Today is the first day of ………….. my very determined attempt to eliminate as many unnecessary chemicals from my lifestyle as possible.
As someone who has numerous allergies and food intolerances I am used to reading EVERY label when I shop. Drives me nuts sometimes but what else can I do?!
The last few years have been ones of major lifestyle changes for me; no more bubble baths because the SLS (Sodium Laurel Sulphate) upsets my skin, no more shampoo for my hair – just good old Bicarbonate of Soda followed by a vinegar rinse, no more fancy cleaning products – just vinegar and Bicarb again, home-made natural air fresheners without a chemical in sight.
All these changes have seen a major improvement in my health; the cleaners and air fresheners used to leave me coughing and wheezing all the time and as far as I can see the house hasn’t suffered without them!
But the biggest improvement has to be to my bank balance! Bicarbonate of Soda is pretty cheap, vinegar too, in fact my biggest expense is probably the essential oils I use for my home-made air freshener.
I have now started making my own toothpaste; Strange but this was one item I never really read the ingredients list on, just bought it and used. But a couple of weeks ago I took a glance and was appalled to find that it also contains SLS.
Now just to explain: SLS was originally developed many years ago as an industrial cleaner!!! So why on earth should it be in my tube of toothpaste, or my bubble bath for that matter. Well, enough is enough!
Here is my recipe for home-made toothpaste. No chemicals, no fluoride and does a lovely job too. 🙂
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
2 Tbsp. baking soda
20 drops essential oil (I use spearmint.)
A bit of Stevia if you want sugar-free sweetness (I don’t bother with this)
After mixing the toothpaste keep it in a glass container with a lid. Then just spoon some out or dip your dry toothbrush into it. The mixture does not need to be refrigerated.
So, that’s another chemical eliminated! Onwards and upwards 🙂