Hi Angie. I'm just getting started with my clean eating and clean lifestyle. I would love some suggestions for house hold products along with personal products. I've been allergic to something for a long time where I get hives and itching. I just haven't figured out what it is yet. So now is the time. I live on Zyertec.
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I'm a tad bit obsessed with getting toxic chemicals out of my house. After I had a baby and started to learn about what's in all the crap at the store I began switching to safer versions and getting rid of unnecessary products. I'm FAR from perfect but I try to avoid most national brands (don't be fooled by the "green" packaging). After I stopped using this stuff I noticed that I seem to be a lot more sensitive to it. I can hardly stand to be near scented products, fabric softeners and perfumes anymore.
Good luck, it can be kind of overwhelming but I believe we vote with our dollars everyday so supporting the good companies is worth it.
I'm really sensitive to cleaning chemicals too -- I keep a travel-size bottle of Dr. Bronner's at work because the soap supplied by the building makes my hands itch immediately! LOL sooooo lame -- so I might have some recommendations for you when you're ready, MAMAK38!
Great topic for discussion and thought in our lives. I have made many changes due to my autoimmune illnesses and extreme sensitivity. But I still find myself gravitating towards cleaning chemicals. Geez, the worst! I have a bit of germ phobia and thus a love affair with some cleaners. Lol, I'll tame that beast one day!
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Barbara Kingsolver wrote a book about her family called "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life" where she moved her family from the west coast to either Virginia or West Virginia where her family had land. The family decides that they will only eat food that is naturally available to them - I think they each get to pick one thing that is not locally available (coffee was one of them). Talk about eating clean! It is a great book!
I do have a protein powder that I am trying to switch over to. It is called Amazing Meal and it is vegan.
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Oh, don't get me wrong, guys - I am far from "there" either! I still buy packaged items -- yogurt, nut butters, almond milk and even (gulp) chips and such! But I make sure there are few to no ingredients I can't identify.
And so much of it doesn't even feel like choice to me -- I just react to EVERYTHING, even "minor" food preservatives like potassium sorbate.
ASBLOWRY, I've heard some people use essential oils (like on a cottonball as a "dryer sheet"?) in place of their highly scented laundry products. Dove is probably not clean, at least in my mind. I haven't looked at it in a long time, but my guess is its main ingredient is probably sodium lauryl sulfate (really harsh stuff!) or similar. Dr. Bronner's is really clean and much more available these days! (I've seen it at Target.)
I agree though, I also find all the information itself fascinating, so I'm learning a lot even just by researching, etc.
Protein powder: I also have been making my own (LOL) that I saw on a show that I love, but when I finally tried to calculate the nutrition info in Spark just now, it doesn't seem like that much actual protein for the amount I am using. Hmmm, rats. I'll measure and calculate the serving size more closely when I make it next and update you. Super interesting either way! Here it is: www.cbc.ca/stevenandchris/health/lif e- made-easy-diy-protein-powder
Thank you GIRANIMAL for your reply!! I have a recipe for lotion that has all the ingredients you listed that I am going to try to make this weekend. I have seen several recipes for deodorant but am still not sure about that. I sweat A LOT!! May try what you use instead. I also found a recipe for body wash that I'm going to try. Is a soap like Dove considered clean?
I used to make my own detergent with Fels Naptha soap, Borax, and Baking Powder I believe but it didn't really get our clothes clean and now I'm not sure if Borax is even considered "clean". I currently use Tide and Downy and I LOVE them and love how they smell but I know they are full of chemicals and want to switch to something cleaner once I use what I've got.
It all seems overwhelming sometimes but I also enjoy doing the research and experimenting. I know I will never be 100% clean but I know every little bit helps!
Also, ANNEMARGAR- I am nowhere near able to give up my protein powder yet either. I probably only use maybe 2 scoops a day so I feel it's not too bad and consider it a treat!
GIRANIMAL (love it!!) -- Wow - very impressed with your clean lifestyle. I think you are truly making the right decision, but I am not there yet. I go back and forth with whether or not I should cut out my whey protein powder. At the moment I keep it as it helps me get my protein in and I use a 100% natural product - no artificial sweetners. I use 100% Whey & Oats. I love it. That would be my next step - to cut out the protein powder - then perhaps on to soap and softner. :)
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Oh yes! I try very hard to pay attention to the products that go ON my body as well, since we are quite literally drinking them in through our skin -- the largest organ in the body! I'm not perfect, but I try to use as close to natural as often as possible. I make a lotion using coconut oil, cocoa butter and almond oil; I use an AWESOME deodorant called LifeStinks - takes some getting used to but it's squeaky clean and actually works whereas soooooo many "natural" ones are still loaded with crap and work like, well, crap; I stopped using fabric softener years ago and switched to something called soap nuts for "detergent" - they are little berries that literally grow on trees! I figure you can't get much cleaner than that. Let me know if you want to chat more about this - I could send you some links to products and recipes.
I have adopted clean eating in the last 6 months. While I don't eat clean 100%, I still like my protein powder and creamer for example, I can tell a difference in my health, my skin, my attitude. While doing research on eating clean I've discovered so many products we use everyday that are also full of chemicals and probably even more harmful than what we are eating. I'm talking about things like lotions, fabric softeners, deodorants. It has really made me want to not only eat clean but have a completely clean lifestyle.
Are some of you already doing this? What other "clean" products do you use or make?
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