Laura Trotta is the home detox queen and today she takes us through some ways we can detox our kitchen to improve the health of our families.
I hit the gym this afternoon.
Hit it hard.
In fact, I clocked my best time on the treadmill in weeks. And I wasn’t alone.
Usually at 3pm on a Monday afternoon the gym in my town is empty. It’s school pick up time after all. But not today…It’s Easter Monday. The gym is surprisingly packed and I’m obviously not the only one doing penance for indulging in too many hot cross buns and Easter Eggs.
The week following Easter is a common time for people to get back into their fitness programs and review their eating. Many people even start a detox diet and give a juice cleanse a “go”. After pummelling our body with “sometimes’ foods and drinks over the Easter long weekend, it seems we’re all too keen to clean up our bodies.
But what about our homes?
And what about the very area of our home where we prepare our food, the kitchen?
When we’re looking to improve our wellbeing, we typically look to our diet. This, of course, makes sense. Food is thy medicine and you are what you eat and all that…..
But if food is thy medicine, what is our environment?
We’re a product of our environment and we’ll struggle to achieve optimum health and wellbeing in an environment that is far from clean.
By clean, I don’t mean squeaky clean either. I mean clean of contaminants such as those found in items like plastics, commercial cleaning products, even gases emitted from furnishings in our homes.
These days it’s pretty hard to totally avoid chemicals; they’re all around us in the air we breathe, water we drink and bathe in, and food we eat. We can, however, take many steps to reduce chemicals in our home and make a difference, and the kitchen is an obvious place to start.
If you think about the purpose of your kitchen, that is to cook or prepare food, it doesn’t really make sense to be using a whole heap of chemicals in that space, right?
But, because of our obsession with germs, it is one of the areas of the home we hit the hardest with chemicals.
Dishwasher tablets, washing liquid, bench sprays, antibacterial wipes, super strength detergent to scrub your pots, and chemical-laden oven cleaners. They all seem to have invaded our kitchens. Added to these, depending how you store, prepare, cook and reheat your food, you can be obliviously adding to your chemical load.
Take your dishwasher for example.
The lengthy list of ingredients in dishwasher powders and tablets truly has to be seen to be believed.Most brands don’t even list them on the packaging so you have to dig hard to discover the active ingredients.
Here are the ingredients lists for two popular dishwasher cleaners:
- Dishwasher Tablets: Sodium Carbonate, Pentasodium Triphosphate, Sodium Carbonate Peroxide, Peg-30 – Peg-40, Peg-130 – Peg-150, Sodium Silicate, Cellulose, Citric Acid, Fatty Alcohol Alkyoxylate, glycerol, Sodium Polyacrylate, TAED, Sucrose, OryzaSativa Starch, Protease, TETRASODIUM ETIDRONATE, Limonene, Manganese Oxalate dehydrate, Magnesium Stearate, Parfum, Colorant, Amylase.
- Dishwasher Powder: Sodium Carbonate, Pentasodium Triphosphate, Sodium Sulfate, Sodium Silicate, Sodium Carbonate Peroxide, TAED, PPG-5 Laureth-5, Sucrose, OryzaSativa, Limonene, Parfum, Methyl-1H-benzotriazole, Benzotriazole, Protease, Amylase, Colorant
Now don’t get me wrong, many of the above ingredients are harmless, but some are not. I’m not going to dissect them all here and tell you the acute and chronic impacts of each one and bah blah blah, I simply want you to realise that you’re exposed to chemicals in simple day to day activities like washing your dishes, when you don’t need to be.
What you wash your dishes in you ingest.
Dishwashing liquids, dishwasher powders and rinse aids can all leave residues on your dishes. The good news is there are some great low-tox alternatives that you can whip up quickly at home.
Take my below. Made from citric acid, sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate and sea salt, it’s really effective and a much better alternative to coating your dishes with over 20 synthetic chemicals each and every time you wash them.
- 1 ½ cups citric acid
- 1 ½ cups washing soda
- ½ cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
- ½ cup sea salt
- Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container.
- Use 1 tablespoon per load.
Note: I find this powder really effective and economical, particularly when buying citric acid in bulk. The citric acid is the key ingredient here, cutting through grease on your dishes and leaving a nice shine.
Try it and let me know in the comments below what you think!
Exercise, eating clean and cooking from scratch is only part of the puzzle to exceptional health and wellbeing. Cleaning up our homes and our environment is the other major piece of the puzzle.
If breaking up with chemicals in your home has been on your TO-DO list, I’d love you to join my FREE Home Detox Training Series. A clean, healthy home without the toxic chemicals will soon be yours to enjoy.
It’s FREE to sign up!
About the author: Laura Trotta is an environmental engineer, eco-living expert, founder of online eco-parenting resource Sustainababy (link to www.sustainababy.com.au) and the creator of the Home Detox Boot Camp . She loves bushwalking and scuba diving and lives with her husband and young sons in Outback South Australia (she obviously scuba dives on holidays only!).