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Tips on Going Toxin Free

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Tips on Going Toxin Free
Tips Going Toxin Free
Today we have a guest post from Judith of Juicy Green Mom
Have you started to wonder about how your everyday personal care products and cleaning products can impact your health? Do you know what ingredients are lurking in them that might be harmful to you and your family?
It might seem overwhelming to figure out how to avoid toxins in so many products you use everyday, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are some tips on going toxin free without stressing out and breaking the bank.

#1 Educate yourself.
It can seem like a lot of information to digest, but it’s important to know what’s actually in your stuff and how it can affect you! There are some great resources that explain the issues, and my little Detox Your Home & DIY Guide is just one of many. In Canada, some of my favourite resources are from Environmental Defence and EcoJustice – do some googling and find out what organizations you have in your area.
#2 Start small.
Look at the ingredients in a few of your products (like face wash and moisturizer, for example) and see if any of ingredients come up on those “ingredients to avoid” lists. Or you can try the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database to see how your products rate in terms of hazards to your health (however these are primarily US products). If you see any red flags, plan to start looking at alternatives for those few products so that when you need to replace them, you have something ready to try. If you do a few products at a time, it will be much more doable, and over time – you’ll have replaced everything with a toxin free alternative!
#3 Try DIY.
I never thought I would be DIY-ing most of my own personal care and cleaning products, because I really thought it would take too much time and energy. But it doesn’t have to! I’m very selective about what I DIY, and choose only easy things that will give me good bang for the buck. Now I make my own face care products, skin moisturizers, shampoo and conditioner, foaming hand soap, lip balm, and all-purpose cleaners (here are some of my recipes). Not only are they super easy to do, they save a LOT of money!
#4 Ask around.
If you really aren’t a DIY-er (although trust me, you can easily be converted!), ask around to see if anyone you know has an amazing toxin free product they use. There are also lots and lots of blogs out there with reviews of greener toxin free products so that you can get a sense of what they’re like before you buy.
#5 Be proud of what you’re doing!
Every choice you make to avoid toxins makes a difference in the marketplace, and in your family’s health! Be proud of the little things you’re doing and share what you’re doing with your friends and family!

Hi, I’m Judith and I’m from wintery Canada. I’m passionate about green, toxin free, healthy living. I share my journey and experiences on JuicyGreen Mom so you can feel empowered, enlightened, and inspired to make educated eco-friendly product and lifestyle choices.
Thank you to Agy for having me guest post. I’m so inspired by all of her upcycling projects and love to collaborate with green gurus like her!

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  1. I love this post! Great content :)

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  2. Great post. I'm trying to get rid of all the store bought products in my home and make my own natural cleaning supplies and beauty products, too.

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  3. This is so important to try and do. Great tips!

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  4. I keep reading about all these initiatives around ceasing using regular OTC products like shampoos and face washes and instead opting for more natural and organic homemade things (for example things like coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, baking soda). I'd love to try it one day - good for the environment and also our bodies...hate the thought of all those unhealthy chemicals doing damage to my hair/skin/etc!

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  5. It seems like such a headache to have to keep track of what's good and what's bad. Thanks for all the tips!

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