Our very popular DIY Toxin-Free CLEANING Workshop is on next week! During the workshop, you’ll learn to make a bunch of essential cleaning products (which you’ll get to take home), including a 500g Dishwasher Powder, 500ml Dishing Washing Liquid, 1 litre Laundry Liquid Detergent, 500ml Surface Spray and 500ml Liquid Toilet Cleaner. Sign up before 1 July (this Saturday!) to score the early-bird discount for this event.
Today I got busy stocking up on some toxin-free products for our home. To save time, I usually make a few things in the one go while I’ve got all the ingredients out. The great thing about making your own toxin-free products, is that they all use similar ingredients, so you don’t need to worry about forking out lots of money purchasing weird ingredients that you’ll probably only ever use once.
Today I made some more baby wipes (my absolute fav! I’ll post the recipe up soon!), a hair de-tangler for Miss 4-year-old’s crazy blonde mop, a really really really lush water-based face moisturiser that absorbs straight into the skin and some more dishwashing liquid. One of the biggest things I’ve noticed since making my own products, is that my hands are not so dry and cracked anymore. I have this weird filaggrin gene mutation deficiency which causes my skin to be very thin and susceptible to splitting (you can read more about it here). Having my hands exposed to toxic-laden products everyday – like baby wipes and dishwashing liquid – was really taking a toll on my skin. Some days the skin on my fingers and around my nails would get so dry and crusty that they’d crack and bleed. It was super painful! I tried to ‘heal’ my hands by rubbing commercial hand-cream or vaseline on them 24/7…Little did I know that that was making it worse, as I was adding yet MORE toxic chemicals onto my skin. And it wasn’t just my skin that was exposed to these dangerous chemicals, but also my insides as they seeped into my bloodstream, attacking my fragile body systems, as they tried to stay a balance during the onslaught of toxin-overload. Was it the washing liquid and the mould spray and the over-powering chlorinated toilet cleaner, that I had been exposed to everyday, ever since I was born, that had ever-so-slightly pushed parts of my body’s functioning to become dysfunctional? It may not have just been my hands that had suffered, but also my energy levels, my mood, my digestive system, even my fertility.
It’s difficult, of course, to pin-point what adverse substance or event caused which specific health issue, but it does make sense that by reducing toxins and other unhealthful things in our lives, we will experience better health. Changing your commercial cleaning products to toxin-free products is one important way we can reduce harmful chemicals in our homes. Next Saturday (8 July, 6pm at our Happy Biome Studio) I’m holding a DIY Toxin-Free Cleaning Workshop where you can come along and learn how to make five natural cleaning products using essential oils and other natural ingredients, as well as navigate the ‘chemical maze’ so you can make good, clean choices in what you purchase. It’s the perfect way to get started with going toxin-free!
One of these products you’ll learn to make is a nice, green dishwashing liquid (like the one I’m making in the pic). Most commercial dishwashing liquids contain chemicals obtained from refining petroleum. They also use heavily scented synthetic fragrances (which I spoke about here) which are compounded when hot water facilitates the vaporisation of these chemicals and you easily breathe them in while standing over the sink. Most dishwashing liquids also contain detergents and petroleum based artificial dyes. Some dyes are known to be carcinogenic and they can penetrate the skin. Some dishwashing liquids may contain Quarternium 15, an eye and skin irritant which releases formaldehyde, a recognised cancer-causing agent…Hmmm, Quarternium 15: a skin irritant. Was that the ingredient that was causing my hands to crack and bleed (not to mention potentially mutating my cells so as to become cancerous)? Crazy thing is, the washing liquid I usually bought (Homebrand…yep, I’m a cheapo!) didn’t actually list ANY ingredients at all. I couldn’t find any ingredients online either. It made me wonder what are they trying to hide. Suspicious much!
Quarternium 15 is definitely an ingredient that you want to avoid. It’s also commonly found in all-purpose cleaner, hair tonic, pet shampoo, floor wax and polish, disinfectants, sunscreen, soaps, shaving products, foundations, eye makeup…And get this, even in a bunch of baby products such as baby shampoo and baby wash! Are we trying to make our precious, clean babies sick before they even have a chance to live? As a mum of two little ones, this makes me horrified. It was this that initially prompted me to start stripping the toxic chemicals from our food and home.
The workshop next Saturday is only $50 (if you book in before 1 July!), which covers the cost of all the ingredients, containers and oils that you will use to make five cleaning products to take home to replace your old toxic ones. Spaces are limited, so we would appreciate if you can book in and pay prior to the night. Hopefully see you there…to make some awesome changes in your life! 🙂