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?
The concept of moist toilet wipes is a ripper. Like they say about the ad, ‘there isn’t much you wouldn’t clean without water’, and it’s true. I even heard one friend say they changed his life! I am a devotee too however recent awareness around the chemicals used to make these products has called for me to look further afield for an alternate, safer solution. The two most popular, readily available varieties are featured below. Interestingly they both use less ingredients than most baby wipes out there however they both feature preservatives that can cause contact dermatitis, suspected cardiovascular, liver, kidney and neurotoxicity. All things being equal in the bum wiping world these are ingredients I prefer NOT to include in my daily cleaning routine.
Popular 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’).
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.
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.
Let’s explore some of the chemicals commonly found around the home in some of the most popular cleaning products. Prepare to be a little shocked, and hopefully motivated to make a few changes the next time you’re buying cleaning products!
Mould ‘killer’ and other similar products…