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Natural Cleaning Products

Sharing my favorite natural cleaning products with you today.  I’ve had a lot of people recently ask what I use to clean my house with.  It may be because spring is here, and spring cleaning is looming over everyone’s head.  I must say I’m a clean freak by nature.  Ask my family, they’ll tell you-I can be a little OCD!  Oh well, my house is clean.  The spring cleaning bug has definitely bit me.  I’ve been de-cluttering our place like crazy!  My motto: If it doesn’t serve a purpose, toss it.  Let’s just say I’ve given away loads of “stuff” these past several weeks and it feels so good.

In the spirit of cleaning, I thought I would share with you my top natural cleaning products.  Everything from laundry soap, window cleaner, bleach alternative…well, you get the point.  I’ve compiled this list after over 7 years of testing out natural DIY’s, products and everything in between.  I finally feel my list meets my standards and is worth sharing.  I mean do you know how many laundry soaps I’ve tried in 7 years?!  I think I know every DIY recipe out there.  I literally changed mine every couple of months.

 

I have a full list of all my favorites when it comes to cleaning.  Below is a list of products you can find from reading this post- it’s chockfull of it all!

 

Natural Product Swaps-

 

  • Bleach Alternative
  • Natural Laundry Detergent
  • Window/Mirror Cleaners
  • Dish Soap
  • Dishwasher Tabs
  • Countertop Cleaner
  • Bathroom Cleaner
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Natural Dryer Sheet Alternative
  • Stainless Steel Cleaner
  • Laundry Stain Remover
  • Natural Scour Pads
  • Natural Hand Soap

 

What’s Really Lurking In Conventional Cleaning Products?

 

The sad reality is that we use cleaning products to clean our house but then when we are done they leave behind air pollution and poisons.  These are products people use day in and day out and often don’t think twice about.  The toxic load they put on the body is downright scary.  Not too mention the accumulative affect they have when  used over and over.  I’m sure you’ve experienced initial affects from using conventional cleaning products, such as being light headed, getting a chemical burn or having watery eyes.  However, those are minor in comparison to the long term affects associated with consistent use of conventional cleaning products.  Cancer being one of the major downsides to constant exposure of toxic cleaning products.  

 

Ingredients To Avoid In Cleaning Products:

  • Parabens
  • Triclosan
  • Ammonia
  • Perchloroethylene or “PERC”
  • Phthalates
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Chlorine 
  • Bleach
  • Phenols
  • Quaternary Ammonium Compounds, or “QUATS”

 

Parabens- (This includes methyl-, propyl- ethyl-,butyl-) This is an ingredient we see often in beauty products but it’s also found in cleaning products.  It’s a hormone disruptor also known as endocrine disruptor.  Been known to cause reproductive problems too.  Has been found in breast cancer tumors, may cause male infertility and early puberty.

Triclosan- Drying of the skin, skin irritant and has been linked to eczema.  Endocrine disruptor and has been found to have 1, 4 dioxane, again cancer causing. Can be found in laundry detergents, hand soaps, dish soaps- anything that gets super sudsy.  Avoid any soaps that use the word “antibacterial” on them.  They more than likely contain triclosan if they have antibacterial on the label.

Ammonia- Irritation of the eyes, skin and throat. Also can burn the skin when it comes in to contact with it. Excessive exposure may lead to liver and kidney damage. Can be found in bathroom, floor, carpet, glass, upholstery and stain cleaners.  

Perchlorethylene of “PERC”- Causes dizziness, headaches, nausea, skin irritations and respiratory issues.  Long term effects are neurological problems, liver and kidney damage and cancer. Found in dry cleaning, wood solvents, cleaning solvents, aerosol products and carpet cleaners.

Phthalates- These are found in products that contain fragrance.  So many cleaning products contain fragrance.  From all purpose cleaners, bathroom cleaners, carpet cleaners, air fresheners, laundry detergent and dryer sheets.  They cause hormone disruption, and reproductive issues in males and females. 

Sodium Hydroxide- Found in many solvents and cleaners.  From oven cleaners to drain cleaners. It can cause burning in the eye, throat and skin.

Chlorine- Bad for the lungs, has been linked to thyroid issues, skin irritations, and linked to dementia in the elderly.  Can be found in many disinfectant cleaning products. Chlorine bleach and ammonia are big toxic culprits when it comes to cleaning products.  They should not be mixed together.  If mixed they form chloramine gases which are toxic to the lungs

Bleach- Found in laundry products, toilet cleaners, many whitening cleaning products, and used as a disinfectant too.  Causes skin irritations, respiratory issues, liver and kidney damage.  Cannot be mixed with other cleaning products as it can cause serious chemical reactions.

Phenols- These are found in any cleaner that has the word “sol” in it.  From solvents, to air fresheners, detergents, flame retardants and disinfectants. Can cause liver and kidney damage, as well as skin irritations and central nervous system damage.

Fragrance- Fragrance is also a huge offender when it comes to conventional cleaning products.  Companies try and mask the scent by using artificial fragrance.  Artificial fragrance is a recipe for a toxic chemical cocktail.  Since fragrance is considered a “trade secret by the FDA, companies don’t have to share what’s in their fragrance.  All they have to do is list the word fragrance on a label.  So you have no idea what’s actually in a product when you see the word fragrance.  As mentioned earlier, phthalates are found in fragrance- another toxic offender.

This is an exert taken from The EWG article, “Not So Sexy.”

“The average fragrance product tested contained 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label. Among them are chemicals associated with hormone disruption and allergic reactions, and many substances that have not been assessed for safety in personal care products.”

Half the products now are loaded with so much fragrance to mask their smell that it practically knocks you off your feet!  Artificial fragrance, in my opinion, is one of the worst things-I can smell it a mile away.  Have you ever walked into someone’s house and the first thought was someone must have been cleaning because the scent is so intense?  I know I have.  That’s artificial fragrance at work.

