THE TRUTH BEHIND YOUR PRODUCTS
Hello! Jen here, your trusted resource for health education. In this article I will cover the difference between other cleaners and Thieves. Why are some are labeled “all natural” when in reality they are not. Plus I will be covering how switching to the Thieves line can actually help with things like weight loss, sleep issues, mood swings, your immunity, and even pregnancy. At the end I will go over how to swap $1,000 worth of typical spending on household cleaning items with the much more healthful versions through Thieves.
What are “All natural” cleaners?
Do companies have to label correctly? I always assumed they did! We assume that product companies and the government have our best interest at heart. They do not want to kill us… right?
Did you know that cleaners and personal care products that are marketed as “clean” “pure” or “all-natural” often contain ingredients that are endocrine disruptors and are linked to birth defects, cancer, and other diseases?
Every year they come out with brand new products and claim they are extra strength, for a different surface, or even now with added “essential oils.” Did you know that those products are using the term essential oil to mean fragrance? Most of them do not have a single drop of pure essential oil. They are just synthetic fragrance. This is perfectly legit based on FDA guidelines.
The EWG states, “On a cleaning product, the word “natural” can mean anything or nothing at all – there is no regulation of the word’s use. Some manufacturers use the term to mean that some or all of the ingredients come from plants or minerals rather than petroleum, but they rarely disclose how much or little of those ingredients is present.”
When it comes to organic labels, the EWG states, “The word “organic” can mean anything on a cleaner – or nothing at all. There are no legal constraints on the word’s use. Organic implies that ingredients are from plants grown without use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, but only products bearing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Certified Organic” logo are legally bound to comply with that claim. Some manufacturers mislead consumers by using the term as a chemist would, to mean ingredients made mostly of carbon atoms (petroleum-based ingredients can fall in this category).”
Lastly, check out what the EWG says about products that are labeled as anti-bacterial, ““Antibacterial” means that the product contains pesticides that kill bacteria, viruses or molds. Pesticides are listed as “active ingredients” on the label. Avoid these cleaners.”
You can see more of these claims at: https://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/content/decoding_labels
I used to have bins of products because each item has one specific use. Bathroom cleaner, tile cleaner, floor cleaner, glass cleaner, surface cleaner, marble cleaner, granite cleaner, grout cleaner, every cleaner for every little thing. They want to get your money any way they can buy creating specific products that only work on a specific area of your home.
The average price was around $3 per item based on Target prices.
My goal is to help convince you why you need to swap over to a truly natural 100% plant based products. I want to help you understand the potential damage that you are doing to you and your family.
Do you have dogs?
Do you have cats?
Do you have children? Grandchildren? Spouses?
I know you love them! How would you feel if you knew your babies, your spouse, or your pets were kissing off carcinogens and hormone disruptors from your face. What about when you clean your home and the fumes are everywhere! Did you know it takes a full 2 weeks for synthetic products to leave the air and some will stick around forever?
Think about when someone uses the restroom or when a baby poops. What leaves their body is organic material. The aroma they leave behind, albeit not pleasant, will deteriorate naturally and go away under an hour after the actual physical matter is removed… flushed or a new diaper. I lent my jacket to a friend who was wearing perfume, stuck it in my closet after she wore it, then a YEAR LATER, I got it out to wear it and I got an instant headache. Her perfume was all over it! It never went away. That is the power of synthetic molecules!
Next we will dive into learning about the different chemicals in our homes that you may want to think twice about.
PRODUCTS IN OUR HOMES
Everyday products that you use in your home are causing sickness, disease, and a whole host of issues with our hormones like insomnia, weight gain, and major mood swings.
I was brainwashed into thinking my home wasn’t clean unless it was Mr. Clean clean. My laundry wasn’t clean unless it was Tide clean. Companies spend MILLIONS of dollars every year to get that message into your home and firmly planted into your brain.
The industry of household product marketing is in the BILLIONS! In 2018 Proctor & Gamble alone spent 233 million on advertising. https://www.statista.com/statistics/261954/ad-spend-of-selected-household-product-brands-in-the-us/
Statista stated that, “The cosmetics giant L’Oréal spent some 8.14 billion Euros on advertising and promotions worldwide in 2018.” That is over NINE BILLION DOLLARS IN ONE YEAR!
Bleach is a known killer of infants. If a baby crawls through some spilled bleach on the floor, they don’t just get sick, they get pulmonary edema and… THEY MAY DIE! Infants do not have fully developed lungs and they cannot tolerate this poison. Bleach should not be in anyone’s home let alone a home with infants.
