Whether it’s because of concerns about the environment, or concerns about the harmful chemicals in everyday products, more and more people are switching to natural products around the home. Using natural, non-toxic products has a number of advantages, not only can they be safer for your family, but they’re better for the planet and often cheaper too. Here’s how to make the switch in your household.
While you’re cleaning your house to keep your family healthy, there are a number of common chemicals in cleaning products that cause allergies. Most people assume that it’s the scent of cleaning products that make them sneeze or itch, but there are many chemicals you could be allergic to without even knowing it.
Luckily, there are a number of natural swaps you can make to your cleaning cupboard. Some things to stock include:
- White vinegar – this can be used to remove grease, stains, and mildew
- Lemon juice – this has antibacterial properties
- Olive or vegetable oil – a small amount on a cloth can be used to polish wood
- Hydrogen Peroxide – many people keep this in their first aid kit, but if used carefully it can remove stains on clothing, tiles and many other surfaces
Miss the scent of cleaning products? Use a few drops of essential oil around the home in your laundry, closets or in your heating ducts for a naturally pleasant scent.
Many body soaps, shampoos, and other hygiene products are packed with chemicals, preservatives and fake scents to make them more appealing. While they may promise to give you softer skin, these chemicals often have the opposite effect and dry out your skin. If you have any allergies or eczema, you’ll no doubt find it difficult to find the right products.
Luckily, it’s easy to make your own homemade shampoo, body soap, and other products using a few ingredients such as coconut oil. These concoctions can easily be personalized by adding a few drops of essential oils, so you get the scent you like, as well as their health benefits.
Even things like toothpaste and mouthwash can be harmful, as they often contain large amounts of alcohol, chemicals, and come in plastic packaging. You can shop for eco-friendly dental supplies online to find alternatives that are less harmful for yourself and the planet.
There are many ways you can make your own beauty products out of natural ingredients, which means you avoid wasteful packaging and can protect your skin. Facial and body scrubs can be especially bad for the environment, as they can contain plastic microbeads, which pollute the water. There are loads of instructions online for how to make your own scrubs from ingredients such as sea salt, honey, and coffee grounds, so you never have to splash out on one again.
Hair masks, face masks, and moisturizers can be made from ingredients in your kitchen such as olive oil, avocado, and oatmeal. This ensures you don’t end up with an allergic reaction from a hidden ingredient, can make a fresh batch whenever you like, and can add essential oils for your own personal scent.
When you pick up cleaning supplies or hygiene products at the grocery store, you’ll no doubt see a long list of chemicals printed on the side, many of which you’ve never heard of. That’s why it’s worth finding natural, homemade alternatives that are better for your family and better for the planet.