Quaternary Ammonium Compounds, or “QUATS”- These are found in many disinfectant products.  They are meant to kill germs.  A lot of people think these are necessary for everyday use but they aren’t.  Unless you plan on doing something intense like a medical surgery, you don’t need these for everyday use.  They are lung and skin irritants, have shown to cause reproductive problems, and birth defects in mice. These also create superbugs which end up being resistant to other cleaning products and antibiotics.

Something to keep in mind.  The cleaning products are bioaccumulative in nature.  Since these are chemicals we use all the time, they build up over time.  That’s where the real danger comes in as long term affects are not something you want to be dealing with.  Isn’t it odd that the very products we use to clean our houses with end up causing us more harm than good in the long run?  It’s time to swap out the cleaning products and save yourself from toxic chemical exposure.

So I’ve compiled my complete natural cleaning product guide.  I’m sharing what I use and what works when it comes to natural products. Trust me, you won’t even miss your old stuff!

 

Natural Cleaning Products 

 

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Love e-cloth natural microfiber cleaning cloths!

 

e-cloth-

I wanted to give a brief introduction about e-cloth before I continue sharing their products.  The basis of e-cloth is that it offers a chemical free cleaning experience using only water.  It does this through micro fiber technology, proprietary equipment, and manufacturing techniques.  *Also, with many companies on the market offering similar microfiber cloths and products, learn why I chose e-cloth here.

 

e-cloth Glass & Polishing Cloth– Kitchen/Windows/Mirrors

This cloth has been another winner from e-cloth.  One side is more grainy and perfect for getting rid of residue, while the other side is smooth for polishing.  Both sides remove 99% of bacteria just using water-I love it!  I just spray some water onto the stainless steel, then use the grainy side to remove any residue(make sure you go in the direction of your grain so you don’t scratch anything).  Then I would use the smooth side to polish.  It did clean my stainless steel well, but it didn’t leave it sparkling like I wanted.  I contacted e-cloth and asked what the solution might be to get the “sparkle” effect.

They recommended the Glass and Polishing Cloth.  So I got that, gave it a try, and bam-my stainless steel sparkled like new!  The best part is it not only works for shining up stainless steel, but also for cleaning windows and mirrors.  I would spray a little water onto my window or mirror and wipe away.  No streaky residue.  Are you hearing me people?!  There was absolutely no chemical used to clean my stainless steel, windows or mirrors!  Let’s just say I struck gold.  I also used the Stainless Steel Cloth to clean my granite counters, and my countertops never shined brighter.  I highly recommend these two products.  They tackle so many cleaning jobs with no chemicals.  Plus, no paper towel was wasted, just wash and re-use!  Get E-Cloth 2 Glass & Polishing Cloth.

 

Thieves Household Cleaner 

I’ve been loving this all purpose cleaner.  I use it for my countertops, floors, bathrooms, dusting- really anything!  I love that it not only gets things shiny but actually is disinfecting them as well.  It makes everything smell fresh and clean too.  You get a bottle of the concentrate and then make your spray.  It has lasted me so long!  I still have half the bottle left and I use it for everything.  I bought the bottle in February and it’s now May.  Check it out here!

 

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FAVES: a DIY natural dish soap, to my favorite dishwasher detergent and silicone scrub brush.

 

 

Deep Clean Mop-

I’ve had this mop for over a year and a half and it’s been awesome.  I used to have a Shark steam mop.  It pushes out really hot steam that cleans your floors.  However, I learned that steam can actually get under your wood floors and get moldy.  I then was on the hunt for something else and found the Deep Clean Mop.

This mop uses a microfiber cloth to clean the floors.  It attached to the mop with velcro.  You just get the microfiber cloth wet and then it cleans your floors getting rid of 99% of the bacteria.  It is so easy to use!  I just throw it in the washer after use.  I also will spray some Branch Basics All Purpose Cleaner on the floor as I mop for added benefit.  My floors look clean and feel clean!  Get it here!

 

Ecover Naturally Derived Automatic Dishwasher Tablets

These really work and are clean!  They are fragrance free which I love and are so easy to use.  Just add one tab to the dishwasher and that’s it.  My dishes come out clean and streak free.  Plus, as I mentioned they’re super clean- chlorine free, dye free, phosphate free.  Made with plant-based mineral ingredients and biodegradable. Get the Ecover Naturally Derived Automatic Dishwasher Tablets!

 

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My favorite natural laundry stain remover and dryer balls instead of fabric sheets.

 

 

Simple Dish Soap Recipe from Live Simply Blog

This dish soap recipe is my fave!  It’s so easy to make-literally takes a minute, it’s so effective, and it’s toxin free!  Plus, you’re going to save a ton of money, since you’re not buying it pre-made.  The recipe uses Sal Suds from Dr. Bronner’s and love it.  I also use it for cleaning my floors sometimes when I want a little soap.  For the full dish soap recipe head to Live Simply’s Blog here! 

 

Branch Basics All In One Cleaning Kit-

I can’t recommend Branch Basics enough if you’re looking for an all in one cleaning kit to purchase to swap all your toxic cleaning products over to natural ones.  They make it so easy!  You buy this kit here and then you have one cleaning solution you use to make each bottle of cleaner.  You add water and the solution to make each cleaning solution.  From window cleaner, all purpose cleaner, laundry detergent, bathroom cleaner and even foaming hand soap.  Plus they also have a product called an Oxygen Boost.  This can be used to add a little extra grit to heavily soiled laundry, clean tile and grout, get out stains and add a little grit when cleaning bathrooms.  Once you’ve used up the solution you just order more solution instead of more bottles.  Saving on plastic and waste in the long run.  Check out Branch Basics here!

 

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Natural laundry detergent is so important in reducing your overall toxic load.

