The Dangers of Laundry Detergents

One of my biggest pieces of advice for families who are trying to switch to a chemical free and all natural lifestyle, is to take baby steps. Switch over one product at a time.

I’m in a hurry to live chemical free, but I am also very frugal and hate being wasteful. So the easiest way to transition is to finish up a product, then when it’s empty, find a safer, chemical free alternative. That’s how I switched soaps, serums, lotions, cleaning products and the everyday product I am now going to blog about… laundry detergent.

Have you ever researched what’s in our laundry detergent? Well I have and let me tell you, it ain’t good 😬. It’s actually a shame. Let me list some ingredients found in most laundry detergents:

1,4 dioxane– a solvent that is recognized by the EPA as a carcinogen. It’s been known to cause headaches, vertigo, irritation of eyes, nose and lungs, can cause liver and kidney damage, etc.

Quaternium-15- a cleaning agent. Also known as a carcinogen. It’s been linked to eye and skin irritations and possible liver damage.

Phosphates/EDTA– make detergent more effective. Toxic ingredients that are harmful to the wildlife in our ponds and streams. They are also known to kill cells and damage DNA ☠️.

These are just 3 of dozens of harmful chemicals found in laundry detergents. When I really stop and think about this, it really upsets me. I get angry because these ingredients can directly affect myself, my husband and most importantly my babies!

I obviously wash all our bed sheets, clothes, stuffed animals, blankets etc. with these harmful ingredients. The sheets we spend 8 hours sleeping on each night, the clothes that touch our skin every second of the day, the blankets I cover my sleeping boys with, could potentially be causing our health to suffer.

So what now? I’m glad you asked. 👍🏼

Switch!!

There are many brands out there that are toxic chemical free. Do the research and make the safer choice. Remember to invest in your health. It might be costly to buy at the store, but it’s the best choice you can make for your family. Or try making your own.

For myself, I decided I wanted to try to make my own and I’m glad I did! It’s SUPER cheap and works really well. I made 2 gallons of detergent for less then $7. It’s just as effective and perfectly safe!

I did some searching on Pinterest for DIY laundry detergents and I found a recipe I really liked! I used

*Organic Washing Soda that I purchased on amazon for $10.

*Trader Joe’s baking soda

*Dr.Bronners Organic Castile soap

* YL essential oils (I chose lemongrass and spearmint)

It took me a whole 5 minutes to make! 😂

That’s it. Baby steps are better then nothing when it comes to the chemical free lifestyle. If you need exact measurements for this recipe, let me know I will happily share that with you.

Also, feel free to ask for help or advice if you want more DIY ideas! I’d love to help ❤️

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Becoming an Oily Mom

It all started with a small bottle of grapefruit essential oil.

I had just given birth to my second baby and I had returned to work a few weeks later to take some clients before Easter. When I went to my station, I noticed someone had placed a 5ml Young Living Grapefruit Vitality essential oil. This was my first experience with essential oils.

I quickly found out my co worker had gifted me with this oil as she knew that I enjoyed my flavored water. It smelled amazing and I couldn’t wait to use it. She warned me that citrus oils needed to be used in a glass, not my plastic water bottle, so I had to wait till I got home to try it. Once I did, I loved it!! The smell was so uplifting. The taste was good too! I started researching the benefits of grapefruit essential oil and loved what I found. It can aid in weight loss ( which I needed after having my baby) , helps reduce cellulite, fluid retention, it’s high in d limonene, detoxes the body, metabolic stimulant and more! I began drinking it everyday. I even added some to my moisturizer.

I had never heard of Young Living before, so when I checked out their website I was a bit sticker shocked. Some of their oils were pretty expensive. I was glad to see that my grapefruit only cost $7.50. I could afford that one. It lasted me all summer, and I had used it everyday!

Being that I’m a huge Amazon shopper, I did what I always do, check Amazon for a cheaper alternative. And sure enough I found a few different brands of essential oils that I was willing to try. I purchased lavender and frankincense from 2 separate eo brands. Both brands got great ratings and claimed their oils are 100% pure therapeutic grade oils.

I was so excited to get my oils and start trying them out for different things. I had spent all my time on Pinterest, pinning so many different ways to use my oils.

First thing I did was diffuse lavender in Rio’s room at night. I had read diffusing this would help calm him and then hopefully he’d sleep better. Rio was the worst sleeper/ napper. He was up every 30 minutes for God knows what. He was just an irritable baby. Long story short, there was no change. I was disappointed, but kept using it because the smell was nice.

The time came when I was wanting to purchase another EO for my water. I had ran out of my grapefruit and was wanting to try the lemon EO this time. Again, I had read so many great things about this oil and it’s many uses. I went to a local vitamin store in search of some lemon essential oil. I was excited they had it in stock. As I read the label I noticed it stated not for internal use. I asked the sales lady, if I had read this right and she agreed with the label saying these oils weren’t for ingesting.