The CDC website recommends calling 911 right away when exposed to bleach.
The European Respiratory Journal reported that bleach not only can cause allergies to worsen, they found that it can cause allergies in children and and adults who used to be allergy-free. – European Respiratory Journal, 2011
They also found that when you use bleach in hour home, it increases wheezing of children by up to 40%. Source – European Respiratory Journal, 2011
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “More than 11,000 people will die this year alone due to indoor air pollution caused by toxic cleaning products, one of which is bleach.”
There are 150 chemicals found primarily in our homes that are connected to birth defects, cancer, allergies, and psychological disorders. [Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission]
Major laundry detergent companies have been hit with claim after claim when babies have died from consuming their “Pods.”
In a recent commercial from 2018, Tide depicts a happy baby reaching for a dropped pod in the laundry basket as the mom reaches down saying “oops!” They go on to say their new bag design is more secure. I guess it is OK to drop a grenade right next to your baby as long as the pin is still in place. I’m sure all you moms out there close every single bag perfectly tight every single time. This is ludicrous!
Watch the commercial for yourself:
Link to the commercial: https://ispot.tv/a/wenj
This is an illustration of the limbic system. Many of the chemicals we smell enter this system through our nose and get right into our brain. There are several specific chemicals that we will look into, the first being Ammonium hydroxide.
Ammonium hydroxide is a cleaning compound found in Windex cleaner that is corrosive and considered an environmental hazard by the National Institutes of Health. While the amounts of ammonium hydroxide are within safe ranges when used normally and by itself, if used in excessive amounts it may become toxic. The product itself is not to be dumped down a drain and is considered an environmental contaminant. This product, if you need to throw it out before it is used, may not be simply tossed in the trash. The EPA considers these hazardous waste to the environment and must be disposed of properly and they recommend going to the Earth 911 database to find a local household hazardous waste location in your area at: https://search.earth911.com/ https://www.epa.gov/hw/household-hazardous-waste-hhw
Synthetic fragrance is basically a plastic that you are smelling. The fragrance is created in the lab and is known as a neurotoxin or also known as an excitotoxin. Synthetic fragrances (excitotoxins) are so prevalent and so bad for your health that they are being called “the new second-hand smoke.”
So what exactly are excitotoxins? They are synthetic fragrances in products and foods that are supposed to make us happy. They basically are a molecule that enters your nose and olfactory system that over stimulates your neuron receptors. These receptors then get “excited” and you respond by noticing the intense fragrance or taste. MSG is one such chemical. Once it enters your neurons in your brains, those receptors get so over-excited that they die. Basically excitotoxins kill your brain cells.
MSG or Monosodium Glutimate is found in natural flavors, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, plant protein, textured protein, yeast extract, carrageenan, nutritional yeast, and basically can be hidden in various combinations of words containing glutamate. Just because a product says “MSG free” does not mean there is no MSG as they can be listed as a different ingredient.
“Excitotoxins such as MSG, aspartame, and cysteine have been linked to adverse effects, some of which may be irreversible. Some people have reported allergic reactions like hives, shortness of breath, and rashes. Others have reported the well-known MSG headache, as well as rapid heartbeat and stomach cramping. The most serious reactions involve depression and paranoia.” Dr. Edward Group of the Global Healing Center
There are many different excitotoxins that are fragrances such as phthalates, aldehydes, triclosan, and benzene derivatives such as toluene.