 

 

Laundry Detergent-

A couple thoughts on natural laundry detergent.  I’ve found different water can effect how well a natural laundry detergent works.  Just keep that in mind.  Also, if you’re used to using conventional detergents that have so much fragrance in them it knocks you over, be warned that these will NOT be the same.  Your clothes might not even smell fresh to you for the first few times because you’re used to synthetic fragrances.

Synthetic fragrance is so strong and can mask a multitude of things.  But here’s the thing- it’s completely unnatural and you’re going to have to retrain yourself when it comes to what smells fresh and clean.  So don’t give up!  Give it time.  If you really want some more “smell” to your clothes.  Add some pure essential oil drops to some wools dryer balls and add them to your dryer.  I’m so used to not having synthetic fragrance around that I can smell it a mile away.   Just be aware and don’t throw in the towel.  You may just need to retrain your nose to what real scent is!  Check out my blog post on artificial fragrance and perfume here- it will make you realize you don’t want to be near synthetic fragrance in anyway.

 

ECOS OXO Brite-

I love using this for getting toilets white and removing stains from tile.  I mix a little with water to form a paste and add it on.  I leave it for a while and then come back and scrub it off.  I also add it to laundry loads to keep things extra fresh.  Works especially great for laundry that is extra soiled.  It’s my new favorite cleaning product!  It’s the natural alternative to Oxi Clean I tell people.  Get it here!

 

EcoNuts Liquid Laundry Detergent-

This is my newest laundry detergent find!  It uses soap nuts to clean your clothes.  Not related to a nut at all but a berry tree. Instead of leaving it in berry form they make a liquid that’s more concentrated.  I love that it’s in a pump form.  I just pump a few pumps into my washer and I’m good to go.  It gives my clothes a clean, fresh smell- even towels!  Plus, you can get it on Amazon.  Check it out here!  

 

Pure Natural Laundry Detergent-

This one is also great!  My clothes feel clean but don’t feel like they have a build up on them.  My hubs approved too!  Really good at getting rid of odors.  The company even recommends soaking clothes too for tough stains or smells. They also get their cleaning action from the soap berry.  This laundry detergent was actually created by a family that had children that were allergic to conventional detergents.  They created Pure as a solution!  It’s especially great for sensitive skin.  You can even find it on Amazon.  Get it here!

 

Greenshield Organic Laundry Detergent-

I love how easy this is to use.  It feels like a conventional detergent without all the questionable ingredients.  This also uses soap berries as the cleaning agent.  Great for sensitive skin.  They have a free and clear version, a lavender version, and even a baby version.  My clothes feel clean and fresh.  They also feel soft!  I want to try their other cleaning products too.  Get it here!

 

Buckaroo Organics Soapberry Suds Organic Laundry Detergent:

I love this detergent!  It really works and is completely natural-what more could you ask for?  I love the whole concept of using soap nuts.  For one they aren’t nuts, but are actually a berry from a tree, how much more natural can you get?!  They’re a sustainable resource and grown organically easily, they’re great for sensitive skin, and hypoallergenic.  Not to mention they’re 100% bio-degradeable, and completely safe for water systems.  If you’re not sold yet, they actually use less water than conventional detergent, are safe for front loading washers, and they cost less per load too.  They’re just a pretty amazing little berry!!  How does it actually clean your clothes?  It takes the saponin contained in the husk of the natural berry, and uses that to wash and get rid of dirt.  Yes, even my husband’s stinky workout clothes smell good!  My clothes smell fresh, not artificial and they are clean.  I’m addicted to this stuff and almost out- it really is some good stuff. Buy it here!

 

Thieves Laundry Detergent-

I’ve fallen hard for this laundry detergent!  It works so well.  I had my eye on it for a while and kept putting it off because of the price tag.  It retails for around $40 for 32 oz.  I knew that wouldn’t last me long.  But then my friend filled me in on a secret.  You actually dilute the formula into three 32 oz containers!  Which had me sold.  I can’t recommend this enough if you’ve been searching for a natural laundry detergent that gets your clothes smelling fresh and clean.  It gets all the grubby clothes, plus my hubs workout clothes smelling so good.  They use enzymes and the power of Thieves essential oil to clean the clothes.  Get it here! Also, I am not a sales rep for them but my friend Steph Duford is.  She introduced me to Young Living and so if you do buy it, please buy it from her!  Her # is 22470440.  Thank you!

 

Molly Sud’s-

I like Molly’s Suds but sometimes after a couple months I feel like I need to switch up my laundry detergent and use something else.  It feels like my clothes or towels are getting a residue.  It could just be me and the water where I live.  But just wanted to be honest about my thoughts.  I do think they’re great!  Nice to have a powder option especially for travel.  They even have a liquid now too!  I haven’t tried it but will update when I have.  Check it out here!

 

Molly Sud’s Oxygen Whitener-

I really love their Whitener!  It works well.  The key is to leave your items to soak for a bit.  The longer you can leave them soaking in the whitener the better from my experience.  This has removed yellow stains from white shirts in the underarm area.  It also has removed skincare stains from my white pillow case and freshened my white sheets.  Get it!  Check it out here! 

 

Puracy Laundry Stain Remover-

This is hands down the best stain remover I’ve ever found!  It works so well.  At the end of the day my kid’s clothes can look pretty gnarly.  This keeps them in tip top shape.  I spray it on, let it sit for an hour and then use some water to scrub and get the stain out.  As good as new!  If you don’t want to wait for the stain remover to set in, no problem.  I’ve often just sprayed it on and rubbed it in the stain.  It takes a little more elbow grease sometimes but comes out!  I’ve also used this on my carpet and it works great too.

I’ve had people ask me about the ingredients before because EWG doesn’t rate it as good.  Remember EWG is a computer system and can’t take into consideration all of the things.  This is something they missed.  Read it here.  Get the stain remover on Amazon here!

