Ditch and Switch

What is Low Tox Living?

How many times have you heard ‘Low Tox Living’, ‘Clean Living’, ‘Chemical Free’ and “Natural Cleaning’?

A few times, I would think, they are pretty much all the same thing. It is about removing/eliminating/reducing the chemical exposure internally and externally, from our day-to-day living. From the chemicals we know and expect, bleach, oven cleaner and weed killer for example. To those items that we are not aware of or have not given any thought to. What does it take to make up your toothpaste? How many chemical constituents are used? Do you know what chemicals lurk in your body wash, make-up, sunscreen and yes, your toothpaste? I certainly had not given any thought to what I was using every day. It was alarming when I became aware. Every time we apply a commercial spray on deodorant, we are most likely applying Aluminium straight to our lymph nodes.
Check out your deodorant, you may be dismayed to see what chemicals lurk in your favourite product.

Did you know you can eliminate weeds without using poisons?


I have chickens and ducks so we are very careful about what we use in our garden. I let the grandsons go mad with the spray bottle of vinegar and clove oil and they do the weeding for me! The animals love it and it is good for the environment. Win, Win, Win! Oh and no weeds!

True Fact: 

Fragrance falls into the category of perfume and is considered a manufacturing secret, however the word ‘fragrance’ in our products can hide up to and beyond 300 different chemical components?


In the early 1900’s the top causes of death were from infectious diseases such as:
Compared to 2017 when the top causes of death were:
I am not a physician, I do not have a medical degree or work in the medical profession, my observation is just an observation, however I have to wonder if the process to eliminate the infectious diseases has contributed to the chemical overload on our bodies. Cancer diagnosis, for example, in the last 100 years have risen from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 1000. That is dramatic and statistically irrefutable.

What has changed in the last 100 years?

So, what has changed since 1900? The early 20 th century saw a shift in lifestyle, diet, daily habits and our environment underwent the greatest movement history has seen. We saw a shift to high consumption of processed and fast foods as a major portion of our diet e.g. white flour, white sugar, canned food. We began switching to high Omega-6 saturated diets We were exposed to over 100,000 industrial toxins never before seen in the history of mankind released into the environment by the hundreds of thousands of tons We began the Mass use of known carcinogens such as chlorine and fluoride in the public water supply And there was an Explosion of cigarette smoking in society after WWII This page is not definitive, publishable or an absolute reference point. It is my own research, observations and things I have learnt along my own journey. I encourage you to research your own enquiries, see the statistics and make your own informed decision. My suggestions below are free of harmful chemicals, better for our environment and in many cases far far cheaper alternatives.

How do I begin to make a change?

Vinegar and bi-carb, you are on your way. It is daunting, I agree! Below just may give you the answers to your questions.

I just bought that bottle, I can’t waste it!

We all have to manage the budget. I get that. We started slowly. I had the essential oils.
As a product needed replacing, I found a recipe to make my own and use my wonderful oils or I specifically bought a product that I knew was a smart choice, which for me was a replacement from the Young Living range.

Where to start?

Thieve Cleaner

My first product was Thieves Cleaning. This bottle of concentrate will clean just about anything. From bench tops, toilets to windows and the floor. So versatile and economical. It replaces pretty much every daily cleaning product I might have used in the past. One capful of cleaner is used to a 500ml bottle of water. Contact me and I have a very handy proportion guide showing the mixing for different cleaning.
Come along to one of our great information classes on ‘Ditch and Switch’. Exploring the chemicals in our lives and how we can swap them out.
Follow each link below. It will give you a recipe or an alternative product or both! Please contact me or subscribe to our newsletter and receive all the low tox monthly updates, alongside essential oil highlights and upcoming events at a glance, straight to your inbox. Too Easy!


½ cup fractionated coconut oil
¼ cup bi-carb soda
Essential Oil to suit your taste

Safety Tip:

Young Living Essential oils(YLEO) are 100% pure therapeutic essential oil and are powerful. When adding YLEO to a recipe always use one drop at a time to ensure no skin reactions. If a reaction occurs, cease using immediately. Use oil such as olive oil to dilute around irritation. If YLEO gets in your eye, use olive oil to dilute and rinse.

Young Living Essential Oil Thieves

Thieves Essential oil

Young Living Essential Oil Orange

Orange Essential oil

Young Living Essential Oil Peppermint

Peppermint Essential oil

Alternatively Young Living have a number of toothpaste options:

Young Living Toothpaste

Rinse Aid:

Here is an easy swap. Vinegar. Just add it to your rinse aid reservoir like normal and voila! Chemical free rinse aid. My manufacturer actually have vinegar as a suggestion in the handbook so no harm to the machine either.

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