Airing Your {dirty} Laundry

Airing Your {dirty} Laundry
Did you know that conventional laundry soap is a leading cause of skin allergies and irritation - especially in children? We don’t often think about it, but the residues left on clothes and linens from conventional cleaners sit on our skin, often causing low-level irritation. Not to mention the chemical load that leaves over time! Even the ‘green’ options may contain hidden sulfates, dyes and fragrance, among other things! 

The simplest way to get the job done—check the labels. Even those "green" or "sensitive" laundry soaps sneak unwelcome ingredients into their formulas. Yuck! Just because it’s “free and clear” and you don’t smell fragrances, there can still be many.

Fragrances added to laundry detergents and fabric softeners, may cause acute effects such as respiratory irritation, headache, sneezing, and watery eyes in sensitive individuals or allergy and asthma sufferers. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found that one- third of the substances used in the fragrance industry are toxic. But because the chemical formulas of fragrances are considered trade secrets, companies aren’t required to list their ingredients but merely label them as containing “fragrance.” 

Here is a video with more info about that "f word". 

Once you have stopped using your old laundry detergent for even a month and you go back and try to breathe that stuff or anything that’s been washed in it, you will thank me. Seriously, once I stopped using the detergent I THOUGHT was clean and started using a truly natural product, when I get a whiff of the other stuff I immediately get a reaction.

Even though it was hard to break away from the detergent I had used for years, I knew that switching to Thieves Laundry Soap was right for me. Ask yourself, “isn't my health & my family worth at least TRYING this out for a little while?” I know you can make the commitment.

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Migraine triggers

Migraine triggers
When you think of candles, how does it make you feel? 
I used to be OBSESSED with candles. 
I had them in every room. 
Used them daily! 

Those feelings you feel when burning candles are usually linked to those smells. The limbic system (the emotional center of your brain) is strongly linked to scent. Scents are connected to memories good + bad, so when we smell them it can bring back those same feelings that are imprinted on your limbic system. 

When I smell apple pie, it immediately brings me to my childhood, because my mom used to make it all the time.

Unfortunately, synthetic fragrance trigger my migraines...almost immediately. So candles became a big no no for me. 

Listen to this very short video and let me know what you think. 

The reality is that the air fresheners and candles people buy are full of toxins that are as harmful or more harmful than smoking a cigarette. Even the cleaning products we use are full of chemicals that might not be on the label but end up off-gassing into the air or onto our skin. 

  • I used to buy scented candles.
  • I used to have a bottle of scented toxins that I sprayed our furniture with. 
  • I used to have a can of scented toxins that I used as air freshener.
  • I used to get scented laundry detergent--the kind that would keep our clothes scented for weeks
--I thought that was a GOOD thing. I just didn't know better! So, believe me when I say that I've got ZERO judgement here, mkay? 

Now that we've gotten rid of as many of the chemical-filled products in our house (we switched out our household cleaner, dish soap, hand soap, hand purifier, laundry detergent, shampoo/conditioner, body soap, toothpaste, lotion, makeup, skin care, & deodorant), to all-natural essential oil infused products, I get an instant headache whenever I walk through the grocery store past the cleaning supply and laundry section.

 My nose and brain used to deal with that so my body was used to it. Think about how exposing our bodies to those chemicals every day affects us long term!!!

7 Reasons Why I Ditched Candles, click here. 

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