How to ‘green’ your cleaning
For day 23 of our carbon fast it was time to check our household cleaning and beauty supplies.
The suggestion reads “Reduce your use of household cleaning products, soaps, shampoos, hair care products and other items which contain chemicals. Replace them with products which are biodegradable. Carcinogenic chemicals in deodorants, soaps, shampoos, and body sprays persist in the environment, build up in the food chain and return to haunt us long after they’ve gone down the drain.”
Well honestly, this subject is a BOOK to me, not a blog post. Where to start?
I started taking note of the chemicals I was using both in my home and on my body when I was pregnant because I was determined to have an organic, free range baby!
I wanted a home water birth, no medical intervention and I figured the best way to achieve that was to get myself as healthy as possible. This meant not only being aware of what I ate and drank, but of the chemicals that I was ingesting in other ways.
We can’t control the environment at large, but we can pay attention to what we bring into our homes and welcome into our body.[amazon-product align="right" small="1"]1847734588[/amazon-product]
According to the EPA, air pollution can be up to 5 times more INSIDE our homes than outside on a busy street.
Stop and read that again, because I want you to be shocked…
If you are shocked then it’s time to do a ‘green’ spring clean, right?
To clean your home I promise all you need is bicarbonate of soda (baking soda), white vinegar and a bottle of your favourite essential oil (Lavender is good – it’s anti bacterial and smells wonderful).
To clean your body, take a step back from the advertising campaigns and the sexy air brushed girls and ask yourself what you really need. Do you need shower gel, body lotions, antiperspirant, perfume and goodness knows what else? No you don’t. Take a look at nature and all the beautifully groomed animals out there…
I’m not suggesting you start licking yourself clean, but it makes you wonder how much stuff we need, right? I had a go myself, by using clay to wash my hair and skin – if it’s good enough for a hippo, right?!
How many of you get itchy skin, headaches, sore throats, watery eyes or have sneezing fits after cleaning or bathing? MAYBE your body is trying to tell you something about the products you are using…
What about you? What step could you take to ‘green’ your household or personal cleaning routine today?
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