Our skin is the largest organ on our bodies whatever we put on it is absorbed into our bodies. Upon learning about all the harmful ingredients that are in the various products my family came in contact with we did some cleaning up. We took the same steps to do this as we did with our food when we started eating organic.
While it may seem overwhelming the best way to do anything that appears this way is slowly. What we did was replace the most used products first and slowly. This can be done by replacing one item at a time or more depending on your finances or how desperate you are.
Decide which products you want to change first. Some suggestions would be the ones most frequently used that come into contact with your body. Laundry detergent is one to consider also the products used directly on the body every day, body soap, shampoo, deodorant, tooth paste, any creams or lotions used on the body.
Cleaning ProductsOnce you have determined which product/products you want to change first do your homework. Here are some suggestions on products to look at.
- Biokleen - Cleaners for the kitchen, bathroom, laundry
- Dr Bronner's - Soap, toothpaste, shampoo, and more
- Tropical Traditions - Soap, deodorant, hand sanitizer, all purpose cleaner, laundry and dish soaps,and more.
- Seventh Generation - Dish and laundry soap, disinfectants, baby wipes, toilet bowel cleaner, and more
- Nature's Gate - Shampoo, sunscreen, toothpaste, and more
Homemade Cleaning ProductsFor those who are ambitous and wish to create their own cleaning products we have compiled a list of links to various blogs who offer recipes using essential oils. We have not tried these, but would love to hear your feedback on them or share what you have used that works.
- How to Make Natural Laundry Detergent (Borax Free)
- Grease Fighting Lavender Dish Soap
- Homemade Shampoo
- Homemade Orange Degreaser
- Homemade Natural Baby Wipes
- 10 Amazing Homemade Soaps