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Let me just say, I am not an expert on clean living. We do a pretty good job of eating clean and really try to ensure that our fruits/veggies are organic, that we’re using grass-fed dairy, etc. However, the switch in other areas of our lives has been slower. It’s a bit overwhelming to try to tackle everything at once, but over time we’ve been making a lot of positive changes.
I’m so obsessed with Branch Basics cleaning products, I wrote a whole post about them HERE. One bottle of -no-toxic concentrate makes spray cleaner, hand soap, laundry detergent and more. Use this link for $10 off.
We also use Dr. Bronners castille soap as hand soap, body wash, dog shampoo, and even as a spray to keep pests out of our garden.
For laundry detergent, we love Dropps. It works really well, ships in minimal packaging, and you can buy versions that are unscented or for sensitive skin.
I’m loving these reusable (and cute) Swedish Dish Towels and it’s helping us cut down and on the enormous number of paper towels we go through.
Recycle as much as possible. We have a pull-out recycling bin right next to our trash bin and I’m considering adding a countertop compost bin to the mix.
Use glass food storage containers (Pyrex and my favorite mason jars).
Reusable straws and thermal coffee tumblers.
Paul and I both switched to this Clean Deo. We love that it’s refillable and that it’s effective. When we first switched, I was nervous because I read lots of horror stories about the “detox phase” of switching to natural deodorant, but I’m happy to report that we had NO problems and are smelling pretty sweet these days (even in the sweltering Denver summer).
Organic tampons. Yup, it’s a thing. I was shocked to discover all of the chemicals that are used in “traditional” feminine care products. Pretty scary when you realize that you’re literally putting them inside you.
There’s still a LOT I’d like to do to help us keep our home and personal care clean and toxin-free but this is a start.