May 7, 2019

Clean Swap: Homegoods Edition – Non-Toxic Cleaning Supplies and Eco-Conscious Habits


Can I be honest?

This post has been sitting stale in my draft box for months now... [oops]  Why? My guess is that cleaning does not spark joy for me in the way that skincare and makeup does. haha

I do recognize and want to share that my journey to a "Clean and Beautiful" way of living has included lowering the amount of toxic chemicals in my cleaning supplies and becoming more eco-conscious in my day to day consumption habits.


We, my husband and I, are taking baby steps and we still have a ways to go but here are some of the clean swaps we've made in our home this past year!


DISH SOAP

Instead of Dawn – Seventh Generation [fragrance free] works just as well as conventional dish soaps.

I tried a bottle of Attitude Living's Dishwashing Liquid in Pink Grapefruit. It's clean and rates an "A" on EWG's non-toxic scale. Unfortunately, it didn't lather or sud very well and I had to use a lot of product and elbow grease per wash to remove oils or food residue. 


DISHWASHER DETERGENT PACKS

Instead of Cascade – Seventh Generation [fragrance free]

These dishwasher tabs have been working well for our machine. It cleans our dishes, as one would expect, without leaving a white or streaky residue on clear glass. We've tried and enjoyed the Ultra Power Plus version in a citrus scent as well. We had no problems with it, in terms of cleaning power, but the word around the block is that essential oils may cause allergies overtime so we've decided to go fragrance free.


LAUNDRY

We've been using a variety of laundry detergent that are free of perfumes and dyes. There are so many options out there!





DRYER SHEETS

Instead of Bounce dryer sheets – Wool Dryer Balls.

I'll share a separate post of my experience with wool dryer balls soon. Overall, I find that these work well to separate clothes as they tumble around, leading to a slightly quicker drying time. They don't work as well as dryer sheets in terms of static reduction but dryer sheets are so toxic that they deserve a toss even if you don't end up using wool dryer balls.



FLOOR CLEANER

Instead of Swiffer Wet Mop Pads – Attitude Living's Floor Cleaner



HAND SOAP

Instead of Softsoap – Dr. Bronner's Organic Pure-Castile Soap.

Mix 1/3 distilled water with 2/3 soap in a foaming dispenser to blend your own hand soap. We've tried a couple different scents [Lavender and Peppermint] and have decided to stick with the fragrance-free baby version from now on. My husband uses this, diluted, for body wash and I like to wash my make-up brushes with it too. I wet the makeup brush in warm water, squeeze a dollop of the castile soap and then gently massage the make-up buildup out of the brushes!



GROCERY BAGS

Instead of Plastic Bags – Ecozoi's Extra Large Reusable Organic Cotton Grocery Bags

The reusable bag pictured above comes in a pack of three, is a big enough size to hold a weeks worth of groceries for two adults, and has six sleeves built in where you can safely stow and transport glass bottles and delicate veggies. Fashionable and mother earth friendly, these bags live in my trunk and we've been able to completely eliminate plastic bags from our weekly grocery runs.

It took me about 2 solid hours of researching online to find these particular canvas bags so I thought I would save you the time and the trouble by sharing the amazon link here. [this is not an affiliate link] 


PLASTIC WRAP

Instead of Saran Wrap – Reusable Silicone Stretch Lids

Cute, effective and reusable. These silicone lids are easy to find on Amazon and are better at being spill-proof than plastic wrap. They come in a variety of colors, in a set with multiple sizes, and are reasonably priced.



BATHROOM DILEMMA

Gahh... the only place I hesitate letting go of potentially harmful cleaning supplies is our bathrooms. I still use fragrance free Lysol wipes, Multi-Surface Windex, and Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleansers.

There's something about the tub and toilet where it brings me GREAT comfort in knowing that ALL bacteria have been obliterated. Sigh – but if you have any advice on non-toxic and bacteria killing products to swap those out with, please help a gal out and let me know in the comments section below. Please and thank you!




We all wash our hands, wipe surfaces, and launder our clothes. Have you ever wondered if your cleaning supplies could be more harmful than good? 

I hope this post encourages you to swap just 1 product this month. Are you running low on dish soap, laundry detergent, or hand soap? It's as simple as replenishing that emptied product with a "cleaner" version from the same shelf of its toxic counterpart at your local grocery market. And as a bonus, some of these swaps, like the wool dryer balls and silicone lids, will be better for your health AND save you $$ in the long run!

And like I said, we're taking baby steps. Who knows, you may just find us cleaning our entire house with vinegar & baking soda in a year or two! Haha

Wishing you all a BEAUTY-Full Day!

xoxo
Grace

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