From Dirty to Clean

Have you ever put any thought into the products you use?

And when I say thought, I don't just mean about the products scent or how they work or look but REAL thought into the ingredients that make up those products.

You will be floored when you find out just how DIRTY aka far from healthy some of the things you are using in your home and on your body every day really are.

Today I'm sharing a bit about the process that's been going on in my home for quite awhile now as I'm trying to get our home from "dirty" to clean!

It's so unfortunate but these days you can go to the store and grab a product off the shelf that you think is healthy because the label reads, "organic", "clean", "healthy", "safe", etc... but when you do your research guess what, it's totally the opposite of what the label reads. The US Government does not define or investigate the use of these terms on personal care and cosmetics. So you can easily make the mistake of purchasing something that you think is good for you but it really isn't.

Up until about 3 years ago, that was me. I didn't put any thought into the ingredients of the products I was using. If someone told me that they were using it and it was great or if it smelled great, etc. I would buy it. Why not, right?! Well, I started to notice how my body was reacting to products. As I've gotten older my body has become a lot more sensitive to things and that was the first clue in realizing that maybe the products I was using were affecting me.

One day I started researching ingredients and I could not believe what was in some of the products I was using. Some of which were causing direct issues I was having. Just to give you an example, one of my very health conscious friends brought to my attention an ingredient called Carrageenan. It's an additive used to thicken, emulsify and preserve foods and drinks. You'll see it a lot in coffee creamers and that was where one of my issues was coming from. I was using a coffee creamer that had this ingredient in it and I had no idea. I had been dealing with stomach issues for so long. I went to doctors and no one was helping the issue until my friend explained how this ingredient is known to cause intestinal inflammation, gastrointestinal ulcerations and cause damage to your digestive system. I immediately stopped using the creamer and to my amazement within 2 weeks the issues went away JUST LIKE THAT! From that day on, I started putting SO much more attention into everything I was buying and using on myself and my family.

Changing over from things you have been using for years (that may not be so healthy) to healthier alternatives isn't a project that happens over night (unless your rich! Ha!). It takes time to find the alternatives and then see what works and what doesn't work for you. I started this process with using essential oils (you can read a post I wrote about essential oils here). I found them to be a great way to heal different things naturally instead of using medications and other products. I also use essentials oils in a diffuser as an alternative to using candles and room sprays. I still use candles but I try to be conscious of their ingredients.

One thing that has really helped me is an app called Think Dirty. It shows you many of the cosmetic and personal care products out there and the potential toxic ingredients many of them carry. It uses a rating system of 0-10, ten being the "most dirty" to give you an easy to understand overview of the health impacts associated with a product and it's ingredients. It's been incredibly helpful to have this app right at my finger tips every time I shop.

I don't want to go crazy with making this change so I have made it my own rule of thumb to stick to products that don't rate higher then a 4 or 5 on the Think Dirty app. I also make sure to read the ingredients if it is reaching a bit higher on the scale to ensure that whatever ingredient that is making it rate higher isn't really going to effect our health.

So now let's talk dirty.

What was I using before that had really unhealthy ingredients?

Here's a list of just a few things I was using in our home that rated a dirty 8 on the Think Dirty App:

  • Dove Invisible Powder deodorant
  • Mr. Bubbles Bubble Bath
  • Johnson + Johnson Baby bath
  • Johnson + Johnson Baby lotion
  • Organix Coconut Milk Shampoo + Conditioner
  • Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash
  • Trader Joe's Coconut Body Butter
  • Clorox
  • Windex
  • Lysol

It was definitely a shocker to learn some of the things I bringing into our home were that unhealthy. Things like Clorox I knew weren't the greatest to use but I honestly didn't know they were that bad.

Now let's talk clean!

What healthier alternatives am I using now and what are they rating on the Think Dirty app?

I'm sticking to cleaning products from Seventh Generation as they all tend to rate any where from a 4 and lower. Personal care products for my 4 yr old are from The Honest Company, which rates a 3 and lower. I also found an awesome bubble bath from a company called Alaffia that rates a 2. For myself, I'm also using The Honest Company body wash and body lotion (I love it). For shampoo and conditioner I'm using Shea Moisture Conditioner (rates a 3) and Acure Argan Oil and Pumpkin Shampoo (rates a 4). I love all of the alternatives I have found. The cleaning products work great and the personal care products are great as well.

Like I said, this is a process and I still have a ways to go but you have to start somewhere right?!

It's amazing how much of a difference a change like this can make. I can actually see results from the change. I feel healthier and mentally it makes me feel so good to know that I am doing everything I can to keep me and my family healthy (and safe).

What healthy products do you have in your home?



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