Hello everyone! My name is Jill Butikofer and I would like to thank Asti for this opportunity to present a subject that is on many of our minds as we care for our families and our homes. I have learned so much as I have read, researched and prepared this material and I hope that you will find it both enlightening and useful. In order to give credit where credit is due, the cleaning research references used in this presentation come from www.womensvoices.org where you can visit to read even more in depth information on this topic. I loved this picture. When I pick up my scrub brush, broom, or mop, I’d like to think that I look as poised and beautiful as the woman you see here. In reality, I think I end up looking more like
THIS! As Asti said, I am the mother of seven children, ages 15, 13, 11, 8, 4, 3 & 5 months. There is a lot of cleaning that goes on around our home but I will admit that there is a whole lot more messing! As my husband and I have worked diligently to teach our children responsibility, it has become increasingly more concerning to us which cleaners we have around our home with so many little helpers.
We are all aware the germs, viruses & bacteria are all around us. Americans in general have become increasingly concerned about their exposure to germs and the diseases they may cause.
Advertisements are continually telling us of new and improved products which will protect our family’s health by killing germs found on every surface we may touch. Unfortunately, such advertisements fail to mention that many cleaning products contain chemicals that may actually be harmful to our health.
So who is at risk? Recent studies point to a link between certain chemicals in some cleaning products and asthma and reproductive harm. That means that children, pregnant women, women trying to get pregnant, and persons with asthma are especially vulnerable to these chemicals.
Here are some interesting facts about cleaning ~Women today are still doing over 70% of the housework in the average home.. . . The cleaning industry in the U.S. employs about 3.4 million cleaning workers. Of those, women comprise nearly 90% of the maids and housekeeprs.
. . . Children are often more vulnerable to chemicals because their organs and immune systems are not yet fully developed, and certain chemicals may interfere with the development of their neurological, endocrine and immune systems.
Many household cleaners contain chemicals, some of which are toxic. These chemicals may cause short-term health problems like skin and eye irritation when you use them and they may have long-term health impacts as well.
Can we be too clean? How clean is too clean??
The overuse of disinfectant chemicals in our homes has contributed to the growing problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, more commonly known as “superbugs.”The truth is that in most households, the need for routine disinfection is rare. Scientists agree that soap and water are effective for most routine cleaning jobs, and researchhas demonstrated that safer alternatives have antibacterial properties that may be used in place of harsh chemicals. Also, other steps can be taken to prevent the need to disinfect in the first place.
When you look in your cleaning closet, here are some common cleaning chemical we may all find.
Chlorine bleach is commonly used to treat drinking water, sanitize swimming pools, and to whiten laundry, yet is a strong eye, skin, and respiratory irritant. Mixing chlorine bleach with other cleaners like ammonia can release dangerous chlorine gas. Exposure to chlorine gas can cause coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, or other symptoms. This happened to the son of a dear friend of mine. While at their local high school for swim team practice, all of the swimmers began coughing, had difficulty breathing, and became severely nauseous. Practice was cancelled and all of the swimmers had to be transported to their nearby hospital upon learning that ammonia had been used causing the dangerous chlorine gas. Thankfully, none of the swimmers were seriously injured in the end.
Ammonia is often included in glass cleaners and other hard-surface cleaners, and can be irritating to the skin, eyes, throat, and lungs. Ammonia can burn your skin, and can damage our eyes (including blindness) upon contact.
Triclosan and Triclocarban are commonly added to household cleaning products such as hand soap and dish soap as well as a broad range of other products from toothpaste to socks. These chemicals are persistent in the environment, and are linked to hormone imbalance and potential increased risk of breast cancer.
Another chemical is Nano-silver. This can be incorporated into textiles, plastics, soaps, packaging, and other materials, giving each the natural antibacterial property of silver metal. Nano-silver particles on the other hand can penetrate deep into your body and have been shown to be toxic to the liver and brain.
Ammonium quaternary compounds (“quats”) are found in household cleaning products like disinfectant sprays and toilet cleaners, and some have been identified as known inducers of occupational asthma. Certain quats have also been linked to decreased fertility and birth defects in mice. I still remember being terrified to clean the toilets at my father’s business after being told that if any of it touches my skin I will get burned and if it splashes in my eyes I will go blind! This was a concerned father who didn’t want to take any chances with toxic chemicals!! And one terrified little cleaning girl.
So what is the difference between toxic fumes and fragrance? Really, very little as long as there is a smell. Unfortunately, we are unable to smell some toxic fumes and can be unaware that we have created them until we are ill.