 

Wool Dryer Balls-

Say goodbye to fabric softener and fabric sheets.  Literally one of the worst things you can use in your house!  Filled with toxic chemicals that lead to depression, central nervous system disorder, headaches, dizziness and vomiting.  Check out Dr. Axe’s full article here on the dangers of fabric sheets and fabric softeners.  If you want your clothes to be static free and have a fresh smell, add some wool dryer balls to your dryer.  Add a few drops off essential oil to each wool dryer ball.  I like Branch Basics Wool Dryer Balls here!

 

Natural Scour Pads-

Scrub brushes and scour pads can really load up on germs quick.  Most people don’t change out their scrub brush or pad.  The germs and bacteria can build up over time, even parasites.  My friend Steph from @stephdufordlifestyle shared with me a tip that she does and I’ve been hooked ever since!  You buy a large pack of natural scour pads.  Then cut them up into 6 or 8 squares each.  Then just use one new square for each day and throw away the old one at the end of the day.  Then it’s not harboring bacteria but you’re also not going through a sponge a day.

She uses a new one for each meal even.  She has multiple allergies in her house so this is not only for sanitation but also safety purposes.  I don’t have any family allergies so I just use one square per day.  I get these Scotch Brite Natural Scour pads.  I buy them in a package from Amazon.  The scour pads are made from 50% agave plant and packaging is 100% recycled. I used to buy the Twist scour pads but I can’t seem to find them in bulk anymore.  So I’ve resorted to the Scotch Brite Natural Scour pads for now since they come in a pack of 12.  I don’t have to buy them for several months after. Get them here! 

 

Favorite Hand Soap: Kosmatology Foaming Hand Soap

I LOVE this hand soap!  Best organic, natural hand soap I’ve tried…hands down.  I’ve struggled with finding a hand soap.  It either wasn’t pure, or didn’t foam.  This baby does it all, and has the best ingredients.  Not to mention, it doesn’t dry out my hands!  Everyone needs this in your kitchen and bathroom…trust me.  They have them in several scents-they all smell good!   Buy it here!

 

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Branch Basics makes it so easy to swap out your conventional products for natural ones.

 

Tips:

I’ve also picked up a few other natural cleaning product tips and some DIY’s if that’s our thing!

  • Cleaning Microfiber Cloths I get a separate set of microfiber cloths from Amazon in a pack of 12 or 15 just for cleaning the bathrooms and dusting. I get a different color so I have a set for the kitchen and for bathrooms.  Helps keep things more streamlined and then I’m not using the bathroom cloths for the kitchen.  Check out the cloths I get here!  
  • Bleach alternative- I found this recipe on the blog Live Simply.  Check out Kristin’s blog-it’s awesome!  She has so many great DIY recipes and they actually work.  This one is gold!  You just mix hydrogen peroxide, washing soda and hot water.  I can’t take any credit for it though.  I’ve just used it for everything and I’m here to say it works.  I typically soak my stuff overnight, not that you need too,  I just forget I’m soaking things sometimes…opps!  I’ve found it works best for things when done right away.  Don’t wait a month, and then decide you want to whiten something…know what  I mean?  I had these white tea towels that hadn’t ever been whitened, needless to say they were in bad shape.  However, they did turn out pretty white with a good soaking…but just get on the soaking asap just for good measure.
  • Use the same towels for cleaning each time so there is no need for paper towels.  I don’t buy paper towels. However, sometimes there are seasons where my hubs pleads with me to buy some.  Usually it’s when we have a baby.  Sometimes convenience wins out.  I buy Seventh Generation’s recycled paper towels and only allow 1 roll per week.  We actually make it longer than a week most of the time.  Typically we use these reusable microfiber cloths from Amazon here!  Really good deal for a pack of them.
  • Here’s a recipe for liquid dish soap I like from the blog Mommypotamus, she really knows her stuff and this one is tried and true, and not full of the nasties.
  • Here’s a recipe for dishwasher detergent from the blog Pins and Procrastinations.  I’ve tried a ton of these recipes, and this one has seemed to work the best as far a DIY version.

 

Ok, that’s a wrap for my natural cleaning product faves!  I want to hear from you guys!  What do you use?  Leave me a comment!

 

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Best Natural Home Gifts

Best Natural Home Gifts

Sharing my best natural home gifts with you today!  I get asked this question a lot.  What natural home gifts would I recommend.  Well, here they are!  After detoxing my beauty 10 years ago I slowly started to also detox my home. From the sheets I bought to the mattresses, cleaning supplies and water.  I was determined to get the toxins out!

The holidays are the perfect time to stock up on some natural home products. Especially when the savings are so huge.  I’ve listed below some of the best natural home gifts in hopes it will help make detoxing your home a little easier.  

 

Best Natural Home Gifts

 

Berkey Water Filter-

Having a water filter is one of the best things you can do for your family.  This filters out everything, even fluoride with their fluoride filter.  I would recommend for most average size families the Big Berkey but you may want a smaller one or larger one depending on family size.  I always tell people to think about not just drinking water but also water that you use to cook with.  It might seem like a lot initially but really you go through the water quick for daily use.  Once you buy it, you will only have to replace the filters every couple years, except the fluoride filter usually every 8-12 months.  A worthwhile investment knowing you will have clean water for a lifetime!   This year Berkey has their sales on their website through email.  You just enter your email and you’ll get access to all their sales.  Check it out here!

 

Blendtec Blender-

I don’t know what I would do without my blender? Seriously. I use it everyday- sometimes twice a day.  I make my hubs smoothie and my smoothie every morning.  Then I also use it for sauces, blending pancake mixes, juicing, making nut butters- the list is endless!  I have the small twister jar but I also have the large blender jar too.  The small one is great for sauces and nut butters.  They came out with their Blendtec Go this year and it has been a game changer!!  I can just put the ingredients in the jar and put it on the blender, push start and walk away!  No more holding the blender while it blends.  Plus, once it’s done blending you can simply take the cup with you- no more transferring to a different blender.  If you don’t have a high speed blender I can’t recommend it enough!  Shop Blendtec here!

