When I was asked if I wanted to have a stall at the Nancledra Eco-Awareness Fayre I had no idea what to expect but I did know that I wanted to support the local children in their campaign to reduce plastics. My stall showcased a range of household items to help people see how they could reduce their plastic waste with minimal effort and cost.
Now it is the turn of the natural toilet cleaner; the one cleaning product that I have put off until I had well and truly run out of excuses. The old commercial toilet cleaner finally ran out and I had promised myself that I wouldn’t buy another one. So, this was it, the final step in becoming 100 % natural on my cleaning products!
A few weeks ago I hadn’t even heard of beeswax wraps. I first came across them via Deborah Meaden and Twitter and since then everyone seems to have gone beeswax wrap mad, me included. However, this post isn’t just about me jumping on the band wagon as my desire to try them links to two topics that I am increasingly passionate about; reducing plastic waste and reducing my family’s exposure to harmful chemicals.
I have only tried two products so far which are made from natural ingredients or a mix of natural and safe synthetics but in response to my earlier post about switching to a natural deodorant I had several recommendations from readers so make sure you check those out as well.
I was really pleased when Amphora Aromatics asked me to review one of their new aromatherapy blends, primarily because I have become slightly obsessed about finding a natural air freshener that works (see earlier post on natural air fresheners). The oil burner is by far my favourite, especially using this aromatherapy blend.
Those of you who have been to my house may be surprised to hear that I am a huge fan of scented candles and reed diffusers. The surprise factor is because the most over-powering scent by far in my home is our much loved but very stinky dog, Maisy.
Why Switch to Natural Beauty Products?
Have you ever stopped to think about what is in your everyday toiletry and beauty products and how they achieve all those wondrous things that we strive for? I have certainly tried more than my fair share of hair products to change my natural ‘dragged backwards through a hedge’ look.
My favoured approach to cleaning has always been to buy the most powerful mould and mildew spray I could find and use it as liberally as possible. This was primarily due to laziness on my part as I could just spray it and let it deal with any mould that dared to invade our old and damp Cornish home. I’ll admit that the spray sometimes made me cough due to the toxic fumes and bleached my clothes if I sprayed it too widely but until my husband’s diagnosis it never occurred to me to use a kinder cleaning product.
Taking the plunge
I think it is fair to say that I spent a fair few weeks procrastinating before I took the plunge and decided to make my own natural cleaning products. One of the reasons for this was that I couldn’t find a ‘how to’ book that worked for me. I was already sold on the idea that I wanted to use natural cleaning products so I just wanted the basics of what I needed to buy and how to do it.
One of the first hurdles I had was deciphering some of the ingredients and where to buy them. For this reason before I share some basic recipes with you I have provided an overview of the basic ingredients, what they are and where you can get your hands on them.
This was my first step into the world of detoxifying my toiletries so it seemed fitting for this to be one of my first blog posts. I thought that changing to a natural deodorant would be simple as I was initially going for a straight product swap rather than trying to make my own deodorant. However, as with most things in life that are reported to be easy, this step has been one of the most challenging for me personally.