Lately I’ve noticed an upturn in people’s desire to know what exactly is in their hygiene and cleaning products. People’s interest seemed to snowball after Nalgene bottles became popular, and then were lambasted for containing BPA. Subsequently, consumers’ interest turned towards make up and skin care products, and finally common household cleansers. Partially out of concern for our environment, and partly because using unnecessary chemicals freaks me out, I’ve been on a mission for the past several months to become informed about what harmful chemicals might be present in the products that I use, and to change over to entirely safe alternatives.
Changing over to safe and natural cosmetics has been more difficult than I expected. It seems to me that the cosmetic industry has invested a lot of time and money into researching chemicals and additives that achieve their desired results, but has not taken the same care to ensure that their products will not cause damage to their customers in the long run. I’ve had great success however, in switching my household cleansers over, and it sounds silly, but I’m really excited about it.
Most people are reluctant to try “green” cleaning agents because they are generally more expensive and not as effective. I was the same way until some friends introduced me to an entire store of products that are “green,” less expensive than the Ajax and 409 type stuff I was using before, and totally safe to use around my baby. (Oh, and they beat the pants off the usual cleaning stuff in effectiveness.) They’re less pricey because they don’t advertise, and they don’t pay to be carried at major chain stores– all of their business is done entirely by word of mouth.
Sharing is caring: if you’re one of those people that is interested in trading the hidden toxins in your house for something, cheaper, “greener” and more effective, let me know and I’ll get you some more information. Like I said, I made the switch several months ago, and I couldn’t be happier, both with the safety and cleanliness of our house, and with the money I’m saving every month.
What’s been your experience with switching to “green” products? Have any tried-and-true favorites? Sharing is caring– let me know in the comments!
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