Nontoxic Home Essentials
What if I told you there were 5 items that can replace almost every household product and bath and beauty product? These 5 things are simple and can save you A LOT of money. Keeping these things on hand will help you say goodbye to buying laundry detergent, hand soap, dish soap, cleaning sprays, toothpaste, moisturizers, face masks, etc. We are truly getting back to our roots here!
As I'm sure you know by now, I like to keep things simple and use the least amount of ingredients in everything I make. A lot of my bath and beauty products are DIY and made out of 5 ingredients or less. My deodorant, my toothpaste, my moisturizer, my makeup remover, my hair treatments, etc are all made at home and made out of some sort of combination of these essential products.
I have gotten a lot of inquiries over time about what I use to clean. To be honest, we've never been a spray or wipes type of cleaning family. Society today is sort of obsessed with germs and cleanliness in a way that's becoming excessive and dangerous. These companies have convinced us that we need all these disinfectants and lysols and clorox, etc. Not only are these things extremely toxic and cancer causing, but they are creating sterile environments in our home that are doing more damage than good. It's like when you take an antibiotic; not only does it kill the bad bacteria, but it kills the good too. The constant disinfecting of our homes and other environments is leaving our immune systems with nothing to build immunity against, actually making us more prone to sickness.
Those fancy wipes and sprays that you see at the store or on commercials are simply not necessary for a clean home. Keeping these 5 essentials on hand and using them instead of store-bought products will create a simple, nontoxic home.
In my opinion, vinegar is the mother of all cleaning and household essentials, and it is so cheap! (Make sure you are buying organic grain-derived vinegar. Many white vinegars are petroleum derived which we do not want!)
White vinegar and water in a glass spray bottle with a few drops of melaleuca, lemon, or On Guard essential oil is the only cleaning spray you will ever need, seriously. If you don't have essential oils, you can make your own citrus cleaning spray by soaking citrus rinds in a jar of vinegar for a couple weeks, removing the citrus peels and diluting the vinegar in a glass spray bottle with water.
If your house needs a disinfecting in a healthy way, or you are someone who doesn't know how to clean without a spray, I recommend switching to something nontoxic and simple like vinegar. Vinegar is also a helpful ingredient in things like homemade laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, stain remover, etc.
Click here to learn more about vinegar uses.
2. Castile Soap
Castile soap is one of the best all natural and biodegradable soaps. It is derived from plants so it is vegan! Even though it's 2018, many soaps are still made from animal fat or are tested on animals, which I'm sure you can guess is a big no-no. Big name dish soaps, hand soaps, body soaps, shampoos, etc, all contain toxic chemicals that should never be brought into your home. Castile soap is an easy replacement for all of those things. It can wash dishes, wash clothes, wash tubs, and wash you! It's very versatile and a little goes a long way.
Click here to read more about Castile soap.
3. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a must have not only for cooking but for beauty products too. Coconut oil can be used as a makeup remover, a base in homemade toothpaste, homemade deodorant, homemade makeup, mixed with baking soda to make a goo-gone paste, homemade moisturizer...the list goes on! Coconut oil can replace a lot of toxic things you may have in your bathroom. A big tub of organic coconut oil should be one of your pantry staples if it isn't already.
4. Baking Soda
Just like coconut oil, baking soda is wonderful outside of the baking realm as well. Baking soda can be used for toothpaste, face exfoliant, cleaning scrub, detoxifier, laundry detergent, etc. And of course, is all natural.
Check out more baking soda uses here.
5. Essential Oils
Essential oils are great for just about anything and everything, which I touch briefly on in my Basic Guide to Essential Oils.
When it comes to cleaning, On Guard, Melaleuca, Lemon, or other citrus oils work wonders. As for bath and beauty products, essential oils are a great alternative to toxic, synthetic fragrances. Just make sure you are purchasing 100% pure (and organic if possible) oils, not from the grocery store!!
These five things end up combining with each other in some way or another to create every household need you could ever think of. By investing in these items and learning how to use them, you will save yourself a lot of money and protect yourself from chemicals all at the same time. I know there are greener and more natural cleaning products out there now a days that a lot of people use, but I find that making everything I need myself saves a lot of money as well as keeping the ingredient number low. Sadly, many of the "natural" or "green" products out there still aren't all that natural. My motto is, if you can DIY it, why buy it?!
Hopefully this information can be of help to those hoping to switch or in the process of switching to a more natural, toxin-free lifestyle. I know this was more of a general outline of these items, and some of you may be hoping for exact recipes. I hope to have more household and cleaning product recipes for you soon, but I know there are plenty of great ones already out there! As always, if you have any questions or desire more resources, please feel free to reach out :)