Reading the ingredient list on your favorite deodorant, shampoo and toothpaste can be enough to send a person screaming into the night.
Commercial cleaners were the first to go; homemade cleaners are just as effective and so much more frugal as well as being less toxic. In our quest to live a simpler, less-chemical-laden life, we looked at bathroom products next.
So many personal products are made with ingredients that are hard or impossible to pronounce. Personally, my opinion is if it isn't safe enough to eat, it probably shouldn't be slathered on my body.
DeodorantWhat we call deodorant is often actually an antiperspirant. Humans are meant to perspire; it cools our bodies down and keeps us from overheating. What began as a product to prevent smelling like sweat is now a product that prevents us from sweating at all. Aluminum compounds, parabens, silica, triclosan, talc and propylene glycol are in most antiperspirant and deodorant products, and all of these have been linked to health problems including breast cancer and Alzheimer's.
If you're ready to make a change and avoid these ingredients, you can check the ingredients in all-natural products, or use natural alternatives to deodorant such as coconut oil, witch hazel, baking soda and cornstarch.
ToothpasteTake a look at your tube of toothpaste and compare the ingredients to this list: sodium fluoride, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, and hydrated silica. Flouride alone is enough reason to avoid commercial toothpaste. Did you know it's the main ingredient in rat poison?
Recipes for homemade tooth powders and even toothpaste can be found online. A simple alternative to toothpaste is baking soda. I've used it for years. At my twice-a-year checkups, my dentist always says "keep doing whatever you're doing."
ShampooSome sources claim there are as many as twelve toxic ingredients in shampoo products. The most pointed to are sulfates, parabens, triclosan, polyethylene glycol. Many of these disrupt our hormones.
It's easy to make your own shampoo, or use a shampoo bar (I buy mine online). I have friends who use baking soda mixed with water, then rinse with vinegar and water.
Healthier LivingI like knowing what's in my personal care products. The natural alternatives we use are healthier and usually more frugal as well. Have you replaced these or other items in your bathroom too?
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