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Spring Cleaning Detox

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Being as sick as I’ve been, has motivated me eat carefully. Also since the baby is old enough for “real” food, I’ve been giving her only homemade, organic, non-GMO foods. At some point I said to myself, “if it’s not good enough to feed to my baby, why am I eating it?”

For the past few months, I’ve been only putting “clean” foods in me, but what about the things I put on me?

Today I cleaned under the sink. I found all sorts of toxic items under there. Everything from lotions to body wash to cleaning supplies. If they are not safe to use with a baby in the house, should I really be using them at all? My mouth wash (which expired in 2010) says “keep out of reach of children, if swallowed, contact poison control immediately.” Should anyone ever put something that dangerous in their mouth?

Back in December, when I talked to my “Parasite Dr”, she not only told me about the natural parasite cleanse, but also recommended using natural products for shampoo, etc. After all, your pores are open and soaking in who-knows-what. So that’s when I bought new all-natural body wash and face wash, and stored my old ones under the sink. Why throw out a perfectly good bottle of $1 suave body wash?

A few days ago I attended “GMO and Toxic-Free Living” event, put on by some friends from Go Beyond Natural. We watched this very informative video, which motivated me to go one step farther and actually get rid of those toxic items under my sink.

I went on to Environmental Working Group’s website and looked up item after item in their consumer guides. It probably would have been faster to just throw away everything that didn’t say “natural” or “organic,” and then just look up those “safe” items to see how toxic they are.

I didn’t bother looking up my make-up, but just threw it out. To some, that might be a huge sacrifice, but my collection of make-up was hidden deep under the sink – just a small box of samples from various make-up parties, or consultants who I baby sat for. You see, back in high school I did a facial and it took an hour to put on make-up. I like to sleep in until the last possible second, so there was no way I’d wake up an hour earlier to put on make-up. Although if I knew what I was doing, it probably wouldn’t take so long. But then in college I attended a make-up party and the lady said that all those make-ups and lotions are like chemical warfare on your face, which is why you should buy only their products (I guess their chemicals are compatible?). That only further motived me to continue not wearing make-up, except for special events like Jr/Sr Banquet, Engagement photos, my wedding and anniversary. That averages out to 1 day a year, so I really don’t need it, and most of those samples probably expired a long time ago anyway.

I’ve done a bad job remembering to slather myself with toxic sunscreen or lotions. That’s a few less toxins on my body! I’m thankful that I’ve always used relatively “safe” deodorant, like Tom’s, and Duane got us hooked on Tom’s Toothpaste, and Burt’s Bees Shampoos. But even some of our “natural” products, like my Baby Wash is rather questionable.

Fortunately there are clean, safe alternatives. Dr Bronner’s Soap has a bajilion uses – everything from dish soap to laundry soap to all purpose cleaner. That’s 1 product you can use for almost everything, which means less clutter under the sink! For everything else, The Mommy’s Club sells the best non-toxic stuff they can find, including hand sanitizer that is so safe, you could spray it in your eye and be fine!

Since the baby has cloth diapers, I avoided creams that would ruin her diaper and stuck with Coconut Oil for her butt cream and lotion, and it looks like Coconut Oil will now be my only lotion too. Before you replace you toxic products with clean & green products, check it out on EWG’s Consumer Guides to make sure it’s actually safe, and doesn’t just say “natural” as a marketing gimmick.

Becky is wife to Duane, mama to "Monkey-girl" and baby "Lioness" aka "PipSqueek." She is the administrative powerhouse for YWAM Bend and keeps our team grounded and organized. Her hope is to inspire and encourage other mamas in their journey to raise healthy, thriving families.
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