What’s in your home?

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It’s crazy how many chemicals they can pack in those bottles! Check out what ingredients are in your everyday items and what it all means! Two of my favorite sites are below:

Good Guide

Skin Deep

And although most things contain some form of chemicals you can always choose the ones that have a LOT less, or have better alternatives. For example we are starting to switch our house over from classic soaps like Dawn dishsoap to Dr. Bronner’s. I eventually want to start making my own soap, but that’s a little ways off.

Here’s a few examples of common household cleaning products and then a possible alternative!

1a: Dawn dish soap ingredients (from what I could find online): Triclosan, water, magnesium, sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate, ammonium laureth sulfate, lauryl polyglucose, lauramidopropylanine oxide, SD Alcohol 3A, sodium xylene sulfonate, sodium chloride, fragrance, pentasodium pentetate, sodium bisulfite, quaternium 15, D&C Orange 4.

1b: Dr. Bronner’s Citrus magic soap ingredients:  Water, Organic Coconut Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Organic Orange Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Lemon Oil, Organic Lime Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol.

2a: Comet scrub ingredients: Can’t find a list of ingredients, if anyone can find them send them my way!

2b: Home made scrub ingredients*: baking soda + dish soap, make into a paste and voila! You can also add Borax and your favorite essential oils into the mix. (*Thanks Christine for the tips on a good scrub base!)

3a: Windex ingredients: Water, Isopropyl Alcohol, 2-Hexoxyethanol, Videt EGM, Sodium C14-17, Sec-Alkyl Sulfonate, Ammonium Hydroxide, Propylene Glycol, Mirapol Surf S-210, Fragrance, Liquitint Sky Blue Dye

3b: Homemade window Cleaner: Vinegar and essential oils

Not only are you using ingredients that are more natural, recognizable and less scary BUT you can keep reusing your own containers! Yay for less waste!

Portia Westesen

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