I was so bummed. It says 100% pure therapeutic grade oil, so why isn’t it for internal use?

I went home and started reading all about EOs and how they are not created equally. I learned that much like vitamins and supplements, the FDA doesn’t regulate EOs. So a company can legally label their essential oils as 100% pure as long as the bottle contains only 5% pure essential oil. 😮 That explained a lot. No wonder these oils I purchased in stores and on amazon don’t recommend ingesting.

***side note: I had spent well over $150 experimenting with different oil brands over this time period.***

My next door neighbor and her husband have been Young Living distributors for about 4 years now and are doing very well for themselves. I always see them at home with their kids doing things as a family and I always envied that.

I had them over for dinner one night and I had mentioned to her I was in desperate need of a lemon essential oil! What do I have to do to get my lemon??!! 😂 She sent me her link after dinner and recommended I buy the starter kit (diffuser and 11 popular EOs ) so I could try their oils (lemon is included) and then get wholesale pricing. The only “problem” was that it cost $160.

It took me 2 weeks to justify spending that much on essential oils, being that I spent over that amount on my quest to find a cheaper alternative the whole summer. You should know, I’m a very frugal person ☝🏼.

Once I ordered my kit, I started looking into Young Living. They are the #1 consumer choice for essential oils. They have been around for 20 years. They own their own farms and have a ‘seed to seal’ promise which allows them to oversee the entire process of their oils being made. This allows them to guarantee true 100% pure essential oils.

Then I started to creep into the business side of Young Living. They made $1 Billion last year in sales. They are opening more distribution centers across America to keep up demand. They have a very generous compensation plan and I had nothing to lose.

My husband would encourage me all the time to start selling YL, but I never had the desire to sell. I am by no means a sales person, I don’t even push my clients to buy product at work 😫. The thought of selling makes me very uncomfortable. But then, my oils came!!

I was so excited to see my YL box on my front door step!

I opened it and started diffusing right away! 😍 I was obsessed. These oils smelled way better then my cheaper ones. Some didn’t even smell similar! I started making roller bottles for the boys. ( I bought some roller bottles on amazon ahead of time). I made an immunity roller, sleepy time roller, skin rescue roller and RC roller. I was so excited. My kids were healthy at the time, so I didn’t feel the need to roll them up right away lol. But it was time for Rio’s nap!! I filled his diffuser with water and 5 drops of lavender. This will be the true test.
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ole hours. I immediately text my husband. Of coarse, he thinks it’s a coincidence. Later that night, same thing. Rio slept all night! 😃 Which means I slept all night! This was HUGE for me. I decided right then and there I needed to become a distributor, I wanted to help moms get some sleep, among other things. It’s been 6 months now and I still diffuse lavender and/or cedarwood in Rio’s room every nap and every night. Now it’s not always 100%. Certain things can disrupt his sleep and wake him up, but he no longer cries when he’s awake. He will lay there calmly and sometimes even fall asleep again. These oils worked a miracle for me. And I just want to spread the word. That oil quality matters 100%.

Selling these amazing oils have been a joy. I don’t see it as selling. I see it as sharing and educating. I talk about them so freely and people love to learn how the oils can help them. I get people who come to me, asking me about YL all the time, almost daily. Some follow through and some don’t and that’s ok. The money is nice and it helps pay the bills, but it’s not why I’m doing this. I have had tremendous success with using YL oils that I am going to be sharing with you all in the near future. But my passion is helping.

I use these oils for everything and I mean everything. I make my own baby soaps and shampoos, face soap, moisturizers, face serums. Oils have replaced my medicine cabinet, skin care and household cleaning products. It’s saves me so much money in the long run. And that excites me! That’s what drives me. I am passionate about this and I’m taking the time now to grow my business so that one day I can stay home with my kids for good, ease the burden on my husband, and be able to make my kids’ baseball games on Saturdays. And it’s all thanks to these essential oils.

If you have been on the fence about purchasing Young Living oils, I strongly encourage you to take the plunge. I’ve never had one person tell me they regret it. And I bet the same would be true of you! The one regret I do have is not trying it sooner. I will provide my link at the bottom of this blog for those willing to give it a try. You might have to copy and paste to URL bar.

If you are already a Young Living fan and/or are interested in starting your own business, I am always looking for genuine, passionate people to join my team. Feel free to reach out to me and I will walk you though the whole process. ❤️

https://www.youngliving.com/vo/#/signup/new-start?sponsorid=13244200&enrollerid=13244200&isocountrycode=US&culture=en-US&type=member