While it can seem almost impossible to avoid chemicals (and certainly not all are bad or harmful) there's plenty of steps you can take to reduce your dependence on them which are better for you and the environment; win-win.

1. Choose natural fibres - Shop more eco minded with your clothing and furnishing choices, natural fibres can compost back into food for our precious mother earth and avoids contributing to our landfill epidemics. Shop for wool, cotton or linen.

2. Natural cleaning products - If you haven't tried making your own cleaning products, I promise you, you won't go back! I particularly go for half water, half vinegar in a spray containers for most surfaces, you can add a few drops of essential oil - and you're set! For more stubborn areas like kitchen and bathrooms I'll sprinkle bicarb down first, let it sit, then spray the solution.

3. Avoid synthetic air fresheners - Synthetic air fresheners are packed full of chemicals you really don't need to be spraying in your home. Instead swap them for essential oils diffused in water, light a candle or add some lavender into your space!

4. Kick off your shoes - Yes, really! By making your home shoe-free you'll track in less chemicals and pesticides you've picked up while being out and about.

5. Choose naturally dried flowers - Obviously, a BIG advocate for this one. Free from harsh chemicals, naturally dried flowers are better for the environment and will actually breakdown overtime. You can read more about the differences here.

6. Add houseplants - Peace Lily's, Mother in law tongue, bamboo palms are some of my favourite air purifiers! Common house plants actually work as air purifiers and scale back levels of air pollutants in your home.

7. Reduce storing your food in plastic - Studies have found that storing our food in plastic containers, the chemicals can leach out of the plastic and into the food and beverages we eat! Instead opt for wrapping your food in beeswax or glass containers!
May 22, 2022 — Rosie Browning

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