Why Am I Happy Having Made The Switch That Changed My Life!

I have recently moved towards green living – and it was going so well that I thought why not extend it into other parts of my life as well? So I went ahead and committed myself to a sugar free life. So as of now, I am a fan of both sugar free and chemical free existence. What prompted me to make this declaration? Only yesterday my three year old dripped cranberry juice – I have initiated her into sugar free too – so her’s was also a sugar free cranberry juice, on to the carpet. And so here I am in the Laundromat thinking using homemade laundry detergent without borax and other synthetic chemical .
And believe you me, I have met many a person in this very Laundromat to whom I have explained time and again what made me make this switch. After all, I have been just like them for the last thirty years of my life so why would I suddenly make this change?


It was actually a multitude of things that affected me and made the decision for me. One of those decisions was a breast cancer scare a few months back. I had always been exceptionally fond of makeup and I have bought many a product without once having gone through the list of ingredients. Unknown to me, I was actually exposing myself to a number of chemicals – harmful chemicals that were slowly killing me every single day. Did you know that the average cosmetic that you buy in the market has a number of ingredients that over time can lead to a multitude of health afflictions?

For instance, a nail polish contains between 3-5 chemicals that should not be anywhere near the human system:

Dibutyl phthalate: this chemical is usually used as a solvent in commercial dyes. This same chemical is used as a plasticizer in regular nail polishes. It is this that keeps the nail polish from becoming brittle. And this chemical causes hormonal disruptions in the body by affecting the endocrine system. Did you know that this can lead to infertility as well?
Formaldehyde:you will inevitably find at least 5% of formaldehyde in any commercially made nail polish. And this single chemical irritates the skin, eye and throat and can also lead to cancer due to long term use.
Toluene: this is a moderate skin irritant. But long term exposure to this particular ingredient can cause skin dermatitis. Regular exposure to this can lead to dizziness, headache etc.

But for me the scare was due to paraben. It is found in most hair, and skin products. And most of us do continue to use products containing paraben without realizing that it is carcinogenic. And why just paraben, most chemicals that are used in making commercial products in the cosmetics industry are prone to being carcinogenic.

And while I was at it, I realized that most of the household items that I have been using has also been full of chemicals – chemicals that I unwisely exposed my little girl to – chemicals that can tomorrow cause me to lose my life or even affect my loving family. And so I gave up using anything commercially made and I usually use any cosmetic that is mineral in content and chemical free. Most of the stuff I use these days is homemade just like the laundry wash that I have been using right now.

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