 

SOL Organic Sheets- 

These sheets are what luxury is made of!  They are made with fair trade certified cotton, and certified organic cotton.  The second party certifications include GOTS, Oeko-Tex and FLOCERT- a global fair trade certification.  These 300 thread count cotton sheets wrap you up in softness the minute they touch your skin!  They come in a variety of colors too. We chose white and are happy with how crisp and clean they look.  They also have 3 different sheet sets.  You can get a hemmed version, classic or pleated.  We got the hemmed version.  Each set comes with two pillow cases, a fitted sheet and a flat sheet.  And yes they stay on our mattress too!  They also come in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King and Split King. Can’t say enough about these luxury sheets.  They also offer organic duvet covers and bedroom sets that include the duvet and sheet set. 30% OFF using code: BF2019 for Black Friday and code: CM2019 for Cyber Monday  Get them here!

 

White Lotus Home Pillows-

They are a store that offers pure and natural mattresses, bedding, and home furnishings all made in the USA.  It’s your one stop shop to clean up your bedroom!  When I was choosing my pillow options to try out they were so helpful.  Walking me through the whole process and asking questions to ensure I had the best options for how I sleep.  I love that you can get a zippered pillow option, so you’re able to take out the filling if it’s too firm.  Making it so customizable!  We have their Kapok pillows and love them!  They even have toddler pillows. *Use Coupon Code: GGG25 for 25% off!  Shop White Lotus Home here!

 

Branch Basics-

This is the perfect gift for someone who may not have switched over to natural cleaning products but wants too!  Cleaning products can be so toxic!  Branch Basics makes it so easy to make the switch.  You can buy products individually or in sets.  It’s so nice to get the whole set for someone then they won’t have to think twice about switching over their products.  Check out Branch Basics here!  20% off all starter kits with code: GIVECLEAN. Check them out here!

 

Moosoo handheld Vacuum-

So my brother and sister in law got me this as a gift for my birthday- I mean really it was my sister in law(God bless her). Let’s just say I’ve become besties with this little vacuum.  If you have children then you understand what I mean. 😉 This quickly picks up any mess, I’ve used it on my stairs, on my moldings for dust.  I’m convinced there is nothing it can’t quickly pick up.  Get it, and thank me later!  

 

Excalibur Dehydrator-

Another gadget I can’t live without!  I use this all the time for raw veggie bread and kale chips.  Also for dehydrating nuts.  I love that it keeps the nutrients intact because I can keep the temp so low.  An oven just does’t go that low.  You can get great deals off Amazon! Take your health to the next level!  Get it here!

 

Cuisinart 14 Cup Food Processor-

This food processor is amazing.  I got it last spring and I’m not sure how I lived without it.  I thought I could use my blender for everything but really the food processor is different and does things the blender can’t because of it’s wide bowl.  I use this for my raw veggie breads, more on that below, making paleo granola, bars, hummus, random recipes- so much!  Shop my food processor here!

 

Soda Stream Glass Sparkling Water Maker-

This has been a game changer for us!  My hubs and I love sparkling water but don’t want to buy it in plastic bottles or buy a ton of glass bottles.  This solves the solution!  It makes sparkling water in seconds and it’s with glass bottles not plastic.  I love that my water is filtered too!  The best of both worlds.  We use this all the time and add fresh lemon or lime juice and even some liquid stevia at times too.  Get your Soda Stream here!

 

Almond Cow Nut Milk Maker-

This nut milk maker has changed my life!  It literally makes the best nut milk in less than a minute.  I’ve never had nut milk so creamy and delicious.  It does it all for you from straining, and grinding.  You rinse the container and colander and you’re done.  Trust me- worth every penny! They are having their once a year sale on Monday- so wait to buy until then! 🙂 Shop here!

 

Oster Titanium Infused Waffle Maker-

If you follow me on my stories then you’ve heard me rave about this waffle maker!  It’s not made with teflon and is nontoxic.  I used to not make waffles because there wasn’t a great toxic free option.  But now there is!  Plus, it’s so inexpensive.  Get it here!

 

Vitruvi Essential Oil Diffuser-

This is the essential oil diffuser I have and love!  It looks modern and blends well into decor.  I like that it isn’t plastic and has 3 hour continuous or 7 hour interval settings. Plus, you can get it on Amazon! Get it here!

 

My Green Mattress-

This organic mattress company is it when it comes to organic mattresses that are budget friendly and comfortable. I can’t recommend them enough!  We have the Natural Escape and love it.  Sometimes an organic mattress just seems impossible to get because the price is so high. But My Green Mattress makes it so easy!  25% off using code: BLACKFRIDAY + FREE LATEX PILLOW USING CODE: GGGPILLOW  Shop all of My Green Mattress here!

 

The Sill-

My sister originally introduced me to this company and I’ve been hooked ever since.  They are indoor potted plants delivered to your door. This is the perfect gift!  I’ve sent this as a gift and my friend loved it!  They do such a good job with the whole presentation and quality of plants is awesome.  Can’t recommend them enough!  Shop The Sill here!

 

That sums up my best natural home gift guide!  Check out my other gift guides below:

 

 

 

Natural Home Gift Guide

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Modern Office Decor

Modern Office Decor

So excited to share my modern decor office reveal!  If you’ve been following me on social media then you know that I’ve been a busy little bee over here redoing my office for a bit.  I knew when I moved into our house last year that I wanted to redo it. 

The room had carpet and I wanted hardwood floors.  It also had some old blinds, needed a paint job, new light fixture, etc.  As you can see I had big plans for this little room!  I couldn’t wait to get started. 

