Detox your home - you know you want toSep 29, 2018
If you’d look into your cleaning cupboard (always assuming that you have such a thing), you’ll probably find a large number of plastic bottles containing window cleaners, surface cleaners, disinfectant sprays, bathroom cleaners, furniture spray, toilet bleach etc.
In my childhood home, Thursday was cleaning day. My mum donned her oldest pinny and marigolds and moved ornaments and furniture alike in order to give the house a massive scrub - if this seems a bit extreme, yes, it WAS the 70ties and I AM German (although these days furniture in our house only gets moved for cleaning when we move out). The main thing I remember of my childhood Thursdays is that I hopped onto my bicycle and stayed away all day because I could not stand the smell. The familiarity of our home was overpowered for a few hours, and it reeked of chemicals with some fake lemon thrown in instead.
These days we assume that, if we can buy it in a supermarket, it’s gotta be safe. WRONG!!! Did you know that there are no real regulations on what you can and can’t put into cleaning products? I deliberately am not going out of my way here to provide you with a selection of links - you are an intelligent being, and the evidence is endless. If you haven’t done so already, google “Are household cleaners harmful” and proceed to tear your hair out).
But, just to illustrate briefly, take Toluene, Formaldehyde, Nitrobenzene, Chloride, Methylene and Ethylene glycol, all commonly used in cleaning products, and all of which have been shown in various studies to cause asthma in children. That does neither make them illegal nor does it require the brands to label the products accordingly.
Phosphates in cleaning products cause massive algal blooms messing with the natural ecosystem by stealing oxygen from water - the lake near our French home had to be closed twice for the whole summer in recent years because of the increase in algae. Apart from the mess with nature, nobody could go swimming, so no one went to the beach and ate ice cream and local businesses lost a whole summers income.
Whatever you use to clean your house, the chemicals inevitably end up in our water, air and soil. But they also contaminate the air you breathe in your home, and the surfaces you touch - basically, you exchange bacteria for toxins. And last but not least, the packaging: endless non-recyclable plastic bottles and plastic wrappings for our landfills.
From this to that: 2 glass bottles clean the whole house!
125 distilled vinegar: £0.15
15 drops of dōTERRA Lemon for freshness and cleaning power: £0.25
15 drops of dōTERRA Oregano to disinfect: £0.50
10 drops of dōTerra OnGuard to protect your immune system: £0.50
Total price: £1.40
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