Any suggestions on what brands or products I could use for my home? Bathroom products and laundry detergent are the toughest right now, as far as finding good brands.
I recently began detoxing from all the terrible cleaning agents in my home (like the soap, detergents, etc.). My acne is going bonkers, but I will give it at least a full three months before I start freaking out. After having so many toxins in my system for so long, I wouldn't be surprised if it took longer. I am making sure that anything I use now is not only vegan, but also as natural as possible ( no chemicals). I used to use products that said "no animal testing" but I have also learned how unreliable that can be, and that cruelty-free doesn't always mean vegan either. So, I am still weeding out the bad or dishonest products. I am open to suggestions and would love any tips you may have.
Bokleen and Seventh Generation make my favorite laundry detergents and cleaning products. Check out their websites--they usually have printable coupons and you can get an idea of their range of products.
Once you get more comfortable with natural products, start branching out into homemade cleaning products! I like to use a combination of natural store-bought stuff and homemade stuff. I use Borax to scrub my tub and I use Seventh Generation spray cleaners for other stuff. I use 7th Generation toilet paper and paper towels (made from recycled paper).
And both 7th Generation and Biokleen are pretty great companies. And all the stuff I've tried from either brand always smells wonderful! You'll get used to not smelling like a chemical factory after you clean--you'll smell like herbs or flowers or nothing at all.
I am also looking for cleaning product suggestions (or recipes/ideas for making my own). I'm on a super-tight budget so quality counts Oh yea, my house is really gross...I'm trying to do a heavy duty cleaning on it but would rather not do it with toxic chemicals. Any suggestions are really appreciated!
When I first went green, I got "Gorgeously Green" by Sophie Uliano at my library. She also wrote another great book called "Do It Gorgeously", which has tons of "recipes" for everything from dog bisquits to cleaning products to beauty products. Both of these books are incredibly great sources of information. I loved them both so much, I went to Barnes & Noble and purchased them. As far as laundry, I'm now hooked on Mrs. Meyers laundry detergent. I finally ditched my Downy fabric softener sheets after learning there are pesticides in them, and now use baking soda or white vinegar in the rinse cycle, as well as taking a washcloth and putting afew drops of any organic essential oil on it, then throwing it in the dryer with my clothes. I think if you take a look at the two books I mentioned, your questions will be answered :) Have a beautiful day!