Everyday cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that impose additional toxic burdens on your child's health.  Either choose an environmentally friendly brand or make your own at home.  Baking soda and vinegar are effective ingredients to clean away dirt and grime. Baking soda Baking soda or bicarbonate of soda works as a safe and effective cleaning agent for stainless steel, glass, plastic, chrome and enamel surfaces and a deodoriser to neutralise odours in carpet, upholstery and fabrics.  It’s safe to use around children to clean kitchen sinks, bathtubs, tiles, microwaves and kitchen surfaces.  Baking soda can be dissolved in water to clean away dirt and grime or...

With all the news surrounding the Coronavirus, good old fashioned hand washing is a must but not always possible, especially with kids. Hand sanitisers are an excellent substitute in this unique situation. If you are unable to get your hands on a bottle because it's sold-out, try this recipe to make at home. Alcohol kills bacteria and viruses when applied to the skin and tea tree also has strong antimicrobial properties. INGREDIENTS 2/3 cup rubbing alcohol (70 to 99% isopropyl alcohol) or ethanol1/3 cup aloe vera gel10 drops lavender essential oil (or oil of choice)10 drops tea tree essential oil METHOD Add all ingredients...

Strawberries top the "Dirty Dozen" list yet again according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). This list is published each year to rank popular fruit and vegetables based on their pesticide contamination. They found that conventional, non organic strawberries were found to have an astounding 22 pesticide residues. EWG emphasises studies show that pesticides in high concentration can lead to health problems, especially in young children. Roundup, created by the chemical giant Monsanto is the most widely used weed killer. It's sprayed on everything from tiny flower beds, school grounds, parks, gardens to vast fields of crops. Roundup is...

If you love the feeling of soft clothes and cuddly towels, using fabric softeners in your wash is one way to get your laundry fluffy and fragrant. Fabric softeners are traditionally applied to laundry during the rinse cycle and are designed to stay on your clothing, towels and sheets. This helps to explain why towels are less-absorbent, it's because of the chemical residue. When these fabrics come into contact with your child's skin, the chemicals are slowly absorbed into the layers of the skin where they not only can cause skin irritation but also enter Into the...

Try this non-toxic super soft and stretchy playdough recipe. With just a few ingredients you will never have to buy expensive store-bought dough again. Playdough is important for childhood development Playdough isn't just a fun pastime. Toddlers and preschoolers need hand strengthening and co-ordination exercises to help develop their hand muscles. This ensures they are able to grasp items and helps them to hold a pencil which is especially important when they reach school-age. Recipe 1 cup plain flour1/2 cup salt1 tablespoon cooking oil1 cup water2 tablespoons cream of tartar*few drops of natural (additive free) food colouring (optional)1 - 2...