Phthlates (THAL-ates) are solvents in fragrances to help extend the aroma. They are found mainly in candles, air fresheners, and nail polish, but can also be in perfumes, colognes, body lotions, and deodorants, plus many plastics in the home like vinyl shower curtains, kitchen food containers, paint, and toys. Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors and can cause birth defects, changes in hormones, decreased sperm mobility and concentration, allergies, asthma, obesity, diabetes, and may irreversibly damage the lungs, liver, kidneys, and reproduction system. https://www.ewg.org/enviroblog/2008/05/cheatsheet-phthalates
Aldehydes are found in nature and are in many essential oils. These are natural and when kept in their true botanical state, do not pose any risk. Synthetic aldehydes commonly referred to as “reactive aldehydes” are a completely different class of chemicals that are very bad for humans. Two commonly known toxic aldehydes are formaldehyde and benzaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a preservative and is found in permanent press clothing, laundry detergent, dish soap, bath products. Benzaldehyde is an aromatic compound that can be found in perfumes, shampoo and bath products.They can cause neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease (PD), multiple sclerosis (MS) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). http://www.psikofarmakoloji.org/pdf/TR/21_4_1.pdf
Triclosan is found in dishwashing detergents and many personal care products such as soap, body wash, toothpaste, and cosmetics, but also may be in some kitchenware, toys, furniture, and clothing. Triclosan is added to these products to extend their shelf-life and help keep bacterial contamination low; basically a preservative and antimicrobial. It is also considered to be a xenobiotic, a persistent organic pollutant, and a drug allergen by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Triclosan can decrease your hormones, cause antibiotic resistance, lower your immunity, and may cause allergies, asthma, and eczema. It is classified as an irritant and environmental hazard by the National Institutes of Health. The NIH states on their safety sheet that triclosan causes skin, eye, and respiratory irritations. They also claim triclosan is “very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects.” https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/5564#section=Safety-and-Hazards
Toluene is a highly volatile and fragrant chemical found in paint thinners, nail polish, glues, inks, lacquers, paint, paint brush cleaners, and stain removers and solvents. It causes headaches, body aches, nausea, and can damage white matter in the brain. It is a known neurotoxin (excitotoxin.) This is the substance that some people become addicted to because it can cause a sense of euphoria. It is exceptionally bad and may cause irreversible damage! https://academic.oup.com/jnen/article/63/1/1/2916394
While so many chemicals are neurotoxins, many of them impose directly on all the other organs and systems in our body. Let’s take a look at some interesting chemical statistics.
“It is generally understood that the number of chemical compounds currently recognized in the United States exceeds 3 million and approximately 3,000 new ones are being added each year.” [Source: Technologies and Management Strategies for Hazardous Waste Control, Published March 1983 by the United States Congress, Office of Technology Assessment.]
The EPA has reviewed only around 36,000 chemicals. Source: Chemical Safety Facts: “Debunking the Myths: Chemicals and Testing for Safety” NOTE: The Chemical Safety Facts website is run by the American Chemistry Council, a trade association for companies who make chemicals. OF COURSE!
THERE ARE OVER 3 MILLION KNOWN CHEMICALS AND ONLY 1% HAVE BEEN TESTED!
Only 2938 personal care and home used chemicals have been tested and they found that 884 are toxic, 146 can cause tumors, 218 can cause reproductive complications, 778 can cause acute toxicity, 314 can cause biological mutations, 376 can cause skin and eye irritations. [Source: United States House of Representatives Report from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 1989]
Lastly, if this next statistic does not scare you or you do not work from home, do you have any pets that hang out in your home all day? Listen to this…
Stay at home moms and women who work from home are 54% more likely to die from cancer than women who don’t work from home. [Source: 15 year EPA study]
Is this OK with you? It is not for me.
There are many health dangers that are affecting your loved ones in your home.
And by the way, have you ever noticed that all the cleaning supplies are brightly colored just like children’s toys? What could be safer than a child’s toy? Thank you marketing geniuses for trying to pull the wool over our eyes!
Our next section will cover some healthy alternatives to get your home cleaned up and your health back on track!
THE HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES
When it comes to all these synthetic toxins, often times the damage is done to you. You may be unable to focus or be who you are supposed to be because you are depressed, tired all the time, not sleeping well, gaining weight, feel overwhelmed, out of control, feel anxious, have a hard time focusing, your emotions are erratic, or you can’t seem to stay healthy.
Perhaps you are constantly in and out of the doctors or are constantly getting colds and sinus infections or sore throats. There are any number of issues that are all related to the health of our immune system and our gut and also our endocrine system that regulates your hormones.
Your hormones are responsible for a whole host of health related issues in your body. Your reproductive system and how well you are able to procreate, your sleep and wake patterns and your ability to get good sleep, your metabolism and how well your body is able to digest foods and metabolize them so that you do not gain weight, and your emotions and how well you are able to adapt to stress and mood swings. These are just a few areas that are affected by your hormones.
Sometimes it can feel like you are pushing a rock up a hill! You try everything to get healthy, but nothing seems to work. The last thing anyone thinks that could be making them sick is their own home!!!
Your immune system affects practically every area of your body as well. How well your body responds to physical stress and inflammation. How well you are able to ward off disease and sickness. How your body and your gut controls potential autoimmune disorders and autism. Synthetics are a real threat.
Synthetics disrupt your immunity and your hormones.
I just thought this was life… we get sick, we get tired, we age… but guess what? When you remove the synthetics from your life, YOUR LIFE WILL DRASTICALLY IMPROVE!
The moment I took out all of the synthetics in my home, my issues all vanished! It was the missing piece to my health!
Let’s take a look at the ingredients in Thieves Household Cleaner. It contains ten simple ingredients. But really only six, since five of them make up the one essential oil in the ingredients.
