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Clean Living Magazine

Empower oil-curious friends and family to rid their homes and lives of harsh chemicals with the new edition of Clean Living magazine. Packed with product tips, DIYs, and a wealth of information, it’s a gorgeous guide for anyone looking to have a happier, healthier home environment.

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F ROM LAUNDRY DETERGENT TO MAKEUP, THERE MAY BE HARSH CHEMICALS LURKING IN THE PRODUCTS YOUR FAMILY USES EVERY DAY. © Alina Hvostikova / Stocksy United 10 / CLEAN LIVING

CLEANING PRODUCTS Looking under the kitchen sink, you’ll find an impressive collection of cleaning chemicals. According to the American Lung Association, many household cleaning products contain substances called volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are released into our homes when used. The fumes may or may not have an odor, so your ability to smell them is not a valid indicator of health risk. Research shows that these gasses can irritate your eyes, nose, and throat and cause harm to your central nervous system. Common products that include VOCs are oven cleaners, dishwashing detergents, and aerosol sprays. Look for VOCs like benzene, ethylene glycol, methylene chloride, tetrachloroethylene, and xylene on labels. Next, let’s check out another room where harsh chemicals tend to hide: the bathroom. MAKEUP & SKIN CARE From lipstick to lotion, the very products we use to help improve our appearance may actually be working against us. One shocking ingredient that can often be found in lotions, cosmetics, and baby wipes is formaldehyde, as well as formaldehydereleasing preservatives (FRPs). On a label, FRPs might include quaternium-15, diazolidinyl urea, and polyoxymethylene urea, to name a few. These chemicals are used as preservatives, though they’ve been linked to allergic reactions and cancer. BHA and BHT are also common synthetic preservatives found in carrier oils that make creams and lotions more emollient. But these harsh chemicals are known carcinogens according to the National Toxicology Program. PERSONAL CARE Our skin is our largest organ, and whatever we apply to our skin—deodorant, shampoo, or soap—runs the risk of being absorbed into our bloodstream or lymphatic system. Phthalates are a group of chemicals primarily found in lotions and body washes. They act as lubricants, yet they are known endocrine disruptors also linked to hormonal imbalances. Unfortunately, phthalates are difficult to find on labels because they’re often included as part of the ingredient called “fragrance”— yet another red flag. Fragrance is a combination of chemicals that gives each product its distinct scent. Because fragrance is considered a trade secret, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require fragrance ingredients to be specified. Unfortunately, they often contain harsh chemicals that can trigger migraines and asthma. Remember, just because something smells good doesn’t mean it’s good for you! Finally, let’s visit the laundry room. LAUNDRY CARE Consider all that goes into washing and drying your family’s clothes: laundry detergent, fabric softener, bleach, dryer sheets. It’s scary to think that those cleaning agents could contain harmful ingredients. One of the harshest chemicals found in leading laundry detergents is 1,4-dioxane, which is also found in paints and varnishes. This ingredient is considered a carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Sodium lauryl sulfate is also common in laundry products and can inflame skin, eyes, and lungs. And while bleach makes our whites brighter, it can also cause respiratory issues and severe burns to the skin and eyes. kate_sept2004 / istock.com 11

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