It started with a lecture at our local hospital about the chemicals in our homes and lives a few years back. That really opened my eyes to the chemicals in our household and we have removed many of them. BPA (Bisphenol A) was the start. Good-bye BPA plastics. We replaced the plastic food containers with glass. We try not to make plastic purchases (that’s not always possible) and NEVER microwave in plastic.
To find a lower cost alternatives to replace the plastic, we use canning jars in a variety of sizes for food storage. We switched from plastic bags to waxed paper bags, from aluminum foil to glass storage options. We stopped bagging our vegetables from the store and try to buy the without packaging which is not always possible.
Next, we started the eliminating chemicals hunt in our home. We found sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and parabens in our personal care products – toothpaste, shampoo, skin care and more. We didn’t want formaldehyde, phosphates, dyes and more in our cleaning products. It’s these ingredients that makes me cringe.
Finding healthy alternatives at reasonable prices was a challenge, so I began making my own products. Essential oils were the answer for our household. First, I started with glass cleaner with just water, white vinegar and lemon and Thieves essential oils. Next, came the personal care products. Check out my Chemical Free Household Pinterest board for more information and stay turned for what’s next.