According to the Environmental Protection Agency the air within our homes and workplaces can be more polluted than the outdoor air in a large and very industrialized city. Choosing safer products is one way to help make our home environments healthier.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide tells us that when we buy a product at a local store, most of us like to think we are getting something that has been tested and proven to be safe. After all, we have laws to protect our health and safety, don't we? Actually the government has very limited power to regulate manufacturers, or require testing of their products.
According to The New York Times, unlike pharmaceuticals or pesticides, industrial chemicals do not have to be tested before they are put on the market. And the majority of chemicals in use today have never been independently tested for safety. This holds true for ingredients in personal care products and cosmetics.
BPA and Phthalates - Hormone Disrupters
A growing body of evidence is linking chemical exposure from phthalates found in everyday products to a variety of health threats and risks. Phthalates are a group of chemicals that are recognized as endocrine disrupters, and as such are linked to weight gain and diabetes. They are found in plastics, food, personal care products, and even the dust in our homes. We can absorb phthalates through our skin or by mouth. Take note that if a product or food does not contain phthalates it may become contaminated by contact with packaging.
Another chemical that is also an endocrine disrupter is BPA which is found in plastics, cash register receipts, and food can linings. These too are linked to diabetes and obesity. You may notice many items are advertised as BPA-free. Unfortunately the BPA-free alternative may also be a problem.
Bleach, with its caustic, poisonous nature and toxic fumes, will disinfect but it is hazardous to people and pets. We know it is particularly hazardous to persons with asthma and other breathing problems.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide warns us to beware of products that come in aerosols cans. First, they can send a fine mist of toxic chemicals into the air that is easily inhaled and absorbed. Second, this fine mist settles, leaving a coating of toxins on surfaces where children crawl and play and adults eat and sleep.
Safer Alternatives and Tips
Whenever possible avoid storing food in plastic. Never microwave foods in plastic. Take a few minutes a day to air out your home by opening a window or two. Use care in handling cash register receipts. Use refillable glass or stainless steel water bottles. Know your plastics.
Melaleuca does not use phthalates or BPA in products or product containers. Carefully developed natural personal care products and cosmetics contain plant derived ingredients.
The EcoSense lines of household cleansers and laundry products 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.
Lighten Our Toxic Load
Harmful chemicals may be everywhere, but when we make safer choices we improve the environment where we spend the most of our time - our homes, and thereby lighten our toxic chemical exposure. The Melaleuca Wellness Guide contains a 20-page chapter that teaches us how common household chemicals may gradually be making us sick and how to make safer choices.
~ Richard M Barry
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide
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Avoiding Harmful Chemicals Reviews
The people below will receive a free copy of The Melaleuca Wellness Guide for submitting their stories.
My husband is a cancer survivor and we have a 5 year old son, so getting harmful chemicals out of our home has been a priority! I am so thankful my sister-in-law introduced me to Melaleuca. I don't have to worry anymore about my son coming into the area when I am cleaning bathrooms and inhaling toxic chemicals. When I am dusting, I don't have to worry about airing out the house. When I do laundry I don't have to use 2 detergents anymore, one for us (chemical laden) and one for our child (thinking it has no or fewer chemicals). I believe our allergies as a family have gotten better since switching to Melaleuca products. I know and trust the integrity of the brand! And it is affordable! Win win!
When cleaning before Melaleuca, I would always feel nauseous and my dogs would always be sneezing. My older son would complain about the smell of the bleach when I would add bleach to the wash. One time I ran out of the MelaPower and bought a store brand laundry detergent and broke out in a rash!!! My allergies were so bad. Being a skeptic, I wanted to do a "test" so instead of throwing away my old products, I stored them in the closet and 6 months later, I took out the Febreze, Pine sol, and bleach. Immediately I felt nauseous and my dogs were sneezing up a storm!! I dumped out the chemicals and never bought that stuff again, and never will!! In the 3 years that I've been shopping here, I haven't had to take 1 allergy pill, my husband's BP dropped, and his gingivitis is gone!! Thank you Melaleuca...you gained a customer for life!!
We lived in CA and had a lot of ants. One day I had bought a clam shell plastic of muffins for breakfast and forgot them on the counter. I had a trail of ants from the electrical outlet, down the wall, across the floor, up the cabinet and onto the counter and the muffins! I used PreSpot spray and sprayed the black army of ants. After they died, I wiped them up with Tough and Tender wipes. After that, every evening after dinner I wiped the counters with Tough and Tender Wipes or Tough and Tender Spray and a dish cloth. I never had ants again. Even when occasionally there would be a pastry container mistakenly left on the counter from a midnight snack!
Since then, we also had ants in our veterinary hospital. We just sprayed it liberally with the new Essential Oils Insect repellant and the ants were gone the next day and didn't come back. We scrub the floor with Tough and Tender every night as well.
I have had asthma since I was 5, (61 years ago) but had it well controlled until about 14 years ago. Then in spring I would have to wear a filter mask when I walked my dog, or end up with an asthma attack. This went on for 3 years until I became a Melaleuca customer in August of 2003. I have not had to use a filter mask or had an asthma attack in 10 years. I credit not having the chemical allergens in the house to compound the outdoor allergens.
I am writing about the wonderful experience I have had with Melaleuca's MelaPower laundry product. Last year when my medication changed, I had a severe outbreak of acne. Nothing worked clearing it up, so after about a year, I went to see a dermatologist. One of his recommendations was to change to natural soaps. The acne was not only on my face but my body. After a short time using the MelaPower I was free of 98% of the acne. This was one wonderful phase of clearing up my problem. Without Melaleuca, I would still be dealing with this. It is amazing how helpful changing to the Melaleuca products has been for my health, both internal and external. Great job Melaleuca, much to be thankful for.
Sol-U-Guard was primary my interest in the products. I operate a kennel, and the use of safe products for my pets and my clients pets are a priority. The opportunity to be able to clean safely and not breathe in chemicals when doing that is so wonderful. I could never go back to using more toxic cleaning products again. We are so excited to be part of the Melaleuca family and promote a safe environment for my client's pets, my champion show dogs and their pups, my own health, as well as the planet. You could not ask for anything better. We take it on the road in spray bottles as well. Thank you Melaleuca.