There’s no safer place than the kitchen, right?
Unfortunately, no. Turns out it’s a minefield of toxicity.
Brightly packaged air fresheners, Teflon pans, and cleaners contain ingredients that mess with our delicate endocrine system and create toxic gases. Incredibly, the things we think are goodfor our family and our home can cause us harm.
Detoxing your home should begin in the kitchen with these sneaky three:
- Air fresheners: Phthalates are most commonly found in air fresheners, which disrupt the endocrine system and can cause reproductive and neurological damage. Avoid the word “fragrance” on air fresheners, as it can be a synonym for pthalates.
Healthy alternative: Try an oil diffuser using Citrus Bliss, Lemon, or Lavender oils. Fragrant, safe, and totally uplifting! doTERRA makes a great one.
- Teflon pans: So easy to cook in, so easy to clean, Teflon revolutionized our cooking when it was accidentally discovered 70 years ago. However, peflourooanoic acid (PFOA), a chemical used to produce Teflon, has been appearing in blood samples of people worldwide and has been found to cause birth defects. The EPA has recommended that PFOA be classified as a human carcinogen.
Healthy alternative: Go old school! Cast iron, stoneware, and glass are all inert and equally effective.
- Cleaners with chlorine and ammonia: Chlorine and ammonia are deadly ingredients commonly used in household cleaners, including toilet bowl and oven cleaner. The Environmental Protection Agency found that chlorine byproducts are 300,000 times more carcinogenic than the chemical pesticide DDT.
Healthy alternative: Use cleaners such as baking soda, doTERRA’s Lemon Oil, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and castile soap. They smell great and keep your home sparkling!
Lemon Oil: The Ultimate Cleaning Tool
I use doTERRA’s Lemon Oil all the time to clean. You’ve GOT to try it; you’ll be hooked!
Disinfect: You can add lemon oil to a spray bottle of water and attack what may be living in your range hood, on your tables, countertops and other surfaces. For some extra chemical-free firepower, a little vinegar is a traditional favorite.
Lose the Gas Mask: When you clean the gunky build up in your shower, do you practically have to wear a gas mask to survive the fumes? Go gas mask free and clean with lemon oil. Just a small amount of lemon oil will go a long way in removing hard water build up.
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