Going Green-ish – Easy Swaps for Clean Living

Let me just say, I am not an expert on clean living. We do a pretty good job of eating clean and really try to ensure that our fruits/veggies are organic, that we’re using grass-fed dairy, etc.  However, the switch in other areas of our lives has been slower. It’s a bit overwhelming to try to tackle everything at once, but over time we’ve been making a lot of positive changes.

Here are a few things that we currently do in our home to keep it less-toxic and more green-and-clean:

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  • We also use Dr. Bronners castille soap as hand soap, body wash, dog shampoo, and even as a spray to keep pests out of our garden.
  • We switched to this cleaner Dropps laundry detergent.
  • Essential Oil Variety PackWool dryer balls with essential oils instead of dryer sheets.
  • No more air fresheners. (Paul is fighting me on this one.) I prefer using a diffuser with essential oil.
  • Recycling as much as possible.
  • Glass food storage containers (Pyrex and my favorite mason jars).
  • Reusable straws and thermal coffee tumblers.
  • Cleaner beauty including this new non-toxic sunscreen spray from Beauty Counter. I’m also loving their sheer lipstick and Dewskin tinted moisturizer.
  • Primally Pure DeoderantPaul and I both switched to Primally Pure natural deodorant. I was nervous because I read lots of horror stories about the “detox phase” of switching to natural deodorant, but I’m happy to report that we had NO problems and are smelling pretty sweet these days (even in the sweltering Denver summer).  In addition to deodorant, I also love their body butter, lip balm and dry shampoo.
  • I’m trying to use more cloth kitchen towels rather than paper towels. (This is another tough one!)
  • Organyc TamponsOrganic tampons. Yup, it’s a thing. I was shocked to discover all of the chemicals that are used in “traditional” feminine care products. Pretty scary when you realize that you’re literally putting them inside you.
  • Bringing our own grocery bags and/or recycling the bags that we do use.

There’s still a LOT I’d like to do to help us keep our home and personal care clean and toxin-free but this is a start.

What are your favorite clean living tips and tricks? Tell me in the comments.

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