Are Your Household Cleaners Killing You?


Top 8 Toxic chemicals found in household cleaners:


1.  Phthalates:

    Found in most products with a fresh aroma; air fresheners, soap, surface cleaners, laundry detergent.  You will never see the word phthalate on the product label. Phthalates are disguised as the word “fragrance.”  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors and damage male and female sex organs as well as our thyroid glands.


2.  Perchloroethylene or “PERC”

    Found in furniture cleaners/polish, stain removers, and dry-cleaning solutions.  PERC is most often toxic by inhalation.  You have experienced this if you have ever had your carpets cleaned, it is the lingering aroma for days after a deep cleaning.  The smell of a freshly dry-cleaned shirt is PERC.  PERC is a known neurotoxin and carcinogen.  So bad that the EPA has ordered residential buildings to phase-out PERC machines by 2020, and California is eliminating all use of PERC by 2023.  


3.  Triclosan:

    A known carcinogen and human gene destroyer, Triclosan is found in antibiotic hand cleaners, and anything labeled “antibacterial.”  


4.  QUATS, Quarternary Ammonium Compounds:

    Found in household cleaners labeled “antibacterial,” also in fabric softeners and dryer sheets.  We NEVER use dryer sheets; otherwise, we will be breathing in QUATS all day long through our clothing.  Many cases of dermatitis and respiratory disorders have been traced back to QUATS.  QUATS have been detected in over 40% of antibacterial products under review.  


5.  2-Butoxyethanol:

    Found in surface cleaners, kitchen cleaners, and window cleaners.  This molecule is a glycol ether, which is linked to severe liver and kidney damage, pulmonary edema and narcosis.  When cleaning your bathroom, for example, the levels of airborne 2-butoxyethanol can rise higher than workplace safety standards.  


6.  Chloroform: 

    A suspected human carcinogen found in bleach containing products that can escape in the fumes and enter our lungs through inhalation.  


7.  Sodium Borate: 

    Found in many cleaning supplies, sodium borate is added as an enzyme stabilizer for longer shelf life.  This molecule is linked to the disruption of the human hormone system and also may lead to breathing problems. 


8.  Benzene:  

    Many household cleaning products contain this dangerous molecule benzene which has been linked to leukemia, anemia, and bone marrow damage.  


The Solution:


Cleaning is inevitable, whether you enjoy the task or not, so why not clean with the highest quality of non-toxic products money can buy? doTERRA’s essential oils are so versatile they provide you with a list of solutions you may never have known of. Take for example the oil Lemon. Did you know Lemon not only naturally cleanses the digestive system, it also cleanses and purifies the air and surfaces? This means doTERRA’s Proprietary Blends that contain Lemon are excellent tools for cleaning—like Purify.


What Makes doTERRA Oils Good Cleansing Agents?

Simply put, they’re potent and powerful. Because of their potency you really don’t need to use very much to get the job done, so in the long run you’re using a natural product while saving money. It’s common to find toxic chemicals in a household because they are advertised to be potent and powerful in their own right. But the reality is, though these products claim to provide effective cleansing benefits, they often contain synthetic chemicals and questionable ingredients that may put your family at risk when used around the home.  If you have small children in the home, or just want to ensure that your family isn’t being exposed to unnecessary toxins and chemicals everyday, essential oils provide a safe, natural solution for keeping the home clean. So, why not avoid the unnecessary all together and use products that come directly from the earth?


Why Choose doTERRA?

It is important to remember that not all essential oils are equal. So, using pure, high quality essential oils, like doTERRA’s will yield the best results when using them for cleaning. Low quality oils or oils that contain synthetic fillers will not be as effective for cleansing purposes, and because they aren’t as pure, you’ll need to use more to get the job done. Bottom line, when choosing essential oils to use for household cleaning, make sure that the oils are pure, high-quality, come from natural sources, and do not contain any synthetic fillers or contaminants.


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