Why Go Chemical Free?
Deciding to go chemical free is easy. Knowing how to go chemical free can be the hard part. You want to do the right thing but it seems like an almost impossible task. Picking up a shampoo bottle and reading the list of ingredients is like reading a different language.
How are you meant to know what potential dangers are in any of the products when you don’t understand what any of the ingredients themselves are?
Let me just give you a brief insight as to how I started my journey……
After suffering from very sensitive skin, particularly on my hands (they used to constantly be dry, red, insanely itchy, so much so the skin between my fingers would regularly split open) I discovered it was the harmful chemicals and toxins in my everyday home and beauty products that were causing this.
To be honest what was or wasn’t in my products wasn’t really a priority for me back then. It wasn’t until my second son, Flinn was born that the light bulb really turned on for me and I began to seriously look at what was in everything I was using.
Flinn, inherited my sensitive skin and had patches of red eczema all over his little body. The Dr recommended steroid creams but I didn’t want to use them on my fresh little newborn! Then, one day while he was in the bath I took a look at the ingredients in his shampoo (by a very well-known brand), did a little research and was horrified to discover the main ingredient was a skin irritant (SLS).
How could any company make a product aimed at newborns where the main ingredient is a skin irritant?
This made me so mad!
So, you can see where this is going…. I stopped using the skin irritant, swapped to a more natural product and of course, the eczema improved dramatically!
Deciding that I wanted to convert all the products myself and my family were using every day was an easy decision for me to make however it was a little overwhelming when I thought about the number of products that I was essentially going to have to throw away and replace.
What it was going to cost me?
How on earth I was going to know which ones were safe and which weren’t?
It doesn’t need to be difficult at all (and you don’t need to be a scientist either!)
How To Go Chemical Free.
Deciding to go chemical free doesn’t mean you have to dump everything from your cupboards into the bin all in one hit!
Why not just focus on individual areas or products one at a time?
I started with my laundry detergent, then face care, hair care and so on. An advantage of this is that you will notice how each change improves each area of your life. Your hair might become softer (less frizzy for me!) when you replace your shampoo or your skin may be less sensitive/ irritated when you change your laundry powder for example.
You can do it over a couple of weeks or months, it will be easier financially and each product you replace will be lessening your toxic impact.
To go chemical free and take your first steps to a cleaner life you will need to:
Become familiar with the key chemicals that you need to be avoiding (see below – Tool 1)
Work out what products you use that you need to replace (see below, Tool 2)
Decide if you want to buy your new products or make them yourself.
Here are a couple of FREEBIES I have put together to help you get started:
I use a combination of purchased products and DIY products. There is no right or wrong, just whatever suits you best. It can be fun and surprisingly satisfying when you do create your own products and it is not as hard as you might think. Check out my posts below for some inspiration. All my recipes use ingredients you probably already have or can easily obtain.
5 Non Toxic Shampoos You Can Easily Make Yourself.
DIY Chocolate Lip balm.
3 Easy DIY Moisturisers Straight Out Of The Kitchen
The Best Easy To Make Household Cleaner Spray
Prefer to buy your own products? Here is a list of sites to get you started:
Biome Eco Stores
Modere. These guys have a great starter collection for those who are taking their first steps to chemical free. Use my exclusive code “855077” to get £/$10 off your first order.
Etsy – This is a great site to use to support local (or international) businesses. A lot of Etsy sellers ship worldwide so it’s also a great chance to check out products you won’t find anywhere else. Check out my post for some Aussie suggestions!
Here are a few things you can change/ put into action today to get you started:
- Regularly open your windows or even better, get outside.
- Get some plants – Houseplants have been found to be natural air purifiers.
- Take shoes off at the front door. Shoes bring in a number of chemicals such as pesticides which then get trodden all over our carpet.
- Freshen up your carpet. Simply sprinkle over some Bi- Carbonate Soda and then vacuum up.
- Drink filtered water.
Start thinking about the food you eat. Consider buying organic.
As you start eliminating the chemicals in your home and products you might want to start thinking about the chemicals already in your body. This is a great time to consider a body detox. This involves cleansing the body from the inside out of all the harmful chemicals and toxins it is harbouring. After doing one you can feel lighter, have more energy and be able to think much clearer. There are so many choices out there you will need to research which one is going to be best for you. To read more on detoxing check out my post How A Detox Could Make You Feel Amazing.
Benefits of Going Chemical Free.
Remember, each time you swap a chemical loaded product for a more natural product you are reducing the toxic load on your home and body. Some benefits you may experience are:
- Improved health – less illnesses.
- Better skin– reduced irritation, sensitivity, redness etc.
- Stronger hair and nails.
- More energy.
- Improved sleep.
- Better future for our children.
- Better for the environment.
- More Money – especially if you make your own products as these can be very economical.
Got a question? I would be happy to help you out anyway you need. Simply email me at rebecca@livingcleannow or drop me a comment below.
Do you know anyone else who is feeling overwhelmed at the thought of how to go chemical free? Share this post, perhaps you can even team up and make the change together!
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