What’s under your sink? May spring cleaning week with Essential Oils

It’s the season to clean out our homes, create space and welcome the possibilities for summer.

Have you ever wondered about the effects of the toxic synthetic chemicals on your body on the environment? Canada’s Environmental Activist, David Suzuki says:

“Canadians spend more than $275 million on household cleaning products in a year. We buy these products to fight germs, streaks, stains and odours to keep our homes sparkling clean. Cleaning is supposed to be about maintaining a healthy home, yet some common household cleaning products contain chemicals that can harm human health and the environment. What a mess.” David Suzuki, The Dirt On Toxic Chemicals in Household Cleaning products (More below).

Do you want to learn how to kick toxic chemicals out of your home? In this workshop, I’ll walk you through step by step and give easy, simple, and affordable tips that anyone can do with the best essential oils on the planet in terms of quality and social impact.


Gear up for a fun experiential lecture on everything oils, and have some fun and pampering in the process.

In this class you will learn:

  • 3 common household products that could be wreaking havoc on your health
  • What to use instead of toxic cleaning supplies
  • Receive recipes for: Bathroom fizzy sink cleaner, Hand Sanitizer, Infamous Room Freshener, Carpet Freshener, Glass Cleaner, Multi-Purpose anti-bacterial cleaner.

We will make our own product to take home ($8) or FREE if you decide to set up a doTERRA Wholesale Account.

Different options to choose from: All four classes are a sliding scale between $10 and $20:

Monday May 15th 6:15pm – 7:45pm

Wednesday May 17th 6:15pm – 7:45pm

Friday May 19th 11am – 12:30pm

Saturday May 20th 2pm – 3:30pm

Questions or want to reserve? Contact Jen at jkruidbos@gmail.com or text 514 207 9549.

Class is located at my condo in Point St Charles on Shearer street (15 minute walk from Charlevoix metro on the Green line).

Address details once your sign up.

David Suzuki article continued:

Acute and chronic effects

You’re probably familiar with the hazard symbols that appear on some cleaning products, along with word like “poison”, “corrosive” or “irritant.”

These hazard symbols warn consumers about acute health hazards associated with a single or short-term exposure to chemicals in the product.

But there is no parallel requirement in Canada for manufacturers to warn consumers about the health and environmental hazards associated with chronic, or long-term, exposure to chemical ingredients in household cleaning products. Most of us are exposed to cleaning products and their residues at low levels on a daily basis.

When we use these chemicals to clean our home, they linger in the air and we breathe them in. Researchers in the U.S. identified 133 unique volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from a small sample of consumer products, including six cleaning products. Each product tested emitted between one and eight chemicals classified as toxic or hazardous under U.S. federal laws

Chemicals in cleaning products can also enter our bodies by absorption through the skin or through ingestion of household dust and chemical residues left on dishes and cutlery. And when cleaning products are flushed down the drain, they can have a serious impact on aquatic ecosystems.

There is no regulatory requirement for ingredients to be listed on the label in a consistent format, so it can be hard to identify chemicals of concern. Here’s the dirt on some hazards that may be hiding in your cleaning closet:

2-Butoxyethanol (2-BE, also known as butyl cellosolve)

A skin and eye irritant also associated with blood disorders. In laboratory experiments, exposure to high doses of 2-BE has been shown to cause reproductive problems. This chemical is listed as a toxic substance under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act on the basis that it is harmful to human health. Health Canada identified indoor air and skin contact with cleaning products as the main pathways of exposure. Regulations limit the concentration of 2-BE in most household cleaners to 5 or 6 per cent, but higher concentrations are permitted in other products, notably and laundry stain removers (up to 22 per cent).

Found inglass cleaners, laundry stain removers, carpet cleaners, automobile cleaners, windshield wiper fluid, degreasers, oven cleaners, and rust removers.