found in household cleaning products like disinfectant sprays and toilet cleaners, and some have been identified as known inducers of occupational asthma. Certain quats have also been linked to decreased fertility and birth defects in mice.

How Are We Exposed to Fragrance?

When we use a fragrance product in our homes, we all inhale or absorb some of those toxic fragrance chemicals into our bodies. Chemicals like synthetic musks and phthalates, for example, have been detected in blood, urine and fat tissue in nearly every human tested. The levels of these chemicals in our bodies appear to be linked to the amounts of fragrance products we use. For example, one study found that greater use of fragrance laundry detergent during pregnancy led to significantly higher levels of synthetic musks in the woman’s breast milk. Women can pass these chemicals on to developing children when they breast feed. Another study found higher levels of musks in the blood of women who regularly used fragrance body lotion, deodorant and perfumes.

How Can We Avoid Harmful Fragrance Chemicals?

By reducing exposure to fragrance chemicals, we can lessen health impacts and lower the levels of these chemicals in our bodies. However, most information about cleaning product ingredients, and fragrance ingredients in particular, is kept secret from consumers, making it difficult to tell which products are better than others. There is currently no legal requirement for cleaning product companies to disclose their ingredients. While some manufacturers voluntarily disclose some cleaning product ingredients, very few are listing fragrance ingredients. This means that even if ingredients are disclosed for a cleaning product, the word “fragrance” may appear, but the individual chemicals which make up that fragrance will not be listed. Currently, the only practical solution is to reduce or completely avoid fragranced products entirely. This is simply an unfair choice: we must either abstain from the pleasures of fragrance or assume potential health risks?

The good cleaning with essential oils is a safe alternative that is cheaper, easier and more effective!!

Take the 10 day, green cleaning challenge and see how easy it really is!

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