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It seems like there are new household products being released every day. But we have to wonder: how are the chemicals in these products affecting our environment, our bodies, and our homes.
If you have ever been puzzled over the chemical-filled ingredient list on the back of your shampoo and condition bottles, and are curious about alternatives to these highly processed commercial goods, then you are not alone. There has been a quiet backlash against potentially harmful synthetics as more and more people experiment with homemade natural versions of cleaning and beauty products.
Why not try a few DIY versions yourself. Let’s take a look at a few methods.
Do your laundry
An easy combination of borax, bar soap, and washing soda will save you 16 cents per load! Try this alternative to store bough laundry detergent.
Clean your carpet
Baking soda and vinegar make another useful appearance in this DIY recipe designed to replace your current chemical-filled carpet cleaner. All you need to do is mix equal parts baking soda and white vinegar together to form a paste, and rub the paste into the carpet stain using an old toothbrush. Let it dry, and use a vacuum to clean up the baking soda. Repeat until the stain disappears.
”No poo” for your hair
Many people are afraid to reduce the amount of shampoo they use, complaining that their hair either becomes greasy or extremely dry without it. But what they don’t realize is that shampoo strips your hair of its essential oils, which actually causes it to produce more oil to compensate or vice versa. Despite its silly name, the “no poo” method can be quite effective for some. It involves replacing your shampoo with baking soda and your conditioner with apple cider vinegar. Experimenters of this method swear that their hair has never been healthier.
Refresh your skin
Reading like a cookbook, this recipe for a facial scrub is not meant to be eaten. Instead, mix together grits, honey, and your favorite oil and massage your face, sloughing off dead skin and leaving your face feeling refreshed.
Bye-bye to bugs
Summer and fall are great seasons, but it comes with a few pests: insects, to be exact. Rather than spraying potentially harmful DEET on your body to keep the mosquitos, ticks, and flies at bay, try this homemade version instead. It combines essential oils with rubbing alcohol and vinegar for more gentle protection.
While there are several products on the market that use all-natural ingredients, these are just a few examples of how you can take control of your cleaning and beauty products. Not only will you be protecting your body and the environment from chemical damage, you will also be saving quite a bit of money in the process.
(Photo Courtesy: Alex Van)