Sometimes I wish I weren’t such a documentary addict. Netflix instant streaming has been well worth the $7.99 a month (in case you are wondering if you should cancel your Directv…YES).
So far we’ve watched a ton of docs about the hot social topics of the day: clean eating, sustainable living, natural birth, vaccines, going vegan, public education, and most recently a film about detoxing your whole house. It’s called “Chemerical.” It is about learning to live without toxins in our homes. I found the whole concept surprisingly simple and refreshing.
I’ve known for the past nine months since making a conscious decision to switch our family an organic diet that I really wanted to take it a step further and detox my house from harmful chemicals. (This was after reading “The Great Physician’s RX for Health and Wellness” by Dr. Jordin Rubin.).
My approach so far has been “one thing at a time.” I’ve had a couple of successful switchovers with my “No ‘Poo” adventure and simple homemade laundry detergent.
The more educated I became about the toxic and carcinogenic chemicals present in our every day household and personal care items, the more I wanted to switch everything. I thought those “crunchy” brands like Tom’s of Maine were on the automatic safe list. Now I have learned not to trust a brand. You have to read labels. Literally, I went through my house and aside from a couple of items, most of it, even the “healthy” stuff is legitimately questionable.
The good news is that once you get past the transition of the whole thing, living chemical-free is a lot cheaper.
It can be really overwhelming trying to figure out where to start. What products are safe, and how do you know? What are the best recipes for making your own cleaners and toiletries? Where do you buy things like carrier oils and essential oils? Does anyone make a decent, non-toxic mascara that’s not $50 a tube? How much is this going to cost me up front?
Those are the questions I am about tho answer in upcoming posts! I’m stoked to show you my big project. I have posts about how I’m detoxing my entire house over the next several months. I’ll have homemade recipes, shopping lists, brands, where to buy, cost break-downs, and of course my own personal commentary on the subject.
I am making all of my own:
- 2-in-1 All Purpose Cleaner and Glass Cleaner
- Tub and Shower Cleaner
- Dishwasher Soap
- Ceramic Tile Floor Cleaner
- Stain Removers
- Laundry Detergent
- Granite Cleaner
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- Shampoo and Conditioner
And I’ll tell you about where I got my inexpensive, non-toxic
- Body Soaps
- Hand Soap
- Hair Products
- Make-up (yes, my whole bag!)
- Facial Cleanser and Moisturizer
- Dish Soap
The best part is, you can do this at your house too without spending a truckload of money on expensive brands. (And you’ll love it, too.)
If you just can’t wait for these posts, here are some great resources on a whole home detox for you to check out in the mean time:
Chemerical; documentary on available Netflix Instant Streaming
“The Great Physician’s RX for Health and Wellness” by Dr. Jordin Rubin (available on Amazon or the library)
“Organized Simplicity: An Intentional Approach to Clutter-Free Living” (available on Amazon) by Tsh Oxenreider of Simple Mom Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database