Simply put, your chemical footprint is the sum total of your personal care, beauty, cleaning products, and pharmaceuticals. Many of these products contain dangerous chemicals, including contaminants of emerging concern (CECs). CECs are pervasive and can lead to health and environmental issues. Reducing the number of chemicals that you come in contact with every day is not only a healthier choice for you but can substantially reduce groundwater contaminants.
When I got my diagnosis of severe chemical sensitivities, the only safe path was complete avoidance. I had to take a closer look at everything I was using for both personal care and cleaning. It was shocking to see how many toxins I had been exposing myself to every day. I spent the last few years further reducing my chemical footprint and have experienced health benefits; and saved a ton of money.
Are you ready to take steps in the right direction?
Most of us use more than the recommended amounts, and it can really add up over a lifetime. With most products, a little goes a long way. If you really want to commit, you can embrace the minimal bathing trend gaining popularity with the Hollywood set.
Try your hand at making commonly used products, and you'll improve your health and save your hard-earned dollars. One easy option to start with is a homemade all-purpose cleaner. Simply add 1 part white distilled vinegar and 1 part water in a spray bottle. Add in a few drops of your favorite essential oil to elevate the mix. It is incredibly effective and you will spend pennies on the dollar compared to commercial options.