Chemical Info, Chemicals in Skincare, House Cleaning Recipes, Low Tox Living, Uncategorized, Your Home

What is Borax? Is Borax safe?

Borax    As you go about the business of detoxing your home you’ll come across a few questions about natural products like Borax.  I say ‘natural wonder’ as you may wonder if, as a natural product, it is completely safe or not.  If you research Borax you’ll find lots of conflicting opinions about it; some use it lots, others won’t, calling it toxic or unnecessary, while many use it for some purposes and not others.  Confusing, huh?

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GREAT PRODUCT ALERT! Melrose Liquid Soap

Melrose Liquid Soaps

Why we love it?  It’s Australian made, certified organic by ACO, 100% biodegradable, it has no synthetic detergents, is not tested on animals, contains no animal ingredients, and no preservatives.  It’s also glorious to use, it’s gentle on the skin, non-drying.  It’s also non-toxic, safe, and contains no carcinogens, no artificial fragrances or parfum, no hormone disruptors, and can be used for (or in) so other things such as: shampoo (dilute 1:3); body wash, put on a loofah or wash cloth and use in the shower; laundry soap, as a liquid soap; cleaning, as part of a multi-purpose spray  (click here for a cheap, easy, homemade recipe which is so much cheaper and safer than store bought varieties); floor cleaner, squish some in a bucket and dilute with warm water and mop away.  Oh, and it’s cheaper than Dr Bronner’s which is good to know for us Australians!   The other part I like is that the dispenser comes with a foam pump, so it’s lovely and fluffy to use.  Be warned, if you use a regular soap pump it will be runny (and not as nice or fun to use, but it will still be effective).  Buy the dispenser and then refill as needed.

Ingredients:  Purified Water, Potassium soaps of Organic Olive Oil (potassium hydroxide is used to saponify olive oil), Organic Flaxseed Oil, Organic Palm Olein (from sustainable plantations in Columbia), Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Glycerin, Organic Orange Oil, Citric Acid.

Price:  $12.50 for a 500ml Pump.

The Great News for Bulk Buyers: If you love using it you can buy 9 litre casks and they range in price between $118-145.  That brings the price for 500mls from $12.50 to $6.50 (that’s $1.30 per 100mls which is WAY cheaper than ALL the popular store-bought varieties that are filled with toxins, carcinogens, hormone disruptors… are you catching my drift?  Even if you only use it for washing your hands you’ll use it eventually, and you’ll never get caught short again!! Buy the ‘original’ and add your own essential oils if you want variety.

Where can you buy it? Well that’s the slightly tricky part but it’s worth hunting down (and here’s where interested people start to lose focus, but please do stay with me)…  Click here for stores around Australia and to buy online.

I hope you found this info helpful!

♥ Kelly Lynne

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Disclaimer.  I am not paid for my reviews.  If I find a product and it fits with my strict criteria (being that it contains no toxins, no carcinogens, no hormone disruptors, and no poisons) then I’ll tell everyone about it.  My opinions are my own based on the research that I have conducted over many years.  I use various resources to find my information.  An excellent resource is an app called ‘Chemical Maze’, other resources include the Good Guide, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), as well as the internet.  You can find lots of information if you scratch beneath the surface.  My aims are to clean up my life and home and to share what I find with you so you can do the same if it’s that you want to do.  

 

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

Homemade Natural Laundry Powder

Washing Powder posterPopular store-bought laundry powder is a quiet chemical storm that many know nothing about.  There are some real doozies in laundry detergent and fabric softeners, including ‘fragrance’ where the chemicals used to make ‘fragrance’ are not defined and commonly include pthalates which are endocrine (hormone) disruptors, carcinogens, they are known to cause asthma and to be a neurotoxin. This is just the tip of the iceberg on ‘fragrance’.  Fragrance can contain hundreds of harmful chemicals, none of which need to be listed on packaging and sit comfortably under the blanket of the lovely, harmless sounding word ‘fragrance’ (also known as ‘parfum’).  

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Non-Stick Cookware Dangers & Alternatives

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My ‘Operation Home Detox’ recently overhauled our non-stick cookware ‘situation’.  I was a big user of these pots and pans.  I had them all!  Teflon, Scanpan, Jamie Oliver’s non-stick collection, Bessemer.  I’d spent hundreds of dollars over the years.  And I loved them all before I knew better.

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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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What’s in Our Water?

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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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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.