CBS confirms my last blog post…..sadly

So last week I wrote my first blog post in a series about detoxing your house and the hidden number of toxic chemicals that the FDA and others allow into our lives.  THIS IS SCARY SHIT!

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/scented-laundry-products-release-carcinogens-study-finds/

Apparently while I was studying about nasty toxic laundry chemicals,  so was CBS.  The article that popped up on my FB page today couldn’t conclude if it was dryer emissions or toxic chemicals in your laundry products but argue the details of the science all you want, one of the two (the dryer itself or the products) released toxic crap into the subjects house!

Does it really matter which one it is?  Honestly none of us are going to go without a dryer.  So we will have to wait for that science to be looked into and determined and regulated, but what you do have control of right now today, is the ability to clean up your products once and for all just get rid of the crap in your house.

The Thieves Premium Starter Kit includes a 15 ML (big) bottle of Thieves oil (this has literally thousands of uses), a toothpaste and a mouthwash, 2 cleaners, 2 foaming hand soaps, 2 sprays, 2 waterless hand purifiers, and even a baby bottle (5ml) of Stress Away, and a bunch of sample goodies. Again this deal is nearly 50% off from buying one item at time, at a $300 value.  While your at it, add the laundry detergent!

Honestly from my early findings on these nasty toxic chemicals we all have got to do something to help keep ourselves and our families safe.  Since the 19540’s prostate cancer is up 200%, Thyroid cancer is up 155% and Brain Cancer is up 70%, and this is with the FDA.  I mean this is kinda crazy that the FDA grandfathered in 100,000 chemicals in 1976 and never did research and never looked into them.  Are we seeing what has happened as a result of that?  We’ll never know and they will never fess up anyway but you have to be your own advocate when it comes to your health.

Click this link, or cut and paste depending on your browser, and it will take you to sign up (remember sign up as wholesale to get 24% off retail pricing for the rest of your life whether you ever sell a single thing or just get your own products cheaper!!!) to get a jump start of detoxing your house.  I’ll post more detoxing posts in the coming weeks but I think we all see the need to start and before you clean for holidays and company why not o it safely.

https://www.youngliving.com/vo/#/signup/new-start?sponsorid=1251042&enrollerid=1251042&isocountrycode=US&culture-en-US&type-member

 

 

Laundry Room Detox

I read somewhere this last week that the most toxic product in our homes was…..ready for this…..fabric softener sheets.  Seriously, fabric softener sheets.  Ouch!  For some of us who do a shit ton of laundry a week this is not what I wanted to hear.  So I looked on snopes (https://www.snopes.com/dryer-sheets-full-of-toxic-chemicals) and while they were denying what the person who made the claim said, they by enlarge proved my point, in that items listed as GRAS (Generally regarded as safe) may indeed not be.  So if I have the choice, no offense to the FDA but y’all have made some major blunders, I’m going to choose the safe way….less chemicals.

So enter my own homework. It seems to me that if I can smell my dryer sheets on my porch, thru a closed door, just sitting in the box, and through out my house just because the box is open….maybe this isn’t good.   Then I tried a certain brand that make little pellets that you can throw in the washer with your detergent that acts as a fabric softener.  Strike 2, ingredients include perfume dispersant, perfumes, and dye and go to the website for actual ingredients.  OK I am reading between the lines a bit but I am not thinking I need a chemical perfume dispersant on things that are touching my skin, which is the largest organ in your body, which we know is porous.

So then I looked at detergents.  I have always liked the pod things.  Until the last few didn’t break open in the wash and stayed stuck to a sheet…throw that one away as good luck, even rewashing didn’t work.  So then I read the back of that container, and one line caught my eye.  If pods stick together, do not try to separate.  Really?  Contains nonionic and anionic sufectants,  ethoxylated polyethylene polyamine and enzymes.  Hmm. I know sufectants and enzymes but the middle word threw me so I googled it. What came up where patents and so on so no help.  Then I pulled the MSDS sheet for my beloved pods…not so good.  Did you know they may cause gastrointestinal distress?  Skin irritation I get, but moderate eye irritation and transient respiratory irritation.  Seriously?

So for the good news.

