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!

 

What Do You Need? – JUNE BLOG CHALLENGE

When people are talking, they tend to overuse the word “need” in place of the word “want.” I know I tend to do this when I speak, saying things like “I need a piece of that cake!”

While I am very well off and am not in an urgent need of much, there are a couple things I think I need…

need to get on a better sleep schedule! Basically the whole month of June I haven’t been going to bed or waking up at the same time each day. I have also done a bad job of winding down before I go to bed. This is aggravating because I usually end up sleeping in until who knows when and staying in my pj’s all day. My work and class schedule doesn’t help either because I work in the evenings and my astronomy class is after work. I need to practice a better sleep schedule and better sleep habits so I know when I’m going to bed, when I’m going to wake up, and that I’m going to be rested for the day.

need to practice my Spanish! Believe it or not I leave for Chile in less than 10 days. (I am mostly saying that to myself, haha!) This means that I will be eating, breathing, working, and living in a country where they only speak Spanish. I need to prepare for that by studying the language and by practicing using it so when I arrive there I am not completely hopeless. The last thing I want is to be completing dependent on someone who can speak English to me and seeming rude and unaware. I want to be able to hold conversations and understand what is going on around me, and for that to happen I need to practice Spanish!

I also need to eat a healthy diet! This can hard for a college student because some days I don’t feel like cooking, some days I eat three pieces of pizza and a Coca Cola (like yesterday…), and some days when I eat because I’m bored. This isn’t healthy for my body and I want to treat it with the utmost respect. While I am trying to do this by having salad and sweet potatoes for my meals this week, I still feel tempted by soda and sweet treats. Despite this, I need to resist that temptation so I can have a healthy mind and body to live life to the fullest!

What is something you need? Do you need to run an errand? Do you need to do something for yourself? Let’s explore what we need to do to make ourselves better people and the world a better place!

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!

I Like [Firm] Butts!

As Sir Mix-a-Lot once said, “I like big butts and I can not lie,” but when it comes to my own self confidence and health I like to say that I like firm butts! I can not lie!

This is especially hard to come to in an age when having a tush the size of Kim K’s is all any girl wants. But after just recently getting into exercise and continually working on accepting my body, I have decided that all I want is a nice, firm bum.

But what is a firm behind? To me it is a behind with minimal cellulite and sag, and the muscular strength to… well, do what butts do! So how do you achieve a firm gluteus maximus?

A long lunge is a great way to engage your glutes! According to shape.com, the best way to complete a lunge is to keep your shoulders back and chin up while bending both of your legs to about a 90o angle. One of the most important things to keep in mind while doing lunges is to make sure your front knee does not bend past your toes, or else you may be at risk of injuring yourself.

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Squats are one of the most effective exercises for a firm bottom! Women’s Health suggests spreading feet shoulder width apart, then lowering your hips and bending your knees. Again, make sure your knees do not bend past your toes, or you may injure yourself and may not get the most out of this exercise. There are are also many variations of squats. This is awesome because you not only get to focus on your bottom, but you can also strengthen your legs and arms at the same time!

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If you don’t enjoy going up and down or bending and unbending your knees, bridges are the way to go! According to livestrong.com, bridges tone your buttocks while toning the rest of your core, hamstring, and inner thigh. In order to accomplish a bridge, you squeeze your buttocks as you raise your hips to create a straight line with your body. And voila! You have completed a bridge! There are also variations of bridges, such as extending one leg, that activate more muscles and increase intensity.

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Do you like to use these butt exercises? What are your favorite ones? And do you know any other word for “butt”? Please comment and share your stories, to help us explore and strengthen our bodies!