 

modern office decor

Love how bright and airy my modern office turned out!

 

As you know with anything it takes longer than you think.  But I’m so happy it’s finally done!  I really wanted a space that felt open and airy- hello I live in Washington and the dark days are a real thing.  I also wanted it to feel a little boho, while at the same time feeling chic. I like clean lines and simplicity but also a little flair here and there.  

 

before and after office decor

This was right when we moved in last November. We hadn’t painted it yet or done the floors. There were no closet doors either!

 

I think I nailed it!  Every time I walk into my office I just breathe a little easier, and feel a calm and peace.  Spaces have a serious effect on your outlook.  I knew I wanted to feel inspired and motivated when working, and so I needed to create a space that would embody that. 

 

modern office reveal

This was after we painted the office last January, but hadn’t put in new blinds or done anything else.

 

I’m sharing everything.  From the eco/green flooring I used to the desk, blinds, bookcase, shelves, EVERYTHING.  I really wanted you to be able buy anything that I used.  

 

modern marble shelves

When I saw these modern marble shelves online I knew they would be perfect in my office!

 

Flooring-

This was the thing that took the longest to decide on.  I really wanted something that wasn’t going to off gas toxic chemicals and also looked good.  Plus, I didn’t want it to be hard to install.  

I wanted something my hubs could install and not have to hire someone.  Well, I found the perfect flooring!

It’s from Green Building Supply.  Green Building Supply is your one stop shop for all things natural and sustainable for homes.  I talked with several different eco experts there and landed on the EcoFusion Solid Drop and Lock Strand Bamboo Flooring.  Not only does the flooring have a zero VOC finish, meaning it will not off-gas toxic chemicals but it also doesn’t have any added urea formaldehyde in it’s adhesive.  

 

Bohemian office reveal

I had to have a fiddle leaf fig tree in my office and the mirror was such a perfect touch as well.

 

I looked into EcoFusion and was really impressed with it’s overall sustainability practices and natural standards. This is a quote about EcoFusion taken from Green Building Supply’s website.

Unlike most bamboo importers, EcoFusion is vertically integrated which means the company grows, harvests and fabricates all of its own bamboo. As a result, EcoFusion insures that its bamboo is plantation-grown to maturity of five-six years for maximum hardness, utilizing no pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers.

-Joel Hirshberg, Founder of Green Building Supply

 

I loved knowing that the company takes great lengths to ensure their products are safe.  In installation you don’t have to use any glue at all.  I loved knowing I could just use the drop and lock method and avoid glue all together.  My husband and a friend installed it in one afternoon and it only took them 4 hours!  I was so impressed with how easy it was to work with and use.  There was no smell either!

It looks so nice and bright and airy.  Just what I was going for.  The color I chose was Frost.  I wanted the floor to be light wood.  Especially since the room isn’t huge.  I wanted it to feel bright and open.  I had ordered a sample for $6.95 before choosing that color. It helped to see the color before ordering all the flooring.  Love that Green Building Supply offers samples!

 

Modern office reveal

Love how everything came together, even the small office supplies!

 

After it was finished I was so amazed with what a difference it made!  The total cost was around $1,100. That also included the Moisture Block that we put down on the floors before installing the bamboo flooring.  The Moisture Lock helps to block moisture and protect your floor. 

For a non-toxic flooring that is not only easy to install, doesn’t smell and looks beautiful- I can’t recommend it enough!  I really wanted something that I could share with my audience that wasn’t over priced or unreasonable, plus that was also easy to install.  This is it!

 

modern bookcase

This modern bookcase was perfect since it wasn’t too big and had doors.

 

Here is the rest of my office reveal!  

 

bohemian light

This bohemian light is everything and really makes the room pop!

 

 

I have linked each item for you to find easily.  

  1. Shelves- I wanted something that looked chic and classy and had a bit of gold in them.  I’m a gold girl all the way and love little pops of gold here and there.  These also are large enough to fit a decent amount of products on- haha, something this product junkie needs for sure!
  2. Desk- I wanted a desk that had a good amount of desk space.  The last desk I had was so tiny.  I also wanted it to be white or something light- as to keeping with the light and airy theme I wanted.  I also wanted it to not be huge and hide my cords.  I can’t stand when cords are everywhere- pet peeve.  Anyways, after a lot of online searching I found one I love!
  3. Chair- I wanted a swivel chair.  I had one before and I love how easy it is to move around.  Especially once I had hardwood floors I knew I would want one.  I wanted one with clean lines and somewhat modern.  
  4. Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig- I knew I needed some greenery in my office.  I also knew that real ones were going to be tricky with lighting and I just didn’t want to deal with that.  So I opted for some faux plants.  This one is the perfect size and such a good price!
  5. Faux Palm Tree- I love how palm plants spread out a little more.  Really taking up some good space.  This was perfect to add some more color to the room overall.
  6. Acrylic Calendar- I love having a huge calendar where I can see all the things.  But I also wanted it to look cute and be practical.  Well I found the perfect one!  It’s mounted on the wall and can easily be written on with dry erase markers but doesn’t look like a plain white board.  Plus, it has some gold detail which makes me swoon!
  7. Bookcase- I saw this online and knew it would be perfect in my office.  I wanted a bookcase that would close so my girls wouldn’t be rummaging through it.  I also liked the clean lines.  I got the color grey but I noticed they’re out of stock of that color right now.  But they do have the shell color which I love as well!
  8. Diffuser- I love a good diffuser, especially when I’m working.  This one is made of ceramic and not plastic and is so chic looking.  It just blends in so nicely which is what I wanted.
  9. Printer- This might sound silly but I didn’t want a black clunky printer in my office.  I wanted something that would feel seamless and transition well.  I looked for a long time but finally found one that not only offered what I needed from copying, and printing but also looked so chic.
  10. Large Basket With White Flowers- I wanted a basket where I could put boxes from blogging if needed, and also put my blanket in as well.  This one is not only the perfect size but also super cute! I didn’t find the exact one online but this one is super cute too and similar colors.
  11. Seagrass Basket- These come in a set of 3.  I only used the medium one in my office but it works perfectly with the plant and theme.  
  12. Pieced Triangle Frame- This frame is super cute and just the pop of color I needed on my desk.
  13. Mirror- I wanted a mirror in my office for sure!  It’s nice when I’m doing videos or trying on new products.  This one screamed boho chic, and fits so well in the space.
  14. Bamboo Shades- We had installed all new shades in the house knew I wanted to do the same for my office.  I love how these let some natural light filter in a little.  But also are a statement for the overall feel of the room too.  I chose the Half Moon Bay color.
  15. Blush Stapler- It sounds silly but there’s always random things I want stapled and of course I wanted a cute stapler.  This one hits all the marks!
  16. Blush Tape Dispenser- I can’t tell you how often I want tape!  I’m so excited to finally have a tape dispenser. Makes like a little easier.
  17. Letter Sorter- I’m a sucker for a letter sorter.  Keeps my life sane and organized.  This one is both functional and chic!
  18. Blanket- I saw this blanket at the store and it was game over.  Not only super cozy but also went perfect with my overall theme.
  19. Light- This light fixture was the first thing I bought for the office! It really started the whole theme for me.  I just loved how it felt a little boho and also added a bit of drama and overall statement to the room.  Still my favorite thing about the space!
  20. Paint- We painted it last year.  If you want to read up on the non-toxic paint we used and why- read my full blog post on it here. I still love the paint so much!

