If you regularly ask yourself ‘does this spark joy?’ then you will know the KonMari method. We owe a debt of gratitude to Marie Kondo for helping us to effectively organise our home, but isn’t it time we KonMari our chemicals too? Yes, your cupboards may be alphabetised and colour-coded to within an inch of their lives, but what about the chemicals within them? Would spraying your child’s highchair with toxic chemicals spark joy for you? If not, it’s time to get rid.
Household chemicals are attributed to the rise in asthma, eczema and other common childhood conditions, many of which continue well into adulthood. These products contain endocrine disrupting chemicals that literally interrupt and stop the function of our bodies on a cellular level. I loved nothing more than a good bleaching session to make my house sparkling clean, but I would be coughing all the way through it. I would antibac my surfaces like there was no tomorrow, not stopping to think what carcinogenic chemicals were in the residue left behind.
We are the gatekeepers to our home. When we know better, we do better.
Check your cupboard contents. I can guarantee you that a large proportion of mainstream cleaning products will bear the labels ‘toxic, corrosive, keep out of reach of children, harmful if swallowed’ for their ingredients. Many of these ingredients are feature on the poisons list, and if ingested the person must seek medical advice immediately.
So having a pretty KonMari cleaning cabinet isn’t enough. You need to make sure that the contents are clean too. And don’t get me started on the greenwashing we are seeing across mainstream products. Companies are switching tack and promising you an eco-friendly, ‘all natural’ product for the most sensitive skin, in a bid to get your business. But a green label and clean advertising doesn’t mean a chemical free product.
A green label and clean advertising doesn’t mean a chemical free product.
Synthetic fragrance, or parfum, is one of the biggest irritants to our skin, lungs and indeed our whole body. Yet you will find it in the household detergents that promise to look after delicate newborn skin. Parabens and phthalates are known endocrine disruptors and carcinogens, yet they fill our cleaners, creams and cosmetics.
So what can we do about it? Ditch and switch. We have been transitioning our personal care products and cleaning products to clean, green brands to protect our home and preserve our health. Here are some of the switches we made:
Antibacterial Spray – Thieves Household Cleaner
Floor Cleaner – Thieves Household Cleaner
Bathroom Cleaner – Thieves Household Cleaner
Bleach – Thieves Household Cleaner
Hand Soap – Thieves Foaming Hand Soap
Shower Gel – SoapDaze soap on a rope
Hair Products – Giovanni EcoChic range
Deodorant – Salt of The Earth Deodorant
Toothpaste – Flouride Free EcoDenta Black Whitening Toothpaste
Makeup Remover – Solid Coconut Oil, Lavender, Frankincense and Purification Essential Oils
Moisturiser – Sukin Facial Moisturiser
There are still items we have yet to replace, but we have felt the physical and emotional benefits of making these changes already. Our skin is happier, our breathing is easier and our bodies are more rested. If you want to follow our journey you can do so over on Facebook and Instagram at @thelittleoillife. I am a Young Living distributor, so if you decide to create a free Young Living account and try some of our chemical-free products for yourself, please click this link to buy through me and bless my family.