A few weeks ago, I gave you the opportunity to ask me anything. This week I’m answering all your burning questions.
I’m really inspired by the real food perspective that you have, but I wonder about cleaners and hygiene products. Do you try to use all natural products in those aspects of your life as well? I tend to get overwhelmed sometimes with all the information out there. I realize each family is different and has different priorities, but I’d be interested in what works for your family.
Ehhh… yes and no. I kind of dabble.
I would love to extend my passion for real food and natural products into cleaners and hygiene products, but I’m not there yet. The food part has been so overwhelming that I haven’t gotten much further than that. And frankly, the cost is a factor.
I am a huge fan of Sun & Earth cleaning products — they are a local company who uses all non-toxic cleaners that use coconut and orange oils. I’ve even toured their facility and I was extremely impressed. I don’t use their products exclusively, though.
True confessions: I have a cleaning lady who brings her own products, and I’m sure they’re all full of chemicals. I’m sure she’d use whatever I supply but I just haven’t made the effort. I KNOW. I should. I really should.
I buy my hand soap at Trader Joe’s and I think it’s pretty pure. I often use Method brand dish soap, or Sun & Earth. But we use Finish Powerball Tablets exclusively. It is the ONLY thing that works in our dishwasher. In the laundry room I switch around between Sun & Earth or Tide or Wisk.
As far as hygiene products, it varies. I am a freak about using non-chemical sunscreens. I’ve written about that before. My new favorite is Eco Logical All Natural Sunscreen for Face SPF30+. I bought it at Katie’s recommendation, and I’ve been very pleased.
I use Therapon skincare products, and while they aren’t all natural, I do think they’re more conscientious than most.
I currently use Bumble and Bumble for my hair, and I have no idea what’s in that. I am intrigued by the no-poo method, but I don’t think I’ll ever have the guts to try it. I color my hair, and we all know that’s full of harmful chemicals.
And let’s not even talk about makeup . . .
To sum it up, I am quite inconsistent in my convictions about chemical usage. I know this. I figure, the goal is to reduce the load, not to eliminate them completely. I admire those who seek to completely eliminate the toxic chemicals in their lives, but I’m just not that committed. Hopefully we will continue to make improvements, one step at a time.
What about you?
How high a priority do you place on reducing the toxic chemicals in your household cleaners and hygiene products? Do you seek perfection, or are you content to reduce the load? Or are you too overwhelmed to even try?
There is SO much information out there; it really is hard to know how to prioritize our efforts. I know we’re not doing it perfectly but hopefully we’re not being completely irresponsible.