According to the National Academy of Sciences, 95% of chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum (crude oil)—including benzenes, aldehydes, toluene and other toxic ingredients linked to skin irritation, rashes, headaches, dizziness, allergic reactions, respiratory conditions, reproductive issues, central nervous system disorders and even cancer. According to a 2016 study, 34.7% of the population reported health problems when exposed to fragranced products.
Other nasties to look out for are solvents, sodium lauryl sulfate, 1,4 dioxane, bleach and phosphates. Not only are these substances bad for you, but—like synthetic fragrance—they also pose an environmental concern. These chemicals run off into our water supply (rivers and oceans) and hurt the ecosystem.
A study by the Natural Resources Defense Council, showed that 86% of air fresheners contain dangerous amounts of phthalates, “the testosterone equivalent of BPA, which disrupts estrogen levels,” saysAmanda Frick, lead naturopathic doctor for Harvey Health.
Think about it, do you really want to be using a product with a label that urges you to call POISON CONTROL if ingested, inhaled, or irritated in any way?
Making clean and safe cleaning products that actually works is super easy, start with one, not to get overwhelmed, and I promise you, you’ll be switching everything in no time.
There’s no need to pull out your rubber gloves and surgical masks when you clean your home. It might surprise you to know that you can concoct simple and inexpensive non-toxic cleaners from ingredients already lying around your house.
Using essential oils to create your own cleaning spray is not only safe on the environment, but is safe for your family as well. This spray is perfect for cleaning hard surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, etc.
¼ cup white vinegar
1 ¾ cups water
30 drops doTERRA essential oils
Recommended essential oil combinations
● 15 drops each of Lavender and Lemon
● 10 drops each of Eucalyptus, Peppermint , and Wild Orange
● 30 drops doTERRA On Guard®
● 15 drops each of Grapefruit and doTERRA On Guard
1. Add all ingredients to 16-ounce glass spray bottle.
2. Shake thoroughly and happy cleaning