In today’s world we can find toxic and harmful ingredients almost everywhere.
Skincare products, cosmetics, household cleaning products, perfumes, air fresheners, hair products, soaps, lotions, detergents… often these items are loaded with ingredients that, when ingested or absorbed, can be detrimental to your health and that of your family.
So, how do you know which products are clean, and which ones are harmful?
Read the ingredients
This method seems obvious, however is often unhelpful unless you’re a chemist or have 15 hours to look up each individual ingredient.
Curate clean products
My preferred method is to personally source new, handmade, eco-friendly products at local Farmers Markets, zero-waste or health shops. It takes a bit longer, however what I love about this method is that you can speak with the maker or distributor about the product in question. They should be able to answer all your questions and concerns.
Simple swaps could be opting for a beeswax or soy candle instead of a highly-scented artificial one.
It could mean using essential oils for your DIY skincare, cleaning products, or as an air freshener.
It could mean checking out the local zero-waste shop the next time you run out of [toothpaste, soap, multipurpose cleaner, etc] to see what’s local and clean.
No need to swap everything all at once!
You can download the app Think Dirty on your phone to see where your products rate on the toxicity scale. Unregistered items can be easily added by snapping a photo of both front and back labels. If the ingredients aren’t there, a quick Google should do the trick! Typically, natural products aren’t on there.
Once you’ve got a clear idea of which products are healthy for you to breathe, ingest and rub onto your body, you can start making the switch!
The process of purging:
Go through everything from your shelves, to your secret hiding places, all the way to the farthest corners of your bathroom cupboards.
Organize everything into 3 separate categories:
1. Items you use daily.
2. Items you want to use up, and haven’t yet.
3. Items you don’t want // don’t use // are expired.
Because starting fresh and replacing everything is not always realistic, think of this as an inventory check. Make note of the repeat purchases of lotions and creams, hair products and perfumes. Whatever is not getting used can be donated, or put it somewhere you see it daily and will remember to use.
If disposing of and replacing your products is realistic for you now, take a look into some cleaner brands – preferably those which are local and handmade by herbalists, or from trust-worthy, reputable, and ethical companies.