Some of you have asked what kinds of products I use in my home. I walked through my house and made a list just so I could share with you… 🙂
Charlie’s Soap– laundry soap (Note: I only use about 1/4 of what it calls for per load, thus stretching it pretty far!) (I do this with most all soaps, you can most often use way less than the recommended amount!)
White Vinegar by the gallon- I add this to my fabric softener dispenser in my washer for each load. Works great! No vinegar smell on clothes by the way in case you’re wondering!
Homemade Laundry Soap– I use this whenever I have a batch mixed up.
Soap Nuts- I have used soap nuts as laundry soap in the past and they have cleaned our clothes well. But Charlie’s Soap (because I got a fantastic deal) and my homemade laundry soap are what I use more often.
Cloth Wipes for diaper care/ baby tushies (conventional disposable wipes contain a lot of chemicals)
Dr. Bronner’s Bar Soap for handwashing
Homemade Salt Scrub for Moisturizing Hand Scrub (just recently made this and really like it!)
Homemade Deodorant- I have used this for about 5 years now, haven’t bought commercial deodorant in that long! This works GREAT!
Peroxide Spray Bottle– random cleaning
Baking Soda– sink and toilet scrub
Coconut oil as a diaper ointment replacement
Unpetroleum Jelly for bad diaper rashes/ red tushies- Don’t use regular petroleum products! Mineral oil, vasoline, and all the conventional diaper ointments out there are so unhealthy and bad for you! Unpetroleum jelly is a healthier option when you need some healing tushie care. UN-petroleum means NO petroleum on your baby’s tush!
Toothbrushes– Hubby uses a SoniCare. The rest of use the old fashioned kind but I make sure to buy BPA-free ones.
Homemade Tooth Powder– We haven’t purchased regular toothpaste in over 5 years, we just use baking soda and sea salt with peppermint essential oil basically!
Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds for dish washing and for making homemade dishwasher detergent. We put some of the concentrated Sal Suds in our own containers and greatly dilute.
I always wash my produce, all of it. I either soak it or spray/scrub it with Apple Cider Vinegar (I buy this by the gallon, the cheap stuff) (The high quality Bragg’s Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is what I use in recipes/ cooking only). Produce does not come ready-to-eat (except maybe bananas!), I always wash and scrub before consuming!
Check out my homemade Window Cleaner Recipe!
I wash the children head to toe with Dr. Bronner’s Bar Soap– hands-down my favorite soap! A bar lasts a long time thus making all our handwashing and bathing pretty cheap!
Shampoo– I kind of rotate what I use but no matter what I buy, I first check it on the cosmetics database to make sure it’s rated a 0 or a 1 on the toxicity scale.
Hair Products- We don’t use any really. I do have a small bottle of de-frizz stuff that’s rated a 0 on cosmetics database, and I’ve tried my hand at homemade hair gel! It’s made with flax seed actually (which makes a sticky gel when you boil it), and it worked great, but it goes rancid after a week, so we ditched that.
Make-Up- My hubby does like it when I wear make-up so whatever I buy, I make sure it’s a 0 or 1 on cosmetics database. I run all my products through that website!!
Coconut Oil– Facial Moisturizer