One of the things that worried me when I decided to make my household chemical free was that I might not be able to find more natural products to replace my favorite chemical products- however, it has been a lot easier than I expected! I thought I would briefly talk about some of the things I’ve discovered- especially when it comes to parenting products.
1. Cloth Diapers
Starting with the most obvious chemical free item. Even before I decided to “green” up our home- we were cloth diapering because its more affordable plus- cloth diapers are cute.
2. Cloth Wipes
We also have switched from disposable wipes to cloth wipes. They are easy to make with my serger with old t-shirts, flannel and etc. They can be used to blow noses, wipe butts, wipe hands and faces and etc.
3. Shampoo/Conditioner Alternatives
Of course, there is the no-poo method but for those who that doesn’t work for- what are the options? While I’m sure there are some chemical free options at health food stores and etc.- I make my own shampoo with a recipe I found on instructables. I use the basic recipe found here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-Shampoo/ I don’t use anything conditioning wise because lately- the shampoo has been enough. I may have to find options conditioning wise come the hotter months however.
We bought our deodorant from Amazon. We purchased Crystal Body Stick Deodorant. We got a 4 pack for around 17.00. This stuff lasts forever. Only downside is that it needs to be dampened before use to work- and if your arm pit is already sweaty and gross- you are supposed to wash up before putting deodorant on because it won’t mask the smell. However, if you put it on right after the shower- it works great. Deodorant Link
5. Baby Wash/Shampoo
I have to say I LOVE the smell of the chemical free stuff. The only “downside” is most chemical free baby wash is not tear free. Tear free shampoos have a numbing agent usually- so its not that they are gentler- they just are made so it doesn’t hurt when they do get in the eyes. I use Earth Mama Angel Baby products for both our baby wash/shampoo and diaper cream (more on that later). I am sure there are other options out there- but I love the smell of their products.
6. Diaper Creams
Since we cloth diaper- we have to use things that won’t mess up our diapers and mean a day of stripping diapers. So- I have three different options that I switch between: Earth Mama Angel Baby Diaper Cream , Grandma El’s Diaper Rash Cream and Coconut Oil. I buy a huge tub of Coconut Oil from Costco and its good as lotion, diaper cream and even for cooking.
7. Laundry Detergent
There are many laundry detergents you can buy on Amazon and health food stores that are chemical free- but I prefer to make my own detergent so that I know exactly what is in it. There are many links that can be found via a simple Google Search that will give you recipes for your own detergent. The big decision is liquid vs. dry. I make powdered but thats because I don’t have anywhere good to store a huge amount of liquid detergent. I have read that the liquid version is cheaper to make. However, I know that powdered detergent washes out better than liquid- so that’s what I use.
My poor hubby was a bit worried when I decided to try a new toothpaste on top of all the other changes in the house. However, he is now super pleased. I buy our toothpaste from Trader Joes ( so I don’t have any links for it). It’s called simply “Antiplaque Toothpaste”. It is all natural, contains no fluoride. It does contain fennel, propolis and myrrh. The fennel gives it a slightly licorice taste which bothered the hubby at first but doesn’t bother me. It also contains Xylitol which does amazing things! My husband had a cavity on one of his front teeth that has recently disappeared. He has also noticed other positive changes in his teeth since leaving fluoride tooth paste behind. Neither of us have any wish to go back to regular toothpaste.
9. Cleaning Products
There are many alternative cleaning products out there. One thing to watch out for is that there are some companies that claim to be natural but will have something in them that kind of makes them not so natural. I buy any cleaning products I need (basically dishwashing detergent, dish soap and all purpose cleaner) from Trader Joes. All of those things I could most likely make myself with other products but lets be honest- there is a lot of things on my plate some days and I just do not have the time to add yet another thing to make.
Those are just 9 alternatives/things that I use to avoid chemicals. I’m sure I could list many more but those are the things I notice the most. I don’t mind cleaning so much these days now that I use natural cleaning products because I no longer end up gagging from chemical fumes when cleaning. Plus- a lot of natural alternatives are cheaper, or if they aren’t cheaper up front- they last quite awhile and end up saving us in the long run.