Going green with your cleaning
(Photo by Bondi Wash)
If you are reading this, chances are you are already aware of the impact your cleaning and personal products are having on you, your family and your environment. It has never been easier to make the conscious decision to edit the products you use on your skin and in your home. It may surprise you to learn that the levels of air pollutants inside your home may be two to five times higher than the pollution levels outside.
The home is where the average person receives an estimated 72% of their toxic chemical exposure, and because Australians are now spending the majority of their time indoors, it’s time to start thinking about greener ways to clean.
Using one type of product in a well-ventilated space won't immediately wreak havoc on your body, but the reality is we commonly expose ourselves to a smorgasbord of nasties when we use many different products for the same purpose or room. It is not surprising people are consciously deciding to look for alternatives, to better support the their health, the health of their families and the environment by choosing products that don't compromise your health, values or ethics. So you’re committed to make the switch, but unsure where to start? It can be difficult to decode labels, and complicated ingredient names can be overwhelming. Before you begin your cleaning cupboard overhaul, it may help to get familiar with some of the worst culprits for you to avoid. PHTHALATES Unbeknownst to you, you may already be avoiding Phthalates in your skincare and makeup as they are commonly labelled as ‘fragrance’. Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors and are found in a multitude of household products like air fresheners, dish soap and even toilet paper. For a kinder alternative, and to keep hormones happy, choose products made with 100% natural fragrance only. One of the most popular natural fragrances, Lavender, is not only appreciated for its calm inducing scent, it also has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Swap chemical laden hand wash for this heavenly duo - Lavender and Tasmanian Pepper Hand Wash and Hand Lotion ($80.00), by Bondi Wash.
Short on time? Some quick fixes to freshen up your rooms are opening windows, adding lush green plants to your living spaces and incorporating essential oils.
TRICLOSAN Triclosan is another ingredient that can cause disruptions to your delicate hormonal balance and immune system in the long run. Not only is it harmful to us, it’s also not so nice to our fragile waterways. Be mindful when buying dish soaps and antibacterial washes as they often contain this nasty. Instead, opt for products containing plant based antibacterial agents such as Rosemary, Peppermint, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus. ‘Antibacterial’ and ‘dry skin’ don’t have to go hand in hand. You can be germ free AND nourish your skin simultaneously with Hand Spray ($15.00) and Wattleseed Soap Bar ($12.00) by Bondi Wash. BUTOXYETHONOL Unfortunately Butoxyethanol can be found in pretty much all commercial multipurpose cleaners and window sprays. It is a powerful irritant and long term exposure can cause kidney and liver damage, yikes! For a kinder alternative that is both child friendly and pocket friendly, it is worth seeking out some Apple Cider Vinegar. ACV is a serious overachiever when it comes to health benefits. Down to your last drop of facial toner? ACV. Hair looking a little lacklustre? ACV. Looming deadlines and a mountain of washing? ACV. Okay, it may not be able to help you with those last two but it does work wonders with some old newspaper as a natural mirror and window cleaner. There’s a number of ways you can naturally clean your home/kids/pets, that don't require you cooking up potions in your kitchen for hours. Bondi Mother of three, Belinda Everingham of Bondi Wash has taken all the ‘recipe testing’ out of your green cleaning, with beautiful products made from native Australian botanicals, that are 99-100% plant based. Belinda has harnessed the unusual and exquisite scents of Australian fauna to create products that are not only good for your family and the planet, but also evoke a sense of luxuriousness with each pump or spray. Why not come in and smell for yourself? Ash x