7/30/13

Spring Cleaning in the Summer: Day Two

Spring cleaning in July has become spring cleaning in summer. Who knew July would go away so fast? This series is my attempt to rid my home 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
According to Mercola.com, "Putting chemicals on your skin or scalp may actually be worse than eating them. When you eat something, the enzymes in your saliva and stomach help to break it down and flush it out of your body. However, when you put these chemicals on your skin, they are absorbed straight into your bloodstream without filtering of any kind, going directly to your delicate organs."(source) I have often said that if it can't go in me, it shouldn't go on me. It is estimated that people use 9-15 personal care products a day. If all of them contain just a bit of carcinogens, then it can really start to add up.  I mentioned in Spring Cleaning: Day One that cleansers contain Sodium Laurel Sulfate. The same is true for shampoos. You can purchase ones without it. Not a bad idea to have some on hand. But for the most part at my house, I use what I have in the kitchen! Baking soda and water. I also add  a few drops of  lemon oil. The lemon is good for the hair (so are peppermint and rosemary).  I apply it using a squeeze bottle and work it into the scalp. I can do this every other day for 10 days or so, then I like a good sudsy shampoo, and start over again. I spray a bit of orange peel vinegar on the ends of my hair and rinse too, which for me is a good conditioner. 


We have discovered that more than a hair shampoo, this mix is fantastic for underarms. No soap ever worked so good.
1 squeeze bottle
1/3 cup baking soda
5 drops lemon, peppermint, or rosemary
5 drops cleansing blend
Fill the rest of the bottle with water and shake before each use.

There is a breaking in period for the hair when you switch off of shampoo. You may need to shampoo more often in the beginning.

My friend has terrible asthma. She said that her well meaning mother-in-law went out and bought some commercial air freshener for the bathroom and brought it home. The kids had a great time spraying it and she had a terrible time breathing it. One chemical induced asthma attack coming up! My husband calls it cancer in a bottle. And it is sooo unnecessary. You can make your own air fresheners. If opening the windows is not enough for you, you can make your own spray. Just fill a bottle with water and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and a tsp of Epson salts. That is it! Or, you can purchase a wonderful diffuser that will not just cover up the scent, but rid the air of pathogens.

Aaaah, the cupboards are slowly being emptied of toxic chemicals. Tune in to see what goes next!

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15 comments:

  1. We removed ALL of the toxic cleaners and health and beauty items and fragrances from our home in one day about 21 years ago. We piled it all in our carport and it smelled like a toxic waste dump. Within 24 hours we all felt better! No going back!

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  2. These are really great tips! I'm an asthmatic and I never knew that air fresheners could affect it. Great post!

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  3. I've had a lot of luck with Dr. Bronner's for shampoo. My hair never felt clean with the baking soda and water. Enjoyed your post!

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    1. Really? Mine is the opposite. I don't care for castile soap on my hair. So glad there are lots of options for all of us. Amazing and wonderful how everyone is so different!

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  4. Thanks for sharing this! Great tips! I will have to try it out!

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  5. I have not yet tried alternative shampooing methods. :/ Thanks for sharing this though at the HomeAcre Hop: http://wp.me/p2urYY-14z

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  6. Wow, if that's true about shampoos and such!
    Btw, I like the idea of using essential oils to create room spray!

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  8. Thanks for sharing these great substitutions on Tuesday Greens!

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  9. Hi, wondering if you have nay ideas as to what I could add to my homemade laundry detergent? I have tried something I bought at HL but the scent did not "hold". Thanks for sharing you knowledge! Monica

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    1. I have noticed that If I add any scent (ex. essential oils) they do not stand out. It is best to add those to the dry cycle. Put a few drops on a damp cloth and throw it in with the wet clothes. Or, once they come out of the dryer, spritz the whole pile with a few drops of your favorite scent in a bottle of water. I hope that answers your question!

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