Lifestyle

Hinch your home without harming your health

This week marked our second week of potty training. I’m not gonna lie, having done this twice before, I was dreading it. I really wasn’t sure I wanted to add washing clothes and scrubbing floors every five minutes to my endless to do list. Fortunately for me, my girl smashed it, but even so, every parent knows that floor mopping, bottom wiping and hand washing increases ten fold when potty training. This time round I had Thieves and I was so crazy grateful for it.

When I potty trained the boys I was heavily reliant on Zoflora, Dettol and Domestos. All three are highly toxic, highly irritant and considered poisons, yet I would spray, soak, wash and wipe every surface of my house with these religiously.

Synthetic fragrance is a silent killer

The biggest problem with these products is synthetic fragrance. I though I was doing the best thing for my children, but in fact I was filling my home with cancer-causing chemicals. It is no coincidence that they both struggled with irritated skins and respiratory symptoms throughout their early years.

When we know better, we do better.

Chemicals in our homes, both for personal care and in our cleaning products have been scientifically linked to many health conditions, including cancer. But we can reduce the risk by reducing our exposure to chemicals in the home.

Since we started using essential oils in 2017, our family has embarked on a wellness journey which has led us to remove chemicals wherever possible from our home. Rather than have a cupboard full of chemicals, we now have one natural, plant based cleaner in our home – Thieves Household Cleaner. It is completely non-toxic and contains a powerful blend of oils that effectively cleans your home. We use it on floors, walls, windows, bathrooms, everywhere, and one super concentrated bottle lasts us about 6 months. Oh and it smells like Christmas.

Don’t risk your health for the sake of a ‘clean’ home

Want to hinch your home without harming your health? I cannot recommend Thieves Household Cleaner enough for chemical free cleaning that WORKS. We also use the Thieves hand soap which we split into three dispensers and top up with water as it is soo concentrated!

Check it out for yourself and grab your free membership account here to get wholesale prices.

Don’t risk your health for the sake of a ‘clean’ home, harness the power of nature instead.

Happy cleaning friends!

R x

Photo Credit: @younglivingeoeducation
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Essential Oils, Lifestyle

Why you need to KonMari your chemicals

If you regularly ask yourself ‘does this spark joy?’ then you will know the KonMari method. We owe a debt of gratitude to Marie Kondo for helping us to effectively organise our home, but isn’t it time we KonMari our chemicals too? Yes, your cupboards may be alphabetised and colour-coded to within an inch of their lives, but what about the chemicals within them? Would spraying your child’s highchair with toxic chemicals spark joy for you? If not, it’s time to get rid.

Household chemicals are attributed to the rise in asthma, eczema and other common childhood conditions, many of which continue well into adulthood. These products contain endocrine disrupting chemicals that literally interrupt and stop the function of our bodies on a cellular level. I loved nothing more than a good bleaching session to make my house sparkling clean, but I would be coughing all the way through it. I would antibac my surfaces like there was no tomorrow, not stopping to think what carcinogenic chemicals were in the residue left behind.

We are the gatekeepers to our home. When we know better, we do better.

Check your cupboard contents. I can guarantee you that a large proportion of mainstream cleaning products will bear the labels ‘toxic, corrosive, keep out of reach of children, harmful if swallowed’ for their ingredients. Many of these ingredients are feature on the poisons list, and if ingested the person must seek medical advice immediately.

So having a pretty KonMari cleaning cabinet isn’t enough. You need to make sure that the contents are clean too. And don’t get me started on the greenwashing we are seeing across mainstream products. Companies are switching tack and promising you an eco-friendly, ‘all natural’ product for the most sensitive skin, in a bid to get your business. But a green label and clean advertising doesn’t mean a chemical free product.

A green label and clean advertising doesn’t mean a chemical free product.

Synthetic fragrance, or parfum, is one of the biggest irritants to our skin, lungs and indeed our whole body. Yet you will find it in the household detergents that promise to look after delicate newborn skin. Parabens and phthalates are known endocrine disruptors and carcinogens, yet they fill our cleaners, creams and cosmetics.

So what can we do about it? Ditch and switch. We have been transitioning our personal care products and cleaning products to clean, green brands to protect our home and preserve our health. Here are some of the switches we made:

Antibacterial Spray – Thieves Household Cleaner
Floor Cleaner – Thieves Household Cleaner
Bathroom Cleaner – Thieves Household Cleaner
Bleach – Thieves Household Cleaner
Hand Soap – Thieves Foaming Hand Soap
Shower Gel – SoapDaze soap on a rope
Hair Products – Giovanni EcoChic range
Deodorant – Salt of The Earth Deodorant
Toothpaste – Flouride Free EcoDenta Black Whitening Toothpaste
Makeup Remover – Solid Coconut Oil, Lavender, Frankincense and Purification Essential Oils
Moisturiser – Sukin Facial Moisturiser

There are still items we have yet to replace, but we have felt the physical and emotional benefits of making these changes already. Our skin is happier, our breathing is easier and our bodies are more rested. If you want to follow our journey you can do so over on Facebook and Instagram at @thelittleoillife. I am a Young Living distributor, so if you decide to create a free Young Living account and try some of our chemical-free products for yourself, please click this link to buy through me and bless my family.

R x

 

 

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