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Keep your house clean and tidy without having to use harmful and toxic chemicals.

What’s so harmful with DIY?

So it’s Sunday, a typical day to get the decorating done, trip to the local DIY store for all the gear and home to crack on, you fall into one of two camps, people like me who wake up one day and think “ohh that wall would look nice red” move whatever furniture is near that wall to the middle of the room, or in some cases if its a big bookcase don’t bother moving it at all, grab the paint and go for it or those who prepare everything, move the furniture out the room, dust, wash and strip the walls, sand them down etc. Whichever way you do it is up to you but I have a few thoughts for you before you grab that tin of paint.

Whilst going on this journey of ours learning about living without toxins, we decided to decorate our living room, we had laminate flooring down which we got years before for a discount and it wasn’t fitted properly, the radiator had leaked on it and it was starting to lift in some places, the walls had been papered and over painted so many times and the woodwork was chipped and pretty knackered, we got rid of the second hand leather sofa we had, mainly because it was so cold to sit on (we didn’t know about the animal implications then) so we decided to gut the whole room and do a proper job.

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Microwave danger!

Microwaves are a feature in nearly every American home and in a lot of UK homes too. Yet their dangers are well documented.

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A Swiss study led by biologist and food scientist Dr. Hans Hertel identified the effects of microwaved food. For eight weeks, eight people lived in a controlled environment and intermittently ate raw foods, conventionally cooked foods and microwaved foods. Blood samples were tested after each meal. The microwaved food caused significant changes in blood chemistry.

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Top 10 tips to enhance your health

” The European Union has admitted that 99 per cent of the volume of chemicals on the market are inadequately regulated, 21 per cent of Europes highest volume chemicals have no safety data publicly available and 86 per cent have less than the minimum amount of date publicly available to make even a basic safety assessment”

Taken from World-Wide fund for nature website

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To help you on your way to living purer without toxins I have compiled a handy top 10 tips guide to enhance your health for you to browse through, if you can do all 10 then you get an A star but seriously even changing one thing makes you awesome and on your way to detoxify your body from years of nasty chemicals.

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Clean your home with essential oils

The average household contains anywhere from 3 to 25 gallons of toxic materials, that is the equivalent to a 24″ x 12″ x 20″ fish tank full of chemicals around your home, most of which are in the branded cleaners you buy each week from the supermarket. Add this to the air we breathe that’s filled with fumes from petrochemical solvents which are added to cleaners to dissolve dirt and in air fresheners and this makes a deadly mix of daily intoxication in our own homes which can lead to disease.

For a healther alternative try essential oils. Not only are they kinder to you and your environment but they smell amazing too.

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Natural swimming pools

Love to swim but hate the chlorine?

Why not convert your pool into a natural pool that offers a chemical-free way to stay cool. This is what we will be having at our Portuguese retreat, can’t wait, I love being in the water but the swimming pools in UK are full of chlorine which reacts to the nitrogen in poeoples skin, sweat and urine which causes skin, eye, nose irritation, can worsen asthma, give you a sore throat and make you wheeze and cough and cause erosion of dental enamel.

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Here is the Green Renaissance Pool – see this video
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Renewable energy woodburning stove

A woodburning stove epitomizes self-sufficiency, as soon as you imagine a woodburning stove you think of a cosy log cabin, the smell of stew cooking, cosiness and warmth.

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Natural cleaning from your kitchen cupboard

You don’t need to use expensive, carcinogenic cleaners from the supermarket, have a look in your kitchen cupboard for some natural cleaning products, you will be surprised how inexpensive and brilliant they actually are.

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