 

What do you think of how it turned out?  Let me know your favorite element!

 

modern office decor

Sharing all the details on my modern office decor reveal!

What To Do When Your Child Has Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

What To Do When Your Child Has Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

In episode #21 we are learning what to do when your child has multiple chemical sensitivities from Steph Duford.  Steph Duford is from Wisconsin.  Born and raised a Midwest girl. Her husband, Larry and her have a 5-year-old fun and enthusiastic son named Frank. Recently, after 16 years, she left her profession as a hair stylist to be a full-time SAHM (stay at home mom) and homeschool Frank. There hasn’t been one defining moment that has made her passionate about lifestyle and wellness but a compilation of many.  Knowledge is her power. Steph loves to learn and research…often times to a fault. By personality, she is passionate, strong willed and determined. Her biggest tool has always been self navigation. At 1 year, her son Frank was diagnosed with multiple anaphylaxis to both food and environmental allergies…36 to be exact. He’s truly the bravest and most inspiring human she knows. It has been her mission to focus on healing him from the inside out and there really is no limit to how far her and her husband will go for her son’s health and freedom.

Along with many allergies, she’s also become well versed in chronic atopic eczema and multiple chemical sensitivity. The saying, “The best detective at work is the mother of an ill child” is 100% accurate! One thing she very much prides herself in is how her and her family create normalcy. They focus on experiences that can safely be improvised and work around limitations while still building childhood fun/memories. Steph’s mission is to share experiences that have shaped her in hopes to reach and help others. Her biggest satisfaction is helping others build a happier, healthier lifestyle for themselves and their families.

Connect With Steph-

Topics Discussed-

  • Who is Steph Duford and her story of having a child with allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities
  • Golden Hour moment or catalyst in her own health journey
  • Her advice for mama’s who may feel overwhelmed when caring for a child with allergies or MCS
  • Tips and protocols that have helped her and her family navigate having a child with allergies or MCS
  • Things she’s learned along the way to ensure her child still experiences life to the fullest
  • Tips that have helped her have courage and boldness to ask for what she wants
  • Things anyone can do to help make the environment around them safer for those who suffer from allergies
  • 3 health habits that have made the biggest impact on your life
  • Where people can connect with Steph

Links Mentioned In The Podcast-

  • Metaderm- Lotion that helped heal Frankie’s eczema skin

 

*Sponsorship- This episode is brought to you by:

 

Why We Love It?

  • Goat whey has demonstrated positive anti-inflammatory effects in the digestive system. Cow whey has shown increased inflammatory effects.
  • Cow whey is considered allergenic whereas goat whey is considered hypoallergenic.
  • Whey protein is the “gold standard” for serious athletes. Goat whey is the “gold standard” of that “gold standard.”
  • Goat whey is amazing for our immune systems, supporting lean muscle growth and repair, as well as optimal body composition.
  • Goat whey has the full range of essential amino acids in ratios that best support the athlete in all of us
  • It is really light and doesn’t ever makes us feel bloated. That’s because there is nothing added to fill up space, just the purest goat whey and flavoring.
  • Activ Whey is a goat whey protein that comes from goats that are grassfed all the way through their lifecycle. There are zero antibiotics or hormones used on the goats or the vegetation they eat from.
  • I personally know the creator and can vouch for the legitimacy of the protein and where it is sourced from.
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Best Organic Pillow

Best Organic Pillow

Have you been searching for the best organic pillow like I was?  Well, if you have don’t worry, I’ve got your back!  I’ve tested out many options and I’m here to report on my favorites.  Finding a pillow shouldn’t be a hard process, but it can be if you don’t know where to start.  I take the guess work out so you can find your perfect pillow, minus the toxic load.

So why should you avoid conventional pillows?  

Well, for starters most pillows are either filled with polyester, or cotton.  Polyester contains a toxic chemical ethylene glycol, most commonly known as the deadly substance in anti-freeze.  Cotton contains harmful herbicides and pesticides- many are carcinogenic.  If you think about the amount of time you spend sleeping on your pillow it adds up to a toxic load.  Even memory foam pillows are a toxic recipe since they’re off gassing VOC’s(volatile organic compounds).  As you sleep you’re breathing in all those harmful substances.  These VOC’s have been known to cause a host of problems from irritation to the throat, nose, eyes, headaches, nausea, damage to liver, kidneys and nervous system, some of the organic compounds have even been found to cause cancer in humans.  No thanks!

