All month I’ve been getting more interested in going toxin-free with my home-care and personal-care products..on a budget, of course!
I’ve been known for using vinegar instead of bleach in the kitchen and a few other things to keep the toxins at bay, but one day while my lips were tingling from toxic lipstick and my scalp was burning from toxic shampoo, I decided to look into just how toxic my products really are.
What I found shocked me and grossed me out!
Even the soap that is supposed to clean my hands of toxins has toxins!
There are a lot of wonderful toxin-free home and body-care products out there I cannot wait to try but alas, I don’t have the budget to pursue this dream. For now, I’ll amuse myself in the world of DIY.
First stop: my kitchen.
The most versatile find so far has been my DIY toothpaste/deodorant. Yes, you read that right! The same stuff I use in my mouth, I use on my pits, and it’s been so effective.
I piggy-backed off of my mouthwash recipe you can find HERE.
Simply mix these three and store in a glass container.
1TBSP coconut oil
3 drops (this was my whimsical number) of Thyme oil
1/2 TBSP baking soda
I am amazed by how such simple things like this recipe work so much better than all those toxic and expensive products out there!
My thoughts: my teeth feel really clean, smooth and antimicrobialed. I may have even experienced a slight detox headache when I first started (Thyme Oil is great for Lyme). Another thought: baking soda tastes weird. Since I only have Thyme oil in my possession, this is all I used but I’d love to try Clove oil since I hear it REVERSES tooth decay and tastes delightful. Also would want to try subbing out the baking soda with ginger powder or something since baking soda makes me scared that I’m going to wear out my teeth with excessive brushing.
Next stop, the armpits. When I tried it here, the magic really happened. I’m someone who no matter what chemical warfare I let loose on my under arm charms, I will always need to reapply, wipe down, or change my shirt after 6-10 hours. And never ever do I dare wear a shirt more than one day! Since using this pit paste, I have been able to wear the same shirt for 4 days straight (just for durability testing..not that this is now my new MO), and the only reason I’ve swapped shirts after 4 days is because wearing the same clothes for 5+ days straight seems weird to me. Anyway, I’m happy to be able to pack light, wash less laundry, and smell good while doing it!
Who else is transitioning to the world of DIY and toxin-free? Tips, experiences, and recipes appreciated!