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Going Green: My Favourite Green Household Products

It can be overwhelming to overhaul your home and transform to the green, and natural lifestyle, so I’ve created a list of my favourite green household products and what I recommend you use and have on hand to get started.

First:

How do you tackle the transformation? Do you just throw everything out and go buy all new things? In my case, yes! If it’s giving you a headache or making you sick (hint: it is), just get rid of it.

However, it’s not always the most affordable, so I usually recommend that once you finish one of your toxic chemical products, just ditch it and don’t re-buy. Instead replace it with something natural and clean.

Okay, here’s my list of favourite and must-have products:

Thieves Household Cleaner

Thieves Household CleanerReplace every cleaner in your house with this plant-based beauty, Thieves Household Cleaner. It smells amazing, is safe for your kids and pets, and you only use a little at a time. 1 capful in 2 cups of water for a multipurpose spray = $1/spray bottle. Cheaper than most cleaners!

I use this on granite sinks, quartz counters, hardwood (extremely diluted in water with a barely-damp mop), ceramic tile, cabinets, glass, tubs, in our boat, on siding etc. I wouldn’t personally choose to use it on porous stone and would avoid it on any soft gemstones (remove your rings) because of the power of the essential oils. Test it out on your products first before washing your entire house.

Wool Dryer Balls

Moss Creek Wool Works Pure Wool Dryer Balls in Natural

Replace your {toxic) dryer sheets with wool dryer balls. The more balls the better. I like 9 in my dryer. I bought them slowly over time, and in between I rolled up socks and made little balls.

Scent your laundry with essential oils. Use 5-10 drops at a time. Current favourite dryer essential oil: pine & grapefruit.

Nature Clean Oxy Stain Remover

Nature Clean Oxy Stain Remover

Dust from chlorine powder causes asthma-like symptoms. We skip that and use Nature Clean chlorine-free bleach with no dyes or perfumes for stain remover.

I find the best way to use this product is to soak stained clothing in the a sink with water and the powder and then pour some extra over top of the stain and let it soak overnight. For tough stains, I may have to do this several times, but I’ve pulled fluorescent pink ink stains off a white shirt doing this.

Microfiber Cloths

Envision Home Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

Rather than paper towels, we use microfiber cloths to clean. Rags are better if you’re a professional cleaner because your skin is likely dry and sticks to microfiber. Not fun!

Make sure to wash them with detergent in warm water on the sanitize setting. I like to designate a colour to a cleaning area so we don’t cross-contaminate.

Thieves Laundry Detergent

Thieves® Laundry SoapNo more formaldehyde, phosphates, SLS, optical brighteners, fragrance, dyes, and goodness knows what other scary ingredients. Feel good about cleaning your clothes without running the risk of developing a reaction to toxic ingredients. I love this soap because it smells more like lemon, it’s very concentrated, safe for HE machines, and also uses enzymes to break down bacteria and dirt. Tip: add 2-3 drops of {real} pine essential oil to the Thieves detergent for an extra punch of power.

We absolutely had to cut out harsh soaps and dryer sheets for my son’s incredibly sensitive skin. We realized this when he was a baby and to this day, as soon as his skin touches something even washed with a harsh soaps or dried with a dryer sheet, he develops a rash.

Vinegar

Simply Clean Vinegar PlusEveryone should have vinegar available for cleaning. We use Thieves Household Cleaner for almost everything, but when the laundry machine starts smelling funny, we rinse with vinegar. When the diffusers stop working, clean with vinegar. When the coffee machine and kettle needs to be de-scaled, clean with vinegar.

I do sometimes clean the mirrors with vinegar, but I’m not a fan of washing the floors or spraying the cabinets etc with it because I don’t want my house to smell like pickling, so I use the Thieves Household Cleaner instead.

Thieves Foaming Hand Soap or Lavender Foaming Hand Soap

Thieves Foaming Hand SoapMost antibacterial soaps contain is triclosan, which disrupts the endocrine system. Children exposed to antibacterial products and triclosan at an early age have an increased risk of developing allergies, asthma, and eczema. So: no triclosan here!

We use Thieves Foaming Hand Soap the most because it’s a concentrated Thieves essential oil product like the Thieves detergent and cleaner so it has extra power for the germs, but it’s also gentle for the skin and non-drying. I love the Lavender Foaming Hand Soap, but still prefer the Thieves because you can purchase a refill for it whereas it’s still unavailable for the Lavender soap. But the Thieves Foaming Hand Soap in a 3 pack for a better deal.

Unscented Castile Soap

Dr. Bronner\'s Organic Pure Castile Liquid Soap Baby Unscented 32 OzI keep castile soap on hand for DIY body wash, but I like it for countertop cleaning occasionally. I just use a small amount in a sink of very hot water and wash down my counters and cabinets.

I only use the unscented Dr. Bronner’s soap because this company still uses fragrance to scent their products and I’m not a fan of that. It completely undoes all the natural benefits of the product.

Diffuser & Essential Oils

Ditch the scented candles, wax warmers, plugins, bathroom sprays, aerosols etc. They are just full of allergenic, toxic ingredients that we just do not need to be inhaling. They trigger headaches, asthma, allergies, and irritate respiratory systems. Ditch all of that for a diffuser and essential oils.

I like to clean my house and then diffuse lemon and pine essential oils, or lavender and citrus oils. Be very picky about where you get your essential oils because you’re inhaling them and they do have a medicinal effect on the body. Using a cheap essential oil is a good indication it’s fake, which is un-doing all the natural benefits of going green and natural. My favourite brand of essential oils gives free essential oils with the diffusers.

Citric Acid

NOW Foods Citric Acid Powder  I like to combine citric acid and baking soda in a jar for a toilet scrub. Store it in a glass jar and when I’m ready, I add it to the the toilet with a cap of Thieves Household Cleaner and let it fizz and soak. Then scrub the toilet with the toilet brush and done.

The first time I did this, I was impressed with how clean it came!

Baking Soda

Arm & Hammer Baking SodaUse baking soda for carpet deodorizer and to make shower, tub, or sink scrubs.

So, how tell me. What first steps have you taken toward your green home?

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