Updated: May 30, 2021
Few products touch our lives more than household cleaners. And no, I don't mean in the sentimental way that a cleaning product commercial might try to achieve. We spray these products all over our homes, rubbing them into every nook, and then we literally come into contact with them every day by touching those surfaces and breathing in the vapors and fragrances. It stands to reason, then, that when choosing cleaning products for our home, we'd want to use those that are effective, yet devoid of harmful ingredients. Right?
It sounds like a no-brainer, but historically, large chemical companies have ruled the cleaning product marketing arena, focusing their ads on the power, scent, and germ-killing accolades of their products, based on the harsh synthetic petrochemicals their industry invented. Thus, they have a clear, vested interest in selling synthetics to consumers. Their marketing campaigns have done a tremendous job over the years, convincing the public that harsher chemicals equate to better cleaning and that pretty synthetic fragrances, dirt cheap cost, the volume of suds, and the cuteness of a plush teddy bear are the considerations you should focus on when choosing your cleaners. They've even pressed on the fear of germs, scaring people into destroying the imaginary green blobs invading their kitchen surfaces with their product that shoots laser beams and twinkles with cartoon sparkles.
I still cringe when I see someone spray Febreeze all over their living room and then proceed to immerse themselves in the mist or on the couch they just coated. Products like this are filled with toxic ingredients that have no business being in your home, in your lungs, or on your skin. There's just no reason to take that risk, especially when there are better and safer alternatives available. I have a similar reaction when in a public restroom and I hear the automatic air freshener squirt its toxic mist into the air while I'm caught with my pants down.
For some perspective, let's take a look at one of the most popular brands of cleaning products: Lysol®. On their parent company website, you'll find a page with information about Designated Lists, each of which publicly tracks ingredients with common health concerns. After a feel-good spiel about how everything is made of chemicals and even likening the human body to a chemical manufacturing plant, the page admits per regulatory requirement that their product ingredients can be found across 29 of these toxic ingredients lists. They attempt to placate the reader by assuring that "skilled scientists" are continually studying these chemicals to ensure they are safe for use. That raises a couple of red flags for me.
First, if they're safe to use, why are they still being studied to ensure safety?
Second, they're essentially implying that they use small enough doses of these toxics to be able to label them as safe. There is some truth to the phrase "the dose makes the poison," but when it comes to synthetic toxins, we have no compelling reason to accept ANY dose. It's completely avoidable. And we also know that our product safety regulations are extremely lax in the U.S., so "safe toxins" and "safe when used as directed" are to be taken with a pound of salt.
Some will reason that our bodies have systems in place to process out toxic ingredients, so small doses are acceptable. But what is often overlooked is that people come into contact with toxic ingredients everywhere nowadays. They're in your laundry detergent so they envelope you in your bed sheets and clothing, they're in processed foods and conventionally farmed produce so they're in your digestive tract, they're in your shampoos and body washes so they coat your skin, they're in perfumes so they enter your lungs, they're in air fresheners so they contact your skin, lungs, and eyes, and so on.
Our bodies are in toxic overload. It's time to hit the RESET button on our entire concept of cleaning.
That's exactly what I did by replacing all of my under-the-sink cleaning products with Thieves Household Cleaner. I use it on every surface in my home and need no other cleaners. Occasionally, I'll add some baking soda to make a scrub for the bathtub or some lemon essential oil for an especially sticky mess, but that's as crazy as it gets, and I'm not compromising my home environment with unwanted toxins.
Chemical companies know that consumers are starting to show concern over harmful product ingredients. Therefore, there are a lot of products on the market right now that appear natural and healthy, but are still made by chemical companies selling their patented synthetic chemicals. They may even say something like "95% naturally derived!" which begs the question, why are they still using 5% synthetic chemicals? If the company is crafty, they may even obtain some of their raw ingredients from natural sources, like coconut oil, but then process it into a synthetic chemical. Does it still count as "naturally-derived?"
On the other hand, here are the ingredients for Thieves Household Cleaner:
Thieves Household Cleaner contains no synthetic ingredients or fragrances, no synthetic pesticides or herbicides, and no parabens, phthalates, SLS, or petrochemicals. The few more difficult-to-pronounce ingredients are naturally occurring surfactants derived from
coconut and sugar. The fresh, spicy aroma is 100% natural and comes from the Seed to Seal® certified Thieves® essential oil blend. No animal testing is performed and it is safe for kids and pets. Furthermore, Young Living® asserts that they do not use any known toxic ingredient in any of their products and their farms and labs are open to public visitation with complete transparency.
Thieves Household Cleaner is an extremely cost-effective way to clean your home.
It's a concentrate, so one 14.4 oz. bottle will make TWENTY 16 oz. spray bottles of all-purpose cleaner. At $22 a bottle for Young Living members, that comes to only $1.10 per spray bottle! There is honestly no reason to continue bringing toxins into your home. Getting rid of toxic cleaners is an easy change that anyone can make immediately to improve the health of their home and loved ones. Visit the Get Started page to learn more.