You may of read my post about my new water bottle a couple of months ago. Well I haven't broken it yet and I'm loving drinking from it everyday. Water tastes great from it, and it's good to know that my water bottle isn't leaching chemicals into my drinking water.
Even though my friends may refer to me as a caveman, I must admit that I'm starting to get there! :)
As the title of today's post would indicate I'm using as little chemicals as possible.
My wife happens to make organic soaps and body products which is a huge help of course. You can see her fine products at www.madeinlucyskitchen.com. Some people call their products natural or organic but still have natural nasties, whereas these are products and moisturisers that we use ourselves and for our 6 month old, that are completely free from chemicals and just contain butters and oils such as organic coconut oil.
Natural soaps like this that have no chemicals in what so ever are more expensive than the store bought equivalent, but I get to use odds and ends and soap bars that didn't make the cut!
But in general I only use this soap, I don't use hair shampoo, the ingredients list on them are really horrible. What I've been using for months is actually the same soap bar that I was the rest of myself with.
I also like getting my hands dirty outside every now and again, and while I don't mind getting soil and grass on my hands, if I'm doing something that has chemicals in it I try not to get it on my skin.
For example I like doing some DIY (destroy it yourself!!) on our cars, and that includes changing out the oil, beforehand I would of gotten oil on my skin and not worried about it, whereas now I am conscious that chemicals on the skin can get into our blood stream and do a lot of damage.
Of course there's no need to be OCD about it all, but at the same time why not be conscious about it?
I'm not saying though to always stay away from dirt, as recent research has shown how important it is for us, and especially our immune system to get a measure of dirt and bacteria on our skin and then into our bodies.
We live in the most cleanliest time ever. Everyone has alcohol wipes and fluid ready to clean their hands right away. But the focus should be on avoiding germs but not eliminating all forms of bacteria.
So that's just another step that I've taken. Not to be too brutal but I use deodorant as little as possible (here come another ribbing from friends), as my wife is currently making a natural option.
Again the same as my water bottle, you won't see the result straight away, but this is a long term lifestyle rather than a fad diet.
Chemicals are very new in our history, and manufacturers use them to make our products last a long time, look and feel the way that we want and expect, and to keep costs low. But no time is being spent thinking of the dangers that it can do. I live a very normal life, and I'm not saying to lose sleep about chemicals, but perhaps be aware of them, and make some wise choices.
Right...where did I leave my cave...