Ever heard of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate? If you haven’t completed Challenge #1 and you still have cleaning products lurking in your cabinets chances are you’ll find a product with this as one of the main ingredients. It is commercially used as a degreaser and is found in shampoos, toothpaste, mouthwash, hand creams, lotions and cleansers….AND your DISH soap. I feel like one of those pharmaceutical ads on t.v. with its list of negative side effects but here are the known causes of this prevalent chemical: skin irritation and rash, teeth damage, endocrine disruption, hair loss, cataracts, mouth ulcers, respiratory tract, eye and oral toxicity, headaches, nausea, coughing, and congestion. In a study, 50% of the rats died following ingestion of 1,288mg/kg according to the NTP (National Toxicology Program). You come into direct contact with this substance daily via your dish soap. We wash our forks and spoons, plates, bowls and cups with this and then eat food on them. YUCK! Not only that, but when we rinse the soap off our dishes it goes down the drain and into our environment and water system. Wait, “but there are commercials on t.v. of baby ducks being cleaned up from an oil spill with this stuff…of course it is safe.” Part of being the CEO of your own health is not relying on creative and clever marketing that gives the appearance of safety and health. It’s time to be a savvy consumer, see beyond the fluff and know what exactly it is you are buying.
What about those antibacterial soaps? We are led to believe that we are protecting our families by using these products to get rid of harmful bacteria. The truth is, this product contains an even greater risk. Triclosan is a classified pesticide! It is present in our soaps, lotions and hand sanitizers. Topical absorption of tricolosan causes disturbances in the endocrine system, can lead to birth defects and uncontrollable cell growth. In addition to that, consistent use of these products over time allow harmful pathogens to get stronger and more resistant therefore putting us at greater risk. The American Medical Association recommended its disuse in antibacterial products a decade ago.
Take control over what is allowed in your home. Our wallets speak volumes in the world when we choose not to purchase products that are harmful to ourselves and our environment. Take a stand by making educated choices on the products you buy. You have alternative solutions that are natural and safe! Below I have listed my DIY housecleaning product essentials. They are inexpensive, non-toxic and effective!!!
Thieves Household Cleaner, Essential Oils, White Vinegar, Baking Soda, Washing Soda, Sea Salt, Castile Soap, Peroxide, Witch Hazel, Lemon juice, Distilled water
1 1/4 C. distilled water
2/3 C. liquid castile soap
1 Tbsp aloe vera gel
1 1/2 tsp super washing soda
1 tsp vegetable glycerin
20 drops essential oil
1/2 capful of Thieves Household Cleaner
In a glass or stainless steel bowl dissolve super washing soda in water. Add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well. Use a funnel to pour into an empty bottle.
1 C. super washing soda
1 C. baking soda
1 C. citric acid (found in the canning section)
1/2 C. sea salt
15 drops of Essential Oil(s) of your choice
Combine ingredients in a glass container with lid. Use in dishwasher. Use vinegar and 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil as your rinsing add.