If you’re like me you think a lot about what you put in your body. You avoid added sugar, vegetable oils, and processed foods, but how often do you think about what you put on your body? Our skin is the largest organ in the body and if we can sweat out toxins that means that we can absorb toxins if they sit on our skin all day!
I’m sharing 3 clean products that I make myself to reduce the number of toxins I’m exposed to.
Laundry soap, toothpaste, and deodorant.
Laundry soap was one of the first things I changed. It started because I have eczema and was looking for the least irritating soap I could buy. It turned out to be too expensive with 2 boys worth of dirty clothes so I started making my own. Later as I started doing more research and come across studies like this (see below) I was relieved I had been using my own.
“…, a full 1/3 of all scented detergents contain at least 1 chemical flagged by the EPA as potentially causing cancer.
On average, toxic laundry detergent products emit 17 toxins that go unlisted on the label, and which can cause problems ranging from skin irritations to neurological damage.”
This recipe is quick ( I just made some yesterday and it took me 6 minutes!) and cheap, it averages about $2.00 and I get about 20 loads!
- 1 cup Borax
- 1 cup Washing soda
- 1 bar of grated Fels Naptha soap
Mix together and store in an airtight jar. I use 1 Tbls a load, 2 if it’s really dirty.
Fluoride is a toxin and yet it is in most tubes of toothpaste. Did you ever notice the warning sign on toothpaste to keep out of reach for children under 6 and if they do ingest it to call poison control? Yeah, that’s not going in my mouth!
My toothpaste recipe is super simple
- 3 Tbls coconut oil
- 3Tbls baking soda
- A pinch of salt
- 15 drops of an essential oil, like peppermint (I use Melaleuca or clove because peppermint is one of my food sensitivities)
Mix together and store in a glass jar.
I use every day and the dentist always tells me my mouth is perfect! I have a bridge in my mouth and it doesn’t affect it at all. You might want to wipe your sink out every day because coconut oil can clog your drain. I don’t wipe out my sink and have never had a problem but I still wanted to let you know.
Some of the ingredients in deodorant, like triclosan, -causes disruption of the endocrine system and cause cancer-propylene glycol, -is a neurotoxin that could eventually damage your liver and kidneys-parabens,-can mimic estrogen in the body and mess up our hormones and aluminum- which is being studied as a possible cause for Alzheimer’s.
- 3/4 cup arrowroot powder/or tapioca starch
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 4-6 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 10-15 drops essential oil– I like lavender or ylang ylang
- Combine baking soda and arrowroot powder/cornstarch.
- Add four tablespoons melted coconut oil and mix with a fork. Continue adding coconut oil until the deodorant reaches your preferred consistency.
- Transfer mixture to a jar with a tight fitting lid.
Or I also really like this recipe from Wellness Mama with shea butter.
You have to put it on with your fingers but I’d rather get a little deo on my fingers than toxins in my underarms! It’s not an antiperspirant but I find I sweat less with it than without anything.