And I was NOT up for more work!
I jumped into the oily life with a fair amount of enthusiasm. I had been WOWED by a couple of amazing roller bottles (I'll tell you the verruca and car sick story sometime!) so I was already convinced they worked... but I hadn't really explored much beyond that. Once I started reading more and learning more about holistic health, I realised that although I was now working hard to support our bodies naturally with essential oils, I was probably undoing a lot of my own hard work simply via the products I was using on and around my family. As I began to learn about the ingredients included in the majority of household cleaners, investigating natural cleaning became a natural progression.
Over the next few weeks I'm going to share some more simple tricks and recipes for making the changes step by step, but before I do, I wanted to write a post explaining why we have done this, why I think it matters... and why I think ditching and switching is something you should be considering too.
So here we go - five reasons you should make the switch!
1. Ditching the chemicals - getting rid of toxic ingredients
Let's start with the basics - not all chemicals are bad. In fact, everything is made up of chemicals. Some naturally formed chemicals work for us... and some chemicals work against our bodies natural systems, wreaking havoc. Some chemicals are known carcinogens, some interfere with normal hormone function (these are known as Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals or EDCs) and can cause all sorts of problems for our health and fertility. Some chemicals are skin irritants, and some cause respiratory problems. These are the kind of chemicals we want to avoid. We will be daily exposed to them in modern life, but as a Mum of a young family, I want to be the gatekeeper to my home and reduce that toxic load. Sadly many household cleaners contain guilty ingredients. Some main ones to avoid include "fragrance" or "perfume" (this is an umbrella term for a concoction of undisclosed chemicals which can contain both short term and long term toxicity including all the areas mentioned above), triclosan (contains EDCs) and Phthalates (contains EDCs). Just a simple sweep around your household products will quickly show how present these ingredients are in our everyday products. Even some of the so-called "green cleaners" contain these ingredients! It can feel overwhelming... but there really are simple ways to cut these toxins RIGHT out of your home completely and with fairly immediate effect!
2. Environmentally friendly - cutting down your waste
There is ever growing awareness of the effect our wasteful lifestyle is having on our world – Single use plastic is one of the biggest things we can cut down on. Most of the ingredients you’ll use for your cleaning don’t even need plastic packaging! No longer am I buying multiple plastic bottles, but re-using over and over and over again. I have HUGELY cut down on waste since starting to use natural cleaning prodiucts!
3. Self-sufficient - being a productive household
There is something incredibly rewarding about being self-sufficient and productive in the home. And with such simple recipes, the work is no harder! I love bringing our kids up in a home where they are learning to be productive… where running out of dishwasher tablets simply means making some more! Life skills!
4. Cost effective - saving those pennies
Less is more – although it may feel like you’re spending a bigger amount on an individual product, the shelf life and potency of that product means it'll last you a whole lot longer and save you those pennies. Cutting cleaning products, dishwasher tablets, air fresheners, plug-ins, laundry products from my weekly tesco order has meant I have saved pennies when it comes to cleaning that I am then able to use elsewhere!
5. Good for you - getting the benefits of essential oils
Of course – its not just that when we ditch and switch we cut out a load of bad things, but we also gain a load of good things too! Washing our hands in thieves handsoap, cleaning with Thieves Household Cleaner, Washing our laundry in thieves means not only are we using our thieves daily but our bodies are being exposed to it in multiple ways – we love helping our immune systems in whatever way we can!
Over the next couple of weeks, I'm going to be sharing some of our FAVOURITE ways to get started with natural cleaning - recipes, top tips and all that! I'd LOVE for you to join me on the journey! To take the intentional decision to begin to change things and shift things around. It is SO worth it, and I have loved hearing the countless stories of people in our community who have seen tangible changes from making the switch (my skin used to react to everything from laundry soap to hand soap - its happy as Larry now!)
I'd love to know if this is something you've considered before... whether you've started making changes? Or whether it all just feels overwhelming? Or whether you want to join me in ditching and switching over the next few weeks! I'd love to help you get started!