For several years The Melaleuca Wellness Guide and this newsletter have warned that many store-brand cleaners contain chemicals that are dangerous. Some household chemicals cause disruptions of our endocrine system, a hormone system that is involved in so many of our body’s functions. Endocrine disruptions can cause cancers, birth defects, developmental disorders and so much more.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide tells us that home is where we are most likely to be exposed to toxic chemicals. After all, we spend 80 to 90% of our time indoors, most of that at home. Tightly sealed energy-efficient homes, along with keeping windows and doors tightly closed during cold weather, can increase the concentration of toxic chemicals and may make the air inside our homes more toxic than outside air.
Aerosol cleaners, furniture polish and air fresheners can be especially dangerous as a fine spray suspends chemicals in the air that can enter the lungs. The cautions are so many that the US Army recommends the avoidance of aerosol cleaners, furniture polishes, and air fresheners.
The Latest Study - Increased Loss of Lung Function
This study followed over 6000 participants for 20 years and found that those who used cleaning products at least once a week had their lung function decline. Women whose occupation was cleaning lost more lung function, almost as if they smoked a pack of cigarettes every day for 20 years.
A Safer Alternative
The EcoSense line of household cleaners is very different from common brand name cleaners. They do not depend on harsh alkaline chemical reactions. Instead, soil is dissolved and rinsed away by the use of natural enzymes, solvents, and surfactants. They do not contain surface damaging abrasives, bleach, ammonia, phosphates, or glycol ethers. And they do not contain quats, and they are not packaged with the endocrine-disrupting chemicals BPA or phthalates. They also are non-aerosol and do not contain petroleum distillates or hazardous solvents.
Good to Know
Our body has the most amazing detoxification system. Our largest organ, the liver, processes toxins out of our blood removing them through our intestine and kidneys. The liver does so much more. It is an organ that deserves to be treated with care. In an ideal world, our liver would not be stressed by being exposed to so many potentially toxic chemicals.
This article notes ten ways to rid ourselves of toxic chemicals. Most of the ways involve avoidance. This is where knowledge is powerful.
~ Richard M Barry
Safer Cleaning Products
The people below will receive a free copy of The Melaleuca Wellness Guide for submitting their stories.
When I bought my house, there was a rust stain in my bathroom sink. I became a Melaleuca customer several years later. I used Tub & Tile exclusively, and one day I discovered the stain was completely gone. At the office where I work, the cleaning lady comes every week but the bathroom sink builds up heavy water stains. From time to time, I take my Tub & Tile and it disappears immediately.
Well, where do I begin? So many uses and success stories... First, I love the PreSpot for any kind of stains. I recently cut myself and had blood on my white shorts, sprayed PreSpot on them, threw them in the wash, and the stain was gone! I use the Sun Valley Hand Soap and an old toothbrush to clean my jewelry! So shiny! I use the MelaMagic for my tubs to get the hard water stains out. Of course, the So-U-Mel is a staple in my house, especially when my dog has "accidents" on the carpet! Takes the stains and smell right out! Thanks, Melaleuca. Customer for Life.
I'm new to Melaleuca and got my first order. I've taken everything to a carpet stain and it keeps coming back but not with Tough & Tender. I sprayed it on and left. It’s GONE AND ISN'T COMING BACK. Love it. Also been using Diamond Brite in my dishwasher and finally my glasses aren't coming out foggy or spotted. Everything is really clean even the dishwasher. Love it. I can't wait to use the other products.
Our youngest daughter has always been an artist. She loves to draw, write, use crayons or paint on anything and everything! My FAVORITE cleaning product is Sol-U-Mel! It has honestly saved her life! Sol-U-Mel has removed marker (yes permanent) from walls, carpet, hardwood floor, her artist easel and so on. Using either full strength or diluted as necessary. Full strength Sol-U-Mel also removed finger nail polish from her bedspread, clothing, skin, and carpet. I seriously could not have a clean house with this child without my Sol-U-Mel! And, I am loving the new lavender scent. Thank you Melaleuca!
I often spray Tub & Tile to clean the shower, sink and toilet with fantastic results. It clears the rust, minerals and soap scum efficiently. But wait! Three times now it has cleared the clogged toilet with ease! There was no mess in ten minutes after I poured one ounce of Tub & Tile into the bowl. No plunger was needed! It flushed away clean! The sink and shower drains get an ounce dose when they become sluggish. I have no harsh chemicals waiting in the closet anymore!
My husband loves red wine. We had a white countertop that absorbed the wine spills on a regular basis causing stains. I finally figured out that all I had to do is soak Tough & Tender concentrate on the stain for about 10-15 minutes and it wipes away so easily. So recently I tried the same thing with the wine stains in my sink but this time I soaked the sink in water with a little bit of Tub & Tile concentrate with a capful of Sol-U-Mel concentrate and the stains wiped away easily. No toxins. Just awesome, safe, stain lifting cleaners.