I’ve been trying to get away from some of the typical cleaning products lately. I know that many of them are toxic (here’s an article you can read), and they are the last thing I want around my house. So I’ve been on the search for friendly recipes for natural cleaning. I also haven’t discounted some of the brands that are out that use plant-based formulas.
At this point, I’ve made dishwashing soap, hand soap, toilet bowl cleaner, chocolate and peppermint body butter, and laundry detergent. I wasn’t too happy with the dishwashing soap. It was runnier than we’re used to, and I just couldn’t get a scent that didn’t smell like a hospital or clinic. I ended up buying The Honest Company’s dish soap. It smells wonderful, and words really well. I also bought the multipurpose spray and loved it. It cuts through grease quickly, doesn’t leave a film behind, and smells wonderful.
The rest of my attempts were very successful. The laundry detergent will last forever which will save us a lot of money with the holiday season coming. I just used the Duggar’s laundry detergent recipe. It’s very easy to make. It does use Borax, and I know that there are a lot of people who are fine with using it and others who are not. I recently read a great article that listed all the pros and cons. After reading it, I’m okay with using it.
I’ve also gone to plant-based hair products. Right now I’m using Andalou shampoo and conditioner that I bought from Whole Foods. It’s been really great for my hair. Since using it, I haven’t used any sprays, gels, or creams. My hair has been really soft, and it hasn’t reacted to the damp weather we’ve been having here in Washington.
The goal is to move to plant-based body wash, face cleaner, lotion, and make-up. It’ll take a little time, but the process and research has been fun. If you’re not up for making your own toxic free items, many stores carry these things. You can find most body care items at Whole Foods in their Whole Body section. I could spend hours there. If you’re not sure what you are looking for, there is always someone working in the section who can help answer any questions you might have about the products. You can also read about the Whole Body section on their website. I’m going to make a little plug for Whole Foods right now. I love what this company stands for. People around this area joke and call it Whole Paycheck. I would gladly spend my whole paycheck to know that I’m getting food and products from a business that has devoted itself to carrying items that are good for people. And to defend their prices, I have seen plenty of places that have the same items as Whole Foods and charge more. I can get organic quinoa for 4 bucks at WF, yet Fred Meyer, Safeway, and even Walmart charge significantly more. Some of their products are the same price as items found in other stores. The Honest Company is the same at Target as it is at Whole Foods, and WF had a sale on the brand two weeks ago, making it cheaper than what I’d seen at Target. Okay. I’m off my soap box. I just don’t mind paying a little more for an item I feel is simply superior.
Let me know if you have any questions about the recipes I’ve been using or the cleaning supplies from The Honest Company.