If we stopped for a minute to think about how many chemical products we use on a daily basis, we’d be shocked. We’d also start to wonder if we could find natural alternatives to prevent further damage to our health and the environment.
In this article, we’ll discuss which products can be replaced with natural alternatives that benefit both our health and the planet. So, keep reading to find out how to avoid chemicals during your day-to-day activities!
Household cleaning products
For cleaning floors and washing dishes and clothes we often use chemical-based products that can easily be replaced by something as basic as lemon, baking soda, or vinegar. These were all used in the past, and still work today. They’re especially good for households with young children.
Every day we upset the body’s natural pH balance with aggressive products. While some claim to have a neutral pH of 5.5, like the skin, the reality is that only natural products are truly beneficial.
We use all kinds of products every day that contain toxic ingredients, heavy metals, petroleum or aluminum derivatives, and more, which enter our body through the pores and mucus membranes to produce toxins that, over time, can cause a multitude of diseases. In the short-term, they can also cause skin problems, allergies, cysts, etc.
Luckily, we can offer some natural alternatives for all of them:
- Shampoos: Shampoos increasingly contain more sophisticated textures and scents, but they do this by adding chemical ingredients. This leaves our hair looking good, but by using harmful substances that only have short-term benefits. We recommend using shampoos that are made with natural ingredients like saponin or coconut, or to even learn to wash our hair without using shampoo.
- Soaps: Including detergents, soaps contain ingredients that can damage the skin, drying it and causing it to age faster. Instead, we can choose to use glycerin or coconut soaps, or make our own homemade soap.
- Toothpastes: Today’s toothpastes alter the natural pH and bacteria content of the mouth, so we recommend brushing teeth with an all-natural toothpaste or one made at home.
- Deodorants: Most deodorants contain aluminum, which is a heavy metal that’s very harmful to our health and can cause neurodegenerative diseases. It’s particularly dangerous for women due to the proximity of the armpit to the breast, and can cause cysts to develop with long-term use. Aluminum-free deodorant bars or homemade deodorants are the best choices.
- Moisturizers: Moisturizing and nourishing skin lotions are actually made with paraffin and other petroleum derivatives, as well as harmful parabens. It’s much better to use all-natural products like coconut oil, argan oil, almond oil, sesame oil, shea butter, etc.
Feminine hygiene, which has seen advances like the development of tampons and pads in the latest generations, is actually full of toxic products that contain bleach or other harmful substances. Instead, we recommend more natural alternatives like a menstrual cup or pads made of fabric or other organic materials – both of these are reusable and while they do require cleaning, they’re healthier and more economical in the long run.
Cosmetics are also often highly toxic because they contain very aggressive ingredients that give them their staying power and lasting effects. They might contain heavy metals and petroleum derivatives, among others.
Instead, shop for cosmetics at natural stores. For example, look for mascara that’s made exclusively with vegetable dyes, lipsticks made from vegetable oils and natural dyes, or eyeliners made with kohl or kahal, a dark ink from India that’s also therapeutic because it helps remove impurities from around the eyes.
Some of these products may be considerably more expensive than conventional ones, but we have to put our health first and they’ll become more affordable in the long run.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this article on how to avoid chemicals during day-to-day activities!