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




Time to take out the trash

As a busy mom of two, it has never ceased to amaze me how quickly my bin gets full to the brim.

(Yes I realise this is probably a little gross, but bear with me on this, there is a valid point!)

With school runs, grocery shopping, laundry and a million other errands to fit in around keeping the house in a relative state of organised chaos and raising little children, it would seem that emptying my bin has become one of those tasks that I keep putting off. This largely because it is a grim job that involved handling stinky bin liners *gags* and almost always having to pick up a third of the contents that spills over the top or out of the split at the bottom of the overflowing bin liner in the process. I realise that if I just emptied it before it got quite so full then this chore would be far easier and dare I say more pleasant (if that is even possible), but when I get to the bin with two hands filled with dirty tissues, the contents of the breakfast bowl and empty wrappers I am far more inclined to simply squash the rubbish down to make room for more. Of course, its goes without saying that a bin that is not emptied often is usually fairly fragrant, and not in the welcoming cotton linen kind either.

Life can be a bit like a bin at time…. as women and mothers we take on other peoples troubles or ‘trash’ to help lighten their load and show that we care. This in itself is an admirable thing to do as we empathise with girlfriends and help them to work out their difficulties, but sometimes we take on so much and forget to empty our bin. If we don’t take out the trash so to speak, then we are left fermenting over bad attitudes, negative thoughts and stinking thinking which will affect our day to day lives. Negativity is like a cold, it is super easy to spread and will jump from conversation to conversation, clinging to each person and affecting their day too.

The devil loves it when we gossip, moan and whine about each other/our spouse/our family/our house/our job*  (*delete as appropriate.) He can simply sit back and watch us spread discontent and anger across our circles of influence so we must watch what we say and how we say it to everyone, so that a) we will be consistent and b) we do not contaminate everyone else with our own insecurities and issues. That is not to say that we shouldn’t share our thoughts and feelings, but there is a right place for us to take our trash so that we can be rid of our negativity without affecting others.

We can take any requests and petitions to God, no matter how big or small they seem, or whether they affect us directly or not. We can also carefully choose a trustworthy friend who can best advise and/or pray with us about our situation. When writing to the Thessalonian church, Paul states that we must never stop praying and praising God in all circumstances, therefore my advice is don’t let the trash bring you down, give it to God and put it out for the dustbin men to collect, because when things are looking down it to time to start looking up.