Firstly, I shall like to announce the winner of my Otto’s Cassava Flour giveaway, Nicole in NSW. Congratulations goes out to her!
You may have noticed that Making Natural the Norm has been a bit quiet lately…at least with any new posts for a while. This is because I have spent much of my time recently establishing my home as a place where chemicals are no longer welcome. For many reasons. Getting ready for littles to start joining our family is a big reason. And it has taken me a long time to get to this point of realization that the word ‘clean’ does not have to be synonymous with antibacterial, disinfect, sanitize, so on and so forth. Golly! Do you realize how hard it is to detox your home?! It is pretty dang hard guys. Especially when you want to do everything perfectly because you are a perfectionist and you only accept perfectionism. Haha!
BUT the reality is this. Clearly you cannot eliminate every single chemical you come in contact with because well, we do inhabit the planet of Earth and said planet is well…a tad bit contaminated. We have to breathe. Just the other day I was walking through the mall and the scent of overpowering fragrances almost knocked me flat out dead on the floor. As I exited the mall for some ahem, “fresh air”, all I could smell was cigarette smoke. Oy vay. Not to even mention the fact that my own little backyard in my own little home is on a busy, busy street (think freeway, highway, thoroughfare…ok you got it). So I am always torn between opening up the windows for some here we go again, “fresh air”, or just leaving them shut. And then there’s the tap water. To drink or not to drink? And the times that you don’t take your shoes off right at the front door and proceed to walk around your house with shoes on. Oh the INSANITY! I mean…how COULD you?!
As you might have already guessed, trust my husband to help me reel in my perfectionism on this whole detoxing your life thing. He has told me that I can only detox my life as far as what I am in control of personally, and well, that is all. Ahhhhhhhhhh what?!?!! Whyyyyyyy? I seriously didn’t know this. Glad to be in the know now. 😉
After much trial and error, here is the list of chemical-filled items that I/we have said goodbye to:
- Shampoo/Conditioner/Body wash/Soaps in the shower that are not natural except for one product (Trent insists on keeping his chemical shampoo)…I will also continue to use Dove Extra Sensitive bar soap for washing my skin afflicted with sores/eczema as it is quite literally the ONLY thing I have found that doesn’t sting/burn in those areas.
- Hand soap
- Liquid dish soap and dishwasher tablets
- Deodorant (For me at least, Trent prefers to continue to use his spray can of deodorant)
- Air fresheners and candles
- Cottonelle wipes
- Cleaning/Disinfecting wipes
- Floor wipes
- Wet Ones wipes
- Toilet bowl cleaner
- Shower cleaner
- Feminine hygiene pads
- Makeup……yep……finally…….I’ve overhauled my totally toxic makeup to include ONLY ORGANIC ITEMS. HUGE PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT. Will be posting a lot about makeup in the future so stay tuned you beauty fanatics. 😉
- Crawling/flying pest spray for indoors and outdoors…and let me tell ya, we have a TON of pests
- Laundry – After much debate, I have decided against going completely chemical free for my washing. However, I am more conscious now as to what I will and will not use. When our kids arrive to the planet, I will wash their clothes in Seventh Generation or something similar. However, for Trent and I, chemicals will remain in some of the products we use in the laundry room.
Sooooo minus the laundry, basically I have either switched out a “bad” product for a “good” product or have completely eliminated using the product at all.
I will eventually get around to putting up what I am using now instead as well as how I am doing my house cleaning. I hope it is something that will be of interest to you. 🙂
I am a firm advocate in that a healthy lifestyle does not entirely have to do with diet. There is so much more to life than food.
Until next time,