My top 5 tips for reducing chemical exposure in your life and live clean this summer:
For those of you who don’t know my journey, I grew up in gorgeous Central Queensland, the lush black soil was perfect for cattle farming and growing crops. However, the 70’s bought with it the chemical revolution in the farming world. This unfortunately meant as children we were exposed to multiple chemicals pretty much on a continual basis. In my 20s and 30s I found myself continually detoxing under the guidance of health professionals, astounded by the deep levels of chemical residue in my system, but I never really understood the full extent of the chemical maze out there in our food and environment.
So began my intense journey to find products and ingredients that I could trust.
What companies do you trust to provide you with products that will support a Live Clean lifestyle? Everyone wants to know that what they are paying for is safe and that all ingredients are exposed. Argghhh now here is the key, let me share some tips with you.
Be aware of words on packaging
Words like Natural, Clean, Safe, Pure, Green even Organic are the keywords that make my eyes pop lately. You see marketing is very tricky these days, just because you see these words does not necessarily mean the product is free of the nasties. Check out our resources on this topic on our blog.
What’s not listed?
Call the company, ask them if they list all the ingredients on the packaging, and ask them what ingredients are NOT listed that are below the threshold where they do not have to be revealed.
What testing has the products been through. Have the products been endorsed scientifically and can they prove this. I know of companies whose products were thought to be safe and natural that have since been tested independently tested and the ingredient protocols were definitely NOT ok. When mixed with water they formed formaldehyde. So do your homework.
Many people have not heard of the Environmental working group. Just onto their site, they are leading the way in ensuring consumers know about products and ingredients. http://www.ewg.org/
Take action TODAY!
Once you find a brand that you can trust, stick with it. I am pleased to say there are many out there. My favourite Live Clean brand as many know is Modere, you can find their website here at https://www.modere.com.au/?referralCode=256337 with an embedded code to allocate you a $10 credit into your cart to start making the change. They have safe solutions for your home from the bathroom to the kitchen and anything in-between. Consumers can buy what they want when they want online and home delivered.
Inexpensive white vinegar can be used in the laundry to whiten, brighten, reduce odour and soften clothes without harsh chemicals. Make sure you use the white vinegar for cooking that is usually found in supermarkets near the sauces etc; this has no additives and is made from the process of fermentation of corn. The white vinegar you find in the cleaning aisle has other additives included and us usually more expensive.
White vinegar offers a cheap, natural and environmentally friendly cleaning option and can replace a number of chemical filled cleaners around the home; here we are focussing on the uses in the laundry:
- To soften clothes and prevent lint from sticking to them, add 1 cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle
- To remove odours from clothes add 1 cup of vinegar to a load of laundry
- To remove pre-existing stains pre-treat with a mixture of 3 TBLSPNS vinegar, 2 TBLSPNS liquid detergent and 4 cups of warm water. Rub the mixture into the stain and the wash as normal
- To prevent colour fading, add 1 cup of vinegar to the was cycle
- To prevent a new clothing item from bleeding colour, soak in a few cups of undiluted vinegar for 10 minutes
- To prevent colours from bleeding in the wash, add 1 cup of vinegar to the load of laundry
- To whiten dingy clothes, add 1 cup of vinegar to 5 cups of water. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and add your dingy clothes, let them sit overnight and then wash as normal
- To reshape/resize wool clothes soak shrunken clothing in a solution of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes reshape the clothing and let air dry
- To kill bacteria in the laundry, add 1 cup of vinegar to the wash cycle.
Did you know that products we use every day may contain toxic chemicals linked to women’s health problems, like breast cancer, reproductive harm like infertility and birth defects, asthma, and other serious illnesses? The good news is that Women’s Voices for the Earth has done the scientific research for you on effective ways to reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals in everyday products—and to get rid of toxic chemicals all together!
1. Make Your Own Cleaning Products
– It’s easy, fun, and cheap to make non-toxic cleaners from safe and effective ingredients like vinegar and baking soda.
2. Avoid Synthetic Fragrance
– Look for cleaners, laundry detergents, and personal care products labeled “fragrance-free” Warning: “unscented” does not mean fragrance-free!
– Discontinue use of air fresheners. Go to womensvoices.org for tips to reduce odors around the home.
3. Give Your Personal Care Products a Makeover
– Read the label to avoid chemicals like parabens, sodium laureth sulfate, and oxybenzone. Check the Skin Deep database at cosmeticsdatabase.com to find safer products.
4. Go “BPA-Free”
– Ditch the canned foods and opt for fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables instead.
– Seek out products from the few companies now using BPA-free can liners like Westbrae Natural, Hunt’s, Healthy Choice and H.J. Heinz.
– Look for plastics labeled “BPA-free.”
5. Watch Out for Triclosan
– Avoid anti-bacterial hand soap with triclosan listed on the label.
– Reduce your use of disinfectant products.
6. Choose Plastics with the Recycle Symbols #4 & #5
– Look for plastic products with these symbols signifying PVC-free plastics.
– Use glass jars or bowls to store food.
– Never microwave plastic.
7. Keep Chemicals Out of the House
– Take of your shoes before entering your house to avoid tracking in oils and chemicals from the street outside.
– Use a door mat to catch dirt at the door.
– Dust with a micro-fiber cloth or wet cloth and vacuum your house regularly (with a HEPA-filter vaccuum if you can).
8. Turn Down the Heat on Non-Stick Cookware
– Keep the stove at or below medium heat when using Teflon or non-stick cookware.
– Opt for cast iron or stainless steel pans for cooking when possible.
Visit our Personal Care/Home Care pantry for great toxic free products