The term “fragrance” refers to any substance, either natural or man-made, which conveys an odor or scent. Any one fragrance can be made up of potentially hundreds of different ingredients. Typically, fragrances created for cosmetic and cleaning products are dominated by synthetic, as opposed to natural plant-based, ingredients. Estimates indicate 80-90% of the raw materials used in fragrances today are synthetic.
How Are We Exposed to Fragrance?When we use a fragranced product in our homes, we all inhale or absorb some of those toxic fragrance chemicals into our bodies. Chemicals like synthetic musks and phthalates, for example, have been detected in blood, urine and fat tissue in nearly every human tested. The levels of these chemicals in our bodies appear to be linked to the amounts of fragranced products we use. For example, one study found that greater use of fragranced laundry detergent during pregnancy led to significantly higher levels of synthetic musks in the woman’s breast milk. Women can pass these chemicals on to developing children when they breast feed. Another study found higher levels of musks in the blood of women who regularly used fragranced body lotion, deodorant and perfumes.
Again, women are More Impacted by Fragranced Cleaning Products than Men. Women are targeted by fragrance marketing, since they tend to make the vast majority of household purchasing decisions, especially for cleaning products. Unfortunately, women are more likely than men to experience adverse health effects from exposure to fragrance. For example, women are more likely to have fragrance allergies than men. In addition, women are more vulnerable to the potential hormone-disrupting effects of fragrance ingredients, which can affect fertility and pregnancy. Exposures to even small levels of toxic fragrance chemicals during pregnancy may pose lifelong health impacts on our children.
How Can We Avoid Harmful Fragrance Chemicals?By reducing exposure to fragrance chemicals, we can lessen health impacts and lower the levels of these chemicals in our bodies. However, most information about cleaning product ingredients, and fragrance ingredients in particular, is kept secret from consumers, making it difficult to tell which products are better than others. There is currently no legal requirement for cleaning product companies to disclose their ingredients. While some manufacturers voluntarily disclose some cleaning product ingredients, very few are listing fragrance ingredients. This means that even if ingredients are disclosed for a cleaning product, the word “fragrance” may appear, but the individual chemicals which make up that fragrance will not be listed. Currently, the only practical solution is to reduce or completely avoid fragranced products entirely. This is simply an unfair choice: we must either abstain from the pleasures of fragrance or assume potential health risks?
Many are asking, “what are safer alternatives?”
Vinegar is often used as a glass and window cleaner due to its ability to produce a “streak-free” shine. Also known as acetic acid, it is highly acidic, making it effective at destroying bacteria.
Borax is a naturally occurring powdered substance, and is often used as a water softener and makes an excellent freshener when added to laundry. The chemical properties of borax make it a good cleaner as well as a bleaching agent.
The use of doTERRA’s Certified, Pure, Therapeutic Grade essential oils puts the “clean” back into cleaning. Clean for our bodies and clean for the world we all live in.These oils are concentrated, powerful oils found in nature which can be added to these and other safe cleaning products to achieve the cleaning outcomes we are looking for and are safe for even our youngest children to use. It doesn’t take very many drops to create a powerful, safe antibacterial cleaner with a beautiful fragrance.
So how do we decide which essential oils to use when creating our own cleaning products? When choosing which Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oil to use, there is so much science behind it I had a difficult time condensing the information into this webinar and I caution you to be very, very careful. Choose wisely when it comes to creating your own cleaners because it all boils down to… Wait for it…..
What is your favorite smell?? That’s it! Which fragrance would you like in your home while you are cleaning?
If you have your copy of the book Modern Essentials, along with the basic ingredients that we will go over next, you are on your way to creating fabulously smelling cleaners that you and your children can use without worry.
If you still haven’t purchased a copy of Modern Essentials, you can find it at www.aromatools.com. Or speak with your upline to see if you can purchase a copy. Many team leaders have these books on hand to help you get started.
Several essential oils have natural antibacterial properties such as wild orange, OnGuard, melaleuca, thyme, cinnamon, peppermint, Purify, lime, geranium, rosemary, clove, oregano, lemon, grapefruit, lavender, frankincense, and many others. These oils kill bacteria or limit its ability to grow or reproduce.
In this next section we will go into recipes for different cleaning products you can easily create. All you need are containers, such as spray bottles, glass jars, or any other container with a tight sealing lid.
We’ve all seen these, right? Living in Alaska has forced me to purchase many of these storage bins just to store away the winter gear used by the nine people in our home, not to mention all of those in between sizes I’m still hanging on to.