Wool Dryer Balls ( https://www.vermontcountrystore.com/fluffies-dryer-balls/product/71638?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=paid%20search&utm_campaign=pla&sourceid=7BINGPLA).  Pure wool. Nothing else.  Reduces dryer time by 25% , good for 1000 loads, and is $24.95 for 6!  OK you have me interested. So I just tried them today.  No weird smell, didn’t get wound up like bad origami in a dryer full of twin sheets (that’s a miracle in its own right. And indeed sheets dried faster.  These are Fluffies…lol, it’s exactly what they look like!

Fluffies Dryer Balls

Then I tried a plant based laundry detergent.  It’s no surprise I like Young Living products as I like what they stand for so I thought I would try a bottle a few month ago.  What I found out then, was it gets rid of that weird lycra, athletic clothes smell, and the other thing I did notice was that I used so little product.  Literally using 1/4 of a capful for a HE washer. that means I should get 64 loads of out my 32oz bottle.  Plant based cleaner is a win for me.  Even less packaging is a win. Now yes it smells like Thieves going into the wash but not once clothes are out of the dryer which is a win as I don’t want my clothes to really smell like anything.  And then without thinking I went back to my pods.  So when I decided to start my Detox Revolution, I pulled the bottle back out and fecided to read the label.  Still a bunch of ingredients I don’t know, but how about the label that reads free from: SLS, Dyes, Petrochemicals, Formaldehyde (yikes others have this?), Phosphates, Synthetic Perfume and Optical Brighteners….wait optical brightners?  That’s a thing?  Apparently yes.

So I am calling the combo of wool dryer balls and YL Thieves Laundry Detergent a win for me.  Clean product wise, the dryer balls are ridiculously cheap at $4.15 per ball ( my box of dryer sheets had 80 for $5 so 1000 loads would be 13 more boxes), and the detergent is $28.75 per bottle at 64 loads is $.45 a load, my pods were $.42 a load…but I would have to buy 2.5 bags (26 count pods) in order to get the same quantity of loads.  Pretty much an even call that’s a lot better to the environment, less packaging and won’t create digestive distress from something on my clothes.

Hope you enjoyed the first step of my Detox Revolution!  I am sure there are plenty of other products out there but I am using up what I have first  so I don’t have to add a lot of extra products to my century old (translated no storage) home as the goal is to simplify, streamline and find better products as I go!

 

Time for a Detox

This photo just makes me take a deep breath and feel settled.  Why?  Nature is a detox.  You know how good you feel after walking in the woods, going to the beach, hiking in the mountains, etc.  Why can’t we take that home with us?.  Why can’t we bring that feeling into our homes and our lives.  Why do we settle on just having that feeling when we our on vacation?

The long and short of it is, we can have that feeling but you’re going to have to do some work, make some hard choices and so on.  What brought this to my attention is nearly two weeks ago my middle dog had a lump. We all get that pit in our stomach concerned about what that may mean. I found out last Friday that indeed that pit in my stomach was right, sadly. So that made me do a ton of research this weekend (pubmed.com) and see what was available. I don’t have the money and at 12-1/2 years old I don’t want to put her through anything I don’t have to. This got me thinking.

And then there was the FB article on BPA free plastics being endocrine interrupters (translated really bad for you and future generations of you), and then I looked at my old pan with the dark grey coating (there’s a certain brand name attached) that is scratched, which we know is a carcinogen. Then I remembered a book I read from Kris Carr called Crazy, Sexy Cancer. If you don’t know her story, you should, and honestly you should read this specific book.  Then there’s my own health challenges dealing with auto-immune stuff.  And an upcoming surgery that isn’t going to be a lot of fun, but can I find more holistic ways to get strong and healthier pre-surgery?  And then there is the toxicity of god only knows what in literally every product in the house.  Read some labels if you don’t believe me.

In this day and age where everything it touted as healthy, but seriously seems unhealthy, I gotta be honest….I am over it. I am taking a stand and I am getting this shit out of my house, my life and the fur kids life once and for all. Piece by piece, item by item. As I tackle it, I am doing research and finding good, solid alternatives.

I’ll be offering detox classes as a room by room makeover for the rest of this year, and I’d love to have you all come. I’m going to try to do them live (scary for me) so that you have the ability to go back and use them.

Welcome to the Detox Revolution!