Besides the toxic load it puts on your body, investing in a conventional pillow also puts a toxic load and burden on the environment.  The herbicides and pesticides are then thrown back into our environment where they end up in our streams, lakes and rivers.  Then they make their way into our water streams.  I think sometimes people forget that when you purchase something you are casting a vote for the kind of world we live in.  Good or bad- it’s up to us to make our voice heard!

As you can see picking up a new pillow requires a little more thought than just going to Target.  Whenever I think about detoxing my home, I really have to stop and think about what kind of impact this will have on my health.  In my opinion, pillows are pretty high on the priority list.  Since you spend so much time sleeping, the toxic load of your pillow adds up.  I want the peace of mind knowing what I lay my head on at night is not negatively impacting my health.

Something to think about…

I’ve seen “organic” pillows popping up in Costco or Target and other major retailers that aren’t necessarily organic.  Allow me to explain.  Marketers are catching on and realizing consumers want to see the word organic.  So they’re putting organic on anything and everything these days.  I’ll see “organic” pillows at these stores for $10 or $15- which isn’t possible if it’s truly organic.  What they really mean is the cotton sheet encasing the fill of the pillow is organic but not the actual fill of the pillow.  Which can be hard to know unless you’ve done your research.  Bottom line: don’t be fooled by marketers and always ask lots of questions!  If it seems to good to be true it often is.

So what materials should you look for in an organic pillow?

  • Organic Cotton- Make sure it is certified GOTS ensuring it has gone through testing to vouch for it’s pureness. Cotton is a firmer option, but not the firmest.  More of a medium firmness.
  • Organic Wool- Naturally flame resistant and pest resistant.  Also, naturally microbial.  It’s also comfortable in the summer and winter because of it’s insulative properties.  Some people can be allergic to wool, so something to consider.
  • Organic Buckwheat- These pillows are made from buckwheat hulls.  They offer firm support for your head.  They are great at circulating the air, which helps you stay cool throughout the night.  They’re also naturally resistant to pests.
  • Kapok- It’s a natural fiber that comes from the Ceiba Tree in Central America.  This is a vegan option for those who like a down pillow. It’s fluffy like a down pillow but plant based.  It has an overall lighter feel than cotton as well.
  • Latex- Shredded latex is great for those who like a soft pillow.  Your head will sink into these pillows.  They will keep you cooler too.  It is similar to conventional memory foam but without the toxic chemicals. It’s also mold and mite resistant, 100% biodegradable, and even antimicrobial.

Ok, now that you know the different types of materials to look for in a safe natural pillow, let me review the natural pillow options I’ve personally tried.

White Lotus Home sent me 3 different pillow options to try.  They are store that offers pure and natural mattresses, bedding, and home furnishings all made in the USA.  It’s your one stop shop to clean up your bedroom!  When I was choosing my pillow options to try out they were so helpful.  Walking me through the whole process and asking questions to ensure I had the best options for how I sleep.

I ended up with the Shredded Latex pillow for my husband, the 100% Organic Cotton pillow for myself and the Kapok Travel pillow to try out as well.

Shredded Latex Pillow- My husband LOVES this pillow!  I’m not just saying that.  He probably tells me at least twice a week how much he likes his pillow.  He had been on me for  while to pick up a new pillow.  He’s a side sleeper and likes his pillow to have some softness with it, but still offer some support.  The shredded latex pillow hit the nail on the head for him.  He said he’s never had a pillow he’s loved more!  The overall weight of the pillow is pretty heavy, it reminds me of a down pillow a little.  What’s great about White Lotus Home is you can customize the fill amount.  Just get a zippered case for the pillow when selecting the type of pillow and you’ll be able to take latex out if it’s too much.  I love this feature!  I did try my husband’s pillow too and I have to say I really loved it as well.  It offers the support I like but still felt fluffy.

100% Organic Cotton- So this is the pillow I got for myself.  It offers more of a firm support then the shredded latex. This is especially great if you sleep on your stomach.  I don’t sleep on my stomach but I do like a decent pillow firmness.  I used to sleep with two pillows before getting this one.  I also got the medium fill because I knew I could always take some fill out if I wanted too.  It felt a little firm initially so I did take some of the cotton out.  Another perk of getting the zippered case!  That helped a lot.  Then I felt my head could sink more into the pillow and not be so stiff.  It’s also nice because once the pillow flattens out a little, I know I can go back and add more fill that I took out.

Kapok-  A great option for a side or back sleeper.  This one felt light on the head and not as firm as the cotton.  I like how it molded to my head after a while and didn’t feel as firm as it did in the beginning.  It seemed more breathable than my cotton one too.  The pillow we got to try was a travel pillow so it was a little harder to get an accurate idea of what a kapok pillow might be like since the pillow itself is smaller but overall I was happy with it.  I think the next time I order one I would order a kapok pillow.  I’ve been letting my 22 month old use the travel size pillow and she loves it!  It’s the perfect size for a toddler pillow.  The kapok pillows are also more budget friendly compared to the other two options above.

If you’re looking for a good quality pillow that isn’t going to off gas toxins I would definitely look into White Lotus Home.  They really offer so many great options for natural pillows.  I didn’t get to try out their wool or buckwheat options but they’re reviews look great for both of those pillows as well!  What I love too about White Lotus Home is that each of their pillows comes in a smooth 100% organic cotton sateen pillow casing.  You can know your pillow is doted on from start to finish!  Use Coupone Code: GGG for 20% off your order!!

Have you swapped out your conventional pillow for a natural alternative?  If so, what was your favorite pillow you’ve tried?

 

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Sharing my favorite organic pillow on the blog!

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