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’).
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.
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.