Been doing a lot of reading about the chemicals in our daily body and household products, decided to purge the toxic chemicals throughout the house. Here are my new recipes:
all ingredients i am using get a low (good) rating on the EWG's skin deep website and a good rating on goodguide.com as well. which means they are not toxic, not cancerous, safe for humans, etc.
toothpaste: dr bronner's castile liquid soap in peppermint, mixed with baking soda to create a paste. this tastes soapy though so i need to add xylitol in next time. otherwise it feels good and leaves my teeth feeling clean and smooth.
hand soap: 1 part dr bronner's to 10 parts water. this has replaced all hand soap in the house.
body lotion: we are using straight up Nutiva coconut oil all over our bodies after a bath or shower. for all 4 of us.
face wash: jojoba oil or, if i feel like i have a zit coming on, a mixture of castor oil/olive oil to control that.
my own body wash in shower: none needed. no soap to dry out my skin, and water is more cleansing than people realize, once you break the cycle of removing natural oils and then replacing with synthetic ones, which dry you out, causing you to replace with synthetic ins again, etc.
for washing the kids in the bath: using a solution of alaffia african black soap diluted with water.
hair care: putting coconut oil on kids and my own hair once a week. after the oiling, we use Alaffia african black soap (diluted with water) to wash it out, for two days. other 5 days a week, NO shampoo on the hair. i have been doing the no-shampoo method for days and my scalp has adjusted now so not getting greasy, and water making my hair feel clean. my curls are bouncy, not weighed down.
***UPDATE: I wasn't enjoying the experience of not having shampoo in the shower. So I'm now using a DIY shampoo of Dr Bronner's plus coconut milk. About 1:1. It lathers and smells good.
also using apple cider vinegar to rinse hair every week or so, but not more than that because very acidic, don't want to do this too much.
some say baking soda works for them but it can be drying, so if your hair is oily, try this, but if dry, maybe not.
face scrub: sugar mixed with coconut oil makes a nice face scrub. not too often though for me because my skin is dry, not oily.
countertops, etc using 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water. if dirty and soap is needed, using 1 part bronners to 10 parts water.
for scrubbing in sinks and tubs, using baking soda mixed with bronners.
for toilets, baking soda.
for spraying on fruits and veggies (the ones where the skin is consumed), using 1 part bronner to 10 parts water.
for dishwasher, using a paste made of equal parts bronner's and baking soda. using vinegar in the rinse-aid box of the dishwasher. this is working well- just unloaded the dishwasher and no residue, no dirty dishes. everything is nice and clean.
for laundry, instead of dryer sheets (respiratory impairment and also sometimes gelatin), using two pieces of cloth that each have a safety pin in them, using these two cloths in every dryer cycle to eradicate static. Using science, not chemicals!
Candles are as polluting to the air as air fresheners, so use essential oil on cotton balls in the house, or potpourri.
i think that's it for now! in the next few months as certain foods and cosmetics run out, i will think hard about what i replace them with, and eventually i can be more comfortable with what we eat, now that i am happy with what products we use on our bodies!