By Alex Kelly | March 25, 2021
Many commercial products are ridden with toxins and chemicals like fragrances, petroleum, phthalates, parabens, aluminum, and more. Fortunately, they are some very simple (and affordable) ways to slowly begin detoxing your home! Here are 5 steps you can take TODAY to begin living healthier and cleaner.
1 Laundry Detergent
Conventional laundry detergent is filled with sulfates, fragrances, phenols, petroleum distillates and more, which have been linked to cancer and lung disease. Consider making your own laundry soap. It’s easy and cheap!
- Grate the bar soap or mix in food processor until finely ground. Use the soap of your choice.
- In a large bowl, mix 2 parts washing soda, 2 parts Borax and 1 part grated soap. I use 1 bar of grated soap and 1 cup each of washing soda and borax.
- Store in closed container. I keep mine in quart or half gallon mason jars. If you are using a big enough container, you can skip step 2 and just put all ingredients in storage container or jar and shake.
- Use 2 Tablespoons to 1/4 cup per load of laundry.
(Recipe by Katie Wells | Wellness Mama)
If you don’t feel like making your own, there are many clean brands available for purchase.
- My Green Fills Laundry Detergent
- Ecover Zero Laundry Detergent
- Emma Eco Me Detergent
- Planet Natural Detergent
2 Dryer Sheets
This might be the easiest switch you will ever make. Dryer sheets are FULL of nasty chemicals, but all you need to make this switch is wool dryer balls and essential oils (optional). Just pop in a few dryer balls into your dryer and you’re good to go! I like to add a few drops of essential oil to mine beforehand to make my laundry smell even fresher. And the good news is, most dryer balls last up to 1,000 washes!
If you use an antiperspirant deodorant there is most likely aluminum in the ingredients. Aluminum clogs your pores, hence stopping the perspiration. As annoying as armpit sweat is…it’s natural, and stopping it can have harmful side effects in the long run – including cancer. When shopping for deodorant, make sure you look for brands that are labeled “aluminum free.” If smell is an issue, dab a few drops of antibacterial grapefruit oil on your armpits before applying the deodorant.
- Mix all the ingredients in a glass bowl (DO NOT USE METAL!) with a wooden-or non-metal spoon.
- Spread over your armpits and let it sit for about 5-2o minutes. Start slow and move your way up. If it begins to hurt, wash it off immediately.
- This may cause some redness as it will increase blood flow to the area, but it will go away quickly.
Wash off in the shower or with a warm, wet washcloth.
Repeat daily or as needed until underarm odor goes away and natural deodorant is non-irritating.
4 All Purpose Household Cleaner
Did you know many conventional cleaners like Clorox, Lysol, etc., have warning labels to wash hands after use or wear gloves? Yikes! Well if switching from dryer sheets to dryer balls was the easiest switch you make, this will be the second. Thieves Household Cleaner is all-natural, easy to use, smells amazing, and lasts a LONG time/very cost effective. All you need is 1 capful of Thieves Cleaner and 2 cups of water. Mix it in a spray bottle, and you’re good to go.
5 Body Wash
The skin is our largest organ, so of course we want to make sure we are lathering it was all natural products. Here is a great recipe for an organic, homemade body wash.
- 3 TBSP Raw honey
- 2 TBSP Natural Oil – like castor oil
- 3 TBSP Liquid Castile soap
- 10 drops Essential Oils of choice
- Carefully mix all ingredients by hand with a spoon in a glass liquid measuring cup. Do not use a blender, whisk or had mixer as this will create bubbles and make it impossible to get into a container.
- Pour into a (preferably glass) container and use in the shower as a body wash.
This recipe will last for several months!