Keeping It Clean: Natural Home Products

giphy20If you hate turning on all the fans and opening all the windows to escape the fumes from your cleaning products, then read on. I don’t like to think that my cleaning products are lacing my home with chemicals so I’ve slowly been transitioning to natural options, even if it costs a little bit more. I don’t have any kids or pets, but I think this is even more pertinent with kiddos and animals crawling around!

Baby Products

giphy22It’s kind of messed up that we use all natural, gentle products for babies and then promptly start using more and more chemicals on ourselves and our loved ones as adults. Beauty and cleaning products aimed at babies are usually fragrance-free, natural and gentle for skin and don’t include any hormone disrupting, cancer-inducing chemicals. I am a big fan of the Babygenics line, they have a natural tub cleaner that I use before I take my weekly detox bath, and all surface wipes which don’t have any ammonia, bleach, phosphates, phthalates, sulfates, artificial fragrances or dyes. Perhaps my favorite is the unscented, alcohol-free foaming hand sanitizer because the absence of alcohol means you don’t dry out your skin and the lack of scent means I’m not offending a subway car full of people. Your hands feel very clean afterward instead of sticky and caked with chemicals.

Antibacterial Tea Tree Oil

Sulfates and Triclosan lurk in a lot of our body and hand washes (and toothpaste and other products sigh). Sulfates are very stripping and will dry out your skin, while Triclosan is an anti-bacterial agent that is a hormone disruptor. I am a big fan of this antibacterial hand and face wash with tea tree oil which is naturally antibacterial, so no need for Bath & Body Works. Dr. Bronner’s tea tree soap can also be used for all over cleaning. The Tea Tree scent is so refreshing and makes me think I’m in a spa, plus using it as a body wash can help curb bacne.

Apple Cider Vinegar

giphy21Apple Cider Vinegar is a natural disinfectant, all you have to do is mix it with equal parts water to naturally disinfect surfaces in your home, no rinsing required. Have your mix ready in a spray bottle to have it on hand! It can also be used as a natural produce rinse to clean off pesticides and dirt. The vinegar smell will not linger for long, and you can take solace in the fact that the fumes aren’t causing you any harm. If you need something with a little more grit you can mix cornstarch in the ACV to give your tub a good scrub. Baking Soda may seem like a natural choice but actually, it neutralizes the acidity in the vinegar and doesn’t make it as effective.

giphy19Don’t stop until you feel like this! This is one of my all-time favorite bad day movies, Baby Mama. No need to throw away products, just replace them when they’re empty with natural versions.

Do you have any favorite cleaning products? Any natural home hacks? Let me know!

Header Photo by huyen. on Unsplash

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Cheap Hair Masks That Work: from Drugstore to DIY

giphy1I mix it up depending on how I will be spending my time when said hair mask is applied. For example, if I am going to hot yoga I like to apply my DIY scalp mask and some coconut oil through to the ends so that the heat and time can allow the oil to penetrate the hair shaft and do its magic on my scalp. The good thing about this combo is you can get up and walk around since it is an oily hair mask, not drippy. Most hair masks need water to apply and that can get a little messy.

DIY Scalp Mask

For great hair, you need to start at the root. Your scalp needs love and TLC if you want it to support and grow beautiful hair, so why is it the one place that we neglect the most? You can mix and match different oils to make your perfect scalp mask, but there are a few staple ingredients that are best for your scalp.

IMB_G2QOkS.GIFThis lineup consists of Coconut Oil, Castor Oil and some essentials oils: Cedarwood, Lavender, Rosemary and Tea Tree. The fats and omegas in Coconut Oil and Castor Oil are a wonder for the scalp, aiding with dandruff issues and sebum production to combat scalp acne. When combined with Tea Tree oil you have a nice refreshing scalp mask that can stop all your dandruff woes. Lavender is the most universally useful EO, Rosemary has antimicrobial properties and Cedarwood is very moisturizing for the hair. As a bonus, you can add Red Raspberry Seed Oil which will help with any psoriasis and eczema afflictions on the scalp. You are also welcome to add Jojoba or Almond Oil if those are your favorite oils if they work on your skin your scalp will likely be a fan too! Yes, I have a 54 oz tub of coconut oil, don’t @ me.

Mask Proportions

Most of these can also be used on their own to target specific issues, but keep in mind that the essential oils need to be diluted with a carrier oil (jojoba, almond, coconut etc), so do not apply them directly to the skin.

L'Oreal Total Repair 5If you aren’t the DIY adventurer, try L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm. This little tub of gold promises to erase 10 years of damage and I certainly feel results when I slather it on and leave it on for ~45 minutes while I take my weekly detox bath. It smells lovely and makes me believe that Blake Lively may actually be using the products she is a spokesmodel for.

Got any hair masks you swear by? Share your secrets Blake Lively! Because you’re worth it.