In a recent post I talked a little about why I chose to detox my personal care products and reviewed some of the top ingredients to avoid – the ones I ditched right away. If you missed it, check it out here!
I mentioned that I went balls-to-the-wall and ditched everything right away. That is pretty accurate, although it didn’t happen literally over night! Some things took months to replace (like toilet bowl cleaner :-D).
When you’re making a lifestyle change just getting started can feel overwhelming and daunting. I totally get it.
I remembering thinking “SHIT! I just bought new shampoo.” and “Natural, non-toxic products are expensive! What will I buy to replace my shampoo?”
First, let me give you my top tips to making the switch and then I’ll address the money piece…
Top 3 Tips to Sustainable, Safe Products:
1. Start small. Slow and steady wins the race, right? Begin with the things you use in the shower and afterwards – shampoo, conditioner, and lotions.
2. Get rid of one thing, or group of things, per month. So month #1, ditch the shower products, month #2, seek out new makeup, month #3, ditch the Febreze and Windex and other household products.
3. Review the Ingredients to Avoid list and ditch products that have any of the top 5 on the list. These are the ingredients that are the most harmful to our hormone balance.
Money Saving Tips:
1. Use the EWG Skin Deep app and scan the products you have. Get rid of the ones that are a rating 5 and higher first. Then work your way down towards all 1’s and EWG verified.
2. Vinegar, baking soda, and borax. Dirt cheap ingredients and pretty much all we use to clean in our house. We will add Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils for an extra antibacterial boost and nice scents.
3. Following the tips above collectively is a huge money saver, starting small and building your way up can be a powerful way to make these changes stick without getting frustrated or feeling overwhelmed.
4. Make your own lotions and toothpaste. I did this for a while and I ended up spending a bunch of money on materials that are still sitting in my basement. Oops. I was a little more ambitious than the average Jane. But go for it, if you like DIYing and commit over time, you’ll end up saving and then you know EXACTLY what’s in your products. 🙂
That’s all for now! Stay tuned for more on my favorite products. 😀
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