How I Went Chemical Free – Part One

Each day we are exposed to many chemicals, heavy metals and environmental toxins that may upset our gut health, hormones and natural detoxification mechanisms.

Many years ago now I made the decision to change the food I ate, and more recently I have changed every product I use. I am sharing with you how I went chemical free in the hope that you will make a better choice too.

In this article series, you will learn how to detoxify your entire home, simply. We start in the kitchen with part one.

Part 1: The Kitchen

In the pantry, please check the following:

  • Minimise packaged foods. Keeping to the perimeter of the supermarket is a great place to start.
  • For canned foods, purchase BPA free and organic where possible.
  • Avoid canola oil, vegetable oil and corn oil.
  • Eliminate artificial sweeteners and any other numbers or ingredients you can’t pronounce.
  • Check for added MSG (monosodium glutamate), which may also be named as sodium caseinate, yeast extract, or hydrolysed vegetable protein.
  • Keep your spice rack as natural as possible – most store bought spices contain wheat, sugar and/or preservatives. Fresh is best.

In the fridge, make sure you follow these tips:

  • Fruit and vegetables: purchase organic where possible or use an apple cider vinegar (ACV) wash for all produce without a skin that is removed before consumption e.g. spinach leaves, tomatoes, cucumber, apples, peaches and pears. Simply add 1-2 tablespoons of ACV in a sink full of filtered water and wash and rinse well before serving.
  • Meat, dairy and eggs: buy free range, organic and grass fed. This avoids hormones, antibiotics and poor quality inflammatory omega-6 fats. More here.
  • Any labelled foods should contain a maximum of five ingredients and less than 10% sugar (10g/100g).
  • And as always, prioritise high-quality and real food.

Have you made some chemical free changes you would like to share?

In Part 2 we examine your common household products. Stay tuned for the next instalment in our How I Went Chemical Free series.

Don’t forget, our Back-to-Basics (B2B) Cleanse is the perfect six-week detoxification your body needs. The next round starts right after Easter on April 13th. Find out more and sign up here today.


  1. Kim

    Hi, just wondering how u go about purchasing free range organic meat at an affordable price that long term is sustainable ! Do you have an hints or tips or even recommend a good butcher or place to source the meat ? Thanks Kim x

  2. Steph

    Hi Kim, I’ve updated the post now to direct you to an article I wrote earlier this year. I hope that helps!

  3. Sarah

    Looking forward to a post on chemical free for the body ie soaps/washes, face, hair etc

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