Sneaky Ingredients to Avoid

I have always tried to do things “toxin-free”. I’m always finding research, tips, tricks, anything to help make a healthy lifestyle more affordable. I was thrilled a couple of years ago when Young Living came out with Thieves Laundry Soap. I have to admit that at first, I missed that “clean laundry” scent. But, you know what? That scent usually means yucky toxins.

What’s fragrance got to do with it?

If you haven’t already, pull out your current laundry detergent and look up the ingredients and the health concerns that are attached to them. For example, if you see “fragrance” listed it can be any combination of harmful ingredients. They are not required to list every ingredient that falls into this category. Many of them cause skin irritations, headaches, respiratory irritants, and possibly even carcinogens.

Also, look up sodium lauryl sulfate (sls). This can be found in shampoo, body wash, mascara, acne treatment, and detergents. It can cause skin and eye irritaiton, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea if ingested. It may also be carcinogenic to humans. Yikes!

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Is it worth the risk?

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather not take some of those risks. Just think about it, over time you wash your clothes in your favorite scented detergent. You love that dryer fresh scent. You slip on your favorite shirt and take a deep whiff of it as you snuggle into it. Over time all of those toxins are getting into your skin. Did you know the skin is your biggest organ? It is also porous and absorbs everything you put on it. Again, why take the risk when you can do better?

And remember, I only listed a couple of harmful ingredients you may find. Check your labels. Even if these are not there, there may be some lurking around that you didn’t even know were there. Do your research! Your family’s health is in YOUR hands.

A better way!

Ok, now on to my favorite part! Being healthy doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg! As I already stated, Young Living has their own Thieves Laundry Soap. They are an open and honest company. They disclose EVERY ingredient. For those of you who like details, here they are:

Water, Decyl glucoside, Sodium oleate, Glycerin, Caprylyl glucoside, Lauryl glucoside, Sodium chloride, Sodium gluconate, Carboxymethyl cellulose, Alpha-amylase, Protease, Lipase, Citrus Limon† (Jade lemon) peel oil, Citrus aurantium bergamia† (Bergamot) peel oil (Furocoumarin-free), Syzygium aromaticum† (Clove) bud oil, Citrus limon† (Lemon) peel oil, Cinnamomum zeylanicum† (Cinnamon) bark oil, Eucalyptus radiata† oil, Rosmarinus officinalis† (Rosemary) leaf oil

†100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil

That costs too much!

Does it really? I’m with you, I used to think the same way…until I tried it. As with many Young Living products, it’s so concentrated that a little goes a long, long way. As it is, this bottle gets you at least 64 loads of laundry. I had already found that you could double that by splitting the bottle in 2, adding a little Thieves Household Cleaner, and topping it off with distilled water. Win! But it gets even better!

As I said before, I miss that fresh laundry scent. This just wasn’t quite doing it for me and I couldn’t figure out why. My clothes were clean but they didn’t have that “ahhh, that smells good” thing going for them. Until…

Triple the savings!

Yep, that’s right! I now get THREE bottles out of one. And what’s even better is that it smells ah-ma-zing. Here’s the trick:

  • Take one bottle of Thieves Laundry Soap and split it between 3 hand pump bottles (I got mine here). Then add this to each bottle:
  • Add 2 capfuls of Thieves Household Cleaner
  • Add 50 drops essential oil of choice
  • Slowly fill each bottle with distilled water.
  • Use 1-2 pumps per load, depending on size.
  • This makes each bottle less than $8, 64 loads each.

Do your research

Head on over to skin deep and compare ingredients. If you are like me, you may be surprised to see what is lurking behind the labels of not only laundry detergent, but most household items you encounter every day.

If you would like to do better for your family and want to know where to start, I’d be happy to help you!

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