Switching my mind set to be PRO natural products was no easy task for me. For one, it was a whole new way of thinking, and that meant
C H A N G E.
Secondly, it meant learning about a new lifestyle and ditching the thinking methods of everything I knew. I have two kids under three years old. I don't have time for change! Change = hard. Going with what I knew = easy. Seemed like a no brainer, UNTIL I started doing research on said trusted products marketed to us consumers. After opening that door, I couldn't close it. Know better, do better, and no way were my babies going to be exposed to toxins and chemicals that would take YEARS for their little bodies to try and break down. Exposure didn't mean drinking out of cleaner bottles. It meant the chemical cleaners I was using on our floors seeping through their skin as they crawled around. It meant sleeping all night in sheets dried from chemically infused dryer-sheets (I recommend dryer balls). I started grabbing chemical free Thieves products with my Essential Rewards. That way, when I ran out of all my chemical crap I didn't have to wait on it to arrive in the mail, because I'm a #standardshipping, #frugalAss. Why didn't I just throw my chemical crap away and make the switch? "Do it for the kids!", my inner-self would scream. Well, did you see my hashtags? I was in no way, shape or form, throwing money down the drain. I was using everything up and then slowly making the switch.
So, in the last month and a half I've finally been able to pull out the Thieves Laundry soap, and the dishwashing soap. I knew the household cleaner wasn't "bubbly", but I didn't expect there to be absolutely NO suds, aka bubbles with the laundry soap and dishwashing soap. UMM, if there are no bubbles how is it cleaning ANYTHING? My old ways of thinking creeped up and in, "This stuff is shit. Natural stuff doesn't clean worth a darn". NEW ways of thinking defended themselves, "You were wrong about oils not 'working', you're most likely wrong about natural cleaners. Research and give it a chance", and so I did. I researched "bubbles in soap".
Do ya'll even know how bubbles form in soaps? It's a chemical called Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (please click link for more info on these dirty words). Nearly 16,000 studies mention the toxicity of sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), a surfactant, detergent, and emulsifier used in thousands of cosmetic products and industrial cleaners used to make things "bubbly". Heidi Ross has actually shared in a couple of her chemical free classes a little childhood story that goes like this: Her dad was a trucker when she was growing up, and do you know what chemical truckers use to degrease their engines?
You guessed it. SLS. It's also in our TOOTHPASTE. Don't believe me? Go check out you'rs! My kid's toothpaste was actually my "conversion product" that made me make the switch to chemical free. When I found out I was having him put engine degreaser in his mouth every morning and night, I put a stop to it. That product was easy to throw away. I'm not for ingesting chemicals. Then ten second rule at Costco on the other-hand...
Essential oils and going chemical free go hand in hand. It's daunting task, and it doesn't have to happen overnight (but it can, if you shit money or have a blossoming Money-Tree). However, the task doesn't actually have to be so daunting. There's actually a whole community of families out there that help you with this, go figure. I'm one of those people you can reach out to! Find me on Facebook or Instagram. Young Living happens to be more than just oils. It's a whole wellness line. I encourage you to at least check out their products and see how you can save if you're thinking of making the chemical free leap! Check out my Wellness Page to sign up and save.
STAY TUNED FOR TIPS AND TRICKS ON DILUTING THESE HIGHLY CONCENTRATED SOAPS AND EXPANDING THEIR LIFETIME TO SAVE MORE.
For now, check out my teammate, Allison Mitchell's Tip on expanding your Laundry Detergent's life here.
Dangerous Chemicals to Avoid: https://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1009710-12-dangerous-chemicals-avoid-everyday-products/
SLS Studies: https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/07/13/sodium-lauryl-sulfate.aspx