Tip #26 Read the Labels
Do You Read Labels?
Often, we buy and use products that we have grown up using. We rarely think about what is actually in the product and how it can affect our health.
I was one of those people that looked for the cheapest products that would give me the longest lasting results. I never thought about what was on the label or what was in the bottle, nor did I know or understand the consequences that many of those products held.
I was going through my own health crisis when I began to learn that many products I was buying and using was toxic to my health.
Sure, we are lead to believe that a little is safe if used properly.
(Who only puts a pea size of toothpaste on their toothbrush and never swallows?)
I found that those toxins were building up in my body and causing havoc. Often, our signs and symptoms are just a response to our body overflowing with too many toxins.
Do you read the labels?
Do you know what ingredients have been found to be toxic?
How many toxins can your body handle?
These are questions I began to ask myself. I began to read labels and began to see that toxins were everywhere and in everything I was buying.
Let’s start in the laundry room.
Did you know that the laundry room is one of the most toxic rooms in the home? Did you know that the clothes you are wearing could be putting toxins in your body all day and night?
Top 10 Toxic Chemicals Found in Laundry Products
- Benzaldehyde– Toxin found in laundry bleach and perfumes. Causes irritation to mouth, throat, eyes and skin.
- Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid- Toxin found in fabric softener. Studies show that it effects animals reproductive systems and developmental effects on their offspring.
- Artificial fragrances- These synthetic fragrances are found in laundry detergent, dryer sheets, fabric softener. They cause irritation to skin and eyes and many have been found to be suspected carcinogens.
- Diethanolamine- Toxin found in detergent. Causes irritation to skin and eyes and has been linked to liver and kidney tumors. Animal studies show developmental and reproductive toxicity.
- Quaternium-15 – Toxin found in detergent. This toxin releases formaldehyde, a known carcinogen that causes rashes and skin inflammation.
- 2-Butoxyethanol – Toxin found in dry cleaning chemicals and stain removers. This toxin has shown to cause birth defects, reproductive and developmental effects in animal studies and is a known carcinogen.
- Chlorine- This toxin is found in laundry bleach and is a potent irritant to eyes, upper respiratory tract and the lungs.
- Perchlorethylene (Perc)- This toxin is a dry cleaning chemical. It may cause liver and kidney damage. It is a possible carcinogen.
- Ethyl acetate- Toxin found in fabric softener. It is a neurotoxin and skin irritant.
- Nonylphenol ethoxylate- Toxin found in laundry detergent and dry cleaning aids. It has been found to be a hormone disruptor.
Putting It All Together
Living a proactive lifestyle means taking the time to read the labels and see what is in the products you are using.
Tip #22 was getting to the roots and often the toxins we are using are a big part of the root problem. We often “treat” the symptoms with more toxins and continue to cause more problems. Tip #24 was listening to your skin. Many of the ingredients above cause skin irritation. Listen to your skin it may just be telling you to stop the current laundry detergent or fabric softener you are using. Better yet, don’t wait until your body is full of toxins and overflowing to a point that you see the signs and symptoms.
Better to get rid of the toxic chemicals sooner than later.
Not sure that you want to check each ingredient on the back of the label. Go to ewg.org and put in your current product and it will tell you how that product rates from A to F. If you have an A product it has less toxins than a product that has an F.
You can then begin to swap out the lower grade products for less toxic products. My family now uses all natural laundry products from Young Living. We no longer have to worry about our laundry room being the most toxic room in the home. It is a safe place and even better, our clothes are safe too.
Taking the time to follow the 31 Tips: Living a Proactive Lifestyle will save you time and energy in the long run. You will find that you and your family fall below the wellness line less and less and you will have the energy to do the things you love.
If you are interested in finding out how proactive you are currently living, then I invite you to take the Wellness Quiz to discover your Wellness Score. We also have a Wellness Plan to help you get started finding what areas you need to work on and setting goals. Click here to print off your Wellness Plan.
Our Growing E-Course has great tools and recommendations to help you on your wellness journey. Think of it as a daily coaching reminder on how your body works and how you can support it. We have several days that will help you in replacing toxic chemicals with more natural products. We even have some great DIY recipes to help you get started. If you would like to take part in our Free Growing E-Course click here.
I am enjoying this write 31 days challenge and I hope that you are finding these tips beneficial to living a more proactive lifestyle.
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Shawna Cale, Got-Oils? Administrator
I am a M.O.M: Mom on a Mission to help educate and empower other mom’s to build healthy homes and bodies, and have the energy to do the things they enjoy with their families.