How do you like your poison?

15th March 2020

With everything in our homes containing some type of chemical, the western world has become very informed on all types of chemicals, making it fashionable to get rid of certain ones that have found to have an effect on your loved ones. In this day and age, it’s very easy to become informed on what chemicals are going into your home and how to avoid the bad ones as much as you can. Researchers in America found that “more than 150 chemicals commonly used in our homes are associated with allergies, cancer, psychological disorders and birth defects” (US Environmental Protection Agency) and with most people spending 90% of their time in their homes, you can just begin to imagine the damage. All of these chemicals saturating every surface can be a potentially poisonous for babies and pets who like licking everything. Little things like taking your shoes off at the door, filtering your water to get rid of the aluminium and pesticides and leaving your bedding in the sun after washing to get rid of invisible nasties, can all help illuminate your risk of sharing a room with harmful germs.

Traditional cleaning products have also been found to not be biodegradable and generally bad for our environment, putting chemicals in places that they don’t need to be, like drinking and ocean water. The US Environmental Protection Agency also found that ““400 chemicals found in commercial use across Canada and the US are not broken down” and chemicals not broken down make it into the environment. This means that these chemicals will affect all the marine wildlife that share the water. Humans are very good at messing with natural ecosystems and constant pollutants affecting these ecosystems will cause mutations and extinction. If an organism at the bottom of a food chain is wiped out, that is not good for any animal above it.

Chemical free cleaning is a great way to reduce the exposure for you and your family and the environment. With chemical free cleaning, you won’t need any protective gear while applying the solution to your problem, therefore not more itchiness, burning or sore eyes (woo hoo!). Plus, they it’s super cost effective, with a combination of a few hero items cleaning your entire house. Start with a microfibre cloth. These are brilliant for dust mites, pollen and even pesticides and chemicals. It’s the shaving cream to your Jamila. The hero items that you want to have in stock are

  • Baking soda-It cuts through grease and grime and brightens surfaces
  • Vinegar-Also cuts through grease, soap scum and grime
  • Lemon Juice-Cuts through grease, shines surfaces and smells amazing
  • Olive oil-A great polisher

With a couple of combinations of these products, you can clean almost anything.

For a good disinfectant; mix 2 cups of water, 3 tablespoons of liquid soap and 20-30 drops of tea tree oil. This smells amazing and will kill all the bad germs.

To clean counters put equal parts of vinegar and water into a spray bottle and wipe with your handy microfibre cloth. If your counter is made up of marble, granite, or stone DO NOT use vinegar and use rubbing alcohol or vodka (if you don’t mind sharing) instead of vinegar.

For any other messes, like greasey oven dishes or spills, reach for the baking soda. Use half a cup of baking soda into a bucket of hot water. If you want more information this website is great for breaking down which hero products should pair up to fix whatever problem you have;

https://greatist.com/health/27-chemical-free-products-diy-spring-cleaning#8

https://thecleancollective.com/blogs/eco-and-healthy-living-blog/5-reasons-to-create-a-toxin-free-home

https://www.evolvecleaning.com.au/blog/benefits-using-eco-friendly-cleaning-products/