It’s suspected that allergies, asthma, some cancers and reproductive disorders are increasing, in part, due to the use of chemicals in our homes and on our bodies. For 99% of common chemicals (i.e. those used in household and beauty products), there is too little information on their safety – we don’t know their effects on our health or on the environment.
When I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) I made big changes to my diet and to my lifestyle and I felt a lot better. But, it wasn’t until I switched to chemical-free living that I completely recovered. I believe that was because my body could finally stop having to process and eliminate the various irritants and toxins I was inadvertently exposing myself to.
Also, I think going chemical-free helped settle my hormones. So many beauty products (including shampoos, conditioners and moisturisers) have hormone-disrupting chemicals in them. This should be a HUGE red flag for everyone, but it should particularly concern people with hormone problems such as thyroid disorders and adrenal problems.
Also, any chemical you use in your home will go straight into the environment. So going chemical-free also helps the planet – win-win!
Going chemical-free is a bit of a lifestyle change, and can seem daunting – I know only too well. It’s hard to figure out how to clean your house without cleaners (right!?) and what about your body products?!
Here’s what I did, and it’s actually really quick and simple to make the switch – and TOTALLY WORTH IT!
I first made the switch when I was living in Australia, and there was a lovely local shop that made and sold their own plant-based beauty products, which was perfect. At that time I used a combination of traditional cleaning concoctions, like lemon, vinegar and bicarbonate of soda. It was alright, but a bit of a pain and not quick and easy.
Now I live in the UK have discovered better ways to be chemicals-free. I use various brands of organic, chemical-free shampoo and conditioner. I use organic coconut oil, sesame oil or this cream to moisturise and I use a range of body cloths (microfibre so no need for soap!), organic soap and shower gel. I find the Norwex make-up remover cloths to be fabulous – they remove all make-up with just water, and gently cleanses your face without stripping it, so great even if you don’t wear make-up. I use them everyday!
For my home, I exclusively use Norwex products because they are the best I have found and I like the company’s ethos. I haven’t looked back. Norwex has made the transition to chemical-free living so much easier, because cleaning with their products is so quick and easy! (No really, it’s almost addictive and I am not a compulsive cleaner!).
Since I switched to Norwex EnviroCloths (and stopped using chemical cleaners) and Norwex Washing Powder my health has improved, son’s persistent nighttime cough has gone and I’m not freaking out about giving my kids Cancer by using chemicals on and around them (I know that sounds dramatic, but when it’s that close to home, these fears are real).
I also wouldn’t do without the Blue Diamond Bathroom cleaner, which is a natural product that gives that extra clean to the areas that really need it! You dilute it down so much that it lasts for ages.
I’ve also just had first hand experience of the amazing Odour Eliminator, as our cats used the cupboard under the stairs as a latrine while we were on holiday – nice. I’ve cleaned it all without using chemicals, and there is no cat pee smell – amazing.
I haven’t come across anything that I can’t clean chemical-free.
Still have your doubts? Get in touch if you have any questions!