I recently bought a book on low tox living. It’s about trying to reduce the amount of chemicals in your life; be it from your diet, makeup or cleaning products. I have had so many messages about it on Instagram, from both people already ‘low-toxing’ and others wanting to, that I thought I’d write a blog.
About a year ago I went to an evening class to learn about making household cleaning products using essential oils. Before this I had had a bit of a taste of using kinder cleaning products, like Tincture, but generally had a collection of bright coloured, toxic looking cleaning products from the supermarket underneath my sink. When I got home from the class that night, I chucked it all out and haven’t looked back. Here’s some of the stuff I use at home:
General purpose cleaner
This is the easiest thing to make – I use an essential oil concentrate from doterra and just add water. It’s as simple as that! You should keep anything with essential oils in dark glass (anything else affects the oils, apparently), which you can pick up easily on Amazon here. You can see from the picture below that the concentrate lasts well; you only need a couple of table spoons for each 500ml bottle. Oh and because it has clove, rosemary, orange peel and cinnamon bark oils in it, it smells like Christmas #winning.
For kitchen hobs, glass and mirrors
- 30 mls white vinegar
- 200 mls cool boiled water
- 25-30 drops of oil (I use lemon)
You can use whichever flavours you want, I think in my next batch I’m going to try eucalyptus, peppermint and orange. You might want to play around with the amounts a bit too, so your cleaner doesn’t just smell of vinegar. A word of warning for those of you who are lucky enough to have a marble kitchen worktop – vinegar damages marble so don’t use this cleaner on it!
- 60 mls liquid Castile soap
- 180 mls water
- 10-15 drops of oil (I use eucalyptus and tea tree)
I use muslin cloths with my cleanser and am glad to see the back of my old cleansers and toners, which I have since discovered made no improvement to my skin anyway. I am also glad to no longer be using face wipes – have you watched Fatberg? O.M.G. – if this doesn’t put you off face/baby wipes nothing will. Catch it on More4.
I didn’t feel like I could write this blog without talking (typing!) about food. I’m a really passionate foodie and just hate eating processed food out of plastic packets. I try my best to grow a few bits, with varying success, but I make all my meals from scratch as I really believe you are what you eat. I like to spend Sunday mornings doing a bit of batch cooking for the coming week, so here’s what I’ve been up to today.
Compotes are a great way of using up fruit that is starting to shrivel up. Don’t worry about amounts, just chuck it in and simmer it down to the consistency that you want.
- Zest and juice of an orange
Butternut squash and chickpea tagine
This is one of my favourite recipes from a Persian cook book that I have – Sirocco. All you need to do is fry off the onions and garlic in the spices, add the butternut squash and then put it all into tagine/casserole dish and cook. I’ll like to leave it cooking for a few hours, but it’s ready in one.
- 2 onions
- 4 garlic cloves
- 2 heaped teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 heaped teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 heaped teaspoon turmeric
- 1 butternut squash, peeled and diced into cubes
- 2 heaped tablespoons harissa
- 3 tablespoons clear honey
- 2 x 400g chopped tomatoes
- 400g chickpeas
- 250g apricots
- Lemon and parsley to serve
I hope you’ve found this useful/interesting. I’ve read a couple of chapters of the book and the next thing on my hit list is nail varnish, watch this space!