Keeping My Clothes Clean and Green

Recently my dad became really sensitive to laundry soaps. The kind my mom had usually been buying started to irritate his skin so she ended up switching to a non-scented soap. This situation got me thinking about how many harsh chemicals are in laundry soaps and how they affect our bodies and our environment. So what are the best ways to keep your clothes clean without making your body feel dirty?

Seventh Generation

Seventh Generation is one of my favorite brands! They have a lot of cleaning products that I love and have talked about in another post, but this is one of the few products from them I have not tried. Seventh Generation laundry soap is amazing since it contains no fragrances, dyes, or brighteners. Their product is also cruelty and gluten free, which are some extra perks! I also trust this brand as a whole, they have been creating sustainable products for over 20 years and are very transparent about what is in their products. This will probably be the next laundry soap I buy!

Honest Company

Everything you are looking for in a sustainable product, the Honest company has! Not only is their laundry soap hypoallergenic and compatible with HE washers, but there are no ingredients in the laundry soap that you can not pronounce. But my favorite part? There’s more than just liquid laundry soap. They have pods, dryer clothes, stain removers and more. That way your load stays as green as possible from start to finish!

Is Your Laundry Soap Clean?

While I researching products for this article, I came across the Environmental Working Group’s website. The website has a guide to healthy cleaning where they grade the environmental quality of different products. I searched the laundry soap I use now, and I was able to find the overall grade for the product plus the grade for individual ingredients. Although my soap didn’t score an “A”, I really enjoyed learning more about my product. It’s also easy to search which products are in their database since you can search by brand, company, etc.

What kind of laundry soap do you use? Do you think you’ll want to make the switch after reading this? Join me, and let’s explore our options of green laundry soap!

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Keeping My Body Clean and Green

My favorite feeling in the world is stepping out of the shower feeling squeaky clean! But I don’t enjoy this feeling as much when I know that what made me feel clean in the shower is hurting  my body inside and the environment outside. One example of this is triclosan, a common ingredient in shampoo, furniture, and pesticide. Yes. What is in your shampoo is also in furniture and pesticide. This chemical and many others can have harmful effects on your body and the environment after it goes down the drain. So, what kind of products can you use to avoid this? I’ll share what products I use in the shower to make sure my body is as clean as possible!

Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap

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The first thing I do when I step in the shower is use body wash, and this one is my favorite! Dr. Bronner’s soap is totally organic, made with no synthetic preservatives, detergents, or foaming agents. It also leaves my skin feeling soft and all the scents smell AMAZING! I am currently using the citrus scent and it wakes me up every time I open the bottle. It can also be used for more than just body wash. If you’re out of face wash or shampoo, this soap will do the trick! And it’s potential isn’t limited to the shower. There are also instructions to help you use it as a dish soap and laundry soap! I can’t wait to use it around the house, but for now I love using it for my body!

Shea Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner

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Shea Moisture is another amazing organic product! They are certified organic, cruelty free, and are even ethically produced! Their shampoos and conditioners do not contain any parabens, phthalates, parafins, petroleums, formaldehydes, or propylenes! I can’t even pronounce half of those words!!! Shea Moisture shampoos are also an organic product that works. Shea Moisture labels each shampoo and conditioner with the type of hair that it’s best for, like thick or fine or curly or straight, so you know what you’re getting will work with your hair. All the scents are wonderful too, the scent that I use smells like dragon fruit, green apples, and lychee berry and I am absolutely addicted to it! This is a product I’ll be sticking with for a long time!

Do you use organic soaps and shampoos? Organic face wash? Join me and let’s explore how to make our bodies as clean as they can be!

 

Keeping My Apartment Clean and Green

Now that I’m back from Chile and about to start school again, I am back in my apartment! YAY! I have the best apartment in the world. The furniture and layout are awesome, my room feels like my room, and I get to live with my best friends! What more could a girl ask for? Probably a clean apartment! Haha! Having a clean apartment is so important for me and my roommate’s comfort. But I hate using anything with harsh chemicals that aren’t necessarily great for me or for the environment. So how do I keep my apartment clean and green?

Seventh Generation products! Seventh Generation is a certified B corporation – B corporations have a better working environment, provide more for the working community, and have better standards for how they treat the environment. They list ALL the ingridients for a product on the label and the majority of their products are USDA Certified Biobased Product, meaning that the product contains a verified amount of renewable biological ingredients. I feel very safe using these products knowing that I’m not surronded by a lot of synthetic chemicals and that my apartment will feel clean and fresh afterwards! So which products are my favorites?

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Disinfecting wipes. I feel like these are a must for basically everyone! And these disinfecting wipes work just as well as any other! They kill 99.9% of germs and get rid of cold and flu viruses with a refreshing feeling afterward.

Narural dish liquid. Again, it works just as well as any other product, but you can feel assured that no harmful chemicals will be going down your drain. I also love the citrus scent, it smells amazing!

Toilet bowl cleaner. No one likes cleaning their toilet. I still don’t! But this product doesn’t have and strong fumes, so cleaning the toilet isn’t as bad anymore.

All purpose natural cleaner. I usually use this one for the shower and the shower in my apartment is a plastic tub and plastic walls since it is intended for students. The plastic doesn’t bother me, but I feel like it’s easy to see when it gets dirty. This product does the trick of removing all the grim so I can feel clean while getting clean!

Do you have some favorite green products? What are they? Join me and let’s explore how to make our homes a little greener!

Essential Oil Perfume

Summer is here and with it brings warmer nights and… stinky sweat? Ew. Don’t get me wrong, I am a strong advocate for showers and deodorant. But what if you want to smell noticeably good?

Here is my dilemma. I love the smell of perfume, but hate the ingredients in them. According to an eBay article, some perfumes may not disclose all the ingredients but instead just use the word fragrance. Usually all the ingredients used to make this fragrance are synthetic, and if you live in the US the FDA does not check if these synthetic ingredients are safe before they hit stores…

I know, I know. I sound paranoid. But since coming to college I have tried to be more conscious of what I use on my body and in my living space so my body, my spirit, and the earth can be cleaner. I believe that using essential oils to make perfume can help me and the earth feel (and smell) better!

Not only are many essential oils labeled as organic or natural, but it is much easier to access information on these types of products on websites like www.fda.gov. Essential oils can also be used as alternative medicine! I use lavender and peppermint oil often for headaches and congestion.

While I haven’t made essential oil perfume yet, I have made a guide for when I do! It has all the information you need in order to make a scent perfect for you!

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Have you made essential oil perfume before? Do you like or dislike essential oil? Please comment with your thoughts so we can explore the world of essential oils!