Thursday, September 3, 2015

The dangers of commercial cleaning products & how you can replace them with essential oils

By Alexa Erickson via Collective Evolution, 2 September 2015


Have you ever noticed that many commercial cleaning products come with a fine print that reads something like, “hazardous to humans and domestic animals”? Though what we want is a product that will kill germs and make our windows, dishes, sinks, toilets, and floors sparkle, what we don’t want is to harm ourselves, our loved ones, or the environment. And it’s scary to think we’re spraying and scrubbing the space we call home with toxins that could be doing more harm than good.

With chemicals currently being used daily in our society and making up an astonishing 96 percent of products and materials in America, it’s hard to believe that little regard is being given to their effects. But the Toxic Substances Control Act, which was passed in 1976, hasn’t been updated since day one. So as for those cleaning products? They’re basically untested and unregulated.

And to put the result of this into perspective, traces of about 300 pollutants, including chemicals used for household cleaning, have been found present in newborns’ umbilical cords, while the most common chemicals we use in our everyday lives have been found to cause a variety of illnesses, cancers, and developmental disorders.

As for our environment? While many commercial cleaning products are working to sanitize and sparkle our homes, our clothes and our bedding, they’re also harming our water and air. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency even has a term for it, “Volatile Organic Compounds,” which phosphorus, nitrogen, and ammonia — some of the biggest names in these products — are filed under.

But before you throw your hands up and let your dishes and laundry go dirty, know that there are several alternatives you can try without harming your home, your health, or the world you live in, and they all include essentials oils, which (bonus!) are known to boost your mind and body wellness.

Continue to the full article here,
http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/09/02/what-you-need-to-know-about-commercial-cleaning-products-how-you-can-replace-them-with-essential-oils/

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