Healthy Body, Low Tox Living, Uncategorized, Your Home

The Lowdown on Water Filters

Water Filters Confusion

Working out the ins and outs of water filters can be very confusing business!  There are so many opinions; what’s good, what’s not, why, what you’re filtering, costs, what your needs are, the list goes on.  We recently researched the various water filtration options for our house and it’s quite a process (and it took weeks!).  I’ll do my best to summarise the differences between the most popular options here:

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Chemical Info, Low Tox Living, Uncategorized, Your Home

What’s in Our Water?

glass of water

About 12 months ago I noticed that our tap water started to smell like a swimming pool.  It tasted like a swimming pool too.  We always had great tasting water, but all at once that changed.  I was always aware that our water had been fluoridated but had little knowledge about what else was being added to treat our drinking water.  It was obvious that chlorine was included, among other things.  I was always told that fluoride was good for me and I believed it.  Since I could now taste chlorine and other weirdness I became suspicious and started looking further.  Wow, was I surprised by what I found!

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Better Skincare Choices, Skincare, Uncategorized

Safe Hand Sanitizers

Safe Hand Sanitizers

Here are some much safer options for hand sanitizers.  The good news is they have minimal ingredients (all easy to recognise and pronounce – which is a good start), and all do a great job as a quick hand sanitizer for those moments that you’re not close to soap & water.  The bad news is they’re not readily available at your local big-name supermarket BUT they are readily available online (links attached), or in person at smaller specialty health stores.

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Chemicals in Skincare, Skincare, Uncategorized

Hand Sanitizer Horror!

Instant-Hand-Sanitiser

Dettol Healthy Touch

Kills 99.99% of germs WITHOUT WATER!  I suspect it kills 99.99% of anything if you have/apply/use enough of it.  In the fine print, ‘If swallowed contact Poisons Information Centre’ with phone numbers attached.  This Dettol hand sanitizer has anything but a ‘healthy touch’.

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Chemicals in Skincare, Uncategorized

Popular Sunscreens

There’s been a lot said lately about popular sunscreens and some of it is frightful.  It’s been found that it’s filled with chemicals that actually cause cancer.  You read that right, the chemicals found in popular sunscreens CAN CAUSE CANCER.  While we thought we were protecting ourselves from cancer we might have been actually causing it.  I don’t know about you but my head spins at the thought.

I just grabbed my old favourite, ‘innocent’ looking Nivea sunscreen and had a quick look at the ingredients.  According to Chemical Maze (and other sources) here is the breakdown:

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House Cleaning Recipes, Low Tox Living, Uncategorized, Your Home

Mould Spray

 

Mould Spray

This safe and effective clove oil spray will kill mould at the spores.  Keep a spray bottle on hand and spray once a week or so.  I suggest wiping clean with a wet sponge.   You can buy oil of cloves (clove essential oil, clove bud oil) from most chemists, organic stores or health shops.  I use the Young Living brand.

For stubborn mould you may need to scrub the effected area, spray again and leave overnight.

Some precautions when using clove oil include:   Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your doctor. Check with your health care provider if taking a blood-thinning medication. Always dilute before using on skin. Keep out of reach of children.