What are Plant Based Cleaners

A plant based cleaner simply means products made with non-toxic, and biodegradable ingredients. However, the ingredients in these green cleaners are plant bases or natural doesn’t necessary mean they are safe.

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Consumers must still be wary of what’s in the bottle as the market is largely unregulated. Cleaning products labeled as “natural” may contain some fraction of synthetic chemicals. Certain ingredients like limonene (a citrus based oil) and the foaming agent coconut diethanolamide, all of which can cause allergic dermatitis.

How to make sure your green cleaner is safe?

First, check the label carefully. Look out for CFC’s, benzene, 1,4 dioxane, both of which (commonly used in the usual store bought blue cleaners too) can cause cancer. Other dangerous ingredients to look out for include: Phosphates, phthalates, ammonia, chlorine, ethanolamines, coconut diethanolamide, pine oil etc.

Thieves Household cleaner is a 100% plant based, ecologically friendly, cleaner containing Thieves and lemon YLTGTM essential oils. It is totally safe for use around children and pets and does not contain any of the above-mentioned ingredients.

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Another method is to use www.ewg.org/skindeep to check on how clean the product or ingredient.

 

Chemical Cleaners – The Effects

To get straight to the point the main concern with toxic cleaning products is the toxic that lingers in the air after you have used them. The hazard symbol on that container of bleach warns consumers about the acute health hazards associated with a single or short-term exposure to chemicals in the product.

Unfortunately there is no concrete requirement for manufacturers to warn consumers about the harmful effects due to long-term exposure of the toxic ingredients used in these household cleaning products. We are all exposed to cleaning products and their low level residues.

Inhalation

I cringe when I think back to how my children used to crawl on everywhere and place their fingers in their mouths or dropping food on the kitchen floor and picking it to put it into their mouths. In my mind I didn’t mind it because I thought my floor was mopped daily and was clean. Personally I am glad that I expelled Clorox Bleach from my home for a while before my children were born. Thinking about the toxic smell that is has is enough to give me a migraine.

When we used these products to clean our home. The toxic fumes linger in the air and we breathe them in. David Suzuki Foundation mentions: ~ Researches in the U.S. identified 133 unique volatile organic compounds (VOCs) entitled from a small sample of consumer products, including six cleaning products. Each product tested emitted between one and eight chemicals classifies as toxic or hazardous under the U.S. federal laws.

Through the skin

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We all know that our skin is the largest organ of our body, including the fact that it is porous it will absorb whatever you put on it. It’s a no brainer, chemicals in cleaning products can enter the our bodies through the skin. We all know it, if you are constantly cleaning the house like me, you really have to stop and think about how much of these chemicals we are exposing ourselves to on a daily basis. The days adds up along with the amount our body is absorbing.

It is important to read labels and get educated with all the standard long term cancer causing ingredients. Eyes on this space, we will be doing a post about this soon (edited: Done).

The Environment

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When cleaning products are getting washed down to drains and our sinks, we are really causing a serious impact on our ecosystem. I’m guilty of this too for a long time, but fortunately the more informed I became the more guilty I felt every time I poured laundry liquid into my detergent compartment of my washing machine.

What if I told you that the way we have been looking at household cleaners all these years was purely a product of very good advertising. When right under our noses we had basic natural alternatives to cleaning all along that cleans just as well. Young Living have derived an easy plant based natural cleaning solution that actually eliminates the use of 7 various different cleaners all rounded up to one simple Thieves Household Cleaning formula.

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This Sunday, 7th May 2017 we will be rallying a Toxic Free Home workshop. In this workshop you will learn how easy it is to switch-up to toxic-free, affordable, plant-based home care products infused with Young Living Essential Oils. Click here to visit our EventBrite page for further details. We will be conducting other rallies to discuss toxic free living, be sure to sign-up to our Oily News Letter below for updates.

ARE YOU READY FOR A RALLY?!

I smell a change in the air….
Young Living is rallying a ‘Toxic Free Home’ awareness here in Singapore and  we are jumping on the bandwagon to shout it out from the rooftops! I have personally been using Young Living’s Thieves Household cleaner for about a year now and I am so in love with myself for taking the first step and choosing to start going Toxic Free. 😉

Next I will be tackling my laundry!

So, remember when I said we are  jumping on the Bandwagon.. Well we’re hosting a few workshops to promote and to raise awareness to the difference between Thieves Cleaners as compared to the Chemical ridden conventional brands which you would normally find in the supermarket. However for the month of May and June we will be educating through FB and on our Blog updates on our informative “Live Toxic Free” classes. A few things we will be touching on:

Click Here to Register for our May workshop happening on Sunday, 7 May 2017 |
2.00pm – 5.00pm. Or sign-up to our Mailing List below so we can update you on the next Rally!