Spring Cleaning in Summer Series: Day One

As I stated in my introductory post, my cleaning goal is to get rid of things that:

  • Are chemical filled
  • Have ingredients I can not pronounce
  • Do not promote self sufficiency
  • Have no value to me whatsoever
  • Just take up space
 At one time, my cupboards were teaming with tubes of deodorant, bottles of mouthwash, mounds of toothpaste, and jugs and jugs of laundry soap. I got them all at really good prices, but what is the final cost? So many commercially produced beauty and cleaning products are chemically laden with ingredients I can not pronounce. I am thinking if I don't know what it is, then my body probably doesn't know either. But more than that, most of the ingredients are completely unnecessary. When was the last time you felt the need to swish your mouth with cetylpyridinium chloride and methylparaben? No? So, out goes the mouthwash!  

Replace those unknowns which are really hard to spell with essential oils and water. Peppermint, Cinnamon, and Protective blend are all good ones. A little drop in some water goes a long, long way.

Extra Strength mouthwash: like get rid of garlic strong:


Without a doubt, the product I love most in my home is lotion. I may not have actually gotten rid of this one yet. Baby steps! I can not tell a lie, I don't exactly love my whipped body butter and lotion bars. Not because they are not wonderful, but because they don't feel like Vaseline Intensive Care... sigh. I have new lotion recipe in the works.

 Six times out of ten I go for my home made lotion. But that other 40%, I am still working on!

 I have boxes of this stuff. I don't know why. I have never even used them. But when you pick it up for free.. why not? Parfum Fragrance for one, sodium laurel sulfate for another. What we put on our skin can be even more dangerous than what we put in our bodies. Instead of lathering up with one product filled with carcinogens, then moisturizing with another and toning the skin with a third, and getting rid of blemishes with a fourth.....

Go natural with things you can find in the grocery isle. Cook with it, then wash your face with it!  May sound weird, but it works and leaves it so soft and smooth. Rose water is a wonderful smelling astringent. Lemon juice works as well...but not so much on a blemish or cut...ouch!  To use oil, use hot water on a cloth to open pores, then use a teaspoon at most of oil. Olive works great for me. I mix it with a bit of Castor oil. Then using hot water again, wipe off the oil. Using a cotton ball, use rose water (a lovely Asian drink) to smooth over the face. I tried honey as a face wash once. Now that is just a sticky situation. I prefer oil myself. It will leave you with soft, glowing, wonderful skin.

 And for acne, add a drop of lavender myrrh, or melalueca to your oil wash. Get rid of this other toxic goop!

Stay tuned for more of spring cleaning in July, where we will tackle shampoos, deodorant, medicines, and more.

Please visit the other posts in this series!
Spring Cleaning in Summer
Day two
Day three

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  1. My husband's dentist suggested he swish with hydrogen peroxide. Not sure how I feel about that! Thanks for sharing your recipes. I'm visiting from the On Display Monday link party.

    I had a great time with this challenge this month! Thanks for the inspiration

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

    1. I used half water half hydrogen peroxide, it worked so well. It did burn some probably because I did have some gingivitis but it was gone the next day. I definitely dilute it more now when I use the mix.

    2. As long as it's food grade peroxide it's great for your teeth. It's actually the active ingredient in Listerine whitening mouthwash. But yes, it should be diluted to at least half.

  2. I'm working at cleaning out many things as well. I like the ideas for substitutes you've shared in this post. Thank you! I'm subscribing, so I can follow along.
    (stopping by via Make Your Home Sing Monday)

  3. I agree with you. Every way that we can reduce chemicals in our daily use is good!

    My daughter is pregnant and her dentist suggested swishing with salt water. It is helpful for the gums.

    My sister has discovered that rubbing a little coconut oil in her skin (face) at night is reducing acne.

  4. Really cool series! I like how you compared the items. And baby steps, yes! I'm just barely getting started. Currently I use homemade deodorant and facial wash. I've also tried more natural things for killing pain instead of resorting to things like Tylenol.

  5. I take vodka and add cinnamon and let steep two weeks. Strain, and dilute 1:4 vodka to distilled water. It is refreshing and easy to make!

  6. Thanks for these natural hygiene and beauty ideas. I'm trying to use more natural products.

  7. Very interesting! Thanks so much for linking up to “Tuesdays with a Twist” blog hop!

  8. We're trying to get rid of some of these things too. Thanks for sharing this with us at the HomeAcre Hop! We look forward to having you back again tomorrow: http://wp.me/p2urYY-14z