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Fragrance is the new second-hand smoke

Fragrance is the new second-hand smoke

Fragrance is the new second-hand smoke

I am so stoked that I have finally found these delightful glass amber spray bottles for my DIY-diva’s to make their surface cleaner spray in at our DIY Toxin-Free Cleaning Workshop this Saturday. Yay for no more crappy plastic spray bottles!!!!!!!! You know what else is YAY about the yummy surface cleaner spray that we will be making at the workshop? It is good enough to EAT! That’s right, all the ingredients could be consumed (although they probably don’t taste that great!), and you’re not going to have to race off to the phone to call the poisons line. YAY for no more crappy chemicals polluting your home and your body!

Did you know that one of the worst offenders in toxic cleaning products is the ingredient FRAGRANCE? I used to think that ‘fragrance’ in products were completely harmless. They made everything smell lovely, from my perfumes, to my scented candles, and my cleaning products. It wasn’t until a year or so ago that I started getting headaches and nauseous every time I put on my vanilla perfume or lit my scented candles that I started to question what exactly I was putting onto my body and into my house. Even worse were those intoxicating fake ‘lemon’ or ‘eucalyptus’ scents that tried to over-power the dangerous chemicals in my cleaning products. I would literally have to hold a tea-towel over my nose every time I cleaned, to stop the fumes…ah…I mean, ‘harmless fragrances’…from sneaking up my nose.

Frangrance is the new second-hand smoke – it actually really is! Thankfully, laws have made it illegal for people to smoke cigarettes indoors, but now almost every home and work place is full of synthetic toxic fragrances wafting around, causing us to die slowly. In fact, the air quality in most homes are more toxic than outdoor polluted cities. Fragrances have been linked to a number of adverse health effects, such as asthma, allergies, endocrine and hormonal problems, dizziness, difficulty concentrating, brain fog, stomach cramps and heart palpitations. The scary thing is is that the vague term ‘fragrance’ is an ingredient in almost all cleaning products – even some supposedly ‘green’ cleaning products contain the ingredient ‘fragrance’.

I was in denial for awhile, thinking going toxin-free would be too hard and too expensive. I didn’t mind spending money on good quality wholesome foods, and even on some ‘green’ body-care products (to an extent), but spending our precious dollars on cleaning products – well I couldn’t quite justify that.

But then I started getting into essential oils. First for the therapeutic benefits, and also to replace all those candles and sprays that were making me sick. Then I started looking into DiY recipes and I was AMAZED at how cheap I could make 100% toxic-free cleaning products, sometimes at even a cheaper price than supermarket brands. PLUS, the ingredients are so simple, and preparation so quick, that even a time-poor, DIY-dummy could make them. This made me excited!
I’ve been making my own cleaning products, now, using essential oils in replace of toxic ‘fragrances’. I tell you what, my basil and grapefruit surface cleaning spray smells so amazing that I could almost eat it (actually, I do have a little lick if it drips onto my hand – and I can, because every ingredient in the spray is not only safe to use for cleaning, but safe to consume! Not that I’d serve it up as a soup or anything, haha…just saying’!). Jokes aside, I can now, without worry, clean my bathroom and kitchen with Poppy and Elsie around, because I know that my home-made cleaning spray can’t hurt them or me, and in fact, can improve our health and wellbeing as we breath in the therapeutic aromas.

If you’d like to learn how to reduce toxins in your life, starting with making your own CLEAN cleaning products is an excellent start! Let us show you how at our next DIY Toxin-Free Cleaning Workshop! This is a hands-on workshop, but you’ll also be educated up to your eyeballs about dangerous toxins that proliferate our homes. Knowledge is power – and our workshop will inspire you to live a cleaner, natural more sustainable life, that will bring health, joy and empowerment to your family! 🙂


DIY Toxin-Free CLEANING Workshop
– Saturday 18 Feb, 4pm – 6pm
– Happy Biome Studio, 26 Lapthorne Close, Don (entry via Jiloa Way)
$50 to make and take five 100% natural cleaning products, herbal teas, paleo treats, recipe booklet, and a wealth of invaluable knowledge!
– Bookings and Prepayment essential.