There are so many things out there to worry about. We are constantly bombarded with this and that will harm, cause cancer, or cause ABC problem for our family or kids. This is not a fear based post. I just want to communicate my heart for switching to safer cleaners, laundry detergent, and beauty products. I started sweeping my home of toxins almost 2 years ago. I decided to do this because of the health problems I was facing (which you can read about here and here). I always recommend starting slowly with one or two items at a time. I always get questions from friends and family who are looking to switch to safer products and get rid of toxic products in their homes. I hope this post helps you, but please know these are my opinions. I would love to know what works for you! I will even include one of my favorite DIY recipes for you to make your own foaming hand soap at home!
1. Laundry detergent was one of the first things I switched in my home. I made my own for a while, but I slowly realized it was not getting my laundry as clean as I would like and it seemed really rough on our clothes. I read more and most of the ingredients in homemade detergent are laundry boosters, and there wasn’t enough soap to actually get my clothes clean. For laundry, I use Kirkland’s Environmentally Responsible Laundry detergent from Costco. I think it is one of the cheaper and most effective detergents out there that is plant based and not full of toxins. It also smells really good. I ditched the dryer sheets and I use wool dryer balls and drop 2-3 drops of essential oil on them for fabric softener. I only add new drops of oil every 3-4 loads.
2. For dish soap, I use Seventh Generation and I think a little goes a really long way. It is more expensive than other dish soaps, but I feel like you don’t have to use as much at all. I have used the same bottle for about 6 months–and I wash bottles and pots and pans with it every day.
3. I used to buy really expensive hand soaps that were wonderfully scented, but full of yucky stuff I couldn’t pronounce. Now, for hand soap, I make my own in a foaming soap dispenser (you can buy empty ones on Amazon, or just use the ones you have leftover, which is what I usually do!). Recipe is at the bottom of this post! Try it and let me know how it works for you!
4. For make-up, Target has a whole section of natural/plant based products. I have used BeautyCounter (I have a friend who sells it) because it is all natural and mineral based. Also, I have used makeup from Sweet Savvy Minerals (www.sweetsavvyminerals.com) and all of her makeup is natural/mineral and plant based, and she includes an ingredient list, which is very helpful. I usually get my mascara from Vitacost–they have mineral based mascara and it tends to be super cheap and works great!
Beauty products seem like no big deal, but our skin really is our biggest organ. I switched to all Young Living lotions, soaps and I even use their shampoo and conditioner. I make my own lip balm and put them in containers (I give the extras away or add them to gifts!)
5. I used to make my own deodorant, but I just don’t think I could get the right proportion of ingredients for maximum effectiveness. So I began trying every natural deodorant under the sun! After many rounds of trial and odor (HA! but for real!), I finally found what works for me and the Engineer. We use a brand called Schmidt’s. It works, it doesn’t have aluminum or ingredients you can’t pronounce, and they have a variety of scents and unscented (which is my favorite). I usually put a drop of lavender essential oil on my arm pits, and then apply deodorant. Lavender helps the sensitive under arm skin feel smooth and happy!
There are many other ideas on switching to safer products that I will include in my toxin-free family series. I love sharing the products I use and how they work for me! Let me know what works for you in the comments below!
I order a lot from Vitacost because they have great prices, lots of discounts on products I already use and often you can get free shipping! If you don’t have a Vitacost account, here’s my referral link ( we both get $10).