These two apps are a must have on your phone or tablet. I find that I am using them less and less for myself as my house is cleared of almost all chemicals. However, I am constantly looking up products for friends and family and encouraging my Young Living clients to do the same either with products they currently use or when deciding what to buy. These days, you can't be too careful when it comes to what you put in and on your body. 'Greenwashed' products are everywhere and it is important that you inform yourself to be able to learn to recognize when you are being had. So what exactly does greenwashing mean?
"Greenwashing is the practice of making an unsubstantiated or misleading claim about the environmental benefits of a product, service, technology or company practice. Greenwashing can make a company appear to be more environmentally friendly than it really is" (Retrieved from https://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/greenwashing).
In Canada, companies are required to use the applicable symbols to show the hazards of a product. They are also required to place warning statements, instructions and first-aid treatments on the packaging. However, they do not have to put an ingredients list on their products. So this is the major question I am putting out there...why do consumers put blind trust into companies who are out there solely to make a profit? These companies DO NOT care about your health and the health of your children. We all must advocate for ourselves and our families and educate ourselves on what we are allowing into our homes and thus into our bodies. Enough is enough. Below is a link to a Globe and Mail article that is extremely eye-opening if you are at all interested in educating yourself about our broken system.
It can be VERY overwhelming knowing where to start if you find that your house is full of commercial products with no ingredients lists that you have purchased from big companies. But, if you have read this far then you are on the right track. I encourage people to adopt a 'Ditch and Switch' mentality. Figure out what are the most toxic products and start with those. Are you using Tide or Gain to wash your clothes? Both of these products rate at eights and nines on the Think Dirty app. So they are a great place to start. How about your household cleaner? No ingredients list? Look it up on Think Dirty. I use Young Living's Thieves Household cleaner (THC). This is one of my favourite YL products because it replaced ALL of the cleaners you currently have in your house and it is DIRT CHEAP and completely non-toxic. This cleaner is a concentrate, so you add 2 capfuls (0.5 oz) into a 16 oz spray bottle. THC costs $31.65, which means every 16oz bottle costs only $1.06 once diluted. It takes me approximately a year to get through one bottle! And the best part is it cleans EVERYTHING! Toilets, floors, counters, sinks, mirrors, windows, the stove top, tile, the list goes on and on. And best of all, it smells amazing.
I have a passion for educating people on health and wellness through a plant-based lifestyle and chemical-free solutions using Young Living essential oils and products.