Simply add 1 drop of CPTG oil to the lid and you have fresh clothing in the fall! Of course this works well for any items in storage such as sewing fabrics, camping gear, and wouldn’t your husband love to pull out his hunting gear scented with geranium??
Spring is here! Well, maybe for some of you. Here in Anchorage we still have a good three feet of packed snow to melt and our snow berms are over six feet! Still, even with all the snow, spring fever has arrived. Are you getting ready to paint?
Spring is here! Well, maybe for some of you. Here in Anchorage we still have a good three feet of packed snow to melt and our snow berms are over six feet! Still, even with all the snow, spring fever has arrived. Are you getting ready to paint? You can add one bottle of any essential oil to one gallon of paint and voila! You have removed the nasty paint fumes and who wouldn’t want the smell of lemon or lavender in their home as they were painting?
Isn’t this a fun floor? It is a colorful piano floor out of linoleum!
For your non-carpeted floors, simply use white vinegar and 5 drops of doTERRA’s lemon or melaleuca oils in your bucket of water. Don’t worry ~ you don’t need to be feverishly writing down these cleaning ideas. They will be available on ssdoterra.com after the completion of the webinar.
Shoes can do a number on carpet when little one’s are too busy to remove their when they come inside.
For spring cleaning use a simple mixture of borax or baking soda and 10 drops of your favorite doTERRA essential oil. Seal it in a container overnight to allow the oils to absorb into the powder. Simply sprinkle it on your carpet and vacuum it up!
One of my favorites to clean after a long winter are the windows, inside and out.
Mix up your own window and mirror cleaner with vinegar, distilled water, and another of your favorite essential oil. My favorite is wild orange! I can clean windows all day with that smell.
This is a great recipe for All-Purpose Cleaner I got from my dear friend, Heather.
Just mix vinegar and distilled water with 10 drops of lemon oil. And just a reminder, but sure to shake any spray bottles before each use. And remember ~ Lemon breaks down petrochemicals so if you store your cleaners in plastic spray bottles, be sure they are used often. The oil, in time, will eat through the plastic if left too long and will eventually cut clean though the bottle. As a little side note for lemon… my husband and I recently installed a new front door on our home. We had not yet painted it when our three-year-old decided that one of the panels looked like a great coloring slate and proceeded to color in an entire panel with orange permanent marker. We put lemon to the test and it completely removed the marker. Awesome stuff!
For nasty mold and mildew in the bathroom
Combine vinegar, lemon and melaleuca in a spray bottle. Again, shake well and spray on the area. Leave it on for half-an-hour and rinse.
Sometimes when unwanted germs enter our home and our bathrooms are being used more than usual we find the need to do some disinfecting. A great disinfectant for the kitchen and bathroom during these times is a simple mixture of
OnGuard and water combined in a spray bottle. Add a few drops to your dish soap to make a more soapy cleanser. Other oils to consider are lavender, grapefruit, lemon, clove or melaleuca.
Essential oils are not only great to freshen all of that laundry that goes through our homes, did you know that
5 drops of eucalyptus added to the wash cycle kills dust mites?
Or a drop ANY essential oil on a dryer sheet to freshen laundry as it dries.
Lastly, you can add 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil to each wash load for a fresh smell as well as a powerful disinfectant.
I was so excited when I learned about this one so I have saved the best for last. I’m sure that all of you have husbands and children who faithfully put a paper towel over the food they are microwaving so there is never any stuck on spaghetti sauce or other unrecognizable foods, but in our house we have not yet mastered this little helpful tip. For ovens and microwaves baked on foods, try using
Baking soda, vinegar and doTERRA’s lemon oil. Mix it into a paste and apply to the inside of the microwave or oven door with a sponge or your fingers ~ because we’re non-toxic, right? Set the timer for 15 minutes, or more if your oven door looks like mine. When the timer beeps, wipe glass with a damp cloth and leave the door open until it is completely dry. Oh, and for those of you who don’t know I can tell you that I totally look like that every time I pull dinner out for my family. I can pretend, right?
That about wraps up the information I have for you today but in no way covers all of the uses for doTERRA’s essential oils in our efforts to find better ways to take care of our homes and our families. It is truly empowering to know that we can make a difference in our own lives and those around us. Happy cleaning, my friends!Air freshner geranium & wild orange (?)Drops in toilet tankLime works great in a glass bottle for odorsClean toilet with vinegar, baking soda and lemonAnt spray recipe ~ purify or peppermintPurify gets stains out of clothing – use paper towels to blogwww.Containerstore.com/shop/laundry/ironing?productid=10006426Wintergreen for ants