Natural Alternatives to Everyday Chemicals in Our Homes

When I was pregnant with my daughter I became very educated about all the chemicals and toxins that we are all exposed to on a daily basis, and I knew that I wanted to limit my babies’ exposure as much as possible. This is when I started making our own personal care items. It is also very important to my husband and I that I be a stay at home mom, so this type of career is perfect because I can work in the evening and on the weekend when my husband is home.

The following are some natural staples that I think every family should have, and that my family couldn’t live without.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil will be your new lover. It is super soothing and moisturizing, antibacterial, antifungal, full of amazing minerals, vitamins, and fatty acids. It really does it all. It is one of the healthiest oils to cook with, or to just eat right off the spoon. It is great as a moisturizer, especially for dry skin, eczema, dandruff, on cuts and scrapes, and works great at relieving your poor babe’s diaper rash. It’s great for your hair, and tames frizz like no other. It’s a solid at room temperature, and melts as soon as you rub it onto your skin. Love the awesomeness that is coconut oil.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a great natural cleanser, removing dirt and oil. It soothes irritated, and sensitive skin making it perfect for babies and anyone suffering any sort of skin issues. Just grind up rolled oats(not the instant kind), and in the palm of your hand add a bit of water and apply to your face. Or pour into a warm bath and drift off to Blissville.

Honey

Sweet, sweet honey. Winnie the Pooh was one smart bear. You can enjoy honey in a myriad of ways too. It’s a great alternative sweetener in your recipes. Mix it into hot water with a little lemon to soothe a sore throat. It’s antibacterial properties make it great for cuts and scrapes. It’s full of antioxidants and great for your skin too!!

Vinegar

Vinegar is so versatile. Keep harsh chemicals to a minimum in your house, especially when you have curious toddlers. You can use vinegar to clean almost anything. Just mix 1 part water with 1 part vinegar. You can put it into a spray bottle to make it easy to clean windows, counter tops, sinks, etc. It’s also great for cleaning up messes on your carpet(and there will be many!), and getting that sticky glue off from price tags. Feel the vinegar love.

Soap Nuts

Soap nuts are a great alternative laundry detergent. They come from a tree and remain in their natural state. Perfect for washing your sensitive babes clothes and cloth diapers, leaving no chemical residue. You can also boil soap nuts with water to make a liquid all-purpose cleaner, hand soap, and shampoo! You can buy them at specialty kids stores, and health food stores.

Calendula

Calendula is from the Marigold family and is great for rashes, cuts, scrapes, and sensitive skin. It has antibacterial, immunostimulant, and has healing properties. It helps those booboos heal quickly, and minimizes scarring. You can buy it dried from health food stores or online. Infuse it into coconut oil for the perfect baby moisturizer/diaper rash cream. You can also buy natural calendula creams at health food stores.

Breast Milk

Besides all the wonderful benefits of breastfeeding, breast milk has great healing properties. It is great for healing rashes, cuts, eczema, conjunctivitis, blocked tear ducts(worked great for my daughter), and anything under the sun really! It truly is liquid gold.

I hope you enjoyed my list of essential natural staples. I personally feel that you can ditch ALL chemical products, as mother nature has provided a fix for pretty much everything. She sure is sweet, that Mother Nature of ours  🙂

About the Author

ImageHi there!! My name is Rebecca and I live in Whitby, Ontario with my husband, Andrew and our 1-year-old daughter, Tallulah. I’ve recently started a natural skincare business called The Pumpkin Seed. I make and sell 100% natural skincare products out of my home. I blog about my business, life as a mom, and natural, healthy living.

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7 responses to “Natural Alternatives to Everyday Chemicals in Our Homes

  1. Thank you Rebecca – I love this post! Just the reminder I needed this morning – on my way out to Ambrosia:-)

  2. Hello and thank you for this informative blog. I use the Method line in my home but would like to start using home made products as well; your article is very helpful.

  3. Hi Rebecca,

    I have been looking for coconut oil! Does yours smell very strong? I am looking to use it as a massage oil for my 15 month old.

    Let me know how I can purchase some n bow much is it?

  4. Great info, Rebecca. The coconut oil is my favorite remedy too!

  5. I’m glad you all liked my post!! 🙂
    Jas, the coconut oil I use definitely smells like coconut(devine) because it is unrefined, which is the really good, healthy kind. When buying it look for unrefined, cold-pressed, virgin, and preferably organic. The brand I buy is Nutiva. I’ve found that the cheapest place to get it is at Loblaws Superstore, however you will able to find it for around the same price at most health food stores. It makes a great massage oil..lucky baby!!

  6. This is a great post, Rebecca, thanks for sharing. Am definitely off to pick up some coconut oil this week!

    We also stopped using chemicals in our house several years ago. Even the ‘green’ products, while they may be slightly better for the environment, are still killers when it comes to illness-causing chemicals. What is most frustrating about these products is that they are not even forced to include all the ingredients on their labels.

    For cleaning our home we use – vinegar, baking soda and, for disinfecting, lavender oil. We use soap nuts for laundry and dryer balls for drying the clothing. I use ivory soap in the shower, and have recently stopped using shampoo. (It’s called no-poo, google it – my hair is AMAZING!!!!)

    All of these changes were super simple, and in the end, much cheaper than the cleaning solutions you are told you need to clean your home. I am so happy knowing my young son is not being exposed to these things in his home.

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    That’s awesome Michelle! Good for you! And I’m sure you’ll love the coconut oil.
    I did a post about going no ‘poo (http://thepumpkinseed.ca/?p=90). I tried to do it but couldn’t get past the first week. So any tips would be greatly appreciated haha 🙂

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