It is important that the home is as chemically free as possible. Therefore it is not recommended that you use any household cleaners that contain chemicals or are not fully bio-degradeable. It is also essential that you do not use plastics for food storage. All these chemicals have an adverse effect on the healing metabolism, many acting as stimulants for sick tissues and cancers.
Choose a washing-up liquid and washing detergent that are phosphate-free and biodegradeable. The EnviroClean and Ecover products are generally very good and easily available.
With the introduction of micro-fibre technology it has become possible to clean your home with these special cloths using only water as a solvent. Various fibres have been developed that will pick up grease, scum and dirt, polish windows and glass and act as dusters. There are cloths specific for the kitchen and bathroom. The best quality micro-fibre range (also most expensive) are the ENJO products. Visit their web-site www.enjo.com.au and you can arrange for a demonstration at your home.
The Sabco range of micro-fibre cloths are cheaper and just as effective.
Cleaning the bath, shower and toilet with these cloths is simple. You will need to use a window wiper on the shower surfaces and use a dry cloth to wipe down surfaces after gently cleaning. If you live in a “hard” water area, then just spray your shower with a dilute vinegar and water mixture, rub gently and rinse before using the wiper. Ecologically toilet fresheners are available from EnviroClean, although again these are not necessary for sanitation.
Use a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle. You can purchase 35% w/w hydrogen peroxide through your chemist and dilute this accordingly (1 part hydrogen peroxide to 11 parts water). Spray the surfaces particularly in the bathroom and toilet, and wipe down with a cloth.
Ants and cockroaches – use a mixture of borax and sugar and place at strategic places in your kitchen. Be careful not to use any insecticides or pesticides in the home. Golden Glow (1300 36 36 56) stock natural Insect Repellent Strips.
While undergoing the therapy, it is advisable that you do not renovate or paint etc. There are environmentally friendly products on the market, but, as with any renovation job, there will be a certain amount of unfriendly toxins flying around.
Hair dyes, moisturizing creams and oils (including essential oils), perfume, deodorants/antiperspirants, or the wearing of makeup are not recommended while following this therapy. Unperfumed products should be used, and generally no moisturizing treatments are undertaken. The skin will absorb these products which will add to the existing toxic burden. Additionally you will need to avoid toothpaste that contains sodium bicarbonate and fluoride, soaps that contain sodium hydroxide (or other sodium salt) as a caking agent (lye) and perfume, and sodium laurel sulfate as a foaming agent in shampoos and soaps. The best range of products we have founds are the EnviroCare range, Weleda toothpaste and Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps.
Women should not use tampons for sanitary protection during their menstrual cycle. Unbleached pads are recommended.
If you do require a moisturizer we can only recommend the following - water-based products that contain glycerine, calendula and aloe vera.
The House of Mistry, UK has some wonderful products and moisturizers that are acceptable for those on the Gerson Therapy, such as their Calendula Ginseng Aloe Vera PABA lotion. Visit their web-site:
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