Ever wonder what those ingredients are in your everyday home, health, and beauty products that you can’t pronounce? How harmful are they? What are they doing to you and your loved ones? Can you even avoid these toxic chemicals anymore? The simple answer is…YES!!!! Think Dirty!
So many companies are labeling their products as “natural” or “green”, but when you dig deeper those labels are often very misleading. For this reason, I started doing my own research about what harmful toxins are in our everyday products.
About 6 months ago, a friend told me about the app “Think Dirty”, which has honestly changed my life. (P.S.-It’s FREE!) A week after downloading this app (and consequently freaking out with each product I scanned) , I realized how many toxic products I had in my home that I was using every single day! The majority of my products said “natural” or had a similar phrasing on them, so I thought I was somewhat safe!
Boy was I wrong! I proceeded to replace as many of these harmful products asap. The Think Dirty app not only made researching the products in my home easy, but replacing the products possible and convenient as well.
Think Dirty is an app that allows you to scan the bar code of an item or search for a specific product. Not every single product ever made is in the database, but there are few hundred thousand, so odds are, whatever you use is going to be in there.
This app will tell you how “dirty” a product is on a scale of 0 (being the cleanest) to 10 (being the most toxic). It will also tell you WHY, which I find very important.
The “dirty meter”, as they call it, lists three categories that make the product dirty; carcinogenicity, development & reproductive toxicity, and allergies & immunotoxicities. I find this section extremely helpful because a lot of the time I know an ingredient is bad, but I don’t know why.
Once you go into the ingredient section it will rate each ingredient individually on the same 0-10 scale, so you can see how and why the overall product is rated what it is. If you then select the individual ingredient, you can see other names for it, what it’s generally used for, health impacts, sources, and warnings from regulatory agencies.
I find the warning from regulatory agencies especially interesting because I have found that there are a great deal of products allowed in our country that are either banned or on a warning list in other areas of the world like Canada or the European Union.
The final section is called “our picks”, which is what the app selects as alternates to the product you are currently reading about. Therefore, if the product is rated a 9 or a 10 (extremely toxic) and you want to know which products you could replace it with, they give you suggestions of products that are much lower on the toxicity scale.
This is one of my favorite features of this app because sometimes you know that a product is harmful, but you have NO IDEA what to replace it with and don’t have a bunch of time to do research to find a different product.
Another great feature of this app is that you can add all the products you currently use to “my bathroom shelf” and it will provide an overall, combined rating of the products you use. I feel that this is a great feature because it shows how ONE toxic product can be harmful even if all of your other products are relatively toxin free.
I now monitor the products I use closely with the Think Dirty app and make a lot of my own products with natural ingredients and Young Living essential oils (when applicable) to save money and avoid toxins. Some of the everyday items I make are deodorant, hair spray, leave-in conditioner spray, hand soap, laundry detergent, lotions, air freshener spray, chapstick to name a few!
If you do not have a smart phone to download this app, or would like another resource to do research on products, try The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. This site is similar, but focuses on products you would put on your skin.
Think Dirty is a great app, but whatever you do, be sure to research products you use and don’t be fooled by words like “natural”, “green”, etc! It is important to know what you are exposing yourself to on a daily basis and to reduce the toxicity in your life!
Until next time, -Shannon 🙂
Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal experiences. Use of Young Living Essential Oils and other products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. I am not a doctor or healthcare professional.