Have you ever looked inside your shower caddy or medicine cabinet and not recognized the purpose (or the purchase date) on all the crap stuffed in there?
There’s the shampoo you love but can’t pronounce half the ingredients, and then there’s the conditioner you tried and hated but weren’t able to return.
Homeopathic and green remedies bring with them a lot of benefits — not the least of which is reducing the number of products in your home. Even better, it’s healthier and better on the wallet (as I am certainly learning with my Kava Kava Root experiment).
Where to get started
Here are the top five things to start with if you want to move your home into the green zone. And it’s not all about the environment – every month I learn more and get used to more and the unnecessary chemicals in my life dwindle and dwindle.
Now I just need to find a good substitute for Raid! (We don’t mess around with spiders in this house….)
|Braggs is a good choice, too, but so long as its organic, it’s okay!|
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
I am very new to the Apple Cider Vinegar choo choo train, but I am getting used to it for daily health. Here is a good starting place for general information, and then here is blogger Carrots ‘N’ Cake’s first impression. Sarah Wilson also shared five things she uses it for.
As for myself, I can attest to the better digestion and appetite suppression. You also start to crave it after two or three uses. We’ll see if it keeps up!
White vinegar is the kind you clean with. It is much more industrially processed, so eating it isn’t a great idea. However, around the home it is cheap magic! You can also toss it into the laundry instead of bleach and it brightens things up a bit. It didn’t work at all for me as a drain cleaner, but cleaning everything else in the house has been great (and the vinegar smell can be diluted with those handy aromatherapy oils)!
|Initial $10 investment will last for years.|
I purchased store-brand Peppermint Oil, Tea Tree Oil, and I want to pick up some Lavender. These items give me the basic took kit to make most beauty products and the Peppermint is my go-to for nausea and headaches. Here’s a little starter for aromatherapy, but make sure you at least start with Tea Tree Oil so that you can make all kinds of beauty products with anti-microbial and anti-viral characteristics.
Run out and buy a 5-lb bag of this. Once I got started, I use it for everything. Stubborn make-up or facepaint? Baking soda. Tough grit on the cooking pan? Baking soda. And even better, it’s cheap cheap cheap!
I keep a small jar next to the sink for topping my toothpaste (noticeable difference in whiteness within a week) and for weekly “shampoo” of wet baking soda.
|Handy Coconut Oil and Baking Soda right outside the shower|
This one is a little pricier than baking soda, but you’ll want to go pick up a huge tub when I tell you about my experience. I started with a 52oz tub from Vitacost, and I supplement with 16oz jars from the local Trader Joe’s. I use it so. much. and yet I don’t run out of it very quickly. Here it is in list form:
- Shampoo, conditioner, and hair gel*
- After-shower body lotion
- Very very light cuts and scrapes
- Anything you use petroleum jelly for, use coconut oil
- Natural body products (homemade deodorant, lotions, balms)
And the list goes on and on for others. Since adding coconut oil to my life, I haven’t purchased conventional shampoo or conditioner, and I only purchased body lotion because I wanted to try something fun. It. Is. Amazing. And it smells like a tropical vacation!
Do you have any green home or homeopathy tricks?
* If you plan to swap it in for hair products, make sure you give yourself a little time to adjust and find a good amount for your hair. I was a little over-excited my first time and gobbed it on and looked oily for a day or two, when usually I have very dry curls. Now I just use it once a week!