🌿 As you know, I’m on a mission to be as low-tox as possible – for my (and my family’s) health and that of the planet.
When you lather up your locks in the shower or blast the mucky kitchen bench with antibacterial spray, the chemicals in those common household products are both absorbed into your body and also eventually make their way down the drain and into the environment.
So cue environmentally friendly / natural products, right? Well, yes but sadly they often still have all sorts of nasties in them. Labelling can be really misleading as often they will state they are free from a certain chemical but all they’ve done is replace it with another. And many things, like fragrance, don’t have to be included at all.
According to PhD student Rachel Wakefield-Rann from the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney, “huge amount of fragrances are endocrine-disrupting”, which means they can trick our — and other animals’ — hormone receptors into acting abnormally.
What many people don’t realise is how unnecessary most of these products are. For example, lemon and vinegar are excellent at cleaning and degreasing. And the chemicals that make your shampoo lather up aren’t making your hair any cleaner.
It also takes far less time – and costs less – than you would think to make your own products. Everything I make takes minutes.
Here’s a great, simple recipe for deodorant. I also add anti-bacterial melaleuca (tea tree) and lavender essential oils but you can add any oils you like.