The Average Household Contains About 62 Toxic Chemicals

The Average Household Contains About 62 Toxic Chemicals

Did you know?

There’s no federal regulation of chemicals in household products.

Read that again.

There’s no federal regulation of chemicals in household products.

Cleaning products, unlike foods, beverages, cosmetics and other personal care products (which the FDA does regulate), are not required by federal law to carry a list of ingredients.

Rebecca Sutton, PhD, a senior scientist at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), explains, “In terms of household cleaners, neither ingredients nor products must meet any sort of safety standard, nor is any testing data or notification required before bringing a product to market.”

I’m sorry, what?

Well, there you have it. And guess what? The average household has about 62 toxic chemicals in it and we’re exposed to them frequently. The ingredients in these very common household products have been linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption and neurotoxicity.

What’s more…some well known brands use the “green” label to try and make us thing that their products are safe.

So what are some of these toxic offenders and the products that they are in?

The first one is phthalates.

Commonly found in many fragranced products like air fresheners, dish soap, and even toilet paper, phthalates are found in almost 100 percent of Americans tested

Phthalates are also used as adhesives, dyes or inks, and solvents in an enormous range of everyday products including air fresheners, cleaning products and detergents, cosmetics, and personal-care products, such as fragrances and nail polish. Phthalates are also found in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food packaging, sealants, and printing inks. The specific types and quantities of phthalates used in individual products is not publicly available information and phthalates often do not appear on product labels.

Phthalates are endocrine disruptors. Men with higher amounts of phthalate compounds in their blood had correspondingly reduced sperm counts, according to a 2003 study conducted by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Harvard School of Public Health.

A great way to begin to remove this one is by using a diffuser to diffuse essential oils (instead of air fresheners), use On Guard Cleaner Concentrate, and substitute these recipes for surface and carpet cleaning.

The second is triclosan which I mentioned in the last post in this series.

I won’t go over that one again but just to emphasize the point, here’s a list of over 200 products containing triclosan.

Next is formaldehyde.

Formaldehyde is found in a lot of consumer products, including antiseptics, medicines, cosmetics, nail polish, dish-washing liquids, fabrics and fabric softeners, shoe-care agents, carpet cleaners, wallpaper, glues and adhesives, lacquers, paper, paints and coatings, and plastics.

It’s been shown to cause cancer of the upper airways, leukemia, and respiratory illness. Most formaldehyde exposures occurs breathing indoor air contaminated by carpets, countertops, cabinets, couches and other furniture that has a product containing the chemical applied to it.

In fact, formaldehyde off-gassing from building materials and other products can lead to indoor formaldehyde concentrations far exceeding outdoor levels.

Those are the worst offenders but there are more. You can read this long but in-depth article for more on that.

If you aren’t yet using essential oils to start to replace these toxins in your life, contact me today for a free 1:1 consultation to get started.

The most important ways you can avoid these chemicals…

First of all, in the kitchen–

1) Instead of dishwashing liquid or dishwasher detergents, use On Guard Cleaner Concentrate. If you add some drops of Lemon essential oil, it gives it an extra boost. This is huge because of the nasty stuff film that can remain on dishes containing the chemicals covered above. Also, any time you have cracks or food that doesn’t get completely cleaned off dishes, those chemicals are absorbed into the dish or food and the next time you use it, they could easily transfer to your body.

2) Instead of using chemical-based surface cleaners, use this all natural alternative:

Multipurpose Cleaner (great for countertops, sinks, windows and more!)
– 2 1/2 cups white vinegar
– 1/2 cup water
– 20 drops On Guard
– 10 drops Lemon (or wild orange; citrus bliss)
– 5 drops melaluca

And in the rest of the house–

1) Instead of carpet cleaners, use this all natural alternative:

Freshen up your carpets
– 2 cups of corn starch
– 20 drops of On Guard
– 10 drops of Melaluca
– 5 drops of lemon

To your and your families health.


P.S. If you’d like to get started using essential oils, contact me today for a free consultation.