Fluoride is a trace mineral that naturally occurs in the earth’s crust and water. It is also produced synthetically for use in drinking water, toothpaste, mouthwashes and various chemical products. However, concerns have arisen regarding the effect of fluoride on health; including problems with bones, teeth, and neurological development. Also, excessive fluoride exposure has been linked to several health issues.
CITRIC ACIDis one of my favourite ingredients. It occurs naturally in citrus fruits and is widely used as an acidity regulator, flavouring and preservative in food and drinks. It can also replace many of our domestic cleaning products. It is, in fact, a viable alternative to limescale remover, dishwasher rinse-aid, fabric softener and even conditioner for your hair!
A few years ago, a research published in The Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine showed that the long-term consequences of regular use of toxic chemicals has an impact on lung function decline in women comparable to smoking 20 cigarettes a day over 10 to 20 years.
In a recent study at the University of Massachusetts, scientists showed that surface pesticide residues present in fruit and vegetables were most effectively removed by sodium bicarbonate solution when compared to either tap-water or a type of bleach like Clorox bleach.
Those who know me know that I am not a huge fan of bleach. In fact, my decision to start making my own toxic-free DIY cleaning and beauty products started a few years ago after I had a terrible experience of toxic reactions following cleaning with bleach. Anyway, I recognised that, unfortunately, we are in an unusual situation and, if you decide to use this substance, it is better to know how to do it correctly.