Alkyl polyglucoside: a biodegradable, plant-derived surficant (helps lift debris off the surface)
Sodium 2-methyl sulfolaurate: derived from renewable sourced coconut oil and used as a foaming agent, cleanser, and surficant.
Thieves Essential Oil: a synergy that helps to break up and remove synthetics and it is a natural de-greaser. Plus the benefits of keeping things clean so nasty things won’t fester or grow. Here are the five essential oils that make up Thieves: Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon bark, Rosemary, and Eucalyptus radiata essential oils.
Tetrasodium glutamate diacetate: vegetable-based chelating agent that helps to “eat up” and rinse minerals such as calcium and magnesium build-up.
Disodium 2-sulfolaurate: derived from renewable sourced coconut oil and used as a foaming agent, cleanser, and surficant.
Everything in the Thieves Household Cleaner is plant-based, biodegradable, and from a renewable source!
With Young Living you get a truly synthetic-free home and the ease of knowing you will save money and storage space!
You will save over $1000 per year on your cleaning bill when you swap it with only $300 worth of products! You could even start with a simple swap of $160 and get a huge return in just a few months.
Let’s take a look at the main product, the Thieves Household Cleaner.
Thieves Household Cleaner (2×14.4 oz.) $22×2=$44
If you use a 32oz. bottle you can make 60 spray bottles.
Each bottle costs .73 cents!
COMMON CLEANERS FOUND IN HOMES
- Windex is $3.29
- Lysol is $2.49
- Clorox Bleach Spray is $3.39
- Method Granite Spray is $5.99
- Scrubbing Bubbles is $3.99
- Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner is $1.99
- Swiffer WetJet Refill is $5.39
That’s $26.53 in products that are toxic to you and your family.
All you need is a 73 cent bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner to clean your windows, surfaces, bathroom shower, tub, toilet, and to clean all your floors even if you have tile (or any ceramic or natural stone,) hardwood, or laminate.
One ultra concentrated bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner usually lasts the average family a full year and with the basic premium starter kit you get two bottles equalling 60 32oz. Spray bottles as an all-in-one cleaner.
It is healthy for you, works better, and is way less expensive!
Here is what we recommend to fully swap out your home!
Basic Premium Starter Kit
Let’s take a look at all the items for a price breakdown.
- Thieves Household Cleaner – 14.4 oz (2 pack). $22 x 2 (73 cents per 32 oz. spray bottle) ($53.82 retail)
- Thieves Foaming Hand Soap – 8 oz. (2 pack) $13.25 x 2 (668 pumps at 4 cents per pump) ($34.86 retail)
- Thieves Toothpaste 4 oz. $10.50 (180 uses at 6 cents per use) ($13.82 retail)
- Thieves Mouthwash 8 oz. $11.25 (60 uses at 19 cents per use) ($14.80 retail)
- Thieves Spray – 1 oz. (2 pack) $9.25 x 2 (2000 sprays at 1 cent per use) ($24.34 retail)
- Thieves Hand Sanitizer 1 oz. (3 pack) $5 x 3 (450 uses at 4 cents per use) ($19.74 retail)
- Thieves Mints 30 ct. $13.00 (30 mints at 43 cents per mint) ($17.11 retail)
- Thieves 15ml Essential Oil $34.75 (250 uses at 14 cents per use) ($45.72 retail)
- Stress Away 5ml $15 (75 uses at 20 cents per use) ($19 retail)
- Samples, Roller fitment, product guide, and magazine ($25 retail)
- Membership ($35)
- TOTAL RETAIL VALUE OF $303.21 for only $160!
Full Swap, add these to your Thieves Premium Starter Kit:
- Thieve Laundry Detergent – 64 loads $29.50 (46 cents per load) ($38.82 retail)
- Thieves Dishwashing Detergent – 40 loads $25.50 (64 cents per load) ($33.55 retail)
- Thieves Dish Soap – 12 ounces $14.00 (29 cents per basin of dishes) ($18.42 retail)
- Thieves Fruit and Veggie Soak – 60 uses $19.75 (33 cents per soak) ($25.99 retail)
- Thieves Cough Drops – 30 drops $20.50 (68 cents per drop) ($26.97 retail)
- On Essential Rewards to get 20PV back
- 190 PV promos added (usually $100 value or more!)
- $143.75 for only $109.25 (with free 190PV promos and 20PV back!)
TOTAL VALUE: $567 for only $269.25 plus tax and shipping when applicable.
Over 50% off for your first order with Young Living!!! Plus you get to make your whole home healthy!!!