Natural/chemical free products- for or indifferent?

Danicia - posted on 01/16/2013 ( 14 moms have responded )

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where do you stand on chemical free/natural products?

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Mary - posted on 01/16/2013

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I wouldn't say I'm a fanatic about it, but since my daughter was born, I have gradually shifted away from a lot of chemically-laden commercial products. I ditched all of the store-bought cleaning sprays, and only use a spray bottle filled with vinegar, water, and a few drops of Dawn dish-washing soap. I use that to clean my windows, floors, and counters. I use a lot of baking soda as a cleaning agent as well. I make my on laundry detergent, and use vinegar as a fabric softener. I use baking soda and apple cider vinegar to wash my hair, and straight honey to wash my face.

Overall, I do think it's probably more healthy, and better for the environment - not to mention tremendously less expensive. However, I'm not horrified by others who don't choose to do the same.

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Lana - posted on 05/10/2013

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Hmm... I clean almost everything with dish soap to be honest. It is gentle and effective and it leave no greasy residue or streaks. So I don't really mind chemicals because I only use one.

Sally - posted on 01/30/2013

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Beth,
That's how I was with food. I used to eat the most appalling junk until my oldest started eating solids and I started reading labels.

Rebecca - posted on 01/27/2013

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The vinegar smell disappears as soon as it dries. With the addition of a little bit of extract or essential oil, you can leave your house smelling like your choice of scent. Its not as strong smelling as commercial cleaners, but it is a light clean fragrance.

Beth - posted on 01/27/2013

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I used to not care, but then I was more careful about what I used around my kids when I had them. And I started to think, if I don't want it around my kids, then why am I ok with having it around myself? Not everything I use is totally natural, but I try to keep it as natural as possible.

Janice - posted on 01/21/2013

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Im like Jen and my laziness overrides my choice of cleaning supplies. I really hate the smell of vinegar so I think that has been a big deterent of me trying to use it for cleaning.

Amanda - posted on 01/21/2013

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I am an avid label reader. I, and all my children, are susceptible to eczema. Mine gets so bad my skin cracks open and I become unable to bend my fingers. Anyway, we're very careful about what we use in our house. I can't even wash dishes without rubber gloves on or else I end up paying for it the next day.

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I'm lazy, I like chemicals. I barely have energy to use them, let alone make my own cleaning products.

Rebecca - posted on 01/18/2013

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Having MCS, I make all my household cleaners myself. It's cheaper and I know that I won't have a reaction to them. Everything from air fresheners to all purpose cleaners, laundry soap to body soap, are "cooked" up in my kitchen. Once you get the knack, you can make your house smell like just about anything you desire or even have a different smell for each room. I even make pre-moistened disinfecting wipes for quick and easy clean ups.

Sally - posted on 01/18/2013

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Why should we poison ourselves when we can make safer ones at home for less money?

Mary - posted on 01/17/2013

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It's really not all that sticky. I pull all of my hair back, splash some warm water on my face, and then massage about 1/2 tbsp all over my face. I let it sit for about 30-60 seconds, and thoroughly rinse it off. Honey also makes a great moisturizer for your hair.

Tracey, I was very skeptical before I tried all of the "homemade" things. However, I've found all of them to work as well - and often better - than the commercialized stuff I was using before.

Becky - posted on 01/17/2013

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When it comes to cleaning products and stuff for the kids, I do lean more towards natural and chemical free. I use Norwex cloths and water for a lot of my cleaning, water and vinegar or a steam mop for my floors (unless it's a really stubborn spot, then I break out the magic eraser), "Free" detergents for our laundry and natural products for the kids. For myself though, I don't really worry about it so much. I still use regular shampoos, conditioner, soap, etc.

Mary, I had no idea you could wash your face with honey! I may have to try that! It seems like it would be sticky....

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