Two weeks ago I made a decision. I decided to try to lead a life with as few a chemicals as possible. My decision was, in all honesty, prompted by anger. Johnson and Johnson recently lost a US Court case relating to their products causing ovarian cancer. This really upset me for a few reasons:
- I am a carrier of a defective brca 1 gene which gives me an 80%+ lifetime change of breast cancer and a 50% chance of ovarian cancer. I lost my mum to ovarian cancer last year. I’m so angry about this. Have I increased my chances of cancer through using everyday products? Could I have had my mum a bit longer if she had not used these products?
- I hate the marketing that surrounds the beauty industry and the way big businesses think they can act with impunity and not care about the consequences for their customers. I’ve been supporting this industry without thinking, that makes me feel sick.
So, in a fit of rage I through away all my big brand cleaning products and went and purchased some bicarb of soda, white vinegar and lemons and went through my neglected essential oil collection. The next step was to clean the kitchen. I got myself some spray bottles – I had to buy them as I had thrown all the ones that came with my old products away! I filled one with vinegar and water and one with bicarb and vinegar and set to work. Now full disclosure time, I’ve never been the most diligent of cleaners, elbow grease is just not my thing and I genuinely believe a clean house is a sign of a wasted life, but I must confess to being a bit excited to see my shining sink. I’ve now started leaving these bottles on the work top and using them as required. It’s exciting to be able to ignore the cleaning aisle in the supermarket.