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5 Chemicals to Avoid in Cleaning Products

A few weeks ago I blogged about how I loved coming home to a clean (and clean smelling) house. There really is something calming and comforting about a clean home.

Several months ago, I wouldn’t have given a second thought to the cleaning products I used throughout my home. However, a multitude of unregulated, cancer causing chemicals are in those very products, which can lead to serious health issues, while at the same time, also harming the environment. For more on the chemicals in household products, check out these sites. (How Toxic Are Your Household Cleaners – Organic Consumers Association) (Chemicals in Household Products – Breast Cancer Fund.Org)

As many of us know, essential oils can be used as effective alternatives to traditional household cleaners. To help you make safer choices, here is a list of chemicals to avoid along with DIYs so you can make your own essential oil-based cleansers.chemical-free-logo

  1. 2-Butoxyethanol:

An ether alcohol used as a solvent, fragrance ingredient and masking agent.

Found In: Glass cleaners, carpet cleaners, oven cleaners and rust removers.

Possible Health Concerns: Irritation to the skin, eyes and lungs and organ toxicity.

DIY: EG’s Windex replacement: Combine 12 drops Cleaning Blend, 1 oz white vinegar and 1 oz water in a spray bottle. Shake well to combine. Use to clean mirrors and windows.

  1. Alkylphenols:

Industrial chemical used as an artificial antioxidant.

Found In: Laundry detergents, laundry products, indoor air and dust products.

Possible Health Concerns: Disruption of the endocrine system and have been shown to alter the mammary glands in rats.

DIY: EG’s Laundry freshener: Add 5-10 drops Grapefruit, Lavender or Simply Citrus to a small, slightly damp washcloth; place it in the dryer while drying towels, sheets and clothes for a clean, fresh aroma.

  1. Ammonia:

An inorganic gas used to disinfect, bleach and deodorize.

Found In: Window cleaners, drain cleaners, toilet cleaners and all-purpose cleaners.

Possible Health Concerns: May cause kidney and liver damage and irritation to the skin, eyes and lungs.

DIY: EG’s General purpose & disinfecting cleaner: Add 20 drops each Eucalyptus, Lemon and Pine, along with 1 oz white vinegar to a 2 oz spray bottle. Fill to the shoulder of the bottle with water. Shake well before each use. Can be used on glass surfaces, windows, kitchen counters, bathroom surfaces and inside your refrigerator.

  1. Hydrochloric Acid:

An inorganic acid used to adjust pH balance.

Found In: Toilet bowl cleaners.

Possible Health Concerns: Irritation to the skin, eyes and lungs and organ system toxicity.

DIY: EG’s Poo-fume (like Poo-Pourri spray): Combine 40 drops Quiet Time, Relaxation or Simply Citrus and 1 tsp witch hazel in a 3 oz spray bottle and shake well. Top off bottle with water. Spray 3-5 times into toilet bowl prior to use.

  1. Triclosan:

An antibacterial agent used as a preservative and deodorizer.

Found In: Antibacterial soaps and all-purpose cleaners.

Possible Health Concerns: Irritation of the eyes, skin and lungs, disruption of the endocrine system and organ toxicity. Some research also shows Triclosan can disrupt the body’s hormone levels.

DIY: EG’s Trashcan deodorizer: Add 1-3 drops Stress Relief or Sweet Ambiance onto a cotton ball and place it on the bottom of the trash to help eliminate odors and germs.

Thanks to Edens Garden for this information. I really enjoy my Edens Garden essential oils.  Here is a link to buy the “Beginners Best of the Best” set. This set includes  Cinnamon Leaf, Eucalyptus (globulus), Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary (spanish), Spearmint, Sweet Orange, Tea Tree.edens-garden-kit

Here is a link for their Synergy Cleaning blend which is a one-stop cleaning oil blend!

doTERRA also has a great Home Essentials Enrollment Kit which offers the following oils .  This is a great starter kit and comes with a diffuser. (Buy here)

• Frankincense
• Lavender
• Lemon
• Melaleuca
• Oregano
• Peppermint
• dōTERRA Breathe®home-essentials-kit
• DigestZen®
• dōTERRA OnGuard®
• Deep Blue® (5 mL)
• Petal Diffuser


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