Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t simply mean eating organic and being fit. Though diet and exercise are definitely two important parts to a healthy lifestyle, being attentive and careful about your choice of products you use on a regular basis is just as important.
Our bodies are like sponges! Our skin absorbs whatever you put on it. Cosmetics, soaps, lotions and any cleaning products your skin comes in contact with ultimately gets absorbed and enters your blood and lymphatic system. What’s worse is that we may not be aware of the chemicals and harsh ingredients used to make products we use every day. Most products have an extensive list of toxic ingredients and synthetic fragrances, furthermore, various carcinogens, parabens and sulfates.
Undoubtedly we don’t want any of those ingredients to end up inside our bodies, because they carry many health consequences.
For the sake of my own health and of my family’s, I decided to completely eliminate as many items as I could that contained the toxic chemicals and synthetic ingredients. I’ve cleared my house entirely of any products that had questionable ingredients I’ve mentioned above.
Now I use natural or plant based products that I know aren’t made up of anything that will harm my family. Below is a list of my favorite natural cleaning products I use every day to clean the house and do my daily chores. All of them are great, trusted brands and the ingredients used to make these products are natural and simple. If you need some ideas for your baby, I have a post about best safe baby soaps!
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I love this dish soap, because it’s made purely with plant-based ingredients. It has perfect soapiness and is fairly inexpensive. I buy the one without scent, but if you’d prefer otherwise they have this dishsoap in two great scents made with 100% essential oils and botanical ingredients. Contains 0% fragrances, dyes, phosphates, or triclosan.
Up until recently, I used to buy some cheap detergent from Wal-Mart not giving it much thought, but even when you’re using a dishwasher there’s soap residue left on the dishes. You may not even notice it, but if it’s there, you’ll probably eat it! So I started buying the Seventh Generation Dishwasher Detergent and I love it. The lemon scent smells great and not too over powering. Also you don’t need to add much to the dishwasher, because it’s super effective and soapy.
I used this laundry detergent ever since kids were born, because I wanted something natural when washing their clothes. This one is great, washes well, lasts long and inexpensive. Made with non toxic, plant-based ingredients that won’t bother your skin.
Great soap with a nice lather and no synthetic fragrances, dyes, triclosan, chlorine or phthalates. Bio-based. This ones my most used and favorite hand soap.
I have used this toilet bowl cleaner probably the longest out of all Seventh Generation products and I still love it and keep buying it. It cleans the toilet bowl very nicely, smells great and made with natural, non-toxic ingredients. If you clean the toilet bowl on a regular basis, it won’t have the nasty stubborn build-up, stains or odor. So why use those harmful, chemical filled cleaners?
This is a lovely scented soap, made from plant-derived ingredients and essential oils. Phthalate, paraben, DEA and sulfate free, which is all I’m looking for. They have many scents, like apple, basil, geranium, honeysuckle and more, but I’ve only tried the lavender one and love it.
I love how this one smells! Natural, non-toxic ingredients and inexpensive. Nice choice of naturally-derived scents.
As you can see, in my house I use Seventh Generation products most frequently. Their prices can’t be beat and the non-toxic, plant-derived list of ingredients is what I’m looking for. I usually choose the Free & Clean unscented products for dishes and dishwasher, but for hands I’ll occasionally buy one with a nice fragrance to it. Besides these great products, I always like to keep some Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda and white vinegar along with some essential oils, like lavender and lemon for a quick and easy DIY natural cleaning recipes, pots and pans scrub and more! I’m hoping to write some related posts in the future!
I hope my list makes your shopping easier!