Tuesday, December 20, 2011

{Green Cleaning} Make your own natural cleaning products with essential oils!


Let's be honest...cleaning your home isn't exactly "fun". If you're using any of the chemically laden household cleaners on the market, cleaning your home isn't exactly "safe", either. 

If the thought of aromatherapy sounds much better to you than putting on a pair of rubber gloves and scrubbing, we have a solution! Make your own natural household cleaners using essential oils! It still requires a little effort on your part to get the job done, but we promise, the aromatherapy experience will help make the effort much more pleasant.

Here are a couple of recipes that we use to clean our home. We are huge fans of citrus, and have not only found that the citrus essential oils are able to cut through dirt and grease, they also make the home smell heavenly. (Do we need to mention that making your own natural cleaning products will also help you save a bundle??)
Happy Cleaning!

Olive & Orange  Furniture Polish

This non-toxic polish really brings out the natural beauty of wood, and the refreshing scent of the wild orange really lingers.
 
· 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
· 10 drops doTERRA CPTG Wild Orange Essential Oil
  
Place the olive oil in a small bottle, and add the essential oil, one drop at a time. Using a clean cloth, rub a small amount of the polish into your furniture. Wipe dry with another cloth.


Lovely Lemon Window Cleaner
Vinegar leaves windows shining, but no one wants their home to smell like vinegar! There's a simple solution to this...add essential oils to your recipe! We like Lemon, but you could also add Lavender, Purify, or even Grapefruit.

In a 16-ounce spray bottle, mix together:
· 1 cup White Vinegar
· 10-15 drops of doTERRA Lemon Essential Oil
· Distilled Water

Pour the vinegar in your spray bottle, then add essential oil. Fill to the top with water and mix well. To use, sprayon windows and wipe clean with newspaper. Shake well before each use.

Are name-brand household cleaners really that bad?? read more below....
Special thanks to Green Clean Certified for the following information...

WHAT MAY BE LURKING UNDER THE KITCHEN SINK?

Research points to the toxic effects of not only active but also inactive ingredients – hazards that can affect the central nervous system, reproductive systems and other vital bodily systems. Consumers often don’t have the time or know where to go to find important information about the products they use. To make matters worse, the information is often presented in highly scientific language that may be difficult to interpret. But there are a growing number of consumer-friendly resources that can help us sort through all of this information and understand what we need to know to make the best possible choices for our families with regard to household cleaners, disinfectants and polishes. 

For starters, the three essential categories into which most of the hazardous ingredients in household cleaning products fall are: 

1.  Carcinogens– Carcinogens cause cancer and/or promote cancer’s growth.
2.  Endocrine disruptors – Endocrine disruptors mimic human hormones, confusing the body with false signals.  Exposure to endocrine disruptors can lead to numerous health concerns including reproductive, developmental, growth and behavior problems. Endocrine disruptors have been linked to reduced fertility, premature puberty, miscarriage, menstrual problems, challenged immune systems, abnormal prostate size, ADHD, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and certain cancers.
3.  Neurotoxins – Neurotoxins alter neurons, affecting brain activity, causing a range of problems from headaches to loss of intellect

WHICH CHEMICAL GROUPS CAUSE CONCERN IN THE HEALTH COMMUNITY?
We are exposed to countless chemical ingredients in daily life that may be harmful to our health – too numerous to outline here and beyond the scope of this article. Consumers should know of some general categories of chemicals that should be avoided, however. The following list is not all-inclusive. 

·    Pesticides. One of the most counter-intuitive health threats is that of products that disinfect. Common sense tells us that killing household germs protects our health. However disinfectants are pesticides, and the ingredients in pesticides often include carcinogens and endocrine disruptors. Pesticides are fat-soluble, making them difficult to eliminate from the body once ingested. Pesticides, including disinfectants, may also include alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs). 
·    APEs. APEs act as surfactants, meaning they lower the surface tension of liquids and help cleaning solutions spread more easily over the surface to be cleaned and penetrate solids.  APEs are found in detergents, disinfectants, all-purpose cleaners and laundry cleansers.  They are also found in many self-care items including spermicides, sanitary towels and disposable diapers.  APEs are endocrine disruptors
·    Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is commonly known as a preservative. Many people do not know that it is also a germicide, bactericide and fungicide, among other functions. Formaldehyde is found in household cleaners and disinfectants. It is also present in nail polish and other personal care products. Formaldehyde is a carcinogen.
·    Organochlorines. Organochlorines result from the combination of hydrogen and carbon. Some types are highly deadly, such as DDT. OCs are bioaccumulative and also highly persistent in the environment. OCs are present in pesticides, detergents, de-greasers and bleaches. OCs are also present in drycleaning fluids. OCs are carcinogens and endocrine disruptors. 
·    Styrene. Styrene is a naturally occurring substance derived from the styrax tree. Styrene is most commonly used in the manufacture of numerous plastics including plastic food wrap, insulated cups, carpet backing and PVC piping. Styrene is also found in floor waxes and polishes and metal cleaners. Styrene is a known carcinogen as well as an endocrine disruptor. Exposure may affect the central nervous system, liver and reproductive system. 
·    Phthalates. Phthalates are most commonly used in the manufacture of plastics. Phthalates are also used as carriers for perfumes and air fresheners and as skin penetration enhancers for products such as moisturizers. These chemicals are classified as inert and as such no product-labeling requirements exist for phthalates. They are endocrine disruptors and suspected carcinogens. Phthalates are known to cause hormonal abnormalities, thyroid disorders, birth defects and reproductive problems.  
·    Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOCs are emitted as gases suspending themselves in the air. VOCs include an array of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects, and are present in perfumes, air fresheners, disinfectants and deodorizers. VOCs commonly include propane, butane, ethanol, phthalates and/or formaldehyde. These compounds pose a variety of human health hazards and collectively are thought to be reproductive toxins, neurotoxins, liver toxins and carcinogens

 SYMPTOMS OF EXPOSURE

Symptoms of exposure to these types of substances include headache, backache, stiff joints, nausea, diarrhea, asthma or allergy attacks, dizziness, memory loss, stuttering, premature puberty, low sperm count, reduced motor skills, sudden mood swings, dyslexia, ADHD, anti-social behavior/autism and birth defects, among others. 

How can consumers make healthier choices for their homes and families? 

It is truly amazing that all these harmful ingredients are present in products that are supposed to improve our quality of life. Under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act, household cleaners are the only household products for which manufacturers are NOT required to list all ingredients. Certain ingredients (such as fragrances) are considered trade secrets and government regulations are designed to protect proprietary information. Without full disclosure, consumers can unknowingly submit themselves and their families to unhealthy exposures to these chemicals.
·    The safest course of action a consumer can take is to inform him or herself. Here are some suggestions: Read product labels. Don’t use products with a signal word stronger than “Caution”. 
·    Research the chemicals listed on product labels through the Household Products Database, the Cosmetics Database, Toxnet and Scorecard (see inset for web addresses). 
·    Avoid products with fragrances. A clean home should smell like nothing at all.
·    Use homemade cleaning solutions made from good, old-fashioned common ingredients such as vinegar, baking soda, essential oils and borax.
 
USEFUL RESEARCH LINKS:
·    scorecard.org
·    toxnet.nlm.nih.gov
·    cosmeticsdatabase.com

FOR EASY ONLINE ORDERING, Visit: www.mydoterra.com/19540
To learn more about essential oils, Visit: www.NaturalPathWellness.net
For wholesale information or a list of classes in your area, contact Jennifer at 810-523-9853 or email us at purelydoterra@yahoo.com

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