They really do.
But not bad enough to totally ditch everything I own.
I have some favorites, like my cosmetics. Mostly because I paid a fortune for them while I was selling cosemetics and would feel totally guilty just throwing them away.
Really though, what’s in all those tubes and bottles? TOXINS!
A few months ago I cleaned the bathroom. Not like wash the sinks & scrub the toilets kind of clean (that only happens when my mother comes over & does it for me). I just quickly (HA! okay, it was like 2 hours) went through the cupboards and drawers and took out any lotions, body washes, sprays, etc that I didn’t use or just wasn’t interested in using.
The result was fairly clean shelves, and A FULL garbage bag!
So today I decided to clean the bathroom again, this time just washing the mirror & counter top. While I was in there I thought to myself, what would happen if I were to take out every product that wasn’t good for me/my family?
I thought about it for a few minutes and realized my shelves would be empty and I would probably look horrible & stink.
But this is something I want to keep in mind, especially when buying new products.
Oh, we also ditched the bathroom cleaners A LONG time ago, because they made me physically sick! I found that vinegar and water in a spray bottle works just as good. And a baking soda/water paste is sufficient for scrubbing (Thanks Jessa for this tip!)
Have you made any big moves in the bathroom for the sake of protecting your family?
I light a candle now and then! Hahahaaa
You are doing a great job. Keep up the good work!
Toothpaste – I'm one who isn't sold on flouridated toothpaste. Flouride is a toxin. Chris and I still use regular toothpaste, but the kids use Tom's of Maine Flouride-Free.
Soap – Store-bought body wash and "soap" aren't really soap. They are chemical concoctions. A few years ago we switched to real soap. I experimented with making it myself, but then settled on goat milk soap made by a lovely Christian homeschooling family. I buy it by the loaf and cut it myself. http://www.soapsandsundries.com/RetailItems.html
I haven't switched to "safe" hair products, because of conversation I had with Jessa. She made a really good point when she said that shampoo and conditioner are just things that you put on and rinse right off and your hair doesn't absorb chemicals like skin does. That would be at the bottom of the list of things to switch in my opinion because of the high cost and minimal impact it has on your health.