The Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976 grandfathered in an estimated 65,000-100,000 chemicals currently on the market today.
What does that mean to you?
Simply put: these chemicals have not had any safety testing and we know very little information about their effects. Of the chemicals tested, toxic labeling is required only if 50% or more of the animals tested with a chemical die. Doesn’t that sound awful? Under the TSCA, manufacturers are protected by trade secrets laws that allow them to keep their ingredient lists a secret.
There are so many chemicals in our everyday products that are harmful to our health and bodies without us even knowing. The best thing to do is EMPOWER people and EDUCATE everyone on what to avoid and how to avoid it. Here are a few to be aware of:
Short term toxicity can include coughing, skin irritation, rash, wheezing, headaches, nausea, vomiting, and irritability. Long term toxicity can include cancer, lung disease, heart disease and reproductive disorders.
Found in: scented candles, perfumes, lotions, and more
Used in many formulations as an antibacterial agent to prevent or reduce bacterial contamination and registered as a pesticide by the EPA. Topical absorption of triclosan has shown disturbances to the endocrine system, and is believed to lead to birth defects and uncontrollable cell growth
Found in: soaps, deodorants, cosmetics, shave gel, first aid spray, kitchenware and children’s toys.
A low cost endocrine disrupting chemical that in lab studies has shown to interfere with hormone production in rats and mimic estrogen in human studies.
Found in: plastic food packaging, lotions, skin moisturizers, fragrance, cleaners, glues and nail polish.
This is a known carcinogen and recognized as such by the Cancer Institute. Exposure can cause eye irritation, asthmatic response, skin irritation, headaches and nausea. Long term effects include cancer and possibly leukemia. Although products generally contain small amounts, when this chemical is used in many common everyday household items in addition to being present in our wood, sheetrock and furniture, our exposure adds up. To make things even more alarming, this isn’t an easy ingredient to find. The ingredients that formaldehyde make up are often listed as it’s fragmented name.
Found in: baby shampoo, pet shampoo, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, sunblocks, cosmetics, baby wipes, toothpaste, and more.
Thanks to consumer awareness, the sale of chemical household products is slowing down from a previous GROWTH rate of 10% annually. Perhaps a new DIY ingredient savvy generation is to thank!
I happily traded out all that yuck for the Thieves cleaning line and haven’t looked back!
They have it all, and it doesn’t smell all chemical-y and LIKE it will asphyxiate you!
Chemical free cleaning is the easiest benefit of essential oils for me to talk about. I started using them for a few different reasons, but it’s obvious when you come to my house that I needed to work on getting the chemicals off of our cleaned surfaces. It always made me cringe a little, using Febreze around the house, breathing in that and other cleaning products because I just knew that the smell had to be a bunch of chemicals combined. Once I really started learning about the dangers of conventional products I started acting on that uneasiness. I am NOT a DIY girl, especially with cleaning products. But, it was what I decided to do and you know what? With the right tools…
1/They’re actually pretty easy
2/They’re actually cheaper than store bought
3/They’re not dangerous to me, or my family! Plus our dogs – always have to remember them! Not dangerous for her either.
And that’s reason enough for me!
Check out the product guide for a look at the whole